2 SEPTEMBER 2021 - 25 ELUL 5781
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Shana Tova

On behalf of all the staff here at Liberal Judaism I want to wish you a very sweet and happy new year. We are well aware that it has not been an easy year for individuals and communities, but the support you have offered to each other and the creative and dynamic ways you have responded has been inspiring! Be kind to yourselves during these high holy days, remember that however you are bringing people together in this time will be perfect in its imperfection and will be a source of comfort and community to so many.

We are looking forward to a renewed Liberal Jewish energy and community in the coming year. Our upcoming 120th birthday will be a chance to celebrate not only what we have achieved but what we have yet to do! Shana Tova, Rabbi Charley Baginsky

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Annual Memorial Services

This year the Liberal Judaism Annual Memorial Services will take place as follows: 
Pound Lane Cemetery 
Sunday 5 September at 11:00
To book a place at this service please email

Western Cemetery, Cheshunt
Sunday 5 September at 13:00
To book a place at this service please click here

Edgwarebury Cemetery
Sunday 12 September at 14:00
To book a place at this service please click here

Due to the current COVID19 restrictions in place at our cemeteries this year it is essential that people book in advance for our Annual Memorial Services using the information above. 

Please note there are no memorial services this year at Cheshunt Woodland Cemetery or Golders Green Crematorium. 


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Read the September/October issue of LJ Today here.

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This week's Jewish News features thoughts on Rosh Hashanah from Rabbi Rebecca Birk and Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel. 

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In Our Communities

Sunday 5 September - 2:30pm - ELELS. Honey cake/apple cake cook-along for Rosh Hashanah with Ruth Seager. Ruth Seager will be leading a cook-along of treasured family recipes linked to this special time of year. To register for the session please email Sam at For more information and zoom details please click here

LJ Yom Kippur Afternoon Study and Reflection

Thursday 16 September
3:00 - 5:00pm

Join us on Yom Kippur afternoon to study and reflect at our sessions led by rabbis from across Liberal Judaism. Featuring:

Rabbi Yuval Keren - Gemilut Chasadim

Rabbi Rebecca Birk - The depths of avoidance

Rabbi Lea Muehlstein - Durban +20 – What have we learned?

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein - Baring our souls: Through poetry

Rabbi Andrew Goldstein - The Joseph Saga and the High Holydays

Rabbi Michael Shire - The Last Call: Anticipating the Shofar at Neilah

Rabbi Margaret Jacobi - The Martyrdom of Chanina ben Teradion and the Relief of Suffering.

Rabbi Richard Jacobi - Leviticus 19:14: A Stumbling Block and The Evolution of Meaning

A Dramatisation of the Book of Jonah with Dame Janet Suzman as God
More information on the sessions and how to join will be sent out nearer the time.

Call for Poets

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein has been inspired over lockdowns by the poetry of his cousin and Ark Synagogue member, Jane Michelson. They are offering a session on Yom Kippur Afternoon with her, and hopefully your, Yom Kippur Poetry.
To book a five minute slot, please contact by 10th September.

Tzelem, JCORE and Liberal Judaism present: 

Refugee Rights - What is the Future?  

Thursday 2 September at 7:30pm 

Seventy years on from the UN Convention on Refugees, what rights do Refugees still have in the UK? How will the proposed immigration bill affect those rights? And what can we do? 

To help address these questions we welcome: 
Lawrence Bottinick, Senior Legal Officer, UN High Commission for Refugees and Edie Freedman, Founder and Director of JCORE, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. 

Click here to register in advance of the event.

Europe Connects For Shabbat

Friday 3 September 6pm
A special service presented by the EUPJ and Baalei Tefillah Europe. 
Experience an exciting virtual Friday evening Shabbat service led by aspiring lay prayer leaders from all over Europe – from Sweden and Finland in the north to Portugal and Italy in the south.
Read more about Baalei Tefillah here.
You can register here for the service.
If you need any further information, please email Jesse Goldberg.

World Jewish Relief Emergency Appeal 

This week World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal to help people being forced to flee Afghanistan. 
Judaism teaches us not to stand idly in the face of suffering and injustice, and our community’s history reminds us why this is so important. World Jewish Relief was founded to help refugees in the 1930s and 40s because they were Jewish; we help refugees today because we are Jewish. 
You can donate today and save lives at 
or 020 8736 1250.

Bereavement Care 
It’s a Long Journey – The length and complexity of prolonged grief.  

Wednesday 20 October at 9:30am-1pm 

This Zoom Conference Webinar is for bereavement visitors, counsellors, clergy, family support workers, healthcare professionals, community leaders, teachers and learning support assistants.

Outline Programme
9.30 am Online Registration, Welcome and Introductions
9.40 am “It’s a Long Journey” – Conversation with Dr Robert Freudenthal
10.25 am Q & A
10.55 am Interval
11.15 am Supporting bereaved people in different settings:
From the perspective of a Hospital Chaplain - The Revd Giles Pinnock
Bereaved Children and Young People – Sharon Merchant
12.15 pm Q & A
12.45 pm Thanks, Reflection & Closes. 

The Delegate Fee is £35.00 (Reduced Fee for Bereavement Care Members £25.00).
Please click here to book.

LBC Lehrhaus: Autumn 2021

Leo Baeck College presents an opportunity to study with our world-renowned faculty and specialist teachers on a range of subjects as part of the Lehrhaus, our adult Jewish learning programme following in the footsteps of the Frankfurt Lehrhaus established in 1920 by Franz Rosenzweig.

Click here for the programme and to sign up.

The Small Communities ONE Shabbat

3-4 September
Sharing one Shabbat all together, wherever you are - on your own, with family or with your community.
To register with the Jewish Small Communities Network for more information, please click here.

Getting Away with Murder(s)

Thursday 9 September at 6:15pm
at Everyman Theatre York

Tickets are now available for Getting Away with Murder(s) that will be shown on 9 September from 6:15pm - 10:30pm at Everyman Theatres in York with Q&A afterwards. 

The film is a feature length documentary that asks the question why were 1,000,000 people able to kill 11,000,000 people with over 99% never being prosecuted. A part of the filming occurred in York at Clifford's Tower and examines the Clifford Tower massacre. To discover the answer you will need to see the film. 

Tickets can be found online here

Students' Departure for University

If your community would like to mark your student's departure for university or help your students prepare for their time at university, please be in touch with Liberal Judaism's student chaplain Rabbi Anna Posner via email

Save The Date: UK Jewish Film Festival

4 - 18 November 2021  
The 25th Anniversary edition of the UK Jewish Film Festival will be held from Thursday 4 - Thursday 18 November 2021 in cinemas and online. 

More details available soon. 

Norwich Liberal Jewish Community are Recruiting

Part Time Rabbi (0.25) 

Norwich Liberal Jewish Community are looking to appoint a part time rabbi to lead their small but growing community. This is an exciting time to join them as they continue to build on the work done by Rabbis Leah, Gerson and Anna over the past eight years. 

The new rabbi will be with Norwich one weekend per month. 

For a job description and further information about this rewarding opportunity please email All communications will be treated as confidential. 

Closing date: 30 September 2021 

Southgate Progressive Synagogue are Recruiting

New Position: Part-time Community Development Manager 
Southgate Progressive Synagogue are looking to appoint a part-time (15 hours/pw) Community Development Manager to develop our community in a multitude of areas with a special focus on families. The job will be based at the SPS site in Chase Road, Southgate but there will be some opportunity for home working. 
For more information and a job description, please email Mark Shaw at 

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