Liberal Judaism

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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LJS backs gay pride

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2013

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue is tonight hosting a special Friday service on the eve of the London Pride parade. The “Celebrating Together” service is being held in conjunction with the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group and the Beit Klal Synagogue. Lionel Blue is among rabbis taking part.

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Israel tour still a must as 1,200 teens sign up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

More than one in five teenagers joining youth movement tours to Israel this summer will be receiving help to pay for their trips.

Ten organisations are running trips this year, with a total of 1,216 participants. UJIA, which co-ordinates the trips, said that almost £200,000 had been allocated after 260 youngsters applied for bursaries.

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Liberals find their true voice in Brum

June 17, 2013

Some 250 Liberal Jews from across the country congregated at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue on Sunday for a day of celebration and learning.

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Liberals join Lord Sacks fan club

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The president of the Liberal Jewish movement has hailed the role of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks as a spokesman for Judaism.

Lucian Hudson said the chief rabbi "was not just a powerful voice for Judaism in Britain, but for faith everywhere".

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Liberals get bigger

May 6, 2013

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich reported a three per cent rise in membership to the movement’s annual patrons dinner, held at the House of Lords.

For the third successive year, there was also the addition of a new community, this time North Herts Progressive.

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Janner-Klausner 'wrong' over Thatcher funeral

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2013

Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian Hudson has said Reform rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner was wrong not to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

Rabbi Janner-Klausner said that she could not honour the former Prime Minister because she had been "a cataclysm for the fabric of Britain".

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Two UK teens arrested in Kotel protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Two young British women were detained in a Jerusalem police station after taking part in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest last Friday.

The 18-year-olds, currently on RSY-Netzer’s Israel gap-year programme, were detained for four-and-a-half hours after morning prayers at the Western Wall.

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