Reform movement

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.


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


Reform Judaism host Music and Songleading Conference

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011
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More than 70 people attended the first ever Anglo-Jewish Music & Song-leading Conference organised by the Movement for Reform Judaism.


Reform readies chair in leadership reshuffle

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The Reform movement has chosen a woman chair for the only the third time in its history.

Jenny Pizer, the current vice-chair, will take over from Stephen Moss at the end of the year.

Mrs Pizer holds the portfolios for Israel and for youth, students and young adults and was involved with the production of the new Reform siddur.

A direct marketing consultant, she is a former Maidenhead Syna


Intermarriage issues

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

Orthodox Jews from Liverpool who feel alienated by their community following intermarriage attended a support seminar run by the Movement for Reform Judaism's youth wing, Jeneration.

Thirteen people from mainly Orthodox backgrounds took part in the event at Liverpool's Hope University on Sunday.


Miliband and Lineker join Rabbi Bayfield tribute

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The achievements of Rabbi Tony Bayfield were toasted by more than 200 people at a party at a Mayfair club to mark his recent retirement as head of the Reform movement.

Guest salutes also came in a video featuring, among others, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, David Miliband, John Humphrys and Avram Grant.


Gary Lineker leads tribute to Rabbi Bayfield

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011
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Rabbi Bayfield: "This is Your Life".

Produced and directed by Lucie Hass, everyone from Gary Lineker to Avram Grant and David Milliband to Archbishop Rowan Williams paid tribute to the work of the Reform leader, who is retiring after four decades of communal work. Watch a clip of the film.


'I couldn't miss out on lower fees'

February 24, 2011

Hatch End High School pupil Sophie Lipton has opted to go straight to university to avoid the rise in fees. She plans to take Middle Eastern studies at Manchester University.


Hall of Infamy: Glenn Beck

February 23, 2011

"Reformed rabbis are generally political in nature. It's almost like Islam, radicalised Islam in a way.

"Radicalised Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at the reform Judaism, it is more about politics.

"It's not about terror or anything else, it's about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith."


German Jews celebrate new Reform synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

The first Reform synagogue to open in Germany since before the Holocaust has been dedicated.

The synagogue has been built in Hameln, in Lower Saxony, at the site of one destroyed by the Nazis more than 70 years ago on Kristellnacht.

Building of the Beitenu synagogue and community centre, intended to serve around 200 Jews in the town, was partly funded by the state.

Rachel Dohme, president of the new congregation, said: "It's incredible that, after the Shoah, in Germany a synagogue could be built with money that came from German political organisations.”