Redbridge area Progressive shuls vote for merger

September 29, 2016

Following in the footsteps of Redbridge Orthodox communities, the two local Liberal congregations have voted overwhelmingly to amalgamate.

In parallel EGMs on Sunday, members of Bet Tikvah (Barkingside) and Woodford Liberal synagogues supported the dissolution of their existing shuls and the formation of a new single congregation.

The unification will take effect from January 1, creating a c


The pluck of the Irish is celebrated on 70th

May 20, 2016

Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation celebrated its 70th anniversary with a sold-out gala dinner during a packed weekend of events attended by leaders of other faiths.

The British, Israeli and Austrian ambassadors and members of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum were among guests at a Friday night service incorporating the induction of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh as DJPC rabbi emeritus.



Scrolly good Progressive show

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

One of the world's oldest Progressive Jewish communities has donated a Sefer Torah to one of the youngest.


Sharing VE Day stories in London and Leeds

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2015

Harrow's Mosaic Reform community marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a themed Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.


She's directing the young Liberals

March 26, 2015

Liberal Judaism's first youth director is furthering a lifelong involvement with Progressive Judaism.

Becca Fetterman's parents met through YASGB (the forerunner to RSY-Netzer). She attended her first RSY-Netzer event at nine "and absolutely loved it. The madrichim were, in my eyes, so cool and so passionate about real things.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.