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

Second Scarborough service is a success

1 August 2016 More than 30 people attended the latest Liberal Judaism service to be held in Scarborough. Set up by the York Liberal Jewish Community, the initial Scarborough event took place in March – and was the first Jewish service held in the North Yorkshire Town in living memory … Read More

BHPS celebrates longest standing members

Brighton Jewry Anniversary Service at BHPS

29 July 2016 The community at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (BHPS) honoured some of their longest serving members at a special Shabbat service to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Brighton Jewry. Led by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, the service demonstrated BHPS’s inclusive approach to Jewish life, with participation from … Read More

First Jewish group forms in Durham for 60 years

Durham and North East Liberal Jewish Community

28 July 2016 A group of Liberal Jews has formed the first local Jewish group in Durham since the last synagogue there closed in 1955. “We wanted to reach out to the descendants of the Orthodox synagogues in Bishop Auckland, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, West Hartlepool, Sunderland and Middlesbrough which closed as the collieries and shipping industries dwindled,” … Read More

SLLS honours Rabbi Janet Darley by planning refugee flat

Louise Freedman and Alice Alphandary present Rabbi Janet Darley (centre) with a leaving gift

27 July 2016 South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) gave departing rabbi, Rabbi Janet Darley, the perfect farewell present – a promise to continue her award-winning work with refugees. The community has vowed to convert a space in the synagogue into a two bedroom flat to house a refugee family. Plans … Read More

The benefits of Ba’alei Tefillah

Alexandra Simonon at Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC)

25 July 2016 Liberal Judaism administration manager, and Ba’alei Tefillah graduate, Alexandra Simonon took her first full Torah service this weekend, spending Shabbat with Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC). Alexandra – who graduated Liberal Judaism’s lay leadership course with 16 others at the Biennial Weekend earlier this month – led … Read More

Norwich Jews support Romanian arson victims

Annie Henriques and Andrea Abraham

18 July 2016 Members of Norwich Liberal Jewish Community (NLJC) have played a key role in supporting a Romanian family, whose village shop was firebombed. NLJC chair Annie Henriques – pictured here with the shop owner’s daughter Andrea Abraham – addressed a rally in support of the family. A public appeal … Read More

York cake sale raises £200 for Israel’s food bank

18 July 2016 York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) raised £200 for Israel’s national food bank, Leket Israel, by selling ‘hot cakes’ at a local fete. A new venture for the fast-growing community, more 300 baked items were sold in just three hours. They were all donated by YLJC members and friends. … Read More