New ELELS members welcomed at special Essex Shabbat

East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue new members Shabbat

9 February 2020 More than 85 members of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) came together for a special Shabbat service to welcome the community’s newest faces. Rabbi Richard Jacobi led a guitar-based family service to greet all the new arrivals, who also brought along family and friends. Each … Read More

Liberal rabbis lobby Government on refugees and LGBTQI+ inclusion

Liberal Judaism Logo

12 August 2019 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis have called on the UK Government to take action on offering sanctuary to more refugees and the promotion of LGBTQI+ inclusion. An open letter on refugees, organised by Safe Passage and covered in The Guardian, was signed by 100 faith leaders including Liberal Judaism’s … Read More

Rabbi Harry Jacobi z”l Memorial Service to take place in December

7 August 2019 A special memorial service for Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE z”l will take place at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue on the afternoon of Sunday 15 December. Liberal Judaism vice president Harry, who died in April, was one of our movement’s most beloved and respected rabbis. This memorial service … Read More

Day of Celebration tackles vital questions on care

Dame Margaret Hodge and Jean Gaffin OBE at the LJ Day Of Celebration 2019

24 June 2019 More than 180 Progressive Jews came together to discuss care, community and social justice at the Liberal Judaism Day of Celebration. The movement’s flagship event of 2019 had the theme of ‘If I am only for myself’ and focused on how to meet the desire and need … Read More

Join our accessible Shabbat service in East London

4 April 2019 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue has announced the upcoming dates for its pioneering Shabbat Shelanu service. The inclusive service celebrates Shabbat through music, multisensory experiences and prayer. It is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. Shabbat Shelanu is open to all, … Read More

When Harry blessed Harry

11 December 2018 Liberal Judaism vice president Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE had the honour of blessing his great-grandson and namesake, Harry Newham, during a celebratory baby naming and blessing service at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) this Shabbat. The synagogue was packed with family, friends and community members … Read More

New scroll mantle honours leading Essex Liberal Jew

17 September 2018 A new year has meant a new mantle for the Czech Torah Scroll at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS). The new mantle was used for the first time on Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779, keeping with the tradition to dress the Torah in white on the … 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