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Helping to keep London warm

Liberal Jewish communities all across the UK took part in Mitzvah Day, getting involved in projects to support charities and build stronger communities.

The staff team at the Montagu Centre, Liberal Judaism’s head office, helped sort and pack old coats for Hands On London – providing jackets to vulnerable people in the capital during the winter.

The eight-strong LJ team emptied, sorted and bagged approximately 1,400 coats, which had been collected at underground stations the previous week.

They will be sent to homeless people, asylum seekers, vulnerable older people and those escaping domestic violence.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said: “I am so proud of all our Liberal communities, who gave their time on Mitzvah Day to help some wonderful causes.

“Packing 1,400 coats was hard work, but very rewarding and I’m so pleased we can help bring some warmth to those who need it most this winter.

“Anyone wanting to find out more about Hands On London and their excellent work should go to http://handsonlondon.org.uk for further information.”

See more pictures of the Montagu Centre team’s Mitzvah Day activities at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.516431751714645.122407.224588107565679&type=1&l=81706ed348

Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

The JC
November 16 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

In a letter to Israeli ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, officials from groups including the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council, Chief Rabbi's Office and Movement for Reform Judaism wrote that sentiments of support prevailed across "all sections of our community", reflecting the "national consensus" in Israeli society.

"Operation Pillar of Defence is an entirely understandable response to the intolerable assault upon the citizens of Southern Israel and the continued provocations of Hamas --‐ an antisemitic terrorist organisation," the signatories stated. "We take pride in the commitment of Israel's political and military leadership to leave no stone unturned in seeking to avoid civilian casualties and remain true to the Jewish ethical ethos that underpins the doctrine of the IDF."

The letter also praised the ambassador for his efforts since the fighting officially began on Wednesday to "take an important lead in advocating for Israel so effectively across the UK national media"

"This is a difficult and often hostile arena. You have done your country proud."  Read more

LJ Routes goes from strength to strength

12th November 2012

More than two dozen young adults enjoyed the latest LJ Routes Supper Club event.

Taking place at Sardo Cucina restaurant, the evening was hosted by Student Rabbi Benji Stanley, Liberal Judaism’s new student and young adult coordinator.

routesforwebsiteBetween courses of gorgeous Italian food, Benji led a Friday night discussion on how people’s views change over time – using Rembrandt's two paintings of the Binding of Isaac as examples. Liberal Judaism’s outreach director Rabbi Anna Gerrard said: “Since Benji took over the running of LJ Routes, the events have gone from strength to strength.

“Everyone really enjoyed the night and are already looking forward to the next one.”

The next Routes Supper Club will take place on Friday December 7. Keep up to date on all future Routes events by going to www.facebook.com/LJRoutes

Liberal Judaism joins Diwali celebrations

12th November 2012

Rabbi Ariel J Friedlander took part in this year's Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square, as part of an exciting interfaith initiative.

Ariel is Liberal Judaism's representative for the 'A Year of Service' programme, which encourages different faith traditions to attend each other's festivals and events.  She was invited to attend the celebrations by the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association.

Ariel said: "As the days get darker, it was wonderful to share in another faith tradition's festival of light!"

To find out more about the 'A Year of Service' programme go to http://ayearofservice.org.uk

A taste of life ‘On Campus’

5th November 2012

The Liberal and Reform Jewish youth movements teamed up this weekend to give potential students a taste of what Progressive Jewish life at university is like.

oncampus2As part of the ‘On Campus’ event, sixth-formers were able to take part in a student Shabbat service and ask questions about applying and going to university from those who have recently experienced the transition.

Taking place at Cambridge University, which has a thriving egalitarian Jewish scene and a very active Jewish Society, the weekend included activities such as programmes exploring different ways of expressing ones Judaism on campus, Kabbalat Shabbat service with the Egalitarian Minyan and a scavenger hunt through the city.

Offering advice on student life at all universities, not just Cambridge, the event was a joint venture between the Reform and Liberal youth movements (LJY-Netzer and RSY-Netzer) and student organisations (Jeneration and LJ Students).

LJY-Netzer movement worker Robin Cooke, one of the ‘On Campus’ organisers, said: “LJY-Netzer’s first On Campus weekend was a great success, with a combined twenty-eight participants joining together to pray, learn and experience university life first-hand.  We look forward to running more similar events in the near future – watch this space!”

For more information on future LJY-Netzer events go to www.ljy-netzer.org

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