Connections 2013: being the difference
Written by Movement for Reform Judaism Thursday, 09 May 2013
The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) held its biennial conference, Connections 2013, with the theme of ‘being the difference’ in Jerusalem last week, attended by some 300 participants from around the globe. The UK was very well represented; from a leadership perspective we are proud to have Mike Grabiner of Finchley Reform Synagogue as the Chair of WUPJ and two of the conference organisers being Gordon and Judy Smith of Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue). Lay and professional representatives of Leo Baeck College, Liberal Judaism and the Movement for Reform Judaism were all present in the spectacular setting of Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem. Pam Goldsmith, MRJ’s Director of Community Development, shares her impressions of the conference.
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner meets with President Shimon Peres
Written by Movement for Reform Judaism Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and her son, Natan, who is currently on his Shnat-Netzer gap year, had a private meeting with President Shimon Peres at his residence in Jerusalem on Monday.
Rabbi Jackie Tabick becomes interfaith president
Written by Movement for Reform Judaism Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Rabbi Jackie Tabick has been made a Co-President of the World Congress of Faiths together with Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke. The appointment was made at last week's AGM of the Congress which is one of the oldest interfaith groups in the country.
Marching for Darfur
Written by Movement for Reform Judaism Friday, 03 May 2013A march through central London by hundreds of Darfuris and wellwishers took place on Sunday 28th April. Rabbi Maurice Michaels of Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue) together with Rev. Giles Fraser, Imam Noreen Omer, Olivia Warham of Waging Peace, and two of the leaders of the Darfuri community in the UK, Muatasim Abdalla and Mariam Kemple later took a petition to Downing Street.
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