Kingston member wins competition to mark HMD

Bronia Snow By Ali Simmons

A member of Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) is one of the winners of a national competition marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. Ali Simmons, 25, entered the competition with her portrait of fellow KLS member and survivor Bronia Snow. Bronia came to the UK on the Kindertransport from Prague aged 11 … Read More

Truus’ Children – a film about a forgotten war hero

Truus' Children Flyer

By Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi Just before lockdown, in March 2020, my brother (Rabbi Richard Jacobi) and I were invited to the film premiere of Truus’ Children in Amsterdam. Our father, Rabbi Harry Jacobi, had been interviewed for the movie but had sadly died not long before its release, so … Read More

Liberal Judaism statement on Yom HaShoah 5782

LJ Statement Logo Star

On this day, 27 Nisan 5782, we commemorate Yom HaShoah along with Jews around the world. All our Liberal Judaism communities stand together in the importance of commemoration; from honouring our Czech Scrolls and the communities they come from to the importance of survivor stories and testimonies to teaching our … Read More

Bedfordshire community plant trees for AJR campaign

Bob Kirk BEM at Whipsnade tree planting

Members of Bedfordshire Progressive Synagogue (BPS) are planting three trees as part of a special campaign to mark the 80th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR). To commemorate the milestone anniversary, the AJR launched 80 Trees for 80 Years, which will see 80 native oaks planted around Britain … Read More

Finchley and Nottingham KT students join up

Finchley and Nottingham Kabbalat Torah children

The Kabbalat Torah class from Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) were recently welcomed by Nottingham Liberal Synagogue for a weekend stay. Their trip included a visit to Beth Shalom – the National Holocaust Centre and Museum – during which they heard powerful survivor testimony. There was also lots of eduction, activities … Read More

City of York hosts World Premiere of new Holocaust film

Getting Away with Murders

York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) will co-host the World Premiere of a new feature-length documentary film on the Holocaust entitled GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S). Made by one of Yorkshire’s most interesting filmmakers, David Nicholas Wilkinson, it is been in fruition for the last 18 years. It looks at how almost … Read More

Liberal Judaism welcomes UK Holocaust Memorial Centre

Planning permission granted for new UK Holocaust Memorial

Liberal Judaism is delighted to share the news that the UK’s first national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will be built in Westminster, following the granting of planning permission. Construction will start later this year, with the centre hoping to open its doors in 2025. Being built right next door … Read More

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