Supporting the 1st Liberal Judaism Northern Service
NLS turns out in force in York to support the first Liberal Judaism Northern Service.
Nearly 50 NLS members headed north to York recently to join others from all around the area to support York Liberal Congregation at the first service to be held under the umbrella of the Liberal Judaism Northern Region.
A congregation of around 120, from as far afield as Cumbria, Northumbria, Nottingham, Durham and Manchester joined together for a fantastic day. There was a moving service, with 4 Rabbis present, our own Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovitch, Student Rabbi Debra Blausten, Rabbi Robert Ash representing Liberal communities in Lancashire and the Lakes, and Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism. The service was followed by a very liberal and delicious lunch!
During the service, the congregation burst into spontaneous applause when it was announced that York members, Sinan and Dena Nuuman and their children, Yara and Liza, from Iraq – who have been seeking asylum in the UK – have finally been granted leave to remain.
Peter Strauss, President of NLS, said, "At NLS, our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community who reach out to all, means we continue to grow every year. Amazingly this service took place in York where, less than three years ago, there was no community and it demonstrates how Liberal Judaism is gaining ground not only in Nottingham but now in the north too”.