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Northern Chagigah



European Union For Progressive Judaism - Biennial Conference London 2016

Northern Chagigah
November 27, 2015 - November 29, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Northern ChagigahNorthern Chagigah is the new name for the Northern Communities Weekend. Chagigah means 'celebration' and reflects the spirit of a joyful, fun, uplifting, spiritual, family-friendly gathering which we will be creating during our weekend.

Our weekend will take place at Kenwood Hall. Just one mile from Sheffield city centre it combines a convenient location with an idyllic country setting, 12 acres of beautiful parkland and landscaped grounds will provide the perfect backdrop for our Northern communities to meet together. Whether you wish to join in all of the learning sessions or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend in a comfortable and inclusive Reform environment with walks, a swim and the newspapers, this weekend is designed for you.

Our theme is 'Lighting the Way'. As we prepare for Chanukah, our northern lights will shine brightly. You can look forward to enlightened thinking in our sessions, looking at the role of light in Judaism and our own personal illumination. And we will consider how we can light the way, planning for our movement, communities, Israel and the wider world.

There will be something for everyone whether you’re planning on coming on your own, with your partner, as an interfaith couple or family. There will be a crèche for the under fives and a full RSY-Netzer programme for those over five.

Find out more and book now!

Chanukah Gift Fair at Kol Chai
November 29, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Kol Chai – the Hatch End Reform Jewish Community is having a Chanukah Gift Fair

supporting the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital

On Sunday 29th November 10.00am - 1.30pm

At 434 Uxbridge Road HA5 4RG

Stunning jewellery
Fashionable ladies' wear
Scarves, handbags, leather wallets & purses
Handmade aprons, mobile cases, toy bags and more
Stylish glassware
Contemporary Judaica
Chanukah candles
Art gallery, greetings cards
Aloe vera beauty products and gifts
handmade children’s clothes and knitwear
Fun activities include:
Zumba taster session
Bridge clinic
Young children’s activities
Tea, coffee, delicious homemade cakes and bagels

£1 donation on entrance includes a raffle ticket - children free

For more information please contact Vivien: 07854 800518

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

The Movement for Reform Judaism Council meeting

Light My Fire – A Chanukah Extravaganza
December 06, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Chanukah ExtravaganzaLight My Fire – A Chanukah Extravaganza at West London Synagogue
Sunday 6 December, from 2.00pm
33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU

As WLS draw to the close of their glittering 175th anniversary celebrations this year, celebrate Chanukah with a day-long array of events and a dazzling display of artists for the whole family.

Culminating in a glittering gala concert, starring the UK’s favourite songstress Stacey Solomon, who shot to fame in ITV’s The X Factor. Stacey will be joined by seasoned singer-songwriter-cum-storyteller, Daniel Cainer, appearing hot-on-the heels of his acclaimed Edinburgh Festival and New York seasons. The bill also includes the breath-taking skills of fire-artist Leon Ashes, in his first UK performance, and The Kitchen Quartet, featuring WLS' very own Maya Levy.

Brimful of fun, this sparkling day of non-stop action for all includes:

2.00pm: Family Fun Carnival
3.00pm: Tea Party for our Seniors
5.00pm: Rabbis’ Chanukah Drinks
5.45pm: Chanukah Candle Lighting
6.15pm: Buffet Dinner and Bar
7.20pm: 175 Mezuzah Dedication
7.30pm: Gala Concert with Stacey Solomon, Daniel Cainer, Leon Ashes & The Kitchen Quartet

Plenty of food and a few surprises along the way!

Tickets: family - £30, Individual - £15, concession and YAD - £10
To book, call Ronit on 020 7535 0275 or book online.

Women Rabbis in the Pulpit - book launch
December 07, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Women Rabbis in the PulpitWomen Rabbis in the Pulpit - a collection of sermons marks the 80th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman rabbi, Rabbi Regina Jonas, and the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Jackie Tabick, the first woman in Britain and Europe ordained as a rabbi after the Shoah.

