Reform

Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Help for flood victims in Maidenhead

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2014

The flooding in the Thames Valley areas has impacted on Maidenhead Synagogue and its members. Some have been unable to attend shul because they could not leave their flooded properties.

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Arizona acquisition for Bromley Reform

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Rabbi Jason Holtz has swapped the deserts of Arizona for Kent suburbia as Bromley Reform’s new minister.

In Tuscon, Rabbi Holtz was assistant minister at Temple Emanu-El, directing its religion school. In Bromley, he replaces Rabbi Tony Hammond who retired in August after 10 years with the congregation.

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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Rabbi wants government organ rule change

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

A leading reform rabbi has written to the Home Secretary urging the government to follow the example set by Wales on organ donation and institute a system of presumed consent.

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Gesher group come to UK to see unity in action

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2013

A group of 20 Israelis have spent a week in London, learning how Jews of different stripes can rub along together.

The delegation was brought over by Gesher, an organisation whose mission is to bridge the secular-religious divide in Israel.

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Sorry Heston, the beef is off for cookbook

By Barry Toberman, May 27, 2013

Few would dare to send back a Heston Blumenthal culinary creation. But a Maidenhead Synagogue group did just that after the three-starred Michelin chef mixed milk and meat in a recipe for a fundraising cookbook.

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We don't 'marry out'. We are made to

By Ben Rich, May 23, 2013

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." - Ruth 1:16

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No more talk of Gryn Affair, says Hugo's wife

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Jackie Gryn, the widow of the late Reform leader Rabbi Hugo Gryn, has insisted she has always enjoyed a warm relationship with Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and appealed for no more talk of a “Hugo Gryn Affair”.

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Representing rabbi

April 18, 2013

Last January, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner became the Movement for Reform Judaism's first Movement Rabbi. The post is representative, described by the organisation as being its "rabbinic face in the national arena". In that capacity she was invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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