A tribute to Rabbi Harry Jacobi z”l

25 April 2019 Tributes from all over the Jewish community, and beyond, have poured in for Liberal Judaism vice president Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE – who passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, aged 93. In the words of his children, Harry “was clear-minded to the end and faced this head-on, … Read More

Rabbi Harry Jacobi z”l: “…the archetypal mensch”

April 2019 Many from Liberal Judaism and beyond have shared their memories of Rabbi Harry Jacobi z”l, some of which have been collected below. If you’d like to submit your memories of Rabbi Harry please email pr@liberaljudaism.org. Click here to read more about Rabbi Harry. “I will always remember Harry … 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

[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

Kingston synagogues unite for Holocaust education project

Annick Lever at Kingston Liberal Synagogue Holocaust Memorial Day education project

More than 1,000 Kingston school children are attending a joint Holocaust education project run by the Liberal and Orthodox synagogues in the area. Kingston Liberal Synagogue has teamed up with Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue – an Orthodox community that is part of the United Synagogue – for the Holocaust … Read More