Reform

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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Reform holds Derby days for converts

March 31, 2014

The Movement for Reform Judaism has hosted a first residential weekend for those either contemplating converting to Judaism, in the process of conversion or who have recently converted.

Held in Derbyshire, the event attracted over 30 people from around the country.

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Cardiff rabbi's surprise departure

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Cardiff Reform Synagogue minister, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who has served the community on a part-time basis for 10 years.

CRS chair Mel Odey declined to comment on “the recent resignation”, saying it would be “both inappropriate and premature for any statement to be made before the scheduled meeting of the synagogue members”.

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Anger over Knesset attack on Reform movement

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

Britain’s Reform movement has urged members to protest to Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub after attacks on Reform within the Knesset.

Likud-Beiteinu’s David Rotem, who chairs the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, apologised on Sunday after referring to Reform as “another religion” last week.

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Israeli politician apologises for saying Reform not Jewish

By Daniel Easterman, February 10, 2014

MK David Rotem has apologised for using the phrase "another religion" to refer to Reform Jews, which some say echoes the wording of Israel's Law of Return to differentiate between Jews and non-Jews.

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Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Help for flood victims in Maidenhead

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2014

The flooding in the Thames Valley areas has impacted on Maidenhead Synagogue and its members. Some have been unable to attend shul because they could not leave their flooded properties.

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Arizona acquisition for Bromley Reform

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Rabbi Jason Holtz has swapped the deserts of Arizona for Kent suburbia as Bromley Reform’s new minister.

In Tuscon, Rabbi Holtz was assistant minister at Temple Emanu-El, directing its religion school. In Bromley, he replaces Rabbi Tony Hammond who retired in August after 10 years with the congregation.

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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Rabbi wants government organ rule change

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

A leading reform rabbi has written to the Home Secretary urging the government to follow the example set by Wales on organ donation and institute a system of presumed consent.

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