Reform movement

Cast boost for Bradford Reform

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The first tranche of a £109,000 lottery grant for the historic Bradford Reform Synagogue has arrived with plans afoot to turn the Grade II listed building into a Jewish museum.

The Moorish Victorian synagogue needs £100,000 to repair its leaking roof and damaged guttering, as well as modernise kitchens, toilets and provide wheelchair access.


On his way to Sante Fe

October 14, 2013

Rabbi Neil Amswych is to leave Bournemouth Reform Synagogue next spring to become minister of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' to-do list

September 13, 2013

Three members of the community outline priorities for the new leader:

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan

Chief Rabbi Mirvis has been installed in office on a tide of goodwill from the wider Jewish community. It is to be hoped he will not squander it by being drawn into petty politicking and pointless stands on principle.


Warm response to new chief Mirvis from Progressives

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2013

The new Chief Rabbi entered office on Sunday on a wave of cross-communal goodwill that augured well for co-operation across the religious streams.

Progressive leaders responded warmly to the Orthodox leader’s inaugural address, which emphasised unity and interfaith harmony.


Tabick is bid a warm farewell in Weybridge

By Cathy Forman, July 29, 2013

North West Surrey Synagogue held two days of activities to mark the retirement of Jackie Tabick, Britain’s first woman rabbi.


Reform faces the music once again

July 22, 2013

The role of music in Jewish life was celebrated at a Movement for Reform Judaism conference attended by almost 100 delegates from 25 communities.


Three shuls support plan for pluralist community

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2013

Liberal, Masorti and Reform congregations in north-west London have overwhelmingly backed plans to create a pluralist community.

The May 2012 accord between the Middlesex New (Reform), Hatch End Masorti and Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogues was supported at special general meetings held by the three shuls last week. These followed an extensive consultation process.


Moving chairs as Reform changes leading posts

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

The Reform movement has new leadership after electing Robert Weiner unopposed as its chairman.


Not a one-off...

June 6, 2013

Sunday's Orthodox service in London, where women will be called up to the Torah with men and both will read from it, is significant. Partnership minyans are growing in Israel and the US, most famously the Shira Hadasha community in Jerusalem where a number of British olim regularly pray.


Their big break in China

April 29, 2013

Twenty-nine Maidenhead Synagogue members have returned from a fortnight touring China, during which they met Jews who could trace their lineage back to the 12th century, when Jews first arrived from India.

“The old joke about Chinese Jews not looking Jewish is no joke,” reported tour co-leader Rabbi Jonathan Romain.