Progressive

Progressives pledge to pay staff the living wage

By Simon Rocker, November 7, 2013

Liberal Judaism plans to be the first synagogue movement to adopt the living wage across all its congregations.

The wage — a voluntary initiative launched 12 years ago by the grass-roots activist movement Citizens UK — this week rose to £7.65 an hour nationally and to £8.80 an hour in London.

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The book that can help you change your mind

By Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, August 11, 2013

I think I’ve changed my brain. A year ago I read books, magazines, newspapers even the cereal pocket. I was lover of fiction, albeit with very little time for reading. A year ago, I, like tens of thousands of Jews around the world, started the Daf Yomi cycle — a seven-and-a-half-year commitment to learn a page of Talmud a day. Or more accurately, a folio, which has two sides.

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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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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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Sephardi chief rabbi campaign to ban Reform funding

By Josh Jackman, June 19, 2012

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has sent a letter to hundreds of Orthodox Rabbis, urging them to help overturn the Israeli government’s recent decision to recognise and fund Conservative and Reform rabbis.

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Share deal will pay dividends for four shuls

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

A "trail-blazing" initiative will see the merger of neighbouring Harrow Reform congregations and the sharing of premises and other resources with the local Liberal and Masorti communities.

The chairmen of the Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform synagogues, Harrow and Wembley Progressive and Hatch End Masorti have signed an accord, backed by their congregations, ministers and movements.

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How far can Jewish tolerance stretch?

March 29, 2012

'I think you're wrong, but I'll put up with it. I'll accept our differences - but don't be fooled. I still think you're wrong."

Tolerance is required only for what we don't agree with, for what is by definition intolerable. As a minority in Britain, understanding our position - whether we are "tolerated", or something beyond that, is existentially important.

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We're still looking for love - and we are always optimistic

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

After the confetti settles, the ink on the ketubah has dried and the 19-piece klezmer band has packed up its fiddles, pressures of modern life are driving even the happiest Jewish couples apart, rabbis and lawyers have warned.

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Pesto-gate: boycott that became a global farce

March 22, 2012

Never before has anyone covered all two hours of the monthly meeting of the Park Slope Food Co-op via Twitter - or, for that matter, any other media - as one of its members did last month.

But then, again, never before has the co-op, a 40-year-old progressive bastion in the heavily Jewish neighbourhood of Brooklyn, captured global attention.

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Tobias pilots change in Progressive reading

By Jay Grenby, August 19, 2010

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree is to pilot a new triennial structure for Torah readings, allowing extended readings from the five books of the Torah.

Shul minister and Liberal Judaism rabbinic conference chair Pete Tobias is behind the project, drawing up the revised structure during a sabbatical. Rabbi Tobias has long believed that the yearly pattern of Torah readings in most Progressive synagogues offers an unconnected selection of excerpts giving no sense of the whole.

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