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 …

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 …

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 …

Remember We’re Here

Six Point Foundation created this video for Yom HaShoah – in order to showcase all of the services available for survivors and refugees. JSCN is helping Six Point Foundation get the message across. We’re eager for as many people as possible to see it. Please share. As many of you …

Calling Glaswegian Diaspora

Are you or your family from Glasgow? The Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society has written to tell us that they have enabled a facility on their website where you can search details of 11,000 tombstones. glasgowhebrewburialsociety.org They are also asking for your help in restoring and renovating the Glaswegian cemeteries. For …

St Annes Redevelopment

Shul submits plans St Annes Hebrew Congregation is looking to the future and wants to replace its existing facilities with something that is a better fit for the smaller ageing community. The new building will replace the existing one on the Orchard Road site. On the ground level it will …

Shushan Purim in York: report

York Purim Spiels Around 50 members of York Liberal Jewish Community celebrated Purim at two events this year.  On Thursday evening, we celebrated Shushan Purim as a congregation within a walled city (probably the only Jewish community in the UK) and held an adults only party on the 15th of Adar, …

A Jewish High Sheriff for Lancashire

The new High Sheriff of Lancashire will be Mr John Barnett DL, MBE, from Blackpool. John Barnett will be the first Jewish High Sheriff of Lancashire. John is a well-known figure in Blackpool where he has lived all his life. He was instrumental in the creation of Radio Wave 96.5 …

Middle East Report: Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council talks to Simon Barrett of Middle East Report, a new online TV programme. The 60 minute interview covers  Israel, BDS and coming to the Stand With Israel rally in Manchester in Sunday, March 13th 2016 The programme was first aired on …

Meeting European Small Communities

The second annual meeting of European Small Communities takes place 3-5th April in Bratislava. Leaders and representatives of Small UK communities are invited to attend. Building on last year’s inaugural in Athens, this year’s meeting focuses on… BECOMING MORE SUSTAINABLE. GENERATING INCOME: MODEL AND TOOLS FOR A COMMUNITY TO DIVERSIFY  SOURCES …