Rabbi Bernard Hooker’s life celebrated by community he inspired

4 March 2019 Rabbi David Hulbert, together with his wife Fiona, travelled west to visit the Herefordshire Jewish Community (HJC) and lead a special service on the 20th yahrzeit of Rabbi Bernard Hooker. Rabbi Hooker was an inspiration to the Herefordshire community in its early days so it was very … Read More

LJS members in bid to honour 13th century pioneer

14 February 2019 Two members of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) are part of an exciting bid to erect a statue of Licoricia of Winchester and her son Asser in the centre of the city. Licoricia was England’s most prominent Jewish businesswomen in the 13th century. She was a pioneering … Read More

Read sermons and speeches from Holocaust Memorial Day

31 January 2019 Last weekend saw Jews around the country join with people of all faiths, and none, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Services, ceremonies and events were held to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, as well as the millions of other people killed under Nazi … Read More

Righteous gentiles

  Originally written for the Birmingham Jewish Newsletter   This week’s sidra is named after Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. It begins with Jethro advising Moses on how to set up a system of courts of law so that the people do not have to stand all day waiting for Moses to … Read More

[Sermon] Antisemitism and the Chosen People

  Tevye the milkman, in Fiddler on the Roof, said, “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?” It is not easy to be God’s chosen people, as we are especially aware as we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day this … Read More

[Speech] Never again!

  Originally given at Brighton Holocaust Memorial Day Public Meeting   Good evening, everyone. The theme of this year’s National Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations is ‘Torn From Home’. We are painfully aware that hundreds of thousands of people across the world are torn from their homes each year and find … Read More

Why ‘Torn from Home’ theme for Holocaust Memorial Day resonates

  Originally published by The Comet newspaper   Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated annually on January 27 and, each year, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust offers a theme to direct our minds to some aspect of the Holocaust or the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur. This … Read More

Discover the fascinating story of world’s first female rabbi

29 January 2019 Rabbi Regina Jonas will be the subject in the first of a new series of Shabbat talks at West Central Liberal Synagogue (WCLS). Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, will lead the lunch time session and tell the story of the Berlin-born Jewish scholar who became … Read More

[Speech] Torn from Home

  Home! What is home? When I looked it up in a dictionary, I found the definitions long and confusing. Home, after all, means different things to different people. For me home is the place I can return to at the end of this evening. It is where… I eat … Read More

[Blog] New Ways to Remember the Shoah

Having read of a survey that shows an increasing number of people in this country either know nothing about the Shoah or doubt it even happened we know why ever more effort needs to be made to keep alive the memory of this tragedy and the lessons it might teach … Read More