With contributions from 46 Progressive women rabbis, this landmark publication, edited by Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts and Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, captures the words of ‘Women Rabbis in the Pulpit’ through their diverse sermons and brings their voices to a wider audience.

The book will be published on 1 December 2015 by Kulmus Publications and launched on Monday, 7 December at 7pm at Leo Baeck College. The launch will include journalist Emma Barnett interviewing Rabbi Jackie Tabick.

Available in print for £9.99 and digital PDF download £5.99 from Kulmus Publishing through ISBN: 978-0-9880539-3-9.

If you would like to attend the launch, please contact Rabbi Barbara Borts:

Online learning with our Northern Network and Leo Baeck College
December 10, 2015
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The Northern Network of Reform Judaism, together with the Lehrhaus Adult Learning Programme of Leo Baeck College, is delighted to invite you to come and study with us from the comfort of your own home! A series of three online learning sessions will be taught by outstanding faculty members from the College. Be enthused and inspired while learning about obscure and out of the ordinary Jewish thinkers from our past.

Dates: Thursday 8th October, Thursday 12th November, Thursday 10th December all 8-9pm. To book for any or all sessions contact

Beit Din Residential Weekend 2016
March 04, 2016 - March 06, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

Are you considering conversion, are in the process of converting, or have recently become Jewish?

Beit Din Residential Weekend 2016Join us for a residential weekend at the Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham forming networks with those following a similar path and facing similar issues. We’ll enjoy Shabbat together in a warm, open environment for questions and discussions.

Reform Judaism Beit Din
Residential Weekend 4-6 March 2016
Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Adults £150
Children sharing parents’ room £45
Single supplement £40

We will be joined by Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Convenor of the Beit Din, Reform Judaism’s religious court which deals with matters of conversion. We’ll stay at the Eastwood Hall Hotel near Nottingham, easily accessible from the M1. The cost will be £150 per person to include all meals (plus single room supplement of £40 where applicable). The cost for children sharing their parents' room is £45. The weekend is open to anyone considering conversion, currently in the process of converting or who has recently converted.

Partners, Jewish or non-Jewish are more than welcome, as are children.

The event programme is suitable for over 12s and under 5s can stay with their parents or you can make your own childcare arrangements. There will be some organised activities for 5-12 year olds.

For more info call Pippa: 020 8349 5675 

Download a brochure and application form


European Union for Progressive Judaism - Biennial Conference London 2016
April 14, 2016 - April 17, 2016
(The Movement for Reform Judaism) (Community Events)

The world is changing and we need to adjust to a new reality – not just in the Jewish world but everywhere we look.

We are living in a time when building bridges has never been more important.

So do join us to explore how to build and develop those vital relationships to both strengthen our Progressive Jewish world and with the wider communities around us.

Find out more and book your place

At the EUPJ Conference you will have the opportunity to meet fellow Progressive Jews from Europe and around the world and find out more about their Jewish world and the challenges they face. By building those bridges, you will have that chance to recharge your Jewish batteries and return to your own community refreshed and energised.

Building bridges in our own communities, with other faiths and the wider community, is the backdrop against which we are building the exciting 2016 EUPJ LONDON BIENNIAL CONFERENCE programme.

We will look at inter and intra faith issues, the challenges facing our relationship with Israel, community building and leadership development. We will have the opportunity to meet the heads of our rabbinic seminaries across the world and so much more. Highlights include:

  • The opening ceremony which will be held at the Guildhall, one of London’s oldest and most beautiful buildings in the heart of the City of London
  • Experiencing the joy of being one connected community as we enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat in the magnificent sanctuary of West London Synagogue, and on Shabbat morning we will join together for the service and a lunch and learn at the impressive Liberal Jewish Synagogue.
  • The conference will include celebrating 60 years of the Leo Baeck College and 90 years of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. We would love you to celebrate these special milestones with us.
  • As well as opportunities to debate, learn and come together in song and prayer, there will be time to experience the wonderful sights and sounds of London and meeting its people.
  • Join friends, colleagues and Jews from across the world to learn together, pray together and to be part of a truly inspiring four days in London.

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