York Liberal Jewish Community (recently featured in the Times of Israel) has announced that it is launching a campaign to raise £75,000 to allow the community to appoint its first Rabbi.

Until this point the community has been sustained by visits from Liberal Rabbis based in London and by students from the Leo Back College.  Over its first five years this has enabled the community to bring regular services back to York as well as baby blessings, Jewish weddings, B’nei Mitzvah and other festival and life cycle events.  The community also now has a cheder, adult education classes and numerous social events.

The community has grown to approaching a hundred members and friends, but to go to the next stage it will need a fully qualified rabbi who is able to base themselves in the City.

To this end, in October, the community announced it was seeking to raise £75,000 to enable it to appoint a part-time Rabbi for a period of three years.  The aim over this time is to grow the community so it can become self-sustaining in the years ahead.

The campaign has got off to an amazing start with over £3,000 already in the bank and a further £25,000 pledged in match funding.

Campaign chair and YLJC co-founder, Ben Rich, says:

“We are so excited that we have been able to bring Jewish life back to York, but for this to be sustainable in the long term our next step must be to appoint an entrepreneurial Rabbi to help us to continue to grow and thrive.  Given York’s dark Jewish history this is a remarkable revival.  Now we need the support of the Jewish community worldwide to ensure we can continue this miracle.”

If you would like to help York’s new Jewish community to continue to grow and thrive please contact us at info@jewsinyork.org.uk in the first instance for a discreet conversation.