Feb
22

Parashat T’tzaveh

In June 1848, among a set of sixteen definitions printed by a New Orleans newspaper (The Daily Crescent) was one for ‘happiness’: “A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

By Sandy Potashnick | Uncategorized
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Feb
20

Random Acts of Kindness

When we consider ‘random acts of kindness’ Jewishly, we usually think about things we might do, like offering our seat on a bus to an older person – but we don’t often consider being on the receiving end of them. 

By Rivka Gottlieb | Blog
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Feb
13

In Memory: Batsheva Dagan z”l

To all who knew Batsheva Dagan, it is with great sadness to inform you that Batsheva died at the age of 100 on 25 January 2024.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Uncategorized
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Feb
08

From Russia with love

LBC alumnus Rabbi Leonid Bimbat leads the community Le-Dor va-Dor at the Moscow Centre for Progressive Judaism. When he visits London he always brings a gift for the library, offering us a fascinating insight into his community.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Blog
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Feb
01

Interfaith Harmony Week at LBC

In the world of interfaith dialogue the last few months have been particularly challenging. But as we mark Interfaith Harmony Week it is a good reminder that such work has never been more necessary.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Uncategorized
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Jan
25

Czech Memorial Scroll

On 6th September 2023 at its daily morning service, the Leo Baeck College community welcomed into its midst scroll no. 163 from the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust, written in Czechoslovakia in the 1880s.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Uncategorized
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Jan
26

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Never in my lifetime has there been a Holocaust Memorial Day more important than this one. There could be few better responses to the October 7th massacres, and their aftermath of war, hate, and humanitarian crisis, than January 27th’s annual cross-communal affirmation of our shared humanity.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Uncategorized
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Jan
25

Tu BiShvat

Rosh Hashanah la-ilanot, the new year for trees, which happens on the 15th of Shevat, (the tet/vav of tu being equivalent to 15) grew out of the Middle East and a very different seasonal calendar than our own in northern Europe.

By Rivka Gottlieb | Blog
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