Reform Movement News

Rabbi Warren Elf of Manchester Reform Synagogue and community development officer of the Manchester Faith Network reflects on how the city has responded to the events of this week. Religious communities in Manchester have been pulling together this week and expressing our horror and sadness at the terrorist attack on [...]
Fri, May 26, 2017
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In the six weeks leading up to Pesach, Reform communities took part in our Connecting with Members Telethon. The Telethon was part of Reform Judaism's Communities that Care Initiative, launched in 2016 to strengthen communities and inspire members. The Telethon involved community members themselves calling other members of their congregations to [...]
Fri, May 26, 2017
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Click here to download a pdf of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Reading Torah and Haftarah Context For those members of our communities who attend services regularly, the annual cycle of Torah reading is a marker of movement through the year, as we revisit the same narratives to find new meaning and [...]
Fri, May 26, 2017
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Eight students from Britain, Germany and France will start on Leo Baeck College's acclaimed five-year rabbinic programme in September. The class will encompass an eclectic range of people from a youth movement worker to the College's former Bible lecturer to a campaigning French television journalist. Leo Baeck College (LBC) is a [...]
Thu, May 25, 2017
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Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers takes a controversial topic from the Torah and looks at a response from a Reform perspective as part of the Progressive Judaism page of the Jewish News. Click here to read the article on the Jewish News website. The post The Bible Says What? Charging interest to a non-Jew [...]
Thu, May 25, 2017
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Manchester: diverse, dynamic, defiant. Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner reflects on her experiences from the city in The Jewish News. Click here to read the piece on The Jewish News website. The post Fixing Britain's broken heart after the Manchester attack appeared first on The Movement for Reform Judaism. [...]
Thu, May 25, 2017
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The bombing in Manchester has brought national trauma. We must not lash out, writes Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain of Maidenhead Synagogue in The Guardian. Click here to read the piece on the Guardian website. The post Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain in The Guardian on the Manchester attack appeared first on The Movement [...]
Tue, May 23, 2017
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Our hearts and souls, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Monday night's attack in Manchester. Together we mourn the innocent people, so many of them children, who have died. We send prayers of healing and consolation to those injured. Manchester is a vibrant, creative, diverse and resilient city. [...]
Tue, May 23, 2017
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When is the shul hall not the shul hall? When it becomes a kibbutz for the night. This year's Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration, organised by the Representative Council for North East Jewry, saw over 80 local kibbutzniks enjoy an evening of music, entertainment and food, served kibbutz style at Newcastle Reform [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017
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A memorial service to celebrate the life of Rabbi Lionel Blue OBE z”l was held at West London Synagogue on 8 May. Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger of West London Synagogue; student rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris, Principal of Leo Baeck College and Rabbi Danny Smith of Edgware & District Reform [...]
Fri, May 19, 2017
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