Interfaith Tree Planting, Saturday 29th April, 10-11.30am

Please join the other faith communities for this regular event in the spirit of Liberal Judaism  York IF Tree Planting Poster 2 – Monks Cross- 2017

Jewish York walk, Sunday 30th April, 11am

Nigel Grizzard, Yorkshire’s leading Jewish historian, will be conducting his first Jewish York walk on Sunday 30th April  at 11.00, leaving from the Museum Gates on Museum Street, York.

The walk is likely to be very popular, so to reserve your place go to our Eventbrite link:

The BBC’s Big Questions coming to be York – Audience required!

Sunday 30th April

BBC1’s The Big Questions is returning to York on Sunday 30th April and they are hoping to find an audience comprising local residents from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and faiths. If you would like to be part of the audience please response to the advert below.

‘The Big Questions’ is BBC1’s flagship live moral and ethical debate show presented by Nicky Campbell. Each week, three topics are discussed on the show – these are ethical or moral questions connected to the week’s news headlines.  The show features specially invited front-row speakers who have a particular interest, expertise or personal story that relates to one of the week’s topics. The front-row speakers discuss these topics in front of a wider studio audience after which there is an opportunity for the audience to raise certain points and join the debate.

The York show will be broadcast from Manor CE School and we have both a morning and afternoon show. The morning show is live running from 10:00- 11:00am, this show will have three debates and we require audience members to arrive by 08:30.

The afternoon show is one hour long, pre-recorded debate running from 14:00-15:00pm and we require audience to arrive by 12:30pm.  They do not yet know what the debate topics shall be but I will keep everyone who wishes to attend updated.

Hull Limmud, Sunday 7th May

Variously described as the Jewish Community’s Edinburgh Fringe and the Jewel in the Crown of British Jewry, Limmud is coming to Hull on Sunday 7th May.
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear speaker and educators on numerous Jewish topics, as well as participate in Jewish arts and crafts, drama and so on.
For the full programme and to register click here.

Liberal Judaism Day of Celebration, Sunday 11th June

For the large number of our members who came to LJ Biennial last June, this is what the Movement offers in the alternating years, attracting over 200 Liberal Jews from every part of the country.
A mini-biennial, this year’s topic is “Is Liberal Judaism Political Judaism?”  Speakers include a number of current and former Parliamentarians, including Labour Peer, Lord Dubs, a former child refugee from Czechoslovakia and sponsor of last year’s amendment which forced the Government to commit to taking 3,000 child refugees – only to renege on that promise in February this year.  There will also be arts and craft, panel debates and Torah study, with a separate kids’ programme run by LJY-Netzer.
To book your ticket now, click here.  For information about applying for YLJC bursaries of up to £200 to attend  click here.
To read Ben Rich’s article about why he is a political Liberal Jew click this link: Davar nlps.

Music Day and Service, 9th and 10th June

Why not make a weekend of it with a special Friday night service and music day to precede the Day of Celebration?
Friday 9th June – Special Friday Night Service
We will be running a service together at one of our wonderfully welcoming London based LJ communities. Details are still in the process of being confirmed, so keep an eye on our social media and weekly ebulletin for more information!
Saturday 10th June – Day of Liberal Jewish Music 2017
A day to explore and share our Liberal Jewish Music, open to all LJ community members whether you are a singer, music leader, instrumentalist, or just interested to learn some songs.
Including a variety of workshops, including:
– traditional LJ choral music
– composition workshop
– showcase of LJY-Netzers songs and chants
– accompanying shul music with keyboard and other instruments
and much more.
Its going to be a great chance to work with a wide range of our own homegrown LJ Music Leaders, and bring new ideas to the table to celebrate our Liberal Jewish Music tradition.
We will prepare music to be presented at the Day of Celebration on Sunday 11 June – including the winning entries of the LJ Music Composition Competition.
If you are travelling from outside London, accommodation can be arranged with NPLS members. To request accomodation please get in touch through
Cost includes buffet lunch and refreshments through the day.

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 with Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten and Gabriel Webber, Fortnightly of Thursdays during term time, 7-9pm

Judaism 101 is our flagship adult education programme, held fortnightly during term time.   Click here for more details.

Time and Venue: 7pm, Fortnightly on Thursdays as advertised, Derwent College, University of York, Room A/005 (unless otherwise stated)

Hebrew lessons

We offer monthly Hebrew lessons for adults and children before each service. They start at 945am and are led by our wonderful Israeli-born Hebrew teacher, Orly Askew.

They are normally held in the Fox Room at the Friends Meeting House.

Torah study and Havdalah, Saturdays ad hoc

An  self-led group from the community and JSoc gather for informal Torah study, discussion and Havdalah irregularly on Saturday afternoons at the JSoc flat approaching sunset.   Email Adrian to email for details of next meeting.

Third Party Events

Ebor Lecture series at the York St John’s University

The Ebor Lectures is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York MinsterYork St John UniversityThe Order of CarmelitesThe York and Hull District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.

Details of the lectures and how to book tickets can be found on the Ebor Lectures website (

Pinchas the Zealot: Violence in rabbinic sources and the modern world – Dr Laliv Clenman


Jews and popular music – Dr Keith Kahn-Harris

4 weeks, Thursday evenings

26 Apr to 17 May 7.30 –9.00pm

The mystical retelling of the Bible -Dr Alinda Damsma

4 weeks, Wednesday evenings

2 May to 23 May 7.30–9.00pm

Is Antisemitism a real threat in contemporary Europe? – Dr Joanna Michlic

4 weeks, Tuesday evenings

For full descriptions, GMT times and prices of each course please go to: Spring 2017

If you require more information, but please go to

Jewish Heritage Walks around Yorkshire

Nigel Grizzard, a good friend of our community and a Jewish historian, is leading a series of walks to explore the Jewish heritage of a number of Northern Cities including Bradford, Harrogate and Ilkley.   Strongly recommended!  For more information see Jewish Heritage walks.

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