Rabbi Charley represents Jewish community at Abbey service

Rabbi Charley Baginsky at Westminster Abbey rehearsal

Progressive Judaism Co-Lead Rabbi Charley Baginsky gave a blessing on behalf of the Jewish community at Westminster Abbey – as part of a Service of Thanksgiving in the 30th Year of South Africa’s democracy. The event marked three decades since the ending of Apartheid in South Africa and honoured Nelson … Read More

Chief Operating Officer leaves Liberal Judaism

Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer

Liberal Judaism’s Chief Operating Officer Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer is leaving the movement, after more than 16 years of exemplary service. Shelley has worked for Liberal Judaism since 2008 and has managed every department and function of the organisation at some point during that time, including as COO for the last four … Read More

Faiths unite in solidarity for silent peace walk

More than 500 people from all faiths and backgrounds took part in a peace walk in London. Rabbi Rebecca Birk represented Progressive Judaism at the event, offering a prayer for peace on behalf of the Jewish community alongside clergy and representatives from the Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Brahma … Read More

Israel peace activist calls for co-existence at Mosaic event

Magen Inon, a peace activist whose parents were murdered on 7 October, spoke to an appreciative audience of 75 people at Mosaic Jewish Community. Magen, a former teacher with a large extended family in Israel, described his childhood home and the rich community – of Jews and non-Jews – which … Read More

‘The world must not stay silent about sexual violence’

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

By Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Rabbi Rebecca Birk and Student Rabbi Daisy Bogod Today, 19 June, is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. As Rabbis we bear witness and encourage others to do so. We call out the use of rape and sexual violence in … Read More

Hostage march was ‘full of love, support and solidarity’

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith on hostages march

By Rabbi Mark Goldsmith On Sunday 2 June, an estimated 40,000 people marched from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to the open space opposite Downing Street to support the families whose loved ones have been held captive by Hamas in Gaza for 240 days, since the Hamas attacks on Israel on 7 … Read More

Jerusalem Interfaith March gives ‘hope for the future’

Rabbi Josh Levy and Rabbi Charley Baginsky at the Jerusalem Interfaith March for Human Rights and Peace

Progressive Judaism Co-Leads Rabbi Josh Levy and Rabbi Charley Baginsky took part in the Jerusalem Interfaith March for Human Rights and Peace. Rabbis Charley and Josh joined hundreds of people of all faiths and backgrounds – including colleagues from the Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism and the Israel … Read More

Liberal Judaism Vice President part of King’s Coronation Roll

Baroness Merron video

Liberal Judaism Vice President Baroness Gillian Merron, and her history-making role as the first representative of the Jewish faith involved in a British Monarch’s Coronation, are featured as part of King Charles III’s Coronation Roll. Stretching for 21 metres, the hand-stitched manuscript and illustrated record was written by calligrapher Stephanie … Read More

Progressive values put into action at Mayoral Assembly

Rabbi Rebecca Birk Co-Chairs Mayoral Assembly

Rabbi Rebecca Birk (pictured) of Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) Co-Chaired the London Citizens Mayoral Accountability Assembly, which was addressed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. More than 2,000 people attended the event, where the Mayor was invited onstage to commit to pledges on work and wages, migration and housing. His election … Read More

Community united at Downing Street vigil for the hostages

Vigil outside Downing Street

More than 1,500 people from across the Jewish community, and beyond, came together in a vigil to support the 133 hostages still held captive in Gaza. Taking place opposite Downing Street, crowd members were visibly moved as the families of those taken and murdered by Hamas spoke about the pain … Read More