19 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 19 ELUL 5779
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Read the September/October issue of  LJ Today here.

In this week's Jewish News, Rabbi Aaron Goldstein applies Jewish principles to the question of whether the MMR vaccination should be compulsory before a child can start school

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DEADLINE: Tomorrow

If you or someone you know is 18-30 years old, don't forget to sign up for free High Holy Day tickets to any Liberal synagogue.

Click here to register.



Join us at the Education Hub as we take a deep dive into the upcoming holiday season.

In addition to our usual, Introduction to Judaism class, this terms sees some of our most senior rabbis teaching about the upcoming High Holy Days.
  • Wednesday 25 September:
    Travail and Triumph: Maternal cries in the sound of the Shofar (Rabbi Mark Solomon)
  • Wednesday 2 October: Only a week to go... Repent now! Customs and meanings between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein)
Time: 7-9pm (ma'ariv from 6:30pm)
Location: The Montagu Centre 
Cost: £5/week
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Saturday 21 September

Join Cantor Tamara Wolfson and an array of NPLS vocal and instrumental talent for a High Holy Day themed concert.

The program will explore music that tugs at our heartstrings and prepares us spiritually for the Days of Awe, including some familiar Selichot favourites, some Yiddish classics, and some music that may be new but might still sound like it was sung at Sinai! Featuring the NPLS choir, the NPLS One Voice ensemble, and some incredible congregational musicians including Nelly Ben-Or on piano and Jennie Kirk on flute.

Location: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
Time: 8-9pm (followed by Selichot service)
Cost: Free
RSVP: Online



Sunday 22 September

Don't miss the final session of our High Holy Days Teacher Training series.

Log in from the comfort of your home to join Karen Ettinger of the National Library of Israel. She will be a fascinating collection of antique and modern shanah tovah cards from the Library's collection to take us on a journey through Jewish communities and politics. These resources will all be available to download and use in the classroom after the session.

Location: Online
Time: 8pm



Saturday 21 September
Food Sustainability & Poverty Panel

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue invites you to join them for a panel discussion about food sustainability & poverty followed by their Selichot service.

The panel features: Geraldine van Bueren QC, Professor of International Human Rights Law at QMUL and visiting Fellow at Oxford; Dr Anna Isaacs, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City University; and Garry Lemon, Director of Policy, External Affairs and Research at the Trussell Trust.

Location: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
Time: 6:30-8pm followed by refreshments & service (end at 9:30pm)
Cost: Free
Register: Email or call 020 7432 1283

Tuesday 24 September
Tour & Research Workshop at The Weiner Library

Lily's Legacy invites you to join them for a tour of The Weiner Library by a senior curator, and a short skills workshop so you can get the most of the Library's extensive collection. 

Time: 5-7pm
Cost: Free
Register: Email Shaan Knan

Thursday 26 September
Israel, What's Next?

Join James Sorene, CEO of BICOM, to hear his analysis of Israel after the latest elections, with a focus on what it means for the relationship with the UK.

Location: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free
Register: Online

Tuesday 8 October
JVN Volunteer Recruitment Training

Work with your peers to create practical ideas for recruiting, inducting, engaging and supporting volunteers in your organisation, taking into account the volunteers' needs and your own.

Location: JVN, London NW4
Time: 09:15-1:30pm
Cost: £50 JVN members | £65 non-members
Register: Online



Wednesday 30 October & 6 November

Join us for two evenings of training by Jami, after which you will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider. 

The course is the gold standard in equipping you to provide a ‘first aid response’ to children and adolescents in distress. You will learn about a variety of mental health conditions, treatments currently in use and increase your confidence in supporting young people.

Note: You must attend both sessions to complete the course.

Location: Online
Time: 6:30-9pm
Cost: £55 (includes a course manual and certificate through Mental Health First Aid England equipping you as a Mental Health First Aid Champion, a light supper and refreshments)


Beit Midrash Weekend
December 2019

Interested in a weekend filled with Jewish Learning? Rabbi Daniel Lichman is looking to run a Beit Midrash weekend for students, learning Talmud, and engaging in transformative Jewish learning. 

Email Rabbi Daniel to register your interest

Reconnect Retreat
27-29 March 2020

The infamous Jewish spirituality retreat 'Reconnect' is happening again! Come together with friends for a weekend of self-discovery, with the goal to restore and develop the elements of themselves that often become lost or pushed to the side over the academic year.

Location: The Peak District
Cost: £50

January 2020

Chizuk (meaning emotional or spiritual support or encouragement) is incredible leadership programme for students from PJS. As part of the programme PJS will teach and support you in how to create your own Progressive Jewish student communities on campus. The programme has grants for personal developments, as well as grants to fund events on campus.


Order before 23 September 2019

As you prepare for the upcoming High Holy Day season don't forget to purchase your Machzor Ruach Chadashah (also available in large print).

Order before the 23 September to ensure it arrives before Erev Rosh Hashanah (UK only).

Click here to order yours today.

Other books that may be of interest at this time of year are: High & Holy Days and The Talent of the Special Shofar.
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