Yom Chamishi, 18 Iyyar 5779
Lag B Omer Thursday, 23 May 2019
New book on architect of Liberal Judaism

3rd September 2014

A new book on Rabbi Dr Israel Mattuck, the first Liberal rabbi in Britain and a founder of our movement, is due out this month.

Israel Isidor Mattuck: Architect of Liberal Judaism by Pam Fox is a detailed biography of one of the three founders of both Liberal Judaism and the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS).

Rabbi Mattuck led the LJS and Liberal Judaism through two World Wars and produced the prayer books that provided our liturgy for more than 40 years.

His success in relation to interfaith dialogue was considerable, and he was one of the prime instigators in setting up the London Society of Jews and Christians, which he co-chaired for many years and which provided the model for the foundation of the Council of Christians and Jews in 1942.

Rabbi Mattuck was a supremely gifted orator enthralling children and adults alike. His Sunday services, which were unparalleled at the time, attracted audiences of more than 1,000 people.

Although he was widely respected, even by those disagreed with his views, Rabbi Mattuck’s career as the religious leader of Liberal Judaism was punctuated by controversies and stormy periods.

This authorised biography delves into all of this and includes previously unpublished material and photographs, provided by his family. It also gives a detailed history of Liberal Judaism in particular and Jewish history generally. 

A launch party will be held on Wednesday September 10 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Montefiore Hall of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA.

The event will include an introduction by Professor Geoffrey Alderman and refreshments will be served.

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