‘I can’t believe the coincidence’

Alison Turner, Liberal Judaism Archivist 8 October 2018 This is a remarkable story from the archives of war-time memoirs returned to the family that wrote them. Vanessa Wolfman of Rye, East Sussex, phoned me offering books and papers from her late father, Mr J Wolfman of Liverpool. I was glad … Read More

Leicester Council makes refugee pledge at Sanctuary Sukkot event

2 October 2018 Leicester City Council has pledged to accept and support at least five child refugees each year, for the next 10 years, after the Sanctuary Sukkot event at Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation (LPJC). Around 70 people attended, with LPJC’s Rabbi Mark Solomon joined in the Sukkah by Reverend … Read More

New scroll mantle honours leading Essex Liberal Jew

17 September 2018 A new year has meant a new mantle for the Czech Torah Scroll at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS). The new mantle was used for the first time on Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779, keeping with the tradition to dress the Torah in white on the … Read More

Northwood members join historic memorial swim in Kolín

5 September 2018 Sixty-seven men, women and children – including many from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) – took part in a wild river swim in the Czech Republic in memory of an incredible woman who survived the Holocaust. The large group swam down the River Elbe in Kolín, … Read More

Liberal rabbis call on Government to save child refugees

3 September 2018 EIGHT Liberal Judaism rabbis were among the religious leaders to sign a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Times asking the British Government to honour our country’s tradition of saving child refugees. Rabbis Danny Rich and Charley Baginsky – Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi and director of strategy and partnerships … Read More

The Balkans and its history helps us confront our identity

Elliott Karstadt 24 August 2018 The Jewish Chronicle In his 2012 travelogue, Where the West Ends, Michael Totten talks of citizens of the former Yugoslavia wrestling with national identity in their new reality. When asked, “who are you”, Predrad Delibasic says he made up an answer: “‘I am Jewish!’ I … Read More

Yad Vashem Auschwitz exhibition brought to the Lake District

22 August 2018 Liberal Judaism is supporting a new and compelling exhibition in the Lake District entitled ‘Auschwitz: A Place on Earth – The Auschwitz Album’. The exhibition was put together by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem. It runs at the Lake District Holocaust Project (LDHP) … Read More

Ann celebrates her 90th birthday with special LJS service

20 August 2018 Holocaust survivor Ann Kirk celebrated her 90th birthday with a special Shabbat service at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS). Ann read the Haftarah during the service. She was accompanied by husband Bob, who also survived the Shoah, and they cut her birthday cake together during a commemorative … Read More

[Blog] Preserving the power of testimony

Helen Stone 31 July 2018 When my phone rang one evening last February the voice was anxious and the tone urgent. The caller was one of the organisers of Northwood Holocaust Memorial Day Events educational sessions. “Our speaker is unwell,” they explained. “Can you take her slot tomorrow morning?” As … Read More

Biennial Book Club: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

24 May 2018 Liberal Judaism will launch the first ever Biennial Book Club, as one of the evening activity sessions on offer at our movement’s flagship event of 2018. Led by Kingston Liberal Synagogue member and cheder teacher Sandra Webber, the book club will read and discuss The Periodic Table … Read More