Yom Sheini, 22 Tishri 5780
Shemini Azeret Monday, 21 October 2019
Celebrate the High Holy Days with Liberal Judaism

Liberal Judaism is continuing its tradition of offering free student tickets to High Holy Days services, whether or not the student is a member of a Liberal synagogue. The movement is committed to making sure that as many people as possible will have access to its services, and holds that money should be no obstacle to worship.

Students wishing to take up this offer are asked to contact their chosen community in advance, and to bring along an NUS card (or other student ID) on the day of the service.  A full list of Liberal Judaism’s communities can be found on our communities page.

As well as welcoming students, Liberal Judaism’s communities are also throwing their doors open over the chaggim to any member of a  Liberal/Progressive/Reform synagogue anywhere in the world.  This is part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s initiative, which ensures that Progressive Jews will not miss out on observing the High Holy Days in a likeminded community should they choose to travel over the chaggim. If you’re travelling this holiday season, you may want to check the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s website to find a community in your destination that will welcome you as a member of a Liberal Judaism shul.  Remember to contact them in advance, and bring your home community’s High Holy Days ticket with you as proof of membership.

The majority of the High Holy Days services in Liberal Judaism’s communities will be taken by the shul’s own rabbi, but Liberal Judaism is proud to have made the following shidduchim between Liberal rabbis and communities in search of one:

East Anglia Progressive Jewish Community – Rabbi Leah Jordan
Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation – Student Rabbi Adam Frankenberg
Lincolnshire Jewish Community – Student Rabbi Peter Phillips
Manchester Liberal Jewish Community – Student Rabbi Naomi Goldman
North Hertfordshire Liberal Jewish Community - Rabbi Lisa Barrett
Oxford (Rosh HaShanah) – Rabbi Charles Wallach
Weymouth, Portland & West Dorset – Rabbi Alan Mann

Meanwhile, Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, will be on duty for the World Union in Pretoria, South Africa.