Prayer, pizza and pyjamas… and all in a good cause

8 November 2017 South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC) held a special ‘prayer, pizza and pyjama’ service to celebrate raising more than £5,000 in the fight against cancer. The community welcomed the organisers of the Aylesbury Relay for Life to their Friday night service, where the charity’s committee chair Paula Kirby … Read More

Northwood full for Balfour centenary event

7 November 2017 More than 150 people attended a special event to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS). Hosted by Arzenu UK (formerly Pro-Zion) and the Alliance of Progressive Judaism’s Israel Desk it featured Matthew Gould, Britain’s former ambassador to Israel, in … Read More

Judge Rinder praises ‘heroic’ Progressive movements

2 November 2017 TV star and barrister Robert Rinder has heralded the ‘heroic’ achievements of Liberal and Reform Judaism on LGBTQI+ rights. Speaking at a Service of Celebration, at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, ITV’s Judge Rinder said that the Progressive movements had “paved the way for a new generation who … Read More

Happy birthday Peter – Essex life president turns 90!

25 October 2017 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) held a special celebratory service to mark the 90th birthday of life president Peter Benscher. The service was led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Student Rabbi Daniela Touati and Rabbi Harry Jacobi, vice president of Liberal Judaism and a long-time friend … Read More

Liberal Jews launch Mitzvah Day 2017 at Parliament

17 October 2017 A number of prominent members of Liberal Judaism took part in an intergenerational tea party with Holocaust survivors, MPs and Peers, held at the Houses of Parliament, to launch Mitzvah Day 2017. LJY-Netzer movement workers Ellie Lawson and Hannah Stephenson (pictured above with Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler) … Read More

Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel inducted at Kingston

16 October 2017 Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel promised to bring his passion for Jewish tradition, interest in people and desire to teach and learn to Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS), as he was inducted as the community’s new rabbi. Dignitaries at the special service included the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Rachael … Read More

First Shabbat for new LJS student rabbi this weekend

11 October 2017 Student Rabbi Igor Zinkov will spend his first Shabbat as The Liberal Jewish Synagogue’s rabbinic intern this Friday and Saturday. Igor, who is a fourth year rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College, will be working at the LJS until June 2018. Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Igor achieved … Read More

Liberal communities praised by The Jewish Chronicle

26 September 2017 Liberal Judaism’s founding synagogue, and one of the movement’s newest communities, have both been praised by The Jewish Chronicle. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS), founded in 1911 and the oldest and largest Liberal community, was the subject of the JC’s popular ‘Secret Shul Goer’ column. The anonymous … Read More

Annual Memorial Services this Sunday

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14 September 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Annual Memorial services will take place this Sunday (September 17). They will be held at the following times: Midday at The Western Cemetery, Cheshunt, led by Rabbi David Hulbert Midday at The Western Cemetery Woodland Burial, Cheshunt, led by Rabbi Jackie Tabick Midday at The … Read More

[Blog] Antisemitism must not come to define us

Rabbi Charley Baginsky 13 September 2017 The latest study from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research – with its headline statistic that more than a quarter of British people hold at least one antisemitic view – is already causing a stir. Antisemitism has preoccupied our British Jewish community for quite … Read More