Liberal Judaism

Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2015

Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism.

The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdalah set.


Starting from a position of strength at LJ

July 9, 2015

New Liberal Judaism chair Simon Benscher wants to build on "the enormous strength that we have in our communities and their members.

"Going back to our grassroots and getting hands-on with all of our 41 communities is a big part of our way forward," he said, after his unanimous election at the movement's AGM, held at its West End HQ.

"Liberal Judaism is blessed with the most inspirational an


She's directing the young Liberals

March 26, 2015

Liberal Judaism's first youth director is furthering a lifelong involvement with Progressive Judaism.

Becca Fetterman's parents met through YASGB (the forerunner to RSY-Netzer). She attended her first RSY-Netzer event at nine "and absolutely loved it. The madrichim were, in my eyes, so cool and so passionate about real things.


Birthright is set to go Progressive

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular t


Progressives forge closer ties to attract unaffiliated

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2014

The Reform and Liberal movements have agreed a formal alliance, pledging greater co-operation in order to strengthen the overall Progressive presence within the community.

Although merger talks took place between the two movements 30 years ago, they have never been reopened.


Rabbis condemn UK government over child poverty

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Leading rabbis have condemned the government for its failure to reduce child poverty in the UK.

The letter to the Guardian was signed by 44 rabbis from four different denominations, including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform movement, Sandra Kviat, the outreach Rabbi for Liberal Judaism, Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Natan Levy, who is Orthodox.


Liberals heed conference calls for progression

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2014

Some people believe religion and politics should not mix. But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, senior-president of the Union of Reform Judaism in North America, is not among them.

His keynote speech to Liberal Judaism's biennial conference at the weekend was a stirring call to action. "To be a Progressive Jew is to put a stake in the ground for a political vision of a just society," he declared.


Single life may be key to Nottingham’s survival

By Simon Rocker, May 15, 2014

The example of Oxford, where Orthodox and non-Orthodox groups share a single building, is being floated as the way ahead for a second regional community.

A proposal for a single Jewish centre to house Nottingham’s Orthodox and Liberal congregations has been aired at meetings in both synagogues over the past week.


Chief Rabbi candidate attacks 'chic but not kosher' partnership minyans

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

A leading British Orthodox rabbi has dismissed partnership minyans — services where women can read from the Torah and lead some of the prayers — as “a step towards Reform Judaism”.


Fancy a latte? Go to Northwood and Pinner Liberal shul

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Come the spring, members of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue will be able to enjoy a cappuccino and latte within its walls.

Building has begun on a multi-purpose room whose primary use, explained Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, “will be a café open to members and their friends”.