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If I am only for myself… Where next? THIS YEAR’S Liberal Judaism Day of Celebration will focus on the role of communities to support their members in a variety of different ways. We will look at how we can directly support individuals as well as how we empower our members to support others in turn inside and outside the synagogue walls. We are honoured to be joined by our keynote speakers, Dame Margaret Hodge and Jean Gaffin OBE, who will be in conversation about how communities help to build the fabric of society. The programme – published for the first time on the page to the right – also includes many of Liberal Judaism’s most senior rabbis, lay leaders and educators.
So come and celebrate current best practice, the Jewish textual basis for community relationships and the deeper questions around community responsibility vs state responsibility. The event will also include a performance from the Day of Music, the announcement of the winning LAFTAs entry a full LJY-Netzer youth programme and an interactive social justice journey. The Day of Celebration takes place on Sunday 23 June 2019 from 9:30am 4:30pm at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. Please email t.rich@ liberaljudaism.org for details of travel subsidies. To book your place, visit www. liberaljudaism.org/day-of-celebration
Join our Education Hub classes LIBERAL JUDAISM’S Education Hub hosts classes on a wide range of topics that are open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Classes are only £5 and are the perfect way to take a break from your busy week and invest in yourself. Term 3: 10 April - 8 May You can choose from: An Introduction to Judaism and Biblical Hebrew with Rabbis Janet Burden and Danny Rich; Hope and Anger in Our Texts with Rabbi Sandra Kviat; and Second Temple Texts and Traditions with Rafe Thurstance.
Your stories LIBERAL JUDAISM prides itself on being open and inclusive - providing a home for everyone’s Jewish story. In each issue of lj today going forward, one member will tell how our movement became the home for their own story. And whether you are a rabbi or a member of our youth movement, a fourth generation Liberal Jew or a new convert, we want to feature you. Maybe we became your home because you couldn’t be who you wanted or love who you wanted elsewhere. Or maybe you just remain inspired by our values. We now want you to tell the world - or at least the readers of this magazine how you found a home in Liberal Judaism and how the movement has helped to inspire you. Read others’ stories and submit your own at www.liberaljudaism. org/the-home-for-your-jewish-story/
Term 4: 22 May - 19 June During this term you will be able to choose from yet more fascinating topics: An Introduction to Judaism and Biblical Hebrew with Rabbis Janet Burden and Danny Rich; Jewish History with Rabbi Thomas Salomon; and Theology with Rabbi Charley Baginsky. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings at the Montagu Centre. A light supper is provided. Please log on to www.liberaljudaism.org/hot-potatoes for class descriptions, dates and booking.
By Rabbi Lea Mühlstein IN a sermon in 1970, Rabbi John Rayner charged Liberal Jews to embrace a special navigational role on the journey of humanity towards its ultimate goal: an age of freedom and Rabbi Lea Mühlstein justice, compassion and peace. Looking back now, almost 50 years later, we can proudly celebrate our movement’s strong track record - but we cannot be complacent. The road to that messianic age still stretches beyond the horizon as we look at our society riddled with injustice. And there is so much to address that sometimes it’s hard to focus for long enough to make a difference. This is why during the Day of Celebration we want to take a moment over lunch to help us decide what issue we want to focus on during the next year until the 2020 Biennial Weekend. Where can we make the biggest difference? How can we best embrace our special navigational role to achieve a little more justice in our world? The session will take you on a journey to explore some of the issues that we might want to pick up and give you an opportunity to cast a vote to help us decide where to go next.