“ I think for me, the importance of it is that we have the freedom to live in the Liberal tradition, the Liberal Jewish tradition, especially here in Scotland. Scotland is a place where we welcome people of all faiths, of all backgrounds, and I think it’s very important for us as a Liberal community to carry through this tradition and enable other people to live in freedom, to practice their own faith without having any unpleasantness. We’ve got wonderful relations with all the other faiths in Edinburgh and the area, in fact in Scotland, and I think that’s one of the keys to Liberal Judaism. It enables everyone to have the freedom to live in their own tradition.“
Mark Solomon recalls a wonderfully inclusive bar mitzvah for a young person with a disability.
Rabbi Mark Solomon talks about the important role of Liberal Judaism in Scotland and the Jewish version of a traditional non-Jewish Scottish festival.
Howard Cohen describes how Liberal Judaiasm has pushed the boundaries in every campaign for inclusion and diversity since since Lily Montagu campaigned for shop girls to attend Shababat Services on Saturday afternoons.
Rabbi Jackie Tabick talks about becoming the first woman Rabbi in the UK.
Rabbi Jackie Tabick remembers leading her first High Holy Day Services at West Central Synagogue.
Karen Newman shares how she reconnected with Judaism when she decided to have a child. Karen describes the way in which Liberal Judaism enabled her to be gay and Jewish at the same time.
Noya Noble emphasises the importance of inclusivity and diversity and the opportunity to bring more people in to Liberal Judaism.
Pamela West describes her concerns at being accepted due to her bi-racial and Jewish origins. She shares her feelings about the love and welcome she received at the Birmingham Progressive Community, and the inclusive nature of Liberal Judaism.
Rabbi Rene talks about the importance of inclusivity in Liberal Judaism and its acceptance of sexual diversity within the rabbinate.
Val Harrison values Liberal Judaism as a living faith .
The Taylor family tell how welcoming the York community has been.
Sharon Goldstein considers Liberal Judaism’s approach towards inclusion and diversity to be a strength which should be shared in the wider community.
“ I did once go to a biennial and I saw and witnessed the diversity of Liberal Judaism. I’m aware that, you know, it’s not homophobic, it’s not transphobic, etc., and it’s inclusive and there are female rabbis, there are gay rabbis, there are gay female rabbis. So I know that it’s inclusive. And, of course, that’s in contrast to my Jewish background as a child and of course in contrast to the fundamentalist Christian group that I was part of for ten, eleven years..“