Reform movement

Israel to pay salaries of Reform, Masorti rabbis

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

Non-Orthodox communities in Israel were celebrating a victory this week after a landmark decision requiring the state to provide the same financial assistance to Reform and Masorti religious leaders as it does to Orthodox ones.

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Lieberman visit triggers bitter community clash

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The Reform Movement has stood by its attack on visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after coming under fire at the Board of Deputies.

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Borts quits Newcastle Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 29, 2012

Newcastle Reform's Rabbi Barbara Borts has resigned because she "wants to move on".

Rabbi Borts has given six months' notice to the 150-member congregation she has served on a part-time basis since 2008.

"I have had a good time here," she said. "They are a great bunch of people. If they need help I will continue to help them. I am not leaving them in the lurch."

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Tabick achieves another first at Reform Beit Din

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Once Britain's first woman rabbi, Jackie Tabick is now the first female convenor of the Reform movement's Beit Din, following the retirement of Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

She will take up the part-time post in April, while continuing her congregational role as rabbi of North-West Surrey Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Tabick will oversee the authority at a time of increased applications for conversion.

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It's my Jeneration in a Reform relaunch

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Young adult and student activities provider, Jeneration, is relaunching to brand itself as an explicitly Reform movement project and will prioritise programmes for mixed-faith couples.

Although Jeneration has always been funded by the Movement for Reform Judaism, MRJ chief executive Ben Rich said it had deliberately not been marketed as a Reform venture.

"When we started Jeneration, five yea

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All about Reform Judaism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

A video about what's new in Reform Judaism in Britain, as screened at the movement's recent annual dinner.

The film was produced and directed by Lucie Hass

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Leading questions facing movement heads

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Many youth movements will be showing more of their feminine side this year.

Habonim Dror, Noam Masorti Youth and BBYO are being led by women, while two other movements have scrapped the single director system in favour of leadership teams.

The new directors include two philosophy graduates, two former Cambridge students and an ex-university level netball player.

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Laura Janner-Klausner: Why I'm not the Reform rival to the Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

Diehard atheists may bristle at the mention of it, but Radio 4's Thought for Day remains a hallowed institution, a prized pulpit for religious broadcasting. There are currently three rabbis on its roster: that doyen of rabbinical broadcasters Lionel Blue, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and the newest recruit, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

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Meet the media-savvy voice of Reform Judaism

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The Reform movement has appointed its first full-time rabbinic spokesman to act as its voice on religious issues.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, 47, who has served with one of the biggest Reform communities, the North-Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Gardens) in London for eight years, will move to the new role of movement rabbi in January.

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Songbook is music to the ears of Reform

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

The Reform movement has launched what is thought to be the first major new collection of synagogue music published in the UK for nearly a century.
Shirei Ha-t'fillah ("Songs of Prayer"), a compilation of sheet music and explanatory articles, was produced by Cantor Zoe Jacobs of Finchley Reform Synagogue and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of Wimbledon Synagogue.

According to Cantor Jacobs, the last major

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