Journeys Watch


It started with my father. He originally belonged to a United synagogue in Kingsbury and couldn’t get on with the service, so he decided that he was going to join a Liberal synagogue. The synagogue was in Preston Road, Wembley, which is no longer there. So we became members of the Liberal synagogue. I eventually came to live here in Ealing. I came along and became a member, which I find far better, I find it far more relaxing, far more interesting. Janet, when she gives a sermon, when she does the service, she makes it interesting. She loves involving the kids. She loves involving everybody. And that basically is it.

Colin Kloot

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Pamela West shares her discovery of her Jewish heritage in Jamaica.

Ruth Edwards explains that for her Liberal Judaism means equality.

Aviv Glaser recalls her first service at Birmingham Progressive and rediscovering her Jewish heritage.

Albert Jacobs shares his introduction to Judaism and meeting Rabbi Bernard Hooker.

Beverley Taylor shares her defence of Liberal Judaism to her Orthodox friends in South Africa.

Catherine Myers talks about the aspects of Liberal Judaism that appealed to her, including its open-mindedness towards sexual orientation and the relevance of Torah to people’s lives today.

Faye Cohen recalls coming to the UK and finding a family at Reading Liberal Jewish Community.

Frank Maxwell remembers his first experience of a Liberal Jewish service after his upbringing as an Orthodox Jew.

Jerome Freedman recalls his father in law’s prediction that one day he would become a Liberal Jew.

Jane Greenfield talks about her journey to Liberal Judaism, and why Liberal Judaism, and particularly the community at Southgate, appealed to her.

Martha shares her journey as a young LIberal Jew and how it’s shaped her life.

Why telling our Liberal stories is so important.

Rabbi Rene Pfertzel describes how he came to serve as Rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue. He values the non- judgmental and relaxed appoach to Judaism within the Liberal Movement.

Rebecca Singerman shares her journey to joining a Liberal Jewish Congregation in Kingston and celebrates her first year with the community.

Yvonne Stollard talks about discovering her Jewish ancestry aged sixteen.


Well, I came late into Liberal Judaism. The family was basically orthodox, my grandfather was a Rabbi in Poland, so mother and the family were brought up quite strictly, and I didn’t have very much of a Jewish upbringing if I’m honest, once my grandmother died. And then after I got married and had a family and we moved to this part of the world, we went occasionally to shul High Holy Day services, you know, Yom Kippur Jew, and we moved here and we joined South London and of course, the children were educated there and eventually I went to Hebrew classes, , and the children went to cheder, and so it went on and my daughter ended up as a Rabbi which was the last thing I expected if I’m honest But it was the best, many happy years. I’m still a member.

Marilyn James