[Sermon] Our Judaism and the Oxymoron, Rosh Hashanah 2016/5777

3 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi City life has been described as ‘millions of people living alone together’. Unsuccessful jokes can be met by a deafening silence, while a good comedian might be described as seriously funny. A one-man band could sing “The Sound of Silence” and in doing so … Read More

Join the Human Rights Shabbat Programme

2 October 2016 A dozen Liberal communities have already signed up to take part in the René Cassin Human Rights Shabbat Programme for 5777. René Cassin – a charity working to promote and protect universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values – has run the project for the … Read More

[Sermon] Anniversaries and Looking Forwards, Erev Rosh Hashanah 2016/5777

2 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi 4th October 2016 is the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts were confronted by a concerted effort including Irish dockers, Jewish East Enders, Trade Unionists and Communists. Their attitude of ‘They Shall Not Pass’ led to a landmark … Read More

Rabbis welcomed at South Bucks and York

20 September 2016 Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten have been welcomed at South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC) and York Liberal Jewish Community (YLC). South Bucks inducted Charley in a moving Shabbat service on Saturday, which was attended by dignitaries including Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, and … Read More

[Book Review] The Jewish Community of Golders Green

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein The Jewish Community of Golders Green by Pam Fox (ISBN: 9780750965873) Pam Fox – who has previously written books on Rabbi Dr Israel Mattuck and The Liberal Jewish Synagogue – has published an incredibly well-researched account of the history of Jewish settlement in Golders Green. It … Read More

[Book Reviews] Like Ruth and The Honey & the Sting

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein Like Ruth: Choosing to Be Chosen by Hava Fleming (ISBN: 9781532989728) and The Honey & the Sting by Rabbi Dr Walter Rothschild (ISBN: 9781910752180) I am privileged to share, with Rabbi Mark Solomon, the chairing of the Beit Din of Liberal Judaism. The Beit Din is … Read More

Mayor of Redbridge attends Bet Tikvah service

5 September 2016 The Major of Redbridge, Councillor Gurdial Bhamra, enjoyed a Shabbat morning service at Bet Tikvah. The mayor, who is Sikh, has been visiting many different religious places of worship in the London Borough of Redbridge to promote his message that “we are all one community”. On his … Read More

Liberals spur Midlands Limmud to roaring success

8 August 2016 Members of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) played a prominent part in the success of the first regional Limmud in the city. Limmud Birmingham WM was held in the education centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with BPS members taking up key roles on the organising committee. Some … Read More

Woodford Shabbat accessible to all

7 August 2016 Woodford Liberal Synagogue (WLS) has held its fourth Shabbat Shelanu, an inclusive Saturday morning service, accessible for people with learning disabilities and welcoming to all. Led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Shabbat Shelanu services provide an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat in a relaxed and friendly environment, through music, … Read More