06 FEBRUARY 2020 - 11 SHEVET 5780
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This week's Jewish News Rabbi Janet Burden looks at what we can do to protect the environment as we approach Tu Bishvat.

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7 February
The Industry of Lies @ ELELS
9 February
ELELS Tu B'Shvat Seder
20 February
CCJ Interfaith Refugee Training Workshop
22 February
Shabbat Shelanu
27 February
Lily's Legacy Curator Workshop
Hot Potatoes Debate
13 March
NLPS Trust Deadline
13-14 March
Leo Baeck College Shabbat
13-15 March
Hebrew Crash Course Weekend

22 March
Inter-Community Cyber Quiz
13 April
Shabbat Shelanu
15-17 May
Terezin-Prague Bike Ride
22-24 May
Biennial Weekend
11 June
Hot Potatoes Debate
13 June
Shabbat Shelanu
14 June
LBC Garden Party


Wednesdays, 26 February - 25 March

The Education Hub is back with a new term of classes!
Introduction to Judaism & Biblical Hebrew
Rabbi Janet Burden
This class is perfect for those who want to learn about Judaism and its traditions. The first half of the class will cover basic Hebrew, and the second half will look at different Jewish principles, holidays and traditions.

No previous knowledge or experience required.

Putting the 'O' in God
Rabbi Pete Tobias
This 5 week course is based on a recently published book written by Rabbi Pete Tobias. Entitled ‘Putting the ‘O’ in God’, it looks at how, having recognised the presence of a power greater than themselves that organised the world around them, humans then constructed a series of inaccurate and damaging ways to approach and communicate with it.

Location: The Montagu Centre
Time: 6:30pm - Ma'ariv | 7-9pm - Class
Cost: £5/class or £20/term  (A light pescetarian supper is provided)
Click here to register online


Friday 7 February

The Industry of Lies:
Myths & Facts about the Israeli-Arab Conflict
ELELS have partnered with the World Zionist Organisation UK and Zionist Federation to invite you to hear Ben-Dror Yemini talk about his recent book.

Ben-Dror Yemini is an Israeli researcher, lecturer and journalist who has conducted much research into anti-Israel propaganda. His recent book "The Industry of Lies: Myths and Facts about the Israeli-Arab Conflict" addresses the lack of accountable reporting in contemporary media.

Location: East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
Time: 6:30-9pm
For more details please email

Sunday 9 February

ELELS Tu B'Shvat Seder
Celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the new year for trees, with a feast featuring 15 species of fruit including 7 indigenous to Israel.

Please bring a non-meat nut-free dish to share.

Location: East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
Time: 5pm - Seder | 6:15pm - Bring & Share Meal
RSVP: 020 8989 7619 or

Thursday 20 February

CCJ Interfaith Refugee Training Workshop
To commemorate World Day of Social Justice, the CCJ invites you to hear from refugee expert Emily Bowerman on what we can do as members of faith communities to support refugees today.

Location: Westminster Abbey
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Email Esther Sills to confirm your attendance

Saturday 22 February

Shabbat Shelanu
Shabbat Shelanu is an inclusive Shabbat Morning Service, designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs.

The service is open to members and non-members and all ages.

Location: East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Contact June Bradbury by email or at 07743 580 083

Thursday 27 February

Hands-on Curator Workshop
Lily's Legacy is running a workshop, led by Rabbi Dr Miri Lawrence, to train a pioneering volunteer curator team.

The curator team will create a groundbreaking multi-media exhibition to the launched at the Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend in May 2020 and the Weiner Library in July 2020.

Places are limited.

Location: The Montagu Centre
Time: 6:30-9:15pm
Cost: Free
If you are interested in attending please email

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March

Hebrew Crash Course Weekend
Join Rabbis Aaron Goldstein & Lea Mühlstein for the annual Hebrew Crash Course. Learn to read or improve your fluency and understanding of Hebrew in a weekend in a stimulating community atmosphere.

Location: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
Time: Friday 6-10pm | Saturday 9:30am-4pm | Sunday 10am-3pm
Cost: £100 synagogue members | £150 non-members
Cost includes all sessions, study materials, and meals
Click here to book your place online



Each week we share some insight into what our staff and rabbis have been doing over the last seven days

Rabbi Danny Rich
  • Attended Holocaust Memorial Services at Finchley Progressive Synagogue and St Mary at Finchley Church.
Senior Management Team
  • Rebecca Fetterman ran training for designated safeguarding leads.
  • Rabbi Charley Baginsky has attended several meetings with partners and members about existing and upcoming projects.
  • Fran attended Netzer Veidah in Jerusalem with two LJY-Netzer members.
  • Jacob ran the Kayitz information evening for parents.
  • Rosa attended a protest at the Chinese Embassy against the dentition camps built to hold Uyghurs.
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