Yom Shlishi, 16 Iyyar 5779
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Liberal leaders preview Day of Celebration

We are less than ONE WEEK away from the biggest event of the Liberal Jewish year - the Day of Celebration!

Taking place at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue on Sunday June 7, Liberal Jews from all over the country will come together to discuss, debate, learn and hear from inspiring keynote speakers.

The full Day of Celebration programme can be viewed here. Please note that you will receive a paper copy of this at the event. 

Tickets are still available and can be booked via http://tinyurl.com/LJDOC2015

Below, Liberal Judaism’s Chief Executive and Chair introduce the event.

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From Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism:
The Day of Celebration 2015 is Liberal Judaism’s biggest event of the year taking place in the home of our founding and largest congregation, The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. I am proud that we will be joined by members from almost all of Liberal Judaism’s 40 communities.
The theme of this year’s event is exploring the Liberal Jewish relationship with Israel. I know from meeting members and speaking in communities, up and down the country, that there is no uniform opinion on Israel in our Movement.
Some think about Israel every day; others not at all. I hear from those who marvel at Israel's achievements, and those who are increasingly worried about the direction the Government of Israel is taking.
Whatever your views, Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration has something for everyone – from fascinating conversation to a chance to hear guest speakers from Israel including Rabbi Miri Gold, Reut Michaeli and Anat Hoffman, as well as a full parallel programme and LAFTAs award ceremony for our youth.
And while Israel is an important topic discussion, this day is about so much more than that. It is about our successes, our growth and, above all else, our Liberal Judaism. So please take this opportunity to come together and celebrate as one Liberal community.
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From Lucian J Hudson, Chair of Liberal Judaism:
This is my final Day of Celebration as Chair of Liberal Judaism but I doubt it will be my last.
The event is a unique opportunity for us as a community to engage with the central issues of Jewish identity and apply liberal values of critical thinking to them. In no respect is this task more necessary than in the context of our relationship as Liberal Jews with Israel.
It is a land of contradictions: beautiful yet uncomfortable, welcoming yet too easily divided, fiercely religious and assertively secular.
Too often Jews are afraid to face up to such contradictions, instead retreating into one dimensional stereotypes, but that is not the liberal way. We reject simple sloganising or apportioning of blame. We are prepared to embrace the contradictions and struggle with Israel’s complex political, social and religious problems.
But to fully engage we must do so from a position of knowledge. The better informed we are the more Liberal Judaism has to offer.