Yom Chamishi, 13 AdarI 5781
Ta anith Esther Thursday, 25 February 2021
Liberal Patrons praised at Lords dinner

finkelsteinEIGHTEEN Progressive rabbis joined the Patrons of Liberal Judaism at the House of Lords, where they were entertained by The Times columnist and associate editor Baron Finkelstein of Pinner.

Guests at Liberal Judaism’s 11th annual Council of Patrons' Dinner also heard from the movement’s chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich, president Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein, chair Lucian J Hudson, deputy chair Simon Benscher, Rabbis Lea Mühlstein and Charley Baginsky and event host Lord Haskel.

Addressing the gathering, Danny said: “When we set up the Council of Patrons, I promised that the funds raised would only be used for three agreed purposes: to increase the profile of Liberal Judaism, for the support and development of new communities and to pioneer new initiatives, particularly with students.

“Let me begin with students, where for two years, supported by Patrons’ funds, we have provided the only Progressive student chaplaincy resource on campus. Rabbi Leah Jordan, a graduate of the Leo Baeck College working with volunteers and staff from the Reform and Masorti movements, has supported egalitarian minyanim, Jewish socieites and individual students in campuses up and down the country.

“The greatest tribute to pioneering work is when others follow and I am delighted to report that, under the new Alliance banner, Liberal Judaism with the Movement for Reform Judaism and the West London Synagogue have this week placed an advert for a second Progressive Jewish chaplain to work alongside Leah.”

Danny then discussed how Liberal Judaism’s profile has been raised with a weekly page in The Jewish News and regular coverage in The Jewish Chronicle, as well as a multitude of appearances in the national press and on radio and television.

He also celebrated a new community affiliating to Liberal Judaism in eight of the last nine years – all “founded by charismatic Liberal Jews with a few friends and the support of our Outreach department” and all now growing fast.

Danny concluded: “Friends, you are leaders of Liberal Judaism and none of this would have been possible without your emotional and practical support, the work of our Board of Officers, the dedication of our staff and the generous funding of the Patrons.”

The Council of Patrons dinner was organised by Joan Shopper. To find out more about becoming a Patron of Liberal Judaism, please contact Yael Shotts on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it