UK Liberal and Reform Rabbis on recent weeks in Israel and Gaza

Below is a selection of items from various Liberal and Reform Rabbis who have written about Israel in recent days, listed in chronological order (if something is not listed please let me know). This seemed particularly appropriate to think about in the lead up to today’s commemoration of the World War One and Tisha B’Av:

UPDATED – 15 August 2014

‘One Death Can Change History’, Rabbi Lea Muehlstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Parashat Chukkat (28 June 2014)

‘Thought of the Week’, Rabbi Alexandra Wright (The LJS) – Parashat Pinchas (4 July 2014)

‘Changing Borders’, Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Parashat Balak (4 July 2014)

‘Blessings and Curses’, Rabbinic Student, Hannah Kingston (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Parashat Balak (5 July 2014)

Statement, Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner (Movement for Reform Judaism) – (9 July 2014)

Sermon, Rabbi Miriam Berger (Finchley Reform Synagogue) – Parashat Pinchas (12 July 2014)

‘As Jews, we can’t be neutral in this conflict’, Rabbi Neil Janes (The LJS) – Article in Haaretz (15 July 2014)

‘Why I fasted for peace in the Middle East’, Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi (Birmingham Progressive Synagogue) – Article in Comment is Free, Guardian (16 July 2014)

‘Thought of the Week’, Rabbi Alexandra Wright (The LJS) – Parashat Mattot (17 July 2014)

‘Religion and War’, Rabbi Lea Muehlstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Parashat Mattot (18 July 2014)

‘The Elephant’, Rabbi Monique Mayer (Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue – (19 July 2014)

‘Holding onto Humanity’, Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz (Sinai Synagogue) – Parashat Mattot (21 July 2014)

‘Shall your brethren go to war and you sit here? reflections on parashat mattot at my farewell service’, Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild (Wimbledon Reform Synagogue) – Parashat Mattot (22 July 2014)

‘Jasmine, Israel and Gaza’, Rabbi Mark Goldsmith (North Western Reform Synagogue) – Parashat Mattot

Prayer for Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians, Revised July 2014 – Rabbi Elli Sarah (Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue) – 22 July 2014

Joint Statement from Movement for Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism, Masorti Judaism and Spanish and Portuguese Jews

‘Thought of the Week’, Rabbi Alexandra Wright (The LJS) – Parashat Massei (25 July 2014)

Sermon, Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton (Kol Chai Reform Synagogue) – Parashat Masey (26 July 2014)

‘Order out of Chaos’, Rabbi Aaron Goldstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Parashat Massei (26 July 2014)

‘Personal Leadership in Relation to Israel and Gaza’, Rabbi Judith Levitt (Shaarei Tsedek) – Parashat Massei (26 July 2014)

‘Thought of the Week’, Rabbi Alexandra Wright (The LJS) – Shabbat Chazon (1 August 2014)

Sermon, Rabbi Helen Freeman (West London Synagogue) – Shabbat Chazon (2 August 2014)

‘Planning Beyond Catastrophe’, Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton (Kol Chai Reform Synagogue) – Parashat Devarim (2 August 2014)

‘Just Another Black Shabbat’, Rabbi Lea Muehlstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) – Shabbat Chazon (2 August 2014)

‘From Rebuke to Reconciliation’, Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz (Sinai Synagogue) – Parashat Devarim (2 August 2014)

‘An Open Letter to Lutfur Rahman’, Rabbi Pete Tobias (The Liberal Synagogue Elstree) – (August 2014)

‘Pastoral Letter’, Rabbi Danny Rich (Liberal Judaism ) – (7 August 2014)

Letter to the Times, inc. Rabbis Charley Baginsky, Laura Janner Klausner, Sybil Sheridan, Deborah Kahn Harris, Jonathan Wittenberg – (9 August 2014)

‘Thought of the week’, Rabbi Neil Janes (The LJS) – Shabbat Nachamu (7 August 2014)

‘Comfort ye, Comfort ye’, Rabbi Neil Janes (The LJS) – Shabbat Nachamu (9 August 2014)

‘Where can we find comfort’, Rabbi Lea Muehlstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue – Shabbat Nachamu (9 August 2014)

‘Where can we find comfort’, Cantor Cheryl Wunch (North Western Reform Synagogue) – Shabbat Nachamu (9 August 2014)

‘Pause for Thought’, Rabbi Pete Tobias broadcast on Chris Evans Breakfast Show – (13 August 2014)

I also felt it appropriate to include this from our Masorti colleague too:

‘Tishah B’Av – and a Vigil for Life’, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (New North London Synagogue) – (4 August 2014)

‘Consolation’, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (New North London Synagogue) – (8 August 2014)

What some colleagues have been reading:

Some articles – collated by Rabbi Danny Burkeman – rabbdanny.com (10 July 2014)

Some more articles – collated by Rabbi Danny Burkeman – rabbidanny.com (31 July 2014)

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