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 …

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 …