Top Marx is commonsense Reformer

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2016

One institution you might not expect the Reform movement to highlight is the mikveh. But its new chairman enthuses about the prospective renovation of the ritual bath at its Sternberg Centre headquarters in Finchley.

"If you have got something to celebrate, go and immerse yourself," Geoffrey Marx says.


Reform split on Jewish status

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

Several Reform congregations, including its largest, Edgware, have rejected the movement's new policy which enables the children of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother to be recognised as Jewish.

The "inherited status" policy was approved a year ago by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis with congregations given the option of following it or not.

But Edgware, Hendon, Brighton and Bournemouth Ref


Reform vows to tackle loneliness

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2016

Reform Judaism is to refocus its efforts on tackling isolation and loneliness within the community.

The adult social care initiative was one of three schemes unveiled by the movement during its weekend-long Chagigah, a biennial celebration of its work, which was attended by 250 members at Nottingham's Eastwood Hall.


Jewish groups join call for sponsorship scheme for Syrian refugees

By JC Reporter, December 13, 2015

Jewish leaders have offered to sponsor Syrian refugees to allow them to settle in the UK.

Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism and Masorti joined an interfaith initiative urging the government to establish a private sponsorship scheme for refugees, similar to that which brought children fleeing the Nazis to Britain in the Kindertransport.


Reform backs its grassroots with development grants

December 3, 2015

The Movement for Reform Judaism has dispersed £24,000 to projects launched by congregations.

Reform Judaism's Community Development Fund has awarded grants to Manchester Reform Synagogue, Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform), Southport Reform Synagogue and Sukkat Shalom in east London. The Northern Network of Reform Synagogues has also been recognised for its online and local study programmes.


Open gesture at Whetstone synagogue

November 24, 2015

As part of its commitment to strengthen good interfaith relations in the wider community Sha’arei Tsedek Reform has set up a programme of projects with close neighbours, All Saints Friern Barnet and Palmers Green Mosque, as well as many other local and national charities, organisations and groups.


Brains of Harlow

November 4, 2015

The brains of Essex and its surrounds tested their knowledge when more than 50 people signed up for Harlow Jewish Community’s popular quiz night.


Brighton rejects Reform change on Jewish status

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue has rejected the Reform movement's new policy to recognise the Jewish status of the children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers.

Reform rabbis voted in July to accept patrilineal Jews on the recommendation of the person's local rabbi.

But Brighton chairman Michael Harris said this week that "we have decided we won't be following the policy.


West London and Dennis are Reform headline acts

September 17, 2015

A tribute to West London Synagogue, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary, was a highlight of the Movement for Reform Judaism's annual dinner in central London.

Mike Grabiner, immediate past chair of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, presented WLS chair Jill Todd and Senior Rabbi Baroness Neuberger with a framed copy of a sermon published in a 1922 edition of the JC.