INCLUSIVE JUDAISM: THE CHANGING FACE OF AN ANCIENT FAITH
It has been an open secret that British Jewry has been on the decline for decades. What is less well known is the Progressive Jewish strategy for reaching out to those who previously felt excluded, including Jews who have non-Jewish partners, or one Jewish parent, or who are divorced, or are single-parents, or who convert, or who identify as LGBT+, or who discover Jewish roots, or who are atheists but still feel culturally Jewish.
What changed the policy of disparagement to that of acceptance? What are the experiences of those who have been hurt by the community? How have they been welcomed back? Why do some rabbis oppose this change? Is there a danger that being too welcoming and non-judgmental will undermine the fabric of Judaism?
Two leading proponents of Jewish outreach in Britain today – our own Rabbi David Mitchell and Rabbi Jonathan Romain, MBE – have brought together a remarkable book which answers these questions through sharing the personal stories of individuals who have been on a religious journey from rejection to return. Many of these individuals are members of WLS. This important book also reflects the soul-searching that prompted Reform rabbis to chart a new course, both on grounds of principle and as a practical way of rescuing British Jewry from possible collapse.
The evening will start with a screening of the Jewish Film Festival’s award-winning short film: 100 Faces, which features Rabbi David. There will then be a chance to hear from the authors, who will also be answering your questions.
It will be a fascinating evening, with copies of the book available for just £10.00 on the night.
Register in advance for this event, contact Kathryn Forro on 020 7535 0259.