Reform

Birthright is set to go Progressive

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular t

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Romain takes charge at Reform beit din

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Maidenhead minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been elected chair of the Reform Beit Din.

Following his appointment by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, Rabbi Romain will, for the next three years, head a rotating team of seven judges, having the final say on issues from conversion to divorce.

The religious court will be convened by North West Surrey Synagogue's Rabbi Jackie Tabick.

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Reform shuls join forces on day care nursery

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Two of the biggest Reform communities are co-operating on the launch of a year-round day care centre for babies and young children.

Finchley and North Western Reform (Alyth) Synagogues are due to open the Shofar nursery at Finchley's Sternberg Centre in September.

While both synagogues already have morning kindergartens which run during school term times, Shofar - the first of its type in th

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Simcha for Leeds Sinai's platinum anniversary

January 2, 2015

Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted the final celebration of its 70th anniversary year with an all-singing all-dancing “Simcha at Sinai” for 100 members and friends.

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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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Raising the voice of Reform Judaism

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2014

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is one of the most media-savvy rabbis in the UK.

A radio panellist and self-described “broadcaster”, she regularly tweets on issues of public interest and is rarely without her iPad and mobile phone.

As the senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, which is made up of 40 communities and two affiliate synagogues, she sees it as her job.

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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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