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

LJY-Netzer members take on key community roles

11 September 2017 LJY-Netzer member Lauren Keiles has been elected as one of Liberal Judaism’s two Deputies to the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Lauren replaces Gabriel Webber, a former LJY-Netzer movement worker who resigned from the position to concentrate on his rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College. She … Read More

Inclusive High Holy Days service in East London

4 September 2017 A special Shabbat service will be held at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (EL2) on Saturday 23 September. The inclusive Shabbat Shelanu service is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. It will start at 11am and end at 12.30pm, in South … Read More