A community library for Peterborough

30 March 2016 Members of Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) have set-up a library, allowing the congregation to borrow books on topics of interest. Secretary Janet Berkman, and her husband Graham, hosted a special Erev Shabbat during Jewish Book Week to launch the scheme. Members packed into Janet’s study, which … Read More

Jean honoured for lifetime of service in Birmingham

Joe Seager 22 March 2016 Picture by Peter Noons A special kiddush was held at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) to honour member Jean Bonner for her many years of outstanding service. The community made Jean the guest of honour over Shabbat, with warm tributes paid to her by prominent BPS … Read More

A special KT celebration at Northwood

21 March 2016 Pictures by Phil Stone A class of 11 teenagers celebrated their Kabbalat Torah at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) this Shabbat. The youth – three of whom are fourth generation Liberal Jews – took part in the Kabbalat Torah ceremony, which was the culmination of a … Read More

Rabbi Richard Jacobi welcomes first grandchild

21 March 2016 Woodford Liberal Synagogue was full to capacity on Shabbat for the baby blessing of Rabbi Richard Jacobi’s first grandchild. Family, friends and congregates gathered for a Purim family service and the ceremony for baby Zachary, whose great-grandfather, Rabbi Harry Jacobi, carried out the blessing. The community’s youth … Read More

Wandering scroll finds its way to Crouch End

21 March 2016 The community at Crouch End Chavurah have welcomed a ‘new’ Torah scroll that is more than 100 years old and travels around the world. Canadian-born sofer Avielah Barclay – the first female Torah scribe for 250 years – visited the community at Shabbat and revealed many interesting … Read More

Liberals help plan Birmingham’s first one-day Limmud

8 March 2016 Three members of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) are helping to organise the city’s first one-day Limmud. The full-scale celebration of Jewish learning and culture will take place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s educational facility on Sunday July 10, 2016. A programme of sessions will be presented by prominent … Read More

Jewish history made in Scarborough

7 March 2016 More than 50 people turned out for the first Jewish service in Scarborough in living memory this weekend. Held at Albermarle Baptist Church, the service was organised as part of an outreach programme by York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) and led by their Student Rabbi Daniel Lichman. … Read More

Behind the headlines as LJS makes history

Jeanne Myers 15 February 2016 You may have seen some of the recent media coverage about The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) holding Friday evening services in French. ‘Sacrebleu’, you might have thought… what’s all this about?! Around a year ago, it occurred to me that, with the large number of … Read More

One big Friday night dinner

Gloucestershire Dinner

8 February 2016 The Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC) gathered most of its members together in January for a simultaneous Friday night dinner party. Eighty people united in nine houses around Gloucestershire, enjoying home cooked food contributed by those taking part. Members were grouped together into convenient geographical locations to … Read More

Liberal Judaism welcomes first Scandinavian member synagogue

Shir Hatzafon joins Liberal Judaism

2 February 2016 Shir Hatzafon synagogue – ‘The Song of the North’ – has become the first Scandinavian member of Liberal Judaism, increasing the movement’s number of members to 42 communities over five countries. Started informally in 1998, Shir Hatzafon was officially recognized by the Danish Government in 2004. Today, … Read More