Reform movement

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This teenage squabbling will drive young members away

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

As anyone who has ever been or met one will know, a teenage girl in the midst of a catfight can give Abbas and Bibi a run for their money in the stubbornness stakes.

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Janner-Klausner 'wrong' over Thatcher funeral

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2013

Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian Hudson has said Reform rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner was wrong not to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

Rabbi Janner-Klausner said that she could not honour the former Prime Minister because she had been "a cataclysm for the fabric of Britain".

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Leading Reform rabbi says no to Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Britain's leading Reform rabbi will not attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral today because of her opposition to the former prime minister's politics.

Although the Reform movement will be represented by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, Laura Janner-Klausner has declined her invitation.

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Reform welcome for Wall compromise

By Simon Rocker, April 12, 2013

A compromise proposal to settle the long-running dispute over women praying at the Western Wall has been welcomed by the British Reform movement.

The arrest of women for wearing tallitot at services during the Kotel has sparked outrage across the Jewish world over recent months.

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