Kingston Liberal Synagogue appoints Rabbi Lev Taylor

Rabbis Lev and Rene cut the cake

Rabbi Lev Taylor has been appointed as the new rabbi of Kingston Liberal Synagogue, taking over from Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel. The KLS community celebrated with a very well-attended installation service and party. Rabbi Lev (pictured cutting his welcome cake alongside Rabbi René) said: “Kingston’s reaction to my appointment has … Read More

‘Historic’ Passover service unites Progressive communities

Rabbi Danny Rich and Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

The final day of Pesach at Southgate Progressive Synagogue (SPS) brought together three Progressive communities for a service that the synagogue’s Chair has described as “a historic occasion”. SPS, Finchley Progressive Synagogue and Shar’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue united for the service led by their respective clergy – Rabbi … Read More

Growing Up Jewish – the Progressive way

BBC Growing Up Jewish

Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) was featured as part of BBC One’s Growing Up Jewish programme. The show looked at four young people preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, including FRS members Eve and Dylan. Eve is from a dual heritage family. Her mum describes herself as a secular Jew … 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

Advisory Board Chair on continuing our work to build bridges

Dr Ed Kessler on The Rest Is Politics

Dr Ed Kessler MBE, the Chair of the Progressive Judaism Advisory Board, appeared on The Rest is Politics to discuss the war in Israel and Gaza and what happens next both there and for interfaith work in the UK. Ed is Founder President of the Woolf Institute and a leading … Read More

A reflection six months on from 7 October

By Rabbis Josh Levy and Charley Baginsky Co-Leads of Progressive Judaism In October of last year, together with other communal leaders, we produced a set of principles about how to respond to the emerging crisis in Israel and Gaza. It was called ‘Our Jewish Values’ and spoke for many in our … Read More

Cantor Zöe Jacobs to lead clergy team at Finchley Reform Synagogue

Cantor Zöe Jacobs

Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) has appointed Cantor Zöe Jacobs as its new Senior Clergy, replacing outgoing Senior Rabbi, Miriam Berger. The appointment marks a ground-breaking new model of congregational leadership and the next stage of a personal journey for Cantor Zöe. Cantor Zöe grew up in the FRS community – … Read More

Progressive Judaism backs calls for new deal on refugee integration

Commission on the Integration of Refugees

Two prominent Progressive Jews have played a key role in a report calling for a new deal on refugee integration that works for both refugees and wider British society. Progressive Judaism Advisory Board Chair Dr Ed Kessler MBE is Chair of the Commission on the Integration of Refugees, which spent … Read More

Shirei met Chagigah and welcomed in the future

Uplifting, joyous, meaningful, and musical were some of the comments at the end of the Movement for Reform Judaism’s flagship event, Shirei meets Chagigah. It was an all-singing, all-learning four days away with rabbis, cantors, leaders, community members, and speakers from around the world, all coming together to enjoy and … Read More

Progressive Judaism is ‘transforming the Jewish world’

Jewish Telegraph interview with Rabbi Josh Levy

The values, ideals and leaders of Progressive Judaism have been praised by the Jewish press. After a headline in the Jewish News last week proclaiming that ‘Progressive Judaism welcomes everyone’, this week’s Jewish Telegraph hails Rabbi Josh Levy as the ‘Rabbi helping to transform the Jewish world in the UK’. … Read More