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Join our young adult post-Purim party

13 March 2016

Liberal Judaism has teamed up with the Movement for Reform Judaism for a post-Purim party with a difference.

The annual Progressive Purim party will take place in Camden on Thursday March 24, from 8pm, and is open to all young adults and their friends.

Purim is the festival when up is down and down is up, so this year’s theme is to ‘come as you’re not’ – in Purim fancy dress.

There will be karaoke with Josh Moritz and a live house band. The group will be playing throughout the night, and welcoming anyone to sing, rap or play with accompaniment from the band. Choose from a list of songs, or simply ask for a particular request.

Plus with bank holiday the next day, there’s no excuse not to stay out late!

Tickets cost £6 in advance, or £8 on the door, and include a first drink. All proceeds go to tzedakah (to fulfil the Purim mitzvah of gifts to the poor).

This promises to be an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone in their 20s and 30s. So do come – we’d love to see you.

If you wish to find out more, or book a ticket, please contact Amy Levy on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This is a joint party between Reform Young Adults, LJ Routes, West London Synagogue, EDRS, HRS, FRS, Alyth and Takum.

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The History of Israel in 18 Objects

Bet Tikvah Synagogue, in conjunction with Woodford Liberal Synagogue, is hosting a unique event next Shabbat.

Taking inspiration from the BBC and British Museum’s ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’, Robin Moss will tell the story of the State of Israel by looking at 18 items that represent multiple Israeli realities from 1948 to the present day.

Robin is the head of the UJIA Centre for Israel Engagement. He works across the Jewish community to help raise the quality and nuance of conversation about Israel amongst British Jews. He is an officer of Liberal Judaism and a former LJY-Netzer movement worker.

After Robin’s interactive presentation, there will a Q&A and a chance to discuss the past, present and future of the Jewish state.

The event will be held at Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Perryman’s Farm Road, Barkingside, IG2 7LX. It starts at 7:30pm and costs £7.50 per person including refreshments.

To book, please contact David Gold on 020 8500 6335 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Two-Week Only Special Offer - Siddur Lev Chadash and Haggadah b’chol dor va-dor bundle

Our standard Siddur Lev Chadash is back in stock!

To celebrate we’re offering a flash bundle deal sale. For two weeks only, you can buy the standard  Siddur Lev Chadash and Haggadah b’chol dor va-dor for only £26. (plus P&P)

But be quick… The offer ends on the 24th March.

Email/Call Tom at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 0207 631 9832

The bundle deal is only available for a maximum of 5 , and does not include postage and packing.

 
Liberal Judaism is a post-Halachic movement

8 March 2016

Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, has told how “Liberal Judaism is a post or non-Halachic expression of Judaism.”

Speaking at the annual Oxford University JSoc Intrafaith Conference, Danny was addressing the topic ‘why and how is Halacha relevant nowadays and how and why does Halacha change?’

He was speaking alongside Orthodox rabbi and dean of the London School of Jewish Studies Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, Oxford University’s Professor Hindy Najman and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, the senior rabbi of Masorti Judaism.

Danny explained: “What seems to me to underpin Halacha, and indeed traditional Judaism as a whole, is a concept inimical to Liberal Judaism. 

“Whilst I appreciate the nuances and subtleties, the idea that the Torah was given directly by God and recorded accurately by Moses – who by Divine miracle contributed its transmission through the generations – is simply untenable for a Liberal Jew.

He continued: “I could add – and I have not yet commented on the issue of gender – that, even were I to ignore its underlying assumptions, there is much in Halacha which it is impossible to keep, and much that a Liberal Jew would not want to observe in any case.

“I give just the example of the mitzvot concerning the Temple. Even if the politics of the Middle East were transformed – and even were we in a Messianic time – Liberal Judaism is clear that the Temple should not be rebuilt; its Halacha is redundant for ever, and the institution of the synagogue has enhanced and civilised Judaism in a manner in which the idea, never mind the practices, of the Temple cannot supersede.”

Speaking to around 50 Oxford University students and members of the local Oxford Jewish Community, Danny concluded: “Halacha as taught and practised is, in my view, pre-Emancipation and, in forging a Liberal Judaism for the 21st century, we shall, and I quote John Rayner, ‘…seek a form of Judaism that preserves all that remains valid of the various past phases of our heritage but without dragging along the baggage of discredited beliefs and antiquated practices’.

“With respect, I place Halacha in the category of ‘discredited beliefs and antiquated practices’, and thus I describe Liberal Judaism as non- or post-Halachic.”

Following his talk, Danny took part in an hour-long Q&A and debate with the other panellists at this unique Intrafaith event, featuring senior figures from both Orthodox and Progressive Judaism sharing a platform.

The Oxford University JSoc Intrafaith Conference was organised by Dov Boonin, Yoni Stone and Ezra Margulies.

You can read the full text of Danny’s speech by clicking here.

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Oxford Intrafaith Conference panellists Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, Professor Hindy Najman, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Danny Rich with organisers Yoni Stone and Ezra Margulies

 
Liberals help plan Birmingham's first one-day Limmud

8 March 2016

Three members of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) are helping to organise the city’s first one-day Limmud.

The full-scale celebration of Jewish learning and culture will take place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital's educational facility on Sunday July 10, 2016.

A programme of sessions will be presented by prominent figures, covering a wide-range of subjects.

BPS members Michal Arrowsmith, John Boulton and Joe Seager are part of the Limmud Birmingham WM team.

Joe said: “It is hoped this ground-breaking Limmud will attract regular Limmud supporters, as well as people seeking a first-time experience of a truly remarkable Jewish occasion.”

For more details, and to attend, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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