Liberal Judaism

When it is time to say goodbye

By Rosa Doherty, July 13, 2016

"Hold his hand and tell him you are there. Tell him there is nothing to worry about. Tell him he can leave now.”

So came the palliative care nurse’s advice, as we sat together beside a hospital bed in my dad’s living room.

This is where he chose to spend his last four weeks; in the room where we once sat, socialised and welcomed family and friends.

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Liberal dose of debate

July 8, 2016

Topics from Brexit to a potential new Liberal Judaism siddur were aired during the movement's biennial weekend in Solihull.

Close on 300 delegates from 39 communities also discussed Israel and the diaspora, the role of religion in public life, and shared ideas for musical and multimedia services.

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Liberal gains if Britain stays in EU

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Liberal Judaism could benefit if Britain decides to remain in the European Union.

The movement is now eligible to apply for EU grants as it has communities in three countries - the UK, Ireland and Denmark - chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich told its patrons' dinner at the House of Lords on Tuesday.

For the guest speaker, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the focus was on Israel.

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Muslim doctor to the rescue

June 9, 2016

When a guest was taken ill at the Liberal Judaism patrons' dinner on Tuesday, the call naturally went out for a doctor in the house. But, in what must have been the first time at a function in recorded Anglo-Jewry history, no Jewish medical practitioner to be found.

Fortunately, there was a doctor at hand, Tarek Seda, a Muslim.

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We can make real changes, says activist rabbi

March 17, 2016

Liberal Judaism's Rabbi Janet Darley has collected a major human rights award.

The South London Liberal Synagogue minister was part of the Citizens UK group who won the Champions of the Year prize at the Women on the Move Awards at the Royal Festival Hall.

The award recognised how Citizens UK, which has been campaigning on refugee and migrant issues for more than a decade, has promoted the r

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Transgender and faith - the Progressive view

February 11, 2016

Liberal Judaism's "Twilight People" project has spawned an exhibition on the "hidden history" of transgender and gender non-conforming people of faith.

The collection of photographs, recordings and artefacts is on display at Islington Museum until March 5, after which it will tour the country.

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Liberals' choice is a Danish

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

Liberal Judaism has recruited another European congregation after approving the membership of the Shir HaTzafon community in Copenhagen.

It will join the Liberal Jewish Community of Amsterdam, which is an associate member, as LJ's second European group outside the UK and Ireland.

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I wonder who I’m praying for

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

To be a ‘‘believer’’ to me, until recently, had closer meaning to a phrase used to describe a giddy teenager in awe of a chart-topping pop star. But as life has a habit of doing, (thanks to what a family friend described as me being served a ‘‘sh*t sandwich’’ this year) I’ve found myself humbled and in need of ‘‘faith’’.

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Jewish groups join call for sponsorship scheme for Syrian refugees

By JC Reporter, December 13, 2015

Jewish leaders have offered to sponsor Syrian refugees to allow them to settle in the UK.

Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism and Masorti joined an interfaith initiative urging the government to establish a private sponsorship scheme for refugees, similar to that which brought children fleeing the Nazis to Britain in the Kindertransport.

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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.

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