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.


Sharing VE Day stories in London and Leeds

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2015

Harrow's Mosaic Reform community marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a themed Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


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


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.