Rabbi Anna Gerrard painting to be featured in ‘Faith’ exhibit

15 January 2017 A painting of Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Anna Gerrard will hang in Gloucester Cathedral throughout January and February, as part of an exhibition entitled ‘Faith’. Artist Russell Haines (pictured with Anna and her portrait) has spent the last 18 months producing 37 large portraits for the exhibition, which … Read More

Seven faiths unite to help Leicester’s homeless

4 January 2017 Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation, also known as Neve Shalom, has teamed up with other faiths in the area for a unique project to help the city’s homeless. A night shelter – providing overnight bed, board and support for 10 homeless men – will rotate between the synagogue, … Read More

Liberal Judaism’s Top 5 Landmarks in 2016

While the last year has seen many setbacks for those with Progressive values, Liberal Judaism as a movement has enjoyed another 12 months of growth – with strengthening communities, enhanced social action work and a louder voice in Anglo-Jewry, Britain generally and, indeed, the rest of the world. Below we … Read More

Chanukkah at Christmas time in 2016

23 December 2016 While much of the country is preparing for Christmas this Saturday evening, Jews will be declaring ‘Goodbye to Shabbat –the Sabbath- and Welcome Chanukkah!’ Chanukkah is an eight day Jewish festival which falls somewhere between mid-November and late December – and this year its beginning coincides with … Read More

Focus on migrants in new LGBTQI+ project

18 December 2016 Following the success of Rainbow Jews and Twilight People, Liberal Judaism will host a new project – Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI+ Migrants in Britain. This landmark undertaking, supported by the National Lottery through the Lottery Heritage Fund, will discover and celebrate the hidden history … Read More

Interfaith guests help celebrate 25 years of Peterborough

13 December 2016 Guests from all of the region’s faith groups helped Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday. Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, led a specially tailored service – explaining the origin and significance of the various aspects of Shabbat. It was followed … Read More

Liberal Jews win major volunteering awards

6 December 2016 Liberal Judaism communities and members have won a series of volunteering awards. Simon Cooper and Rebecca Woolfe were named The Jewish News and Mitzvah Day’s Community Heroes for 2016, in a moving ceremony. Simon, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, was an ambassador for NHS Blood & Transplant, … Read More

Luciana Berger MP joins Mitzvah Day at the LJS

29 November 2016 Luciana Berger MP joined Rabbis Danny Rich, Alex Wright and René Pfertzel – as well as Reform and Orthodox Jews, and members of three other faiths – to wrap festive presents for refugees at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) on Mitzvah Day. Hundreds of books were brought … Read More

Liberal Judaism team kick off Mitzvah Day with care home visit

22 November 2016 Rabbis Danny Rich and Leah Jordan led a staff team from Liberal Judaism’s head office, the Montagu Centre, in our movement’s first Mitzvah Day of 2016. The team baked cakes and served tea to the older people, spending a lovely afternoon swapping stories at the Norton House … Read More