Reform movement

Complaining neighbours delay £2m Finchley Reform expansion

By Cathy Forman, November 26, 2012

A late deluge of neighbours’ objections is delaying Finchley Reform Synagogue’s plans for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site.

FRS applied to Barnet Council for consent to update and extend its facilities. The application was deferred by a planning committee last week after more than 100 objections were lodged.

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Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

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Revitalised Reform offers hope to next generation

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2012

The popularity of campus events for Reform students has soared thanks to the work of a revamped group.

Almost a year after relaunching as a solely Reform movement project, leaders of Jeneration said students, and the organisation itself, were now reaping the benefits.

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Rabbi Shalom lights up Menorah

November 8, 2012

Rabbi Haim Shalom charmed congregants at his induction as Menorah (Cheshire Reform) minister as his two-year-old son Aviv joined him on the bimah.

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Reform urged to reach out to Israelis in UK

October 25, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has called on the Movement for Reform Judaism to reach out to Israelis living in Britain “to show them types of expressions of Judaism that maybe they haven’t been able to see in Israel”.

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Reform looking north for development

October 11, 2012

As part of its strategy of supporting regional congregations, the Movement for Reform Judaism has appointed Sarita Robinson as northern communities development worker.

Ms Robinson will be based in Hull, where she is vice-chair of the local Reform synagogue. She is excited at the prospect of working with “our amazing northern communities.

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Reform Jews want a say in Western Wall's worship

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Reform movement in the UK has urged members to sign a petition calling for non-Orthodox Jews to be given a say in the administration of the Western Wall, the Kotel, in Jerusalem.

The campaign has been launched by the Israel Religious Action Centre, the action arm of Progressive Judaism in Israel, which wants non-Orthodox Jews to be represented on the Western Wall Heritage Council.

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South West Essex and Settlement Reform appoints Rabbi Nancy Morris

July 5, 2012

Rabbi Nancy Morris will return to the UK in late summer to become South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue’s new minister.

She has been back in her native Canada serving a Calgary congregation following her time with Glasgow Reform Synagogue, where she was Scotland’s first female rabbi.

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Neuberger urges Reform to 'up its game'

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

Baroness Neuberger urged the Reform movement to place renewed emphasis on social justice in her first keynote address to its convention since returning to the pulpit just over 15 months ago.

The senior rabbi of West London Synagogue told the 270 delegates — the largest attendance at the event for many years — that the movement needed to “up its game”.

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Reform conversions are on the rise again

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

The Reform movement is expecting a rise in conversions of more than a quarter this year — what may be its highest number on record.

Conversions are projected to reach 190 by the end of the year, compared with 144 cases — 105 adults and 39 children — last year. The Beth Din has already had to lay on two extra sessions to cope with the demand and is fully booked until January.

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