Progressive

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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Woman arrested for Western Wall prayer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2010

Progressive groups in Israel have spoken out against the arrest of a woman for attempting to read from the Torah at the Western Wall.

Police in Jerusalem brought Anat Hoffman in for questioning after she was found with the scroll at the time of morning prayers, in violation of a Supreme Court ruling requiring women to pray from the Torah at an alternative site.

It follows the arrest of another Israeli woman in 2009 for wearing a tallit and a kippah while carrying a Torah scroll at the Western Wall. Both acts have drawn fire from Israel’s strictly Orthodox groups.

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Liberal Judaism to lobby Lords over gay marriage

By Jessica Elgot, February 23, 2010

Gay Jewish couples could soon be allowed to marry in synagogue after religious groups including Liberal Judaism and several Anglican bishops have lent their support to a relaxation of a ban.

An amendment to the Equality Bill is expected to be debated in the Lords next month to pave the way for the registration of civil ceremonies for gay couples in churches, synagogues and other religious premises.

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JCoSS is non-Orthodox, not ‘cross-communal’

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, June 25, 2009

The scheduled opening of JCoSS (the Jewish Community Secondary School) next year has generated unprecedented interest. Adorned with the slogan “excellence, choice, openness, inclusion”, its website describes it as “the first cross-communal Jewish secondary school in the UK”. JCoSS takes pride in its admissions policy, which “will treat on an equal basis all pupils recognised as Jewish by any of the UK’s mainstream movements” and its intention to deliver Jewish studies “while being non-judgemental between the various mainstream Jewish traditions”.

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