Liberal chair helps celebrate a decade of Gloucestershire community

13 June 2018 Several local mayors and dignitaries including Liberal Judaism chair Simon Benscher (pictured) helped to celebrate 10 years of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC) at a special anniversary service. Led by Rabbi Anna Gerrard, almost the whole community attended the Shabbat service – which also honoured those who … Read More

NLPS Trust funding opportunity for your community

12 June 2018 The NLPS Trust for Progressive Judaism is holding its next meeting in September 2018. The Trust funds both large and small projects and welcomes applications from all Liberal Judaism congregations, including developing and affiliated communities. If you would like to apply for funding for a particular project, … Read More

Peterborough community join Taste Ramadan event

11 June 2018 Members of Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community shared an iftar meal with local Muslims at the UKIM Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre, as part of the Taste Ramadan initiative. Di Nicholas, Vivienne Fleet and Johnny Richardson took part in the meal, which is eaten by Muslims after sunset during … Read More

Danny returns to welcome new Board of Deputies president

6 June 2018 Rabbi Danny Rich, Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, returned to work early from his current six month sabbatical in order to welcome the new president of the Board of Deputies to the Montagu Centre. Danny met with Marie van der Zyl at Liberal Judaism’s London head office to … Read More

Liberal Judaism to hold AGM during Biennial Weekend

4 June 2018 Liberal Judaism will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the movement’s Biennial Weekend. The AGM will take place at 2pm on Sunday 1 July 2018 at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull. It will include the election of officers to Liberal’s Judaism Board, the presentation of financial … Read More

Rabbi Gilad Kariv responds to conversion recommendations

4 June 2018 Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) stated in response to the recommendations of the Nissim Committee on the Conversion issue: “In the recommendations on the issue of conversion there are both worrisome and encouraging aspects, and on … Read More

Liberal rabbi is new chair of European Rabbinic Assembly

31 May 2018 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel is the new chair of the European Union for Progressive Judaism Rabbinic Assembly (ERA). René, a French-born rabbi who serves Kingston Liberal Synagogue, was voted into the position when more than 40 ministers from across the continent came together for the … Read More

Liberal Judaism Biennial – one month to go!

30 May 2018 There is just one month to go until Liberal Judaism’s flagship event – the Biennial Weekend. Taking place from Friday June 29 until Sunday July 1, just outside of Birmingham, the Biennial promises to be a fantastic weekend of stimulating discussion, prayer and music. The theme for … Read More

Leo Baeck College announces new student rabbi intake

29 May 2018 Leo Baeck College (LBC) has announced its latest intake of Progressive Judaism student rabbis, which will include the first Polish-born Jew to study for the Progressive rabbinate since the fall of communism in Poland and a former LJY-Netzer leader. Two students will start on LBC’s acclaimed five-year … Read More

Biennial Book Club: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

24 May 2018 Liberal Judaism will launch the first ever Biennial Book Club, as one of the evening activity sessions on offer at our movement’s flagship event of 2018. Led by Kingston Liberal Synagogue member and cheder teacher Sandra Webber, the book club will read and discuss The Periodic Table … Read More