York Liberals recruit their first rabbi

September 21, 2015

The new Liberal community in York has appointed a student minister, Daniel Lichman, to lead services, organise educational, social and cultural events and care for members’ pastoral needs over the next year.


Young Liberals fill the gap in Israel

August 27, 2015

Members of Liberal Judaism youth movement LJY-Netzer have returned from Shnat Netzer, its gap-year programme in Israel for 18-year-olds. Participants spent eight months exploring the country, learning Hebrew and about Zionism, living as part of an ideological community and training to become leaders.


Notts Liberals ties to Shoah bring tears

February 16, 2015

A Nottingham civic leader wept when seeing a rescued sefer Torah at a 50th anniversary celebration of the city’s Liberal congregation.

Nottinghamshire County Council chair Pauline Allan was “moved to tears when the Ark opened and I saw the scrolls and how they represent the survival of the Jewish people after the Holocaust”.


Jewish Care and Pinner shul link-up

February 16, 2015

Jewish Care has teamed up with Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue to launch a fortnightly outreach club supporting locals experiencing memory loss.


Survey shows Israelis to be among world’s most liberal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 1, 2014

In an international “morality” survey, Israelis have emerged as more relaxed than the average global citizen on a range of issues including homosexuality and pre-marital sex.


We don't 'marry out'. We are made to

By Ben Rich, May 23, 2013

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." - Ruth 1:16


Eastbourne hosts Shabbaton

March 18, 2013

Eleven Liberal congregations were represented at a small communities Shabbaton in Eastbourne. They were joined by members of the local Orthodox community who came for lunch and afternoon lectures.


Lessons from Isaiah Berlin's liberal Zionism

By Arie Dubnov, January 31, 2013

A few weeks ago, while public attention in Israel was turned to the elections, a number of distinguished historians and scientists gathered at the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem to talk about the legacy of Chaim Weizmann, the chemist, Zionist statesman and Israel's first president.


Liberals get rise in converts

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Liberal Judaism has announced a record number of conversions, with 85 recruits accepted in 2011.

Candidates have to experience a full Jewish calendar year and undergo at least six months' instruction before applying for admission.

In practice, most take 15 months or more before they appear before the Liberal Beit Din - as its rabbinic board was renamed last year.

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Liberal leader advocates 'Federation' with Reform

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2011

Liberal Judaism chair Lucian Hudson has called for a closer alliance with the Reform movement, suggesting they combine forces in a joint federation.

Writing in the latest issue of the Liberal newsletter, LJ Today, Mr Hudson said he wanted to go beyond the old question of "merger" - the subject of failed talks between the movements.

Instead, they should "focus on what it would take to create