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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Penzance Jewish Cemetery Restored

More than 60 people attended the rededication of the restored Penzance Jewish Cemetery, which is owned by the Board of Deputies. The restoration was enabled by a National Lottery grant plus other contributions totalling £24,000. The cemetery was established in the 1740s and is thought to be the best preserved …

Norwich Pleads for Funds

Norwich Hebrew congregation has issued an SOS for communal support towards refurbishing it’s grim demoralising synagogue, having exhausted aid possibilities from the non-Jewish market. Despite having fewer than 100 members, the independent Orthodox community has raise nearly half the £400,000 it needs to renovate its hall, install better heating and …

Bristol Masorti

Established 2016 Ritual: Masorti We are a growing community and if you are able to give some support, for example with leyening, children’s services, kiddushes or want to join our steering group, you would be most welcome. Shabbat Service: Every Fourth Saturday of Calendar Month Place: The Unitarian Chapel Building …