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

East London & Essex create a diverse tree of life

9 March 2017 Liberal Judaism’s newest community – East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue – hosted 40 people for their latest inclusive Shabbat service. The congregation included a number of people with disabilities, accompanied by family members and/or carers. The focus of service, led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, was on … Read More

More celebrations at new East London synagogue

28 February 2017 The new East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue had another reason to celebrate this Shabbat, as community stalwart and lay leader Alice Wilcock celebrated her 50th birthday. Alice was called up to the Torah by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, before her family and friends joined her on the … Read More

Rabbis discuss future at LBC 60th anniversary event

30 January 2017 Five of the country’s leading Progressive rabbis – representing Liberal, Reform and Masorti Judaism – came to Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue in Wanstead for a special panel debate to mark the 60th anniversary of Leo Baeck College (LBC). Liberal Judaism was represented by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, who … Read More

Last day of Chanukah is last day for Woodford

3 January 2017 Woodford Liberal Synagogue held its final service, on the last day of Chanukah. The special inclusive service – which is welcoming of all and caters for many forms of disability – marked the last for the community, which has now united with Bet Tikvah to form the … Read More

New community to be called East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue

8 November 2016 Liberal Judaism’s newest community has been given its English name – East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue. The community will officially form on January 1, 2017, after members of the area’s two current Liberal Judaism congregations – Bet Tikvah and Woodford Liberal Synagogues – voted overwhelmingly to … Read More

[Sermon] Words and Deeds, Yom Kippur 2016/5777

  For those who missed it, last night I talked about our inner selves, about our thought and feelings, about our emotions, prejudices and fears, and about how mental health and well being need our focus and our commitment. I ended by suggesting that the important reason why we should … Read More

HHD Reflection 5777 – Day 2

Between the years of 2005 and 2014, the musician and songwriter Craig Taubman brought together rabbis, artists, educators, writers – both Jews and non-Jews – and asked them to write a thought on a theme throughout the period of Elul, which appeared on www.jewelsofelul.com It is a resource that I … Read More