Mitzvah Day Durham Success

Mitzvah Day Organiser Hava Fleming led her community Durham & North East Liberal Jewish in a collaborative event with Durham Uni  J. Soc, whose president Jake Goldman massed the Jewish student troops. The event was also supported by Bahai, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Chinese, Kurdish, Iraqi and Saudi friends. Thanks went to Waddington Street United Reformed Church, who offered …

Lancashire School Visit

Normally we signpost schools & groups to a suitable local community for synagogue visits and talks about Judaism, but over the Yom Tavim we organised one directly for a Catholic school in Lancashire. Catholic schools teach Judaism as the second religion studied alongside Christianity at GCSE level. However they start early and …

Building Resilient Communities 13/14 Nov

European Jewish life is going through serious challenges following the sad and deadly series of terrorist attacks in the last years (Toulouse, Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels). This is affecting Europe as a whole and particularly Jewish life. The situation has opened a series of crucial questions: Are we as leaders prepared …

Shana Tova

  JSCN’s greetings for a Healthy and Happy year 4 Communities Revived Since January 2016 we have added 4 newly created communities to JSCN. Lincoln, York, Durham and Chester. These communities have historical roots but their previous incarnations ceased to exist for the last few generations. Each of these communities …

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 …