Join the LJS’s Yom Ha-Shoah service and event

LJS Yom Ha_Shoah event

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) will be hosting an online service and special event on Wednesday (7 April) to mark Yom Ha-Shoah, where guest speakers will include Peter Sís and Dame Esther Rantzen. Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. His book, Nicky & Vera, is the … Read More

Rabbi Charley Baginsky’s Pause for Thought on HMD

Holocaust Memorial Day Candle

Liberal Judaism’s Chief Executive Officer, Rabbi Charley Baginsky, recorded a special Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2 for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). You can listen to it here (from 2:27:00) or read the text below: I have heard some rabbis say that they keep their families out of their … Read More

Liberal Judaism’s Holocaust Memorial Day Events

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is on Wednesday 27 January. The theme for this year’s event is ‘be the light in the darkness’. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during … Read More

The (socially distanced) swim must go on…

Hana Greenfield Memorial in the UK

10 September 2020 By Jane Drapkin One of the Covid casualties from my calendar this summer was a trip to the Czech Republic to take part in the third annual Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim. This swim was not only taking place in a beautiful stretch of the river Labe (Elbe), … Read More

NPLS inspires Czech town to buy former rabbinic home

Kolin Rabbis House

19 August 2020 The town of Kolín, in the Czech Republic, has bought the house the rabbi of the once thriving Jewish community there used to live in – after being inspired by the work of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) in keeping the memory of its Jews alive. … Read More

Join our special anniversary service to celebrate ‘The Boys’

The Boys service

12 August 2020 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) and World Jewish Relief have teamed up to hold a special online Friday night service to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ‘The Boys’ arrival in Britain. The Kabbalat Shabbat will commemorate the arrival of the child Holocaust survivors to the … Read More

Exhibition to honour Slovak who saved 1,300 Jews opens in UK

27 January 2020 Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue was the venue for the British launch of the Slovakian Embassy’s exhibition ‘Aron Grünhut – Rescuer of the Jews and Human Rights Defender’. Marking Holocaust Memorial Day, the Ambassador of Slovakia Lubomir Rehak, together with the Deputy Ambassador of Israel Sharon Bar-Li, … Read More

Leicester flame chosen to be part of HMD Commemorative Ceremony

27 January 2020 A flame created by Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation (LPJC) to honour Greek Jewish victims of the Shoah was one of those chosen to be part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s 75 Memorial Flames project. The Trust – which organises Holocaust Memorial Day – invited faith organisations, … Read More

More children than ever attend Kingston HMD workshops

27 January 2020 More than 1,400 schoolchildren from Kingston-upon-Thames and Surrey have been attending workshops commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day throughout this month. The annual project, now in its 14th year, is run jointly by Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue (KSDS – part of the United Synagogue) and Kingston Liberal Synagogue … Read More

Film Review: Jojo Rabbit (5/5)

Ben Combe 16 December 2019 The Nazi aesthetic is, inherently, stupid. Plenty of ink has been spilled over the Nazi’s appropriations of fantastical, mythical and hyper-masculine imagery. In new movie Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi and his team defame history’s greatest monsters by inviting them out into the cold light … Read More