New Chairs for the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors

Rabbi Rebecca Birk and Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel

Rabbi Rebecca Birk and Rabbi René Pfertzel are the new Chairs of the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors (CoLRaC). Rebecca has served Finchley Progressive Synagogue for the last 10 years. She loves liturgy and Torah and in particular sharing both. She brings a commitment to social justice, as well … Read More

Liberal Judaism announces new executive team

helley Shocolinsky-Dwyer and Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Liberal Judaism has appointed Rabbi Charley Baginsky (right) as Chief Executive Officer, with Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer (left) becoming Chief Operating Officer. Both will take up their positions in January 2021. Charley and Shelley have been Interim Directors of the movement since March 2020 – overseeing a highly successful period including a … Read More

Alexandra is our new director of community partnerships

Alexandra Simonon

Liberal Judaism has appointed Alexandra Simonon as our movement’s first ever director of community partnerships. Alexandra, who is a member of Liberal Judaism’s senior management team, will be working with all Liberal communities to develop strategies that meet their needs, while fitting in to our movement’s overall operating plan. Alexandra … Read More

Tune in to Liberal Judaism’s rabbis on the radio

BBC Radio

Liberal Judaism’s rabbis can often be heard across the airwaves, on both local and national radio. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for current and future appearances. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein was recently invited onto the Jumoke Fashola show on BBC Radio London to talk about mixed faith weddings and … Read More

Ealing Liberal Synagogue appoints Rabbi Dr Miri Lawrence

Rabbi Dr Miri Lawrence

1 October 2020 Rabbi Dr Miri Lawrence is returning to the pulpit of Ealing Liberal Synagogue (ELS) following the retirement of Rabbi Janet Burden. Miri will be working for the community on freelance basis until January 2021, before formally starting the role. She previously served Ealing in the 1990s after … Read More

Meet Liberal Judaism’s new senior administrator

Tanya Garfield

3 September 2020 Liberal Judaism is delighted to announce that Tanya Garfield is our new senior administrator. Taking on a central role within Liberal Judaism, Tanya will provide support for all aspects of our movement’s administration including finance, lifecycle and education. She will also be providing PA support to the … Read More

Young and passionate? Join our Board of National Officers

9 June 2020 An open letter from Graham Carpenter and Hannah Stephenson Dear senior LJY-Netzer Bogrim and young adult members of Liberal Judaism, We hope you are all OK and finding the ways that work for you to get through these tough times. We are sure that many of you … Read More

[Comment] It is our Liberal Jewish obligation to speak out

Black Lives Matter

By Rabbi Charley Baginsky On one of our Facebook groups for clergy, an American Rabbi tried to articulate their shock following the murder of George Floyd. She noted that it reached the proof required by the rabbis of old for a murder conviction. Why is this significant? For the same … Read More

Liberal Judaism appoints Joint Interim Directors

helley Shocolinsky-Dwyer and Rabbi Charley Baginsky

1 June 2020 Liberal Judaism has appointed Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer (left) and Rabbi Charley Baginsky (right) as its Joint Interim Directors until the end of March 2021. Shelley, formerly Liberal Judaism’s Director of Operations, will have overall responsibility for the movement’s finances and operations. Charley, who was previously Director of Strategy … Read More

[Blog] How do we acquire a shem tov (good name)?

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

21 April 2020 By Rabbi Aaron Goldstein Unavoidably, all professionals engaged in lifecycle events have been extra busy during the coronavirus pandemic. Baby blessings, Bnei Mitzvah, Kabbalat Torah and weddings have all had to be postponed. Deaths from the virus and those coincidental to this time have meant that we … Read More