Finchley Sukkot event wins refugee pledge from Council

Rabbi Rebecca Birk at Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) action for refugees

25 September 2018 Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) has won a pledge from Barnet Council to take more refugees from war-torn countries. At a ‘Sanctuary Sukkot’ event held in the synagogue, Council leader Richard Cornelius agreed that the borough will take three refugees each year over the next 10 years, and … Read More

Liberal rabbis call on Government to save child refugees

3 September 2018 EIGHT Liberal Judaism rabbis were among the religious leaders to sign a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Times asking the British Government to honour our country’s tradition of saving child refugees. Rabbis Danny Rich and Charley Baginsky – Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi and director of strategy and partnerships … Read More

Big numbers at small Reading community’s big birthday

19 July 2018 The Reading Liberal Jewish Community proudly celebrated its 40th birthday with a special Shabbat service and celebratory lunch. The small community’s numbers were swelled for the event as current members were joined by old friends, officers and dignitaries of Liberal Judaism and no less than seven rabbis. … Read More

David Jacobi scholarship launched at Finchley concert

12 March 2018 A very special concert was held at Finchley Progressive Synagogue to remember David Jacobi and launch a scholarship in his name. The event was organised by David’s father, Rabbi Harry Jacobi, and siblings Rabbis Dr Margaret and Richard Jacobi (all pictured above enjoying the concert). All music … Read More

Happy birthday Peter – Essex life president turns 90!

25 October 2017 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) held a special celebratory service to mark the 90th birthday of life president Peter Benscher. The service was led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Student Rabbi Daniela Touati and Rabbi Harry Jacobi, vice president of Liberal Judaism and a long-time friend … Read More

Liberals lead the way at World Union Conference

26 May 2017 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis, officers and members played a leading role in the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Connections 2017 Conference. The Biennial event was this year held in Jerusalem and was attended by Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, chair Simon Benscher, president Rabbi Dr … Read More

Landmark Kotel service at WUPJ Conference

19 May 2017 British Liberal and Reform Judaism rabbis and members took part in a landmark service at the Kotel – which included a Torah reading with all genders participating. The senior rabbis of both movements, Rabbis Danny Rich and Laura Janner-Klausner, carried the scrolls during the service (pictured), which … Read More

Progressive rabbis write to Prime Minister over Brexit

2 April 2017 More than 50 Liberal and Reform Judaism rabbis have written to Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to always put human beings first in the conversations she will be having over Brexit. The Progressive rabbis – who represent more than a third of British Jews – urged … Read More

Rabbi Harry shares his refugee story in Unicef video

1 March 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Harry Jacobi, who twice fled the Nazis in childhood, has appeared in a new UNICEF (the United Nations International Children’s Fund) video, alongside one of today’s Syrian child refugees. Harry and Ahmed share their hauntingly similar stories in the clip, alternating sentences so that … Read More