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Connections Rio 2015: the World Union for Progressive Judaism's convention

 

 

 

 

 

Join our family from across the world to learn, explore, question, get involved and be inspired.
 
At Connections 2015, held in the 'Marvelous City' of Rio de Janeiro, we will celebrate the diversity of our Jewish world, showcasing the strength and growth of the Latin American Progressive Jewish community.
 
Connections 2015 in Rio will serve to strengthen the bonds between our communities, united forever by a common Jewish destiny.

Find out more about Connections 2015

 

Your Purim Party 5775
March 07, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Your Purim Party

Come along to Your Purim Party 5775!

Dress as your hero. Pick up a free drink with your ticket, and then pub prices all night. A lovely old-style music hall until 2.30 in the morning- right next to Tufnell Park tube. A great chance to catch up with friends, meet people and enjoy some festive fun. For those who like a dance, DJs Joey Leskin, Libby Burkeman, and Leah Jordan, amongst others, will be playing an eclectic mix. Plenty of space to relax and chat- with face-painting, games and “photo-booth” provided.

Also….Missed the Megila reading or just love it that much you want to relive it? Come along at 8.40 for our Megila themed extravaganza where we'll be combining the retelling of the story, the commandment to drink and be merry with some novel new additions!

This is an exciting coming-together of Reform Young Adults, LJ Routes, West London Synagogue, Alyth, Finchley Reform Synagogue, Hendon Reform Synagogue, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue, RSY-Netzer bogrim, Jeneration, and many others! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Ticket Price:


• £12.50 from Monday 2nd March
• £15 on the door (limited availability)

Click here to book


Trip to Ethiopia
March 14, 2015 - March 26, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Trip to Ethiopia 14th – 26th March 2015

Meet the last Jews in Ethiopia!

See how they live and learn at first hand of their long and tragic history. From the kingdom of the Queen of Sheba, to the Jews who left in Operation Solomon; the Beta Israel have been sovereigns and slaves; commanded vast areas and suffered exile because of their faith.

The city of Gondar is home to some of the poorest Jews on the planet, yet they will welcome you into their synagogue and homes.  You will see their many work projects, play with their children and help in the Meketa after school club.

But that is not all. We will also see some of the greatest historical sights of sub-Sahara Africa along with areas of rare natural beauty.

The trip is led by Rabbi Sybil Sheridan and an Ethiopian guide.

Cost: £1900
inclusive of all flights, hotels, transport, entry tickets and most meals.

Contact Rabbi Sybil on meketafunding@gmail.com for more details

Find out more about Meketa


Harrow Day Limmud
March 15, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

You may have already been to Harrow Day Limmud in 2011 or 2013.
You may have been to Limmud Conference or Limmud in the Woods, or one of the Day Limmuds so you know how life affirming they are.

Harrow has put together an amazing programme with around 100 very diverse presenters including a number from Reform Judaism and our communities in the local area. A preview of some of the exciting names lined up includes:

Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen FBA Fellow Trinity College Cambs. Dir. Of Autism Research Centre
Alex Brummer City Editor of the Daily Mail
Baroness Ruth Deech Chair of Bar Standards Board
Lord Danny Finkelstein Executive Editor & Chief Leader Writer The Times
Henry Grunwald QC President WJR and Shechita UK
Simon Hochhauser Chief Executive teliqo, co-chair Milah UK, past President United Synagogue
Clive Lawton Limmud co-founder & Senior Consultant; Scholar in Residence LJCC
Olivia Marks-Woldman Chief Executive Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Denise Phillips Professional chef and cookery writer
Simon Rocker Journalist at The JC
Shabbaton Choir
Rabbi Dr Rafi Zarum Dean LSJS
"Rabbi, I have a Problem" Rabbi N Brawer & Rabbi J Romain

The presenters will offer to take you to a place on your Jewish journey that you never thought of going, and open up new horizons for you. There will be sessions on everything Jewish - serious learning, music, art, film, dance, poetry, craft workshops, history, genealogy, social and cultural topics, interfaith, politics, food - and of course, football!

Harrow Day Limmud has moved to JFS after two sell-out days in Pinner. 

Organisers are confident that even with space for 1000, they will sell out. Book by 13 February to get an early-bird discount of £5.

