Parashat Vayikra 5776

When the Liberal Jew turns the page from the closing verses of Exodus to begin Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus, a very great challenge lies ahead. The founders of Liberal Judaism, even if they studied the first half of the Book of Leviticus, in all likelihood, excluded it from … Read More

A festschrift for Rabbi Harry

Rabbis Dr Margaret, Harry and Richard Jacobi

4 November 2015 Rabbi Harry Jacobi was surprised with a festschrift written in his honour, as he celebrated his 90th birthday at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS). Harry, who was born as Heinz Martin Hirschberg in October, 1925, and grew up in Auerbach, Germany, twice fled the Nazis to become … Read More

Liberal Judaism on Jewish status and equilineal descent

Rabbi Alexandra Wright 21 July 2015 Liberal Judaism recognises equilineal descent: namely, that individuals born of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother should be treated in exactly the same way as individuals born to a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. The Affirmations of Liberal Judaism state that children of mixed … Read More