New rabbi for South Bucks Liberals

South Bucks Liberal Synagogue welcomes Charley Baginsky as their new Rabbi. After being associated with the synagogue for a little while Charley has now become their rabbi too. Rabbi Baginsky studied Theology, first at Cambridge and then King’s College London. She then spent several years working in Israel which included …

New Exeter Cheder

The Dreidl Dribblers is starting a new bimonthly cheder, organised by Jody Hall and Anna Turns. The first Passover-themed class will be on Sunday 2nd April. Activities will be tailored to all primary school ages, and beginning with havdalah, festival-based stories and crafts, a short break, some Hebrew letter games and a …

Chestnakah!

The Jewish community in Chester went out of their way to make it a special Chanukah for one family  visiting from St Louis USA. They were travelling with a 2 year old and a 2 month child and had forgotten to pack a menorah. They found the community contact details on JSCN and …

Chanukah Oneg Shabbat in Sheffield

Friday 30th December 2016 saw Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation celebrate the 7th night of Chanukah and Shabbat with members, friends and visitors  at an Oneg Shabbat held at a member’s home. Around 25 people crowded into the living room to light their Chanukah candles and celebrate together and enjoy …

JLC seeks regional External Affairs Managers

The JLC has decided to resource communal capacity to mount creative, strategic public policy outreach to respond to today’s most important challenges and to prepare for the future. To this end they are pushing ahead with the second phase of appointing External Affairs managers to serve different parts of the UK. …

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 …

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 …