Reform movement

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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


Reform rabbi to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2013

A leading British Reform rabbi is to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, will represent the movement for Reform Judaism at the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.


Brighton minister is warmly received

By Yael Breuer, April 8, 2013

The induction service for Rabbi Andrea Zanardo drew a crowd of 250 to Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue. The induction was conducted by Reform movement rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and the congregation included civic dignitaries and representatives of other local synagogues.


Muslim aid for Bradford Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 25, 2013

Bradford’s Muslim community has pledged financial support for urgent building work at Bradford Reform Synagogue.

Zulfiqar Karim, general secretary of Bradford’s Council for Mosques, accompanied shul chairman Rudi Leavor and council member Alan Harris to a Bradford Council meeting to apply for funding for the Moorish building in the city centre.


Sarah Silverman's sister arrested during Women of the Wall protests

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Ten women, including comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister, were arrested in Jerusalem yesterday after participating in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest.

The women were detained by police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall – an action which runs against the Orthodox rules that govern prayers at the site.


The Simpsons join Reform

February 11, 2013

The first online learning session for regional Reform communities pondered “The Simpsons Talmud — do parents have to forgive their children?”

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein led the programme, which attracted participants from communities including Hull, Liverpool, Glasgow and Coventry. Sheffield Reform’s Howard Saffer made sure the technology worked.