Reform

Reform mapping out future

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Movement for Reform Judaism has launched a strategic review to set its priorities over the next five-to-10 years.

An 18-page "green paper" published this week is being circulated to its synagogues, inviting members' views on where the central movement should put its annual £3 million budget.

Centred on a set of questions for discussion, the document is "not the way Jewish organisations

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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.

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Welfare bosses fear reforms will be shelved

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish welfare figure has voiced fears that the government will not "grasp the nettle" and implement reforms proposed this week by the Dilnot Commission.

Leon Smith, chief executive of Nightingale in south London, praised the report into long-term care, but believed the government was between "a rock and a hard place politically" on how to fund the recommendations.

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Bayfield brought to book

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

Reform rabbis have honoured the movement's president Rabbi Tony Bayfield by producing a festschrift, a collection of essays, dedicated to him.

A Passion for Judaism, edited by Rabbi Jonathan Romain, contains contributions from 29 Reform rabbis, including Rabbi Bayfield's daughter, Rabbi Miriam Berger of Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Bayfield, who retired as the professional head of the mo

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Why I am a Reformed man

By Ben Rich, April 1, 2011

On leaving university, I dabbled in politics, until a headhunter suggested public relations as "more of a real job". So I spent the next 13 years helping an eclectic selection of clients such as McDonald's tell their customers what they were about. My father has never really understood this. "It's communications, Dad. Helping organisations explain what they do."

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Seder joy in Wimbledon

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

Wimbledon (Reform) Synagogue will for the first time have communal Seders on both nights of Pesach rather than just one.

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild said: "We have a huge number of kids in the community. So second night Seder is going to be more geared to the family."

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Leadership posts filled for RSY

March 11, 2011

The three Manchester area Reform communities now have youth leaders following two recent appointments of Manchester University students.

Michael Garsin is in situ at Jackson's Row (Manchester Reform Synagogue). It was heartening, he said, to be "surrounded by such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people".

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Reform gets Rich with executive choice

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

The Movement for Reform Judaism, which has been professionally headed by a rabbi for the past 16 years, has chosen public relations expert Ben Rich to be its new chief executive.

He will succeed executive director Rabbi Shoshana Boyd-Gelfand full-time in May, although he will begin working with her next month to ensure a smooth transition.

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New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Reform chief to leave for social action job

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2010

The Reform movement’s leadership succession plans have been derailed by the decision of Rabbi Shoshaha Boyd Gelfand, the designated chief executive, to leave for a new job outside the organisation.

Rabbi Boyd Gelfand, the current executive director, was due to take over the professional reins of the organisation from Rabbi Tony Bayfield, who retires as head of movement at the end of the year.

But she has instead chosen to become the new director of JHub, the centre for Jewish social action enterprise and innovation.

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