New scroll mantle honours leading Essex Liberal Jew

17 September 2018 A new year has meant a new mantle for the Czech Torah Scroll at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS). The new mantle was used for the first time on Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779, keeping with the tradition to dress the Torah in white on the … Read More

Get learning for the Jewish New Year

30 August 2018 The Lyons Learning Project has announced its range of exciting Melton learning courses for the rest of 2018. Melton is one of the most important pluralist adult Jewish offerings in the world and is now offered in the heart of London at Lyons, in partnership with Liberal … Read More

[Sermon] May Justice Rule Supreme: A Commentary on Shoftim

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 17 August 2018 World Union of Progressive Judaism On June 27 2018, the Supreme Court in the UK ruled that heterosexual couples may not be discriminated against concerning civil partnerships, which were originally established by the UK government for same-sex couples. Ever since the UK’s Marriage … Read More

Leo Baeck College takes learning on the road

7 August 2018 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Mark Solomon led the first step in a new and unique programme from Leo Baeck College. The College’s adult learning programme, the Lehrhaus, has proved hugely popular over the last few years and has now gone ‘on the road’… with Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue … Read More

Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend report and photos

2 July 2018 Liberal Judaism members from all around the UK and beyond took part in an “inspirational” Biennial Weekend – discussing the next steps in liturgy, theology, policy, outreach work and shared values that will drive Progressive Judaism forward both in Britain and around the world. For the first … Read More

[Blog] Mental Health Awareness Week

Rabbi Alexandra Wright 15 May 2018 Two weeks ago, the Liberal Jewish Synagogue held its annual Kabbalat Torah service – one of the highlights of our year and always a source of great pride for any Liberal Jewish congregation. The class of nine fifteen year olds led the Friday evening … Read More

Brighton & Hove to host Shavuot study marathon on refugees

15 May 2018 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue will be hosting an all-night cheesecake and study marathon on Shavuot, on the theme of refugees. The event will begin on Saturday 19 May at 6pm with the Rainbow Pilgrims pop-up exhibition – Liberal Judaism’s groundbreaking heritage and diversity project that discovers … Read More

Northwood full of music as KT class lead the service

30 April 2018 The Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) Kabbalat Torah class led a Shabbat with a difference, bringing beatboxing into NPLS services for the first time alongside piano, guitar and a traditional choir. The 12 teenagers also used poem, sermon and film to express their diverse characters and … Read More

[Sermon] Remembering the Exodus and the Sho’ah

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 March 2018 It’s Pesach, when we eat matzah, the unleavened bread that simultaneously expresses our slave ancestors’ hasty departure from Egypt – their dough having no time to rise1 – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic … Read More