New ELELS members welcomed at special Essex Shabbat

East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue new members Shabbat

9 February 2020 More than 85 members of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) came together for a special Shabbat service to welcome the community’s newest faces. Rabbi Richard Jacobi led a guitar-based family service to greet all the new arrivals, who also brought along family and friends. Each … Read More

[Sermon] Mental Health Awarness Shabbat 2020

Rabbi Monqiue Mayer 31 January 2020 Three final, devastating plagues laid waste to the land of Egypt: locusts, darkness, and the slaying of the firstborn. The eighth plague of locusts stripped the land of all remaining crops, eating up all the grasses and fruit while the tenth plague stripped the … Read More

Reading celebrate rabbi’s PhD with Pink Shabbat

Reading Pink Shabbat organising team

9 December 2019 Reading Liberal Jewish Community (RLJC) held a surprise Pink Shabbat to celebrate the award of a PhD to Rabbi, now Dr, Miri Lawrence. The synagogue was specially decorated and many congregants wore pink, which is Miri’s favourite colour. Cheder children created cards and banners and everyone enjoyed … Read More

Save the date: Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

20 August 2019 Jami’s Mental Health Awareness Shabbat will take place on Friday 31 January / Saturday 1 February 2020. It aims to raise the profile of mental health in the Jewish community and to give a focal point for mental health and wellbeing activities. It provides an opportunity to … Read More

Awards for ELELS cheder children on last day of term

ELELS Jack Petchey Award Winners

22 July 2019 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) concluded its cheder year with a special family Shabbat service spanning the generations and including guests from as far afield as the USA. Rabbi Richard Jacobi led the fun-filled service, in which the children read the prayers – some of … Read More

Rabbi David Hulbert retires after 30 glorious years

Rabbi David Hulbert retirement service

10 July 2019 Rabbi David Hulbert, the longest serving rabbi in Redbridge, has retired after three decades in the pulpit. A special service was held at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) to mark the occasion, where it was standing room only as rabbis and faith leaders from around the … Read More

More than 150 attend ‘best ever’ Pride Shabbat at FPS

Pride Shabbat at Finchley Progressive Synagogue FPS

10 July 2019 A Pride Shabbat service at Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) honoured the trailblazers of LGBTQI+ rights in the Jewish community and around the world. More than 150 people attended the service, which was themed l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation) and led by Rabbi Rebecca Birk, Cantor Tamara Wolfson, Student … Read More

Anne Frank commemorated by Three Counties community

Anne Frank memorial service

2 July 2019 Members of Liberal Judaism’s new Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community came together in June to honour Anne Frank with a special Shabbat service to commemorate what would have been her 90th birthday. The annual memorial has become a tradition at Herefordshire Jewish Community, with prayers and readings … 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