Reform movement

Reform movement chief executive gives up role

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

The Reform movement has taken the dramatic step of axing its chief executive’s role in order to slash costs and strengthen education.

Ben Rich, who is leaving the movement this week after two years in charge, instigated the strategic review which has led to his departure. He explained: “The strategic review is very clear: our communities come first.”


Gay marriage: shuls ready

By Ray Filar, February 7, 2013

Gay Liberal and Reform couples are already making plans for wedding ceremonies after the House of Commons this week approved the Same-Sex Marriage Bill.

The two movements have already said they will conduct same-sex weddings if they are made legal.


Reform chief executive to go

By Simon Rocker, February 1, 2013

Reform chief executive Ben Rich is to leave after two years at the helm after the movement decided to abolish the role.

Some of his duties will be taken over by board members in order to streamline administration as part of a strategic review.


Objectors force withdrawal of Finchley Reform's £2m plan

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2013

Finchley Reform Synagogue has withdrawn its planning application to Barnet Council for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site following objections from neighbours.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.