February 14, 2017 | 2 comments
As winter comes to an end and spring shines on us we know Purim can’t be far off but before we get to the part where we can no long tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai, we encounter Shabbat Shekalim. In parsha Ki Tisa, Moses is instructed to take a census of his people. Each was to bring an offering of a half-shekel: no more and no less. The text continues on to state specifically that the rich and poor should pay the same. This idea of equal giving reminds us...
September 4, 2013 | 2 comments
This year FPJ is appealing for Keren b'Kavod - the Dignity Fund. This major Progressive Jewish response to poverty in Israel is organised by IