Statement on family reunion rights for child refugees

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10 January 2020 Liberal Judaism is dismayed by the government’s failure to guarantee protection for the right of vulnerable child refugees to be reunited with aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, parents or grandparents who are in the UK. If this safe and legal route is closed, we fear lives will be … Read More

Protesting against Chinese persecution of Muslims

4 November 2019 Two Liberal Jewish families used their half term holidays to join the weekly demonstration outside the Chinese Cultural Embassy to draw attention to the three million Uyghur and other minority Muslims incarcerated by the Chinese in concentration camps. Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue’s Rabbi Aaron Goldstein and … Read More

Young Progressive Jews unite for refugee project

22 October 2019 Young Liberal and Reform Jews from the UK have spent a week volunteering in Calais and Dunkirk, as part of a team cooking and serving 2,000 meals each day to the refugees there. Nine volunteers from the LJY-Netzer and RSY-Netzer youth movements joined the Refugee Community Kitchen … Read More

Northwood hosts pre-Sukkot tea for more than 125 refugees

17 October 2019 Volunteers at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) organised a pre-Sukkot tea for more than 125 refugees. The guests, who are supported by the Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership, enjoyed their first experience of a synagogue and spending time with Jewish people. The refugee children were … Read More

Liberal rabbi named as one of London’s most influential figures

7 October 2019 Rabbi Alex Wright, the senior rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS), has been hailed by the Evening Standard as one of the most influential people in London. Alex appeared in the Faith section of the newspaper’s Progress 1000 countdown, which serves to spotlight and celebrate those … Read More

Birmingham Progressive members on BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 programme on refugees

27 September 2019 Members of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, including Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi, appeared on a BBC Radio 4 programme titled ‘The Syrians and the Kindertransport’ in which new and old refugees in the city met and compared experiences. Margaret was interviewed during the show about her campaigning work with … Read More

Liberal rabbis lobby Government on refugees and LGBTQI+ inclusion

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12 August 2019 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis have called on the UK Government to take action on offering sanctuary to more refugees and the promotion of LGBTQI+ inclusion. An open letter on refugees, organised by Safe Passage and covered in The Guardian, was signed by 100 faith leaders including Liberal Judaism’s … Read More

[Opinion] “We are all equal in God’s eyes”

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein 22 July 2019 In the week America, and much of the world, was fixated on the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, President Trump chose to attack four opponents, whipping up his audience to chant “send them back”. It reminded me of Germany 70 years … Read More

Syrian refugees enjoy Shabbat at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

Refugees at Kingston Liberal Synagogue service

18 June 2019 Syrian refugees spoke about their experiences of settling in England at a special Shabbat service at Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS). Journalist and Arabic teacher Hasnaa Omar left Syria in 2013 and arrived in London in 2016. She was subsequently able to bring her husband, an IT manager, … Read More

[Sermon] Anne Frank Shabbat 5779

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein 15 June 2019 Herefordshire Jewish Community There are many sights worth seeing in Amsterdam but, if you are there on a Shabbat I do recommend you go to the Amsterdam Liberal Synagogue. I think it is the most beautiful modern synagogue building in Europe. It was … Read More