Reading to remember Rabbi Sheila Shulman

29 October 2019 A special evening to honour Rabbi Sheila Shulman – titled ‘Reading Sheila Reading’ – will take place on Thursday 21 November at Leo Baeck College (LBC). Starting at 7pm, the event marks the fifth yahrzeit of a pioneering and radical rabbi who made a lasting impression on … Read More

More than 150 attend ‘best ever’ Pride Shabbat at FPS

Pride Shabbat at Finchley Progressive Synagogue FPS

10 July 2019 A Pride Shabbat service at Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) honoured the trailblazers of LGBTQI+ rights in the Jewish community and around the world. More than 150 people attended the service, which was themed l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation) and led by Rabbi Rebecca Birk, Cantor Tamara Wolfson, Student … Read More

Liberal Judaism projects inspire at Stonewall conference

Shaan Knan at Stonewall conference

20 May 2019 Liberal Judaism’s heritage project manager Shaan Knan was a keynote speaker at this year’s Stonewall Workplace Conference. Shaan (pictured far left) was part of the event’s closing session debating issues around LGBT and faith. The panel also featured representatives from various religions including Reverend Jide Macaulay, an … Read More

LJ’s Shaan gives diversity presentation at Lottery event

19 February 2019 Liberal Judaism’s heritage project manager Surat-Shaan Knan has given a presentation to a key National Lottery Heritage Fund event. Shaan spoke about Liberal Judaism’s heritage and history projects, emphasising the need for inclusion and diversity and the fantastic results that can bring. The event, which took place … Read More

Help Liberal Judaism support trans equality

18 October 2018 Since its formation 116 years ago, Liberal Judaism has provided a home for everyone’s Jewish story. We are proud that everyone is considered equal in our communities – and always has been – and that where we lead others eventually follow. In recent decades, one of the … Read More

Join Judge Rinder at Service of Celebration this Sunday

A special afternoon of celebration and reflection will take place at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, this Sunday (29 October) to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. A Service of Celebration, led by Liberal and Reform Judaism rabbis, will … Read More

LJ’s Shaan speaks to PM about LGBTQI+ rights

21 July 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Shaan Knan spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May at a 10 Downing Street reception to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community. Shaan highlighted Liberal Judaism’s trailblazing LGBTQI+ work; especially the oral history projects which he manages. Shaan said: “I mentioned how our movement led the way on … Read More

Liberal Judaism’s Shaan is Stonewall role model

9 April 2017 Liberal Judaism’s LGBTQI+ Project Manager, Surat Shaan Knan, has been named as a role model by human rights group Stonewall. Stonewall – which campaigns for equality for LGBTQI+ people across Britain – celebrated Shaan’s achievements, along with those of 12 others, as part of Trans Day of … Read More

A tribute to Rabbi Lionel Blue OBE

Rabbi Lionel Blue, picture by Ajamu

19 December 2016 Rabbi Lionel Blue OBE – who died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 86 – was a pioneering rabbi, teacher and mentor. Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, was one of Lionel’s students and this morning joined many others, … Read More

Focus on migrants in new LGBTQI+ project

18 December 2016 Following the success of Rainbow Jews and Twilight People, Liberal Judaism will host a new project – Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI+ Migrants in Britain. This landmark undertaking, supported by the National Lottery through the Lottery Heritage Fund, will discover and celebrate the hidden history … Read More