York Liberal Jewish Community

Your Liberal Jewish Community Mitzvah Day

York’s Liberal Jewish community is a new venture founded by a number of York Jewish residents who recognised a demand for more Jewish activities in the City. It was established in the summer of 2014.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our services and in particular families with mixed faith backgrounds interested in exploring their Judaism.
Our services are short, child-friendly and largely in English.
Services are self-run, those willing to get involved and help with organising and hosting events are particularly welcome.

Services: Usually second Saturday of each month

Ritual: Liberal

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York Liberal Jewish Community

York Holocaust Memorial Day events - please join us
Holocaust Memorial Day has become, over the past decade, a key date in the national calendar. It is an opportunity to remember and learn from the events not only of the Nazi Holocaust, but the other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries, so that they are never repeated.
In York, there are a large number of different events and in recent years as a community we have become increasingly involved in these, under the leadership of our vice-chair Lee Carter.
This year, Lee would like to flag two dates in particular: the 600 Candles event in York Minster’s Chapter House on Wednesday 24th January, 6pm , at which members of the York Liberal Jewish community will recite Kaddish and there will be other thought-provoking contributions from a range of people including a Holocaust survivor and refugees. Please do join us and in particular help recite Kaddish for the victims of the Shoah.
Also, please join us for the City of York Civic event on Sunday 28th January, 6-7:30, York Explore, which includes a reading by YLJC member, Hannah Rich, written by Lee.
The theme of this year’s HMD is “The Power of Words”. Lee thoroughly recommends a viewing of this very poignant film, made by York’s HMD organisers, with this theme at its core. Many people from around the city were asked to record ‘What was the most powerful thing anyone has ever said to you?’ . It stars Lee’s son, Rufus. Film link here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhTKkmUWYhA
For the full programme of events see here: www.york.ac.uk/admin/eo/Events/HMD%202018%20programme.pdf
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Next York Shabbat Morning Service: Saturday 20th January

Our next Shabbat morning service will be held on Saturday 20th January at 11am at the Friargate Meeting House. It will led by Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris together with our Student Rabbi for 5778, Gabriel Webber. For the second month in a row the service will incorporate a Bat Mitzvah, this time for Madelaine Gillis.
It will also include admissions ceremonies for two of our members, Shannon Kirshner and Robin Mumford, to mark their formal conversion to Judaism.
The service will be followed by a kiddush for all attendees, generously provided by Madelaine's mum, Amanda.
Ritual Discussion
It will be proceeded at 10am by one of our irregular discussions on York's ritual to consider whether Jewish 'status' should have any role in determining participation in our service. This will be in the Quiet Room at the back of the meeting house on the ground floor. Please do join us to share your thoughts on this important issue
Also our new Cheder term, led by Lauren Keiles and Orly Askew, will start at 10am. It will finish at 12.30pm to coincide with the end of the service. If you would like your children to attend by haven't yet registered please email info@jewsinyork.org.uk or simply turn up on the day. (This month, children who are approaching B'nei Mitzvah are encouraged to stay in the service to join Madeliene's celebrations.)
Judaism 101, Thursday 18th January, 7-9pm
Led by student Rabbi Gabriel Webber, our monthly adult education session continues this Thursday 18th January at 7pm in the Garden Room at the Friargate Meeting House. The Torah closes with a tribute to Moses, the greatest prophet we’ve ever known. This session will explore his story, his personality, his leadership and – on occasion – his lack of leadership.
Judaism 101 is suitable for anyone from beginners to the most Jewishly knowledgeable! Everyone will be challenged and learn something new so please do come along.

Photo: Esther and family at York's first B'nei Mitzvah last month
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