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.


Reform rabbi in Thatcher funeral snub

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

Britain’s leading Reform rabbi declined to attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday because of her opposition to the former prime minister’s politics.


'What if' game is a cheap trick

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 13, 2012

"Counterfactual conditional analysis" is a phrase used to describe an approach to the past in which the questions asked are not "what happened and why did it happen?" but rather "what might have happened and why did it not?" In other words, the "what if…" approach.


Reform rabbis edge closer to mixed unions

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK took a significant step this week towards recognising the realities of intermarriage by removing the threat of expulsion from rabbis who officiate at mixed-faith wedding celebrations.


Sephardim hope for fresh start after elections

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Sephardi leaders hope to put recent troubles behind them and make a fresh start in finding a new spiritual head after changes to the executive and board of elders.

Several new faces, including 26-year-old Anthony Tricot - believed to be one of the congregation's youngest ever elders - have joined the top table of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in one of its most keenly fought ele


The 500-member shul which cannot afford a full-time rabbi

April 6, 2012

Rabbi Charles Wallach has brought forward his retirement at cash-strapped Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.

Chairman Michael Harris has informed members that the minister will leave his full-time employment at the end of April, although he will act as consultant rabbi on a freelance basis.

Although the shul has 500 adult members, many are elderly and 150 pay reduced subscription rates.


Don't write us off, we have something to say

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

British Jewry needs a more imaginative approach to its growing ranks of senior citizens which goes beyond care for the most vulnerable, according to a new report.

Instead, it should do more to encourage older people to take part in community activities and find opportunities for personal growth.

"The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general populat


Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."


Reform backs gay marriage

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

The Reform movement has branded as "inflammatory" an attack on same-sex marriage by one of Britain's leading Catholic clerics.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, described plans to legalise gay marriage as "madness" and a "grotesque subvesion".

But Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, movement rabbi for Reform Judaism, said that the cardinal's comments were "inflamma


Overseas aid challenge attracts Reform specialist

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

International aid charity Tzedek's new chief executive Jude Williams brings to the job exerience in building up an organisation.

Ms Williams will be moving from Jeneration, the Reform Movement's young adult programme, which she has been instrumental in developing.

Originally working with people across the Jewish spectrum, Jeneration recently restructured as a specifically Reform programme wi