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

The rabbi who went to Bali in order not to speak for a week

Rabbi Rebecca Birk 4 June 2018 The Jewish Chronicle Rabbi Rebecca Birk decided to try something different when she took a sabbatical. At the end of last year, as Chanukah finished, I travelled 7,747 miles not to talk. I attended a silent meditative retreat at the foot of a mountain. … Read More

‘Stronger’ Leo Baeck maintaining its supply of rabbis

Simon Rocker 1 July 2018 The Jewish Chronicle Students at the Progressive academy are making an impact in the UK and beyond. Leo Baeck College is “stronger than ever”, its new chairman Jill Todd told guests at its annual dinner. Since the Progressive rabbinic academy opened in 1956, more than … Read More

Why I had to walk out of the Zionist Federation’s dinner

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein 13 March 2018 The Jewish Chronicle “With no opportunity to voice my opposition to the guest speaker’s comments on asylum-seekers in Israel, I was left with no choice.” Sometimes enough is enough. I am a deeply committed Zionist and I believe that British Jewry must take a … Read More

In The Media: First gender-neutral B’nei Mitzvah

05 March 2018 Take a look at some of the fantastic press coverage of the first Liberal Judaism gender-neutral B’nei Mitzvah, which took place at York Liberal Jewish Community in February 2018: UK Jewish Media Jewish News: “This teen had a gender neutral b’nei mitzvah” Jewish Chronicle: “Torah and togetherness … Read More

Liberals triumph at Mitzvah Day Awards

5 February 2018 Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (NLS) was praised for its Salaam Shalom Kitchen, as the project gained a key social action award. The kitchen – a partnership between NLS and local Muslim charity Himmah – won the Mitzvah Day 365 Award in a ceremony at JW3. The Salaam Shalom … Read More

Jewish sexual ethics for the 21st century

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 December 2017 The Jewish Chronicle Understanding the Torah can help us find a contemporary code of sexual ethics Sexual harassment has been in the news in the past few weeks, and the #MeToo campaign in social media has revealed just how widespread it is. Of … Read More

In The Media: Sponsor Refugees

13 October 2017 Check out some of the fantastic press coverage of the Sponsor Refugees launch and our Liberal Judaism sukkah in the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre: The Jewish Chronicle: “Succah in London mosque as faiths join forces on refugees project” JTA: “A sukkah in a mosque … Read More

Liberal communities praised by The Jewish Chronicle

26 September 2017 Liberal Judaism’s founding synagogue, and one of the movement’s newest communities, have both been praised by The Jewish Chronicle. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS), founded in 1911 and the oldest and largest Liberal community, was the subject of the JC’s popular ‘Secret Shul Goer’ column. The anonymous … Read More