For the Mitzvah Day on November 17th we have partnered with White Rose shops in Nottingham, to support the work of the Aegis Trust in its mission to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
Well, the year is about to finish. Thank God for that! And that is the good news.
Your NLS Council has selected four charities to be the beneficiaries of our 5780 / 2019 Kol Nidrei Appeal.
The People's Concert was another wonderful triumph for all those involved.
This year NLS members and friends of all ages marked Purim in a variety of ways.
We joined Nottingham Citizens and people from local churches in visiting the Karimia Institute for Friday prayers on 15 March. We also attended a meeting organised by the Council of Mosques to remember the victims and counter Islamophobia.
When I was last Chair of Social Action, probably before 2007, Council agreed we would become a Fairtrade synagogue.
Refugees are being supported in the UK in a variety of ways. One way that is unfamiliar to most people is community sponsorship, in which a group from a local community gets together to sponsor a family who is matched to them and admitted directly from a refugee camp. The group supports the family until they are settled.
Leo Baeck College, the trianing college for Progressive Rabbis in the UK, also offers adult Education, and more and more of this is available in the form of live online courses, taught by members of the faculty and specialist teachers.
This coming Sunday 11th November at 3.30pm - a special Act of Remembrance at NLS.
High Holy Days will be here soon. Here's all the info including dates and times for your diary.
Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, together with Methodist Friends of Judaism, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian.
Saturday 31st March 2018 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Another year, another great Seder at NLS!
Have you ever stopped to think that we live our lives according to not one but two calendars? Our civil lives are organised by the secular calendar, yet for many of the most important events of our social and religious lives our Jewish calendar takes precedence.
Mitzvah day at our joint venture with the Muslim orgnaisation Himmah, Salaam Shalom kitchen.
This year Nottingham Liberal Synagogue took responsibility for organising the Jewish Community Remembrance Service.
Dear friends , What a year we had… sadly most of my optimistic prognoses for the year proved to be unfounded. Right now, our world seems full of aggression and fear, our society is riven by widely conflicting views on terrorism, refugees, Brexit and politics.
Rabbi Tanya to sleep under the stars for CEO Sleepout because it can help other people…
High Holy Days will be here soon. Here's all the info including dates and times for your diary.
One of our two Czech Torah scrolls comes from the small town of Slavkov (formerly Austerlitz). Over the past 26 years NLS has forged strong links with the town in a variety of ways - including 9 trips over that period. Very few Jewish residents from the pre-war 93 survived the Shoah. The last survivor, Ruth Matiovska still lived in the town and has been central to our relationship with Slavkov.
The festival of Purim and the annual Purimspiel always means fancy dress, so you never know quite what to expect! This year, the NLS Purimspiel drew quite a crowd, bringing out some weird and wonderful characters…... Sheik and superman, sailor and sultan, even a friendly pirate!
NLS turns out in force in York to support the first Liberal Judaism Northern Service.
My dear members, I am pleased to share with you some good news. The year 5776 is about to be completed! What a year it was.
Well the sun shone in between the showers but the inaugural ramble was on and 21 hardy NLS members descended upon the car park at the Druids Inn, Birchover. We had a quick conference about the route and decided upon the shortened route as the publican had forced an earlier lunch upon us!
NLS would like to draw your attention to the statement from Liberal Judaism's senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, on the EU Referendum result:
Water Works was one of the charities supported in Nottingham Liberal Synagogue’s Kol Nidre 2014 Appeal. In particular, the money raised assisted the 25 households in the Malawian village of Kauma meet their water, sanitation and hygiene needs. The following tells the story of Water Works.
This is what an extraordinarily successful group of people look like! This was the 50th Anniversary Organising Group at the end of the Shabbat Service on 12th December and before the fantastic Chanukah Party which rounded off our 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Here are details of the new fundraising campaign for SaSh with the all information on where and how to donate to the project. Thanks to everyone for help in raising much needed funds to keep our exciting project alive…
In the light of the recent tragic events in Paris, faith leaders in Nottingham, including Rabbi Tanya, met in a show of solidarity at the Council House in Nottingham.
