Tribute to Shimon Peres

There will be countless tributes to Shimon Peres over the coming days, but I fear that few, if any, will adequately capture the palpable sense of collective grief felt across the world, nor do justice to the memory of a true giant amongst men. It is true that Shimon Peres …

Leo Baeck in Sheffield two

Students from Leo Baeck College are reaching out and visiting more Reform communities. Sheffield & District Reform have recently benefitted from two such visits. Student Rabbi Anna Posner visited on 10th September to lead a Shabbat morning service and a study group on ‘Deuteronomy – a summary of everything’, a …

Leo Baeck rabbi comes to York

Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten officiated at her first Shabbat morning service for the York Liberal Jewish community on Saturday 17th September. Liberal Judaism which prides itself on having an inclusive, egalitarian outlook, had a special service last Shabbat in York.  The service, attended by more than 60 congregants,  also included …

Sephardi Voices

Jews have lived in North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran for millennia. In the aftermath of World War Two and the founding of the State of Israel, Jews were displaced from their native lands and scattered throughout the world. Their experience is rarely documented, their plight ignored, and their …

Jews from Arab Lands update

  1. The Israeli government is to grant a prize to encourage research into the topic of Jews from Arab lands. It will also give medals to  individuals or organisations active in this field. 2.The Israel Education Ministry has declared that schools will mark 30 November, the day to remember …

York Judaism 101 Course

York Liberal Jewish Community is offering its popular adult education course, Judaism 101, for the third year running. The course is open to anyone, and will cover many topics, jointly led by Gabriel Webber and Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten. The first of this year’s series, which will be led by Gabriel …

Second Shabbat in Scarborough

  The York Liberal Jewish Community held another successful service in Scarborough when over 30 people attended the Shabbat morning  service on Saturday 30th July 2016 at Albermarle Baptist Church on Albermarle Crescent. “It means such a lot to the Jews of Scarborough to be able to attend a religious …

Shalom Concert Edinburgh

This summer as part of the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, there will be a major peace event bringing together performers from all over Israel: Arabs, Bedoiun, Christians, Druze, Jews, Samaritans, secular. Ordinary people from Scotland England Ireland and Wales, and abroad, are working as a team on …

First Shabbat in Durham

A new group of Liberal Jews has formed in Durham, and recently held the first  Shabbat service in Durham since the last orthodox synagogue closed in 1955. “We wanted to reach out to the descendants of the Orthodox synagogues in Bishop Auckland, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, West Hartlepool, Sunderland and Middlesbrough which …

250 YEARS IN HULL

CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN HULL When thinking about the city of Hull, I don’t believe the first fact that would come to mind is that it is home to the longest established continuous community of Jews in the country, if not in the world! This was the theory …