Crouch End gets Danish rabbi

October 27, 2011

The induction of Rabbi Sandra Kviat at the Liberal-affiliated Crouch End Chavurah was attended by more than 70 people.

Danish-born Rabbi Kviat, who is expecting her first baby in December, was praised for her leadership and dynamism by Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue.


British Jews celebrate Gilad Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2011

Anglo-Jewry has welcomed the news that a deal has been made to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.


Leading questions facing movement heads

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Many youth movements will be showing more of their feminine side this year.

Habonim Dror, Noam Masorti Youth and BBYO are being led by women, while two other movements have scrapped the single director system in favour of leadership teams.

The new directors include two philosophy graduates, two former Cambridge students and an ex-university level netball player.


Eastbourne gets rabbi

September 8, 2011

The Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation (Beit Chaverim) is to be served by a part-time minister - Rabbi Anna Gerrard from the Liberal Judaism head office team.

Rabbi Gerrard will officiate at the erev Shabbat services on the fourth Friday of every month and will also offer pastoral support to congregants.


Liberal buys right-wing Betar

By Simon Griver, July 21, 2011

Betar Jerusalem, notorious for its right-wing football fans, has been bought by left-leaning US businessman Dan Adler, together with fellow investor Adam Levin.


Rabbis answer call from Liberal HQ

July 7, 2011

The first female Scandinavian rabbi is part of a new ministerial team at Liberal Judaism's central London headquarters.

Sandra Kviat was one of four Progressive rabbis ordained on Sunday by Leo Baeck College at a service at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood. She will mainly advise on the educational content of national and congregational ventures.


Liberals celebrate a same-sex wedding

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

The first same-sex Jewish ceremony officially to be termed a marriage by Liberal Judaism has taken place in Manchester.

Last Sunday, Manchester Liberal Jewish Community members Jeffrey Levine and Roman Hunter-Fox exchanged vows, a ketubah and rings under a chuppah at the city's Lowry Hotel.


Progressives' genuine progress

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 14, 2011

This year marks the centenary of the founding of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue. The LJS was established by - and owed its survival beyond a difficult birth to - a partnership between the gentleman scholar, Claude Goldsmid Montefiore, and the woman who wanted desperately to be his wife (but whose advances he rebuffed), Lily Montagu.


Party for the 100-year-old Liberal synagogue

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Britain's oldest Liberal synagogue celebrated its centenary with a musical Shabbat service featuring participants from every decade of its existence.

Around 900 worshippers gathered at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, on Saturday - almost 100 years to the day that its founders met for the first time in a converted chapel on February 4, 1911.


Liberals take stand

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

A group of women from the Liberal Jewish Community in Manchester are fighting for Jerusalem's Women of the Wall and are taking a stand for their own community's right to exist.

Manchester's newly inaugurated Liberal Jewish Community, the first such in the North West, is holding a Friday night service tonight which will protest against an Israeli ban on women being able to sing and read the Torah at Jerusalem's Western Wall.

The service will take place at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.