Click here to book now

 


Bet Debora Conference
April 16, 2015 - April 19, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Bet DeboraThe 7th International Bet Debora Conference will be held in the UK in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire on 16–19 April 2015, on the theme “Engendering Jewish Politics – Redefining the Role of Women”

Bet Debora offers a forum for exchange between Jewish women in Europe open to women activists from all streams of Judaism: artists, scholars, as well as women rabbis, cantors, and community officials. Bet Debora would like to make a contribution to the renewal of Jewish life in Europe, to support Jewish women’s studies and promote a Jewish-feminist consciousness and thereby also the presence of women within Jewish Community leadership; it also works to maintain Jewish women’s heritage, and to establish an international network of Jewish women.

From the UK: Orthodox Soferet Avielah Barclay; Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris the first woman to head a Rabbinic College, Laliv Clenman on the multiplicity, diversity and development of rabbinic law and Dina Brawer, speaking on the journey from Rebbetzin to Maharat.

From Israel: Rabbi Dalia Marx Associate professor of liturgy and midrash at Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR; Sharon Shenhav, international women’s rights lawyer and expert on marriage and divorce in Jewish Law.

From Eastern Europe: Anna Makówka-Kwapisiewicz, Journalist, feminist and radical housewife, President of the Jewish Czulent Association (Krakow, Poland); Tania Reytan-Marincheshka, university professor and activist (Sofia, Bulgaria); Dragana Stojanović, ethnomusicologist (Belgrade, Serbia); Svetlana Yakimenko, Project Kesher the largest Jewish women’s organization in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and one of the fastest growing women’s advocacy organizations in the region. (Moscow, Russia)

From USA: Gail Twersky Reimer, Founding Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive; Shula Reinharz, Haassah-Brandeis Institute, S.L. (Sandi) Wisenberg, author.

And many others!

There will be presentations, panel discussions, film, shiurim, workshops. Shabbat services will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning. You can join us by the day or stay at the centre.

Click here to register and here to see more of the programme and presenters

Bet Debora is for all women and men who are interested in women’s voices and activities in Judaism and the Jewish world. Don’t wait – register today! Any questions? Contact Irit Schillor at ishillor@aol.com or Sylvia Rothschild at sylviarothschild@hotmail.com

 

 


Connections 2015
May 13, 2015 - May 16, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Connections 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 Join our family from across the world to learn, explore, question, get involved and be inspired.
 
At Connections 2015, held in the 'Marvelous City' of Rio de Janeiro, we will celebrate the diversity of our Jewish world, showcasing the strength and growth of the Latin American Progressive Jewish community.
 
Connections 2015 in Rio will serve to strengthen the bonds between our communities, united forever by a common Jewish destiny.

Find out more about Connections 2015


The Movement for Reform Judaism AGM
June 28, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The Movement for Reform Judaism Annual General Meeting


Shirei Chagigah
July 09, 2015 - July 12, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Shirei ChagigahShirei Chagigah is the new name for the Movement for Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference. It means ‘songs of celebration’ and reflects the celebration of music and prayer which we will enjoy over this very special weekend.

It will give you the tools and experiences to learn about and enjoy Jewish music and t’fillah (prayer) and is an opportunity to learn from the world’s foremost experts in the field of Jewish liturgical music. Through a series of workshops and services you will explore the use of music to enhance religious services, learn new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers and be part of a remarkable community.

Shirei Chagigah is not only for people who love to sing! For the first time we will be adding an extra dimension by having a programming stream dedicated to those in our communities who lead Shabbat services. Our Shaliach Tzibbur course is designed for you whether you have been leading services for many years or whether it’s something you would like to start doing. It will be taught both by our American faculty and by our very own rabbis.

In addition the MRJ choirs festival will take place on the Sunday from 10am to 5pm and be run by Viv Bellos, Director of Music at Alyth, and aims to enthuse, encourage and inspire synagogue choirs of all abilities from around the country. It will provide opportunities to work in depth on performance pieces, repertoire, warm up techniques and troubleshooting vocal difficulties. 

As the conference is non-residential we will be offering host families for all participants from outside London or we will be negotiating rates with local hotels if you prefer.

Come and join us as part of a truly memorable weekend where you can learn for yourself and learn to take back to your community.

Find out more about Shirei Chagigah and book now


Council Meeting
December 06, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The Movement for Reform Judaism Council meeting


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