Liberal Judaism

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”.

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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”.

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Praying with a purpose

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 10, 2014

"What do you think will happen if you pray?” asked my friend. It was New Year’s Eve, and a left-wing, but religious, fellow journalist had just kindly wished me everything that I prayed for in 2014. In fact he had gone further. He had wished all his followers on social media all that they prayed for.

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Northwood shul says thank you in wheel time

By Jay Grenby, December 2, 2013

Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue youth club members were back in the saddle with renewed zeal after a tuition session from Bike Project founder and director Jem Stein.

The project restores abandoned bikes for donation to refugees and asylum seekers and Mr Stein, a former Habonim worker, has been using the synagogue as one of the collection hubs.

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Leaders back campaign to end all-male panels

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

Senior figures are backing a move to put an end to communal discussion panels that feature only male speakers.

More than 50 decision-makers, from synagogues, charities and political lobby groups, have signed up to a campaign being run by Women in Jewish Leadership (WJL).

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Queen guitarist in badger row

By Anna Sheinman, September 12, 2013

Former Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised for describing the government’s culling of badgers as “genocide”.

Mr May made the comment during a visit to Gloucestershire, where 5,000 badgers are being killed in order to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows. He called the cull “genocide in the countryside”.

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Warm response to new chief Mirvis from Progressives

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2013

The new Chief Rabbi entered office on Sunday on a wave of cross-communal goodwill that augured well for co-operation across the religious streams.

Progressive leaders responded warmly to the Orthodox leader’s inaugural address, which emphasised unity and interfaith harmony.

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Three shuls support plan for pluralist community

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2013

Liberal, Masorti and Reform congregations in north-west London have overwhelmingly backed plans to create a pluralist community.

The May 2012 accord between the Middlesex New (Reform), Hatch End Masorti and Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogues was supported at special general meetings held by the three shuls last week. These followed an extensive consultation process.

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Shul gives women Torah role

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

An independent Progressive congregation has finally decided to lift restrictions on women being called up to and to read from the Torah.

Belsize Square Synagogue had resisted the full egalitarianism common to most Reform and Liberal communities.

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'Shul of Rock' is seeking a younger Shabbat audience

July 1, 2013

In a bid to attract younger people to synagogue services, four Harrow congregations have joined forces to present “Shul of Rock” tonight at the Middlesex New Synagogue’s Bessborough Road premises.

The brainchild of musician and session drummer Simon Cooper, the service will feature traditional Shabbat songs set to tunes inspired by the Beatles, Status Quo and Led Zeppelin.

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