As part of Interfaith Week 2015, the Multifaith Centre at the University of Derby ran a photography competition with the brief ‘Something one can see but which seems to point beyond itself’.
Here in Nottingham we are very fortunate to be in only one of four regional centres around the UK given the opportunity to be part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.
The NLS 50th Anniversary Day of Celebration was a fantastic success. Continue reading for a report of both the anniversary services and anniversary party. Report by Robert Hall.
This initiative was started after Rabbi Tanya and Sajid Mohammed from Himmah got to know each other whilst working together on Nottingham Citizens projects.
Solly Worth has won The Nottingham Young Historian Award, which was started this year for Nottingham City Primary School children to encourage interest in local history.
We are delighted to have received this letter from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust praising Nottingham Liberal Synagogue for our efforts organising Holocaust Memorial Day events.
NLS features in the latest edition of LJ Today with colour photos and a lively account of our Civic Service.
NLS enjoyed a wonderful day of celebration at the recent 50th Anniversary Civic Service. The sense of community and achievement was reflected in the enthusiastic feedback from the dignitaries and guests who attended and this was picked up on by the Nottingham Post who featured NLS both in print and in the online feature....
Our synagogue is affiliated with Nottingham Citizens, which is a network of 42 different faith communities, schools, unions and charities which work together in shared social action. This enables us to undertake social action in partnership with other faith and wider organisations and to work visibly in the local community. It also offers us opportunities to learn new ways to develop our own community.
BBC radio Nottingham recently came to Lloyd St to speak to Rabbi Tanya, about the Austerlitz scroll and to raise the issue of how, as a Jewish community, we are feeling in the current climate. Also present were Jeff Cohen, Neil Pike and Paula Scott. Listen to the resulting broadcast here...
* Image source: http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/will-charlie-hebdo-sell-more-copies-after-paris-tragedy-215495
In light of the tragic events in Paris, some correspondence and statements from faith leaders and others follow below, including one from the Jewish community to our Muslim friends.
Members of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, young and old, had fun at their Chanukah party lighting Chanukiot, eating donuts and spinning dreidels.
Here is Nottingham Liberal Synagogue member Laurence Sugarman competing in the recent UK Iron Man race. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile open water swim, an 112 mile bike ride and a 26 mile run which Laurence had 17 hours to complete.
Thirteen of us from Nottingham Liberal Synagogue went to the launch of Nottingham Citizens campaign against 'hate crime' which was held at St. Nicholas' Church on Maid Marian Way on June 9th. It was an impressively well organised event, high energy and very clear in its process.
On Friday 9th May 2014 I went to the Liberal Judaism Biennial with 15 other members of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. We arrived at Wokefield Park Hotel in Reading and we settled into our rooms. On Friday evening we had a magnificent Friday night service which was a very musical based service which was brilliantly run by many of the different rabbis from different congregations. There then was a group meal which was very well attended and I met people from different communities from Finchley to Elstree. After our meal the youth group LJY Netzer ran an “Oneg Shabbat” which means joy of Shabbat and this was good fun and yet more socialising occurred.
A group of 40 non-Jewish students from the small Czech town of Slavkov visited Nottingham Liberal Synagogue as part of their 8 day visit to England. Having spent time in London, the group came to Nottingham following an invitation of the shul’s Nottingham Friends of Austerlitz Group who work to keep alive the memory of the now extinct Jewish community of Austerlitz (now re-named Slavkov) because they have a Torah scroll that was saved from the town as one of the Czech Memorial Scrolls based in Westminster.
Every few weeks a group of Jewish women, including some familiar NLS faces, have an informal get together to cook talk and eat. The Guardian recently featured them and some of their Jewish food recipes in their Cook supplement.
How lovely was this year’s Mitzvah day! First of all, Karen Worth led a lively assembly for Cheder on the meaning of Mitzvah. Then the children, teachers and other adults walked up to Sycamore House Residential Home. We sang three songs to the gathered residents, including two Hebrew songs and “Any Dream Will Do”.