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Rabbi Charley Baginsky and her children

23 March 2020 Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, will be running a drop in VirtualiTEA at her house (virtually) every day at 4pm via Zoom. She said: “This is a chance for those with kids to spend the witching hour together and those without to … Read More

[Sermon] Shabbat in the Coronavirus Crisis

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 21 March 2020 Shabbat Shalom. The physical congregation that usually inhabits the synagogue is absent and the hum of people gathering to celebrate Shabbat has been replaced by silence. And yet, hinneinu, here we are, sharing this sacred moment across the ether. Before we begin our … Read More

Hold a Second Seder once this is all over

20 March 2020 Liberal Judaism is encouraging its members and communities to hold a Second Seder once this period of uncertainty and isolation/social distancing ends. Liberal Jews will be holding a Seder on the first night of Pesach this year as usual, but these will now be either virtual or … Read More

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NPLS live streaming service

16 March 2020 During this difficult time, Liberal Judaism want to do our part to help limit or slow down the transmission of COVID-19, while also continuing to fulfil the needs and Jewish journeys of our communities and members. A key component of helping everyone through the next few months … Read More

Liberal communities celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women's Day at East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue

9 March 2020 Liberal Judaism communities put on special events and services this weekend to mark International Women’s Day. At East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS), members of the Rosh Chodesh Group – a female group that meets at the beginning of each new month – led a Shabbat … Read More

LJ Inter-Community Cyber Quiz set for Sunday 22 March

6 March 2020 On the evening of Sunday 22 March, 10 Liberal Judaism communities will participate in the LJ Inter-Community Cyber Quiz. Joining hosts South Bucks Jewish Community and last year’s winners Dublin Progressive Jewish Congregation will be participants from Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Kent, Leicester, Nottingham, Three Counties and York. … Read More

Rabbi Pete Tobias leaves Elstree for California

4 April 2020 Rabbi Pete Tobias is leaving The Liberal Synagogue Elstree (TLSE) after more than 17 years as the community’s beloved rabbi and leader. Pete will take up a position at a congregation in Southern California in September, allowing him to live close to his son and family there. … Read More

Rabbi Charley Baginsky seconded from South Bucks to Liberal Judaism

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

4 March 2020 Rabbi Charley Baginsky is taking up a six-month secondment at Liberal Judaism from 1 April. Charley had previously split her time between her role as Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships and as the rabbi at South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC). The move strengthens Liberal Judaism’s … Read More

Leading professor to deliver next WCLS lunchtime lecture

28 February 2020 Professor Glenn Levine will deliver the next in the popular West Central Liberal Synagogue (WCLS) Shabbat lunchtime lecture series. Professor Levine will lead a presentation and discussion titled A Short History of Yiddish: From Medieval Yudentaytsh to the 21st Century ‘YidLife Crisis’. He will trace the history … Read More

[Blog] Inside the Leo Baeck Education Centre

Suzy Gold 27 February 2020 Recently I was fortunate enough to visit Leo Baeck Education Centre (LBEC) in Haifa. Having spent time acquainting myself with the website, I felt prepared and knew what to expect. Reading about an unparalleled, forward-thinking establishment in northern Israel sounded little less than a utopian … Read More