25 NOVEMBER 2021 - 21 KISLEV 5782
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Happy Chanukah!

Welcome to a special Chanukah edition of your regular ebulletin. Our communities have been sending us their events for all eight nights of this years Festival of Lights, in person and on Zoom, so you can tour around from the warmth of your computer, or visit one of them if you're nearby!

See the 'In Our Communities' section for more details...

Chag Urim Sameach!

LJ Community Briefing

Every Thursday evening at 8pm
Due to popular demand we have opened these briefings to all members of our communities and we would love you to feel free to attend all or those that are relevant to your interests.

Thursday 25 November - We will be joined by Becca Fetterman, LJ Director of Youth, to talk about LJY-Netzer's programme of events for the upcoming year

To join, please click here. Please ensure your full name and community name is in your Zoom name for us to enter you from the waiting room.

Please note: There will be no community briefing next week, as we are running an event with TLSE on Antisemitism which we encourage you all to join us at. Details on flyer here



Read the November/December issue of LJ Today here.

Download the Progressively Jewish Podcast via Apple Podcasts  or Spotify.

Download the Jew Know What? Podcast via Apple Podcasts  or Spotify.

In this week's Jewish News, Rabbi Rene Pfertzel looks at the power and impact of Mitzvah Day

Click here to read the latest Jewish News issue.

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In Our Communities

First Night - Sunday 28th November
4pm - The Ark - Candle lighting - Join on YouTube
4:30pm - York - Candle lighting from York Castle Museum - Online - Streamed on Facebook
5:30pm - ELELS - Candle lighting with Mich Sampson & The Tots - On Zoom - Contact for details
7pm - Lincoln - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details

Second Night - Monday 29 November
5pm - ELELS - Candle lighting with the Eshbal Educators Kibbutz - On Zoom - Contact for details
7pm - York - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details

Third Night - Tuesday 30 November
5pm - ELELS - Candle lighting with Keren Or Liberal Community, Lyon - On Zoom - Contact for details

Fourth Night - Wednesday 1 December
7:00pm - Nottingham - Chanukah cooking with Angela Donen - On Zoom - Contact for details
7:15pm - ELELS - Candle lighting & text study - On Zoom - Contact for details

Fifth Night - Thursday 2 December
4:30pm - The LJS - Multi-faith Chanukah Celebration - featuring guest speaker Zara Mohammed, Muslim Council of Britain, and a tour of the Synagogue sanctuary with Bob & Ann Kirk - On Zoom - Register for details
4:30pm - The Ark - Chanukah Candle Lighting with Seniors of Congregation Micah, Nashville - Email for details
5:30pm - IMPJ - Join the IMPJ for a candle lighting live from the Kotel. Contact for details

Sixth Night - Friday 3 December
6:30pm - SPS & TLSE - 'Chanukah Rocks!' A Friday Night Rock Service - See separate box below for more details
6:30pm - The Ark - Chanukah Lighting & Shabbat Evening Service - Join on YouTube
7:00pm - York - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details
7:00pm - Stevenage - Kabbalat Shabbat & Chanukah Service - On Zoom - Contact for details
8:00pm - ELELS - Candle lighting and Erev Shabbat service led by Simon Benscher - On Zoom - Contact for details

Seventh Night - Saturday 4 December
4:30pm - The Ark - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details
5:30pm - ELELS - Candle lighting and Havdallah led by the Elevensies group - On Zoom - Contact for details

Eighth Night - Sunday 5 December
4:30pm - Kehillah - Chanukah Party! - In person - Contact for details
5:00pm - The Ark - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details
5:15pm - ELELS - Candle lighting live from our Chanukah party - On Zoom - Contact for details
7:00pm - York - Candle lighting - On Zoom - Contact for details

Friday Night Rock Service Returns for Chanukah

Friday 3 December 
Following a hugely successful run of lockdown broadcast services which were enjoyed by rockers throughout the UK and around the world, the band return on Friday 3rd  December, playing live at:
The Liberal Synagogue, Elstree. 
High Street, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3EY

Led by Rocking Rabbi Tanya Saknovitch at Elstree, and Rabbi Yuval Keren, who will be live on-line from Southgate Progressive Synagogue, this special Chanukah service will be broadcast live on the Liberal Judaism web-site across its social media channels. You are invited to join us at Elstree or to watch from the comfort of your home, wherever you may be in the world!

Elstree are putting on a fish and chip dinner, while Southgate are hosting a chavurah supper, to go with the music. To book, email (Elstree) or (Southgate). 

The NLPS Trust

Next round of funding open
Thinking of making an application for funding from the Trust?
Closing date for the next round of applications is 22 February 2022.
We welcome applications from LJ communities.
Guidance on how to apply and examples of recent awards can be found at
Queries should be addressed to

Come work with us at LJ!

Part-time administrator needed
Liberal Judaism is looking for a part-time administrator (15 hours per week) to join our small, friendly and dedicated team.

Working from home, the post holder is often the first person Liberal Judaism’s members, and potential members, speak to.

Duties include responding to phone and email queries in a professional and positive manner, assisting the Finance Officer with banking, invoicing and credit control and supporting Liberal Judaism’s communications including updating our website and sending out email newsletters.

If you’d like to find out more about the role, and including the full job specification and application details, please email Alexandra Gellnick on

René Cassin’s
Human Rights Shabbat

10 -11 December 2021  
Human Rights Shabbat marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted on the 10th December 1948, co-drafted by Monsieur René Cassin.

This year in particular, many are facing extreme hardship. Our Jewish texts and values are founded on justice and fairness and we must strive for social justice wherever we can. Therefore, we are inviting synagogues and Jewish communities nationwide to consider the human right to food, a right which 8.7 million adults and children in the UK lack.

To sign up, receive resources and further information, please email here

Limmud Festival

24 - 28 December 2021  
Limmud Festival is ‘a pioneering festival of Jewish learning.' (Jonathan Freedland, 2019).

It’s a place for community, learning, discovery, empowerment, diversity, debate, laughing, dancing, families, volunteering. Limmud Festival is a place for you to discover something new.

With hundreds of sessions and thousands of participants from around the UK and across the world making up the most vibrant Festival community, follow your passions or do something totally new, as you enable connections and create long lasting memories.

For more details and to sign up please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

7 - 8 January 2022 
The MHAS falls annually on Shabbat “Bo”, the weekly Torah portion which tells about the Plague of Darkness, which has resonance with mental illness.

This year’s theme was The Impact of the Pandemic. Living through the ongoing pandemic has affected all our mental health, and this special Shabbat was an opportunity for the entire community to focus on and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

Register your interest for next years event here.

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