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.


Believe the Hype - RSY members run camp

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2015

Two Reform youth movement leaders have been running a summer camp for underprivileged children.

Emma Mittelman and Manya Eversley came up with the idea as 15-year-olds at RSY-Netzer's summer camp.

Four years on, the friends raised more than £5,000 to establish Summer Hype, a five-day residential camp for 40 Hackney nine- and 10-year-olds from impoverished backgrounds.

The camp was led by


Reform rabbis' concern over status change

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

The decision by the British Reform movement's rabbis to recognise the children of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother as Jewish without conversion is a radical, but not revolutionary, one.

The movement is not the first to have adopted the principle of what is now being called "equilineal descent".


Exclusive: Reform rabbis approve streamlined conversion process

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2015

People with a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother will no longer have to undergo a full conversion process, the UK Assembly of Reform Rabbis has decided today.