Pesach Message 5779

Rabbi Danny Rich April 2019 In a recent article in The Times newspaper I was drawn to a sentence which observed that ‘scientists know that memories are not fixed but are instead being continually reformed and reinterpreted by the brain each time they are recalled.’ It set me thinking about … Read More

[Speech] Deemed Consent, Multi Faith & Belief Perspectives

Rabbi Danny Rich 27 March 2019 Deemed Consent for Organ Donation Event, The Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust I should perhaps declare an interest in that I have been an advocate of the ‘opt out’ proposal concerning organ donation as soon as I heard of it some years ago, and … Read More

Watch Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah talk about feminism on BBC One

4 February 2019 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue’s Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah was part of the panel on BBC One’s hit discussion show The Big Questions this Sunday. Elli took part in a spirited debate entitled ‘Is feminism in crisis?’, during which she spoke about the many schools of feminism … Read More

Read sermons and speeches from Holocaust Memorial Day

31 January 2019 Last weekend saw Jews around the country join with people of all faiths, and none, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Services, ceremonies and events were held to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other people killed under Nazi … Read More

Righteous gentiles

  Originally written for the Birmingham Jewish Newsletter   This week’s sidra is named after Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. It begins with Jethro advising Moses on how to set up a system of courts of law so that the people do not have to stand all day waiting for Moses to … Read More

[Sermon] Antisemitism and the Chosen People

  Tevye the milkman, in Fiddler on the Roof, said, “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?” It is not easy to be God’s chosen people, as we are especially aware as we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this … Read More

[Speech] Never again!

  Originally given at Brighton Holocaust Memorial Day Public Meeting   Good evening, everyone. The theme of this year’s National Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations is ‘Torn From Home’. We are painfully aware that hundreds of thousands of people across the world are torn from their homes each year and find … Read More

Listen to Rabbi Aaron Goldstein’s People’s Playlist

30 January 2019 Rabbi Aaron Goldstein has picked out his People’s Playlist, as part of the popular BBC Three Counties radio show where guests tell their life stories through music. Aaron, who is chair of the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors, joined host Sophie Sulehria for the programme, which … Read More

Why ‘Torn from Home’ theme for Holocaust Memorial Day resonates

  Originally published by The Comet newspaper   Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated annually on January 27 and, each year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust offers a theme to direct our minds to some aspect of the Holocaust or the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur. This … Read More

[Speech] Torn from Home

  Home! What is home? When I looked it up in a dictionary, I found the definitions long and confusing. Home, after all, means different things to different people. For me home is the place I can return to at the end of this evening. It is where… I eat … Read More