Liberal Judaism, the egalitarian, inclusive branch of mainstream Judaism is to launch its first York community, bringing regular services back to the City for the first time since its Orthodox synagogue closed in 1975.
York Liberal Jewish Community was formally launched with a Friday night supper in May, and its first Shabbat morning service will be held at the Friargate Quaker Meeting House in the City on Saturday 14th June. Services will then be held on the second Saturday of each month, with children’s activities and Hebrew lessons also planned. Liberal Judaism’s Chief Executive, Rabbi Danny Rich will lead the first service.
An launch event and an initial explorative supper in February – at the home of founding member, Ros Clayton – each attracted more than twenty people.
Rabbi Rich’s cousin, Ben Rich, the former Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism – who recently moved to York with his family and is supporting the initiative – says:
“There is huge potential to build a vibrant community in York, with over 200 residents self-identifying as Jewish and no doubt many more associated with our two universities and teaching hospital.
“Because of York’s history, Jews have traditionally kept their heads down here, but there has always been a community, even in the aftermath of the Clifford Tower massacre, and for some time there has been an annual Seder and Chanukah party.
“York’s Liberal Jewish Community now aims to add to what is already on offer, by providing regular services and a friendly Jewish home to any residents, students and visitors to the City of York who identify as Jewish.”
To contact the community or find our more, please email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07713 509134.