Awards for ELELS cheder children on last day of term

ELELS Jack Petchey Award Winners

22 July 2019 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) concluded its cheder year with a special family Shabbat service spanning the generations and including guests from as far afield as the USA. Rabbi Richard Jacobi led the fun-filled service, in which the children read the prayers – some of … Read More

Emerging international leaders study at Kingston Liberal

16 July 2019 Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) hosted a study session for 50 postgraduate students from 28 countries as part of the Emerging International Leaders Programme run by Cumberland Lodge. The programme aims to empower international students, who are currently studying in the UK, to become advocates of human rights … Read More

Reading community welcome back Rabbi Willy Woolf

15 July 2019 Rabbi Willy Woolf returned to visit Reading Liberal Jewish Community more than 40 years after he originally helped to set up the congregation. The Shabbat service for his return was given added meaning as it was led by Rabbi Rachel Benjamin, who was herself ordained by Rabbi … Read More

Rabbi David Hulbert retires after 30 glorious years

Rabbi David Hulbert retirement service

10 July 2019 Rabbi David Hulbert, the longest serving rabbi in Redbridge, has retired after three decades in the pulpit. A special service was held at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) to mark the occasion, where it was standing room only as rabbis and faith leaders from around the … 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

Anne Frank commemorated by Three Counties community

Anne Frank memorial service

2 July 2019 Members of Liberal Judaism’s new Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community came together in June to honour Anne Frank with a special Shabbat service to commemorate what would have been her 90th birthday. The annual memorial has become a tradition at Herefordshire Jewish Community, with prayers and readings … Read More

New Passport Scheme launched at Patrons’ Dinner

Rabbis Danny Rich and Charley Baginsky with young people who will benefit from the new Passport scheme

21 June 2019 Liberal Judaism has announced a new form of centralised membership for young adults – providing them with access to all events and services at Liberal communities across the country for an affordable cost. The new Liberal Judaism Passport Scheme was unveiled at this year’s Patrons’ Dinner, the … Read More

Syrian refugees enjoy Shabbat at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

Refugees at Kingston Liberal Synagogue service

18 June 2019 Syrian refugees spoke about their experiences of settling in England at a special Shabbat service at Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS). Journalist and Arabic teacher Hasnaa Omar left Syria in 2013 and arrived in London in 2016. She was subsequently able to bring her husband, an IT manager, … Read More

York Liberals proud to take part in Pride

York Liberal Jewish Community

17 June 2019 A dozen York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) members joined thousands of others in braving the rain to march in this year’s York Pride parade. The group proudly carried the community’s banner, made especially for the occasion, in the colourful annual celebration of North Yorkshire’s LGBTQI+ community. They … Read More

Edinburgh member awarded OBE for services to classical philosophy

Sarah Broadie OBE

16 June 2019 Sukkat Shalom: Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community member Professor Sarah Broadie has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to classical philosophy. Sarah is professor of moral philosophy at St Andrews University. Regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Aristotle, her 50 year … Read More