Reform

Progressives forge closer ties to attract unaffiliated

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2014

The Reform and Liberal movements have agreed a formal alliance, pledging greater co-operation in order to strengthen the overall Progressive presence within the community.

Although merger talks took place between the two movements 30 years ago, they have never been reopened.

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Reforming zeal is praised at movement's dinner

September 18, 2014

A world authority on contemporary religion has praised Reform Judaism as "a beacon of hope".

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Reform celebrates its Cambridge first

September 11, 2014

The Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue in Cambridge has unveiled the foundation stone of what will be its first permanent home in the city - and the first new-build Reform synagogue in the UK for a generation.

Founded over 35 years ago, the Reform community initially met in members' homes and then rented a variety of premises for services and events.

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Developer quits Reform

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2014

Pamela Goldsmith stepped down this week at the Movement for Reform Judaism after three years directing its community development projects.

Ms Goldsmith, who has more than 20 years' experience in private consulting, said she "wished to return to a role that I thoroughly enjoyed - my reasons were not financial".

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Reform's 'more intense' Glastonbury alternative

July 3, 2014

A sold out Chagigah weekend celebrating Reform Judaism was described as "full of joy and love" by guest speaker Rabbi Dr Larry Hoffman.

For Radlett Reform's Rabbi Paul Freedman,"it's been like Glastonbury but more intense. We've had a fantastic experience and as a community we will return uplifted and invigorated."

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Glasgow Reform fills its rabbinical gap

By Adam Henderson, June 9, 2014

Kate Briggs has been announced as the new Glasgow Reform Synagogue rabbi.

Having previously served as a student rabbi at the shul, Rabbi Briggs will be taking up the ministerial role on a part-time basis following her ordination from Leo Baeck College.

Glasgow Reform has been without a rabbi since Nancy Morris left in 2012.

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Rabbi to target the 'missing generation'

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Reform movement has created a new rabbinical post to spearhead its work with young adults — the so-called “missing generation”.

Rabbi Benji Stanley, 31, who has been at West London Synagogue since his ordination at Leo Baeck College last summer, will take on the role from September.

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Job-share rabbis to leave Wimbledon

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2014

Wimbledon Synagogue will be looking for new spiritual leadership to replace the rabbinic duo who have held the reins for 11 years.

The South London Reform congregation was one of the first synagogues to introduce a job-sharing arrangement, engaging Rabbis Sybil Sheridan and Sylvia Rothschild.

The two rabbis attended on different days during the week and alternated over Shabbat.

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JLC enlists Reform man

By Simon Rocker, May 8, 2014

The Jewish Leadership Council has moved quickly to address concerns at the lack of a senior Progressive figure at its top table.

Reform movement chairman Robert Weiner was not among the 12 trustees elected or co-opted by the council last week.

But he has now been invited to attend meetings of the trustee board following dissatisfaction from the Reform and Liberal movements.

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It's Professor Bayfield

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2014

Reform president Rabbi Tony Bayfield has joined the elite band of rabbinical professors after being appointed to a chair of modern Jewish theology and thought at London's Leo Baeck College.

It is only the second time the Progressive rabbinic academy has made a professorial appointment since its establishment in 1956.

Rabbi Bayfield, who retired as Reform chief executive at the end of 2010, s

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