Support World Jewish Relief’s Indonesian earthquake appeal

15 October 2018 Liberal Judaism has joined with Jewish movements and organisations from across the denominations to call for aid to Indonesia. World Jewish Relief is providing emergency help in the region after a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake, and resulting tsunami, hit the island of Sulawesi. The death toll is … Read More

Finchley Sukkot event wins refugee pledge from Council

Rabbi Rebecca Birk at Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) action for refugees

25 September 2018 Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) has won a pledge from Barnet Council to take more refugees from war-torn countries. At a ‘Sanctuary Sukkot’ event held in the synagogue, Council leader Richard Cornelius agreed that the borough will take three refugees each year over the next 10 years, and … Read More

Statement on demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

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Rabbis Danny Rich & Laura Janner-Klausner 13 September 2018 Liberal Judaism and Reform Judaism stand united in condemning the Israeli Government’s proposed demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank, and the forcible transfer of its residents. Despite almost universal international condemnation – including from the … Read More

Rabbi Danny Rich calls for ‘civilised debate’ in our community

Rabbi Danny Rich 6 September 2018 The Jewish News Rabbi Danny Rich, the senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism, has criticised the Jewish community for its inability to tolerate difference within – and called for the return of civilised debate as we enter 5779. You can read Danny’s thoughts, published as … Read More

[Blog] An ‘opt out’ organ donation system will save lives

Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism 4 September 2018 The National Health Service (NHS) Blood & Transfusion Service has a national Organ Donation Week – which started on Monday and ends just as Rosh Hashanah begins. The purpose of the campaign is to “raise awareness of the important … Read More

Liberal rabbis call on Government to save child refugees

3 September 2018 EIGHT Liberal Judaism rabbis were among the religious leaders to sign a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Times asking the British Government to honour our country’s tradition of saving child refugees. Rabbis Danny Rich and Charley Baginsky – Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi and director of strategy and partnerships … Read More

[Blog] Nation State Law is a dangerous political gesture

Rabbi Danny Rich 12 August 2018 As the summer really took hold in Israel, the temperature in the Knesset rose dramatically as ‘Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People’ (INSJP) became part of the Israel’s effective constitution by 62 votes to 55. On the surface, it appears to … Read More

Big numbers at small Reading community’s big birthday

19 July 2018 The Reading Liberal Jewish Community proudly celebrated its 40th birthday with a special Shabbat service and celebratory lunch. The small community’s numbers were swelled for the event as current members were joined by old friends, officers and dignitaries of Liberal Judaism and no less than seven rabbis. … Read More

Progressive Jews unite against Israel’s Basic Law Bill

17 July 2018 Liberal Judaism and other Progressive Zionist groups have called on the Israeli government to drop the “dangerous” Basic Law Bill currently being considered by the country’s Knesset (Parliament). Working with other groups, including Reform Judaism, we yesterday delivered a strongly-worded letter to Israel’s Ambassador to the UK … Read More

Two new Liberal rabbis ordained in moving ceremony

10 July 2018 Two new Progressive rabbis have been ordained by Leo Baeck College in a moving ceremony at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. Rabbi Nathan Godleman and Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein (pictured above with Dr Jeremy Schonfield) were ordained by Leo Baeck College’s dean, Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, after spending five … Read More