Teacher training: Preparing for the High Holies

28 August 2019 Liberal Judaism has teamed up with Reform Judaism for a special teacher training course as we head into the High Holy Days period. Titled ‘Preparing for the High Holies’, the training comprises of three sessions and is open to assistants, teachers, heads and anyone who works in … Read More

Liberal Judaism Education Hub returns

26 August 2019 Liberal Judaism’s Education Hub is back – once more offering a variety of courses and opportunities to learn and think about Judaism, faith and philosophy for people from all religions and backgrounds… and it’s not too late to join! This term includes a special spotlight on the … Read More

JCoSS head to be part of Hot Potatoes faith schools debate

22 August 2019 Patrick Moriarty, the headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS), will be part of the panel for the next Liberal Judaism Hot Potatoes discussion. The event – titled ‘faith schools: is isolation splendid?’ – will take place on Thursday 19 September at 7pm at the Montagu … Read More

Join our Kabbalat Torah programme for small communities

25 July 2019 Liberal Judaism has launched a Kabbalat Torah scheme for 14-16 year olds in small communities, so that they continue their Jewish education past bar/bat mitzvah. Kabbalat Torah (also known as confirmation) is unique to Liberal Judaism. It is purposely undertaken at a time when it is felt … Read More

Reading community welcome back Rabbi Willy Woolf

15 July 2019 Rabbi Willy Woolf returned to visit Reading Liberal Jewish Community more than 40 years after he originally helped to set up the congregation. The Shabbat service for his return was given added meaning as it was led by Rabbi Rachel Benjamin, who was herself ordained by Rabbi … Read More

So, what’s going to be in the new Siddur?

Rabbis Lea Mühlstein and Elli Tikvah Sarah 27 June 2019 So, what’s going to be in the new Liberal Judaism Siddur? Since the draft Shabbat morning service was first circulated more than a year ago, we – that is, the editors – have been asked that question many times. After … 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

Obituary: Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg OBE

Rabbi David Goldberg

Carol Gould 14 June 2019 Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg OBE, who died on 30 April aged 80, was a maverick throughout his long and distinguished career, not afraid to express trenchant views on the conduct of successive Israeli governments. At the same time he had a prodigious knowledge and … Read More

Teenagers lead Kabbalat Torah Shabbat at Northwood

Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue Kabbalat Torah Shabbat service

21 May 2019 Eleven young people celebrated the conclusion of their formal cheder learning by leading a special Kabbalat Torah Shabbat at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS). Kabbalat Torah is a lifecycle event unique to Liberal Judaism, taking place in a young person’s fifteenth or sixteenth year when it … Read More