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LJ playwright wins rave reviews

25 February 2016

Liberal Judaism’s Aaron Abraham has wowed theatre critics with his new play Run.

Aaron – who works in a communications role for the movement and writes under the name of Stephen Laughton – won rave reviews for his latest work, which was part of the Vault Festival in February.

It tells the story of Yonni (Tom Ross-Williams), a gay orthodox Jewish teenager, who is exploring feelings of angst and rebellion.

The Jewish News gave the play five stars, with critic Fiona Leckerman writing: “Run is a feat of astounding brilliance, it is visceral, engaging and deeply emotional.

“Yonni’s experience of love is relatable, relevant and tackles the zeitgeist of social media with humour. Laughton is a superb writer and coupled with Ross-Williams disarming performance Run is a triumph, so much so it thoroughly deserves a better venue and a wider audience.”

The Grumpy Gay Critic website was another to give a five star review, calling Run “a piece of deep emotional and cosmic brilliance”.

The site’s James Waygood concluded: “Run is an intoxicating sprint from start to finish. Ecstatic new writing, deep production, and an out of this world performance will leave you grasping through your tears.”

William Howard of Exeunt also enthused about the production, describing it as “artful, honest and deeply romantic”.

He continued: “Run speaks eloquently, affectingly and at times agonisingly about love and loss in a way that everyone can relate to… It’s vital viewing.”

LGBTQ Arts gave the play four stars and described it as “a phenomenal piece of writing and performance”.

For more information on Run, go to http://run-theplay.net

For the full reviews, please see the links below:

The Jewish News -> http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/review-run-the-vault/

Grumpy Gay Critic -> http://grumpygaycritic.co.uk/2016/02/run-vault-festival-london-review/

Exeunt -> http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-run-at-vaults/

LGBTQ Arts -> http://lgbtqarts.com/2016/02/12/review-run/

 
Work for us: Young Adult Coordinator

25 Feburary 2016

Liberal Judaism is recruiting. The movement is looking for an engaged Young Adult Coordinator, to create and support a network of young Liberal Jewish adults.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, talented and enthusiastic leader to use their interpersonal and communicative skills to create exciting new events.

The post-holder will be required to work 15 hours each month. A full job description can be found by clicking here.

Liberal Judaism is currently building up to the first Progressive Birthright trip to Israel as part of the new Alliance for Progressive Judaism with the Movement for Reform Judaism.

The main aim of this post is to encourage and inspire young adults at this exciting time and beyond.

Please apply with a CV and a covering letter to Becca Fetterman, by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date for applications is 1pm on March 11, 2016.
Interviews will be held at The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple Street, London, W1T 4BE, on March 17, 2016.

 
LJ’s senior rabbi at major teaching conference

22 February 2016

Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, was one of the communal Jewish leaders running workshops at a major teaching conference today.

Danny presented a session at the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ Conference on Teaching Judaism in Non-Jewish Schools.

Others at the event included Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, dean of the London School of Jewish Studies.

Danny’s sessions was titled: ‘Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World – Textual Roots of Social Justice in Judaism’.

During the worshop, Danny quoted a sermon by Liberal Judaism’s first rabbi, Rabbi Dr Israel Mattuck, who said: “If Judaism is to exercise an influence in the world it must be something more than tradition, which some Jews like to maintain for their satisfaction; it must be a message to the world.

“That requires two things. It must embody the thought, the ideas which men and women accept as true on sufficient ground. It cannot have a message for the world of today if it clings to obsolete beliefs and ideas. Secondly, it must address itself to the problems that agitate our world.”

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LJ Today delivery dates for 2016

22 February 2016

The latest edition of LJ Today, the bimonthly magazine of Liberal Judaism, will be arriving with communities from today - and then sent out to members via post and/or email.

The magazine contains the very latest news, pictures and insight from the national movement and our communities, as well as comment and analysis from rabbis, leaders, members and friends.

Anyone can contribute by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A list of deadline and delivery dates for the rest of the year are below:

 

May/June 2016 Edition
Copy Deadline – Wednesday March 30
Deliveries to Communities – From Tuesday April 19
July/August 2016 Edition
Copy Deadline – Wednesday June 1
Deliveries to Communities – From Tuesday June 21
September/October 2016 Edition
Copy Deadline – Wednesday July 27
Deliveries to Communities – From Tuesday August 16
November/December 2016 Edition
Copy Deadline – Wednesday September 28
Deliveries to Communities – From Tuesday October 18
January/February 2017 Edition
Copy Deadline – Wednesday November 23
Deliveries to Communities – From Tuesday December 13

 

 
‘The best Jewish schools are open, inclusive and modern’

18 Feburary 2016

Rabbi Charley Baginsky appeared on the six o'clock ITV News on 17 February speaking about Jewish education.

She was responding to the report released earlier that day, by the schools' watchdog Ofsted, which criticised an ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys' school, where pupils believe the role of women is to 'clean the house and cook' while men ‘go to work’.

The Ofsted report also found that younger pupils at the Yiddish-speaking Beis Aharon School, in Stamford Hill, had a poor grasp of English and that pictures of women in short sleeves, as well as the word ‘Christmas’, had been blanked out in books.

Charley said: “This is not about Judaism, this is about being stuck in the 19th century.

“The trouble with promoting attitudes like this is that they risk making religion irrelevant to how we live today and bringing Judaism into disrepute.

“The best Jewish schools are open, inclusive and modern. We must not forget to celebrate the role they can play in opening pupils' eyes to the values, compassion and social action that could influence their lives.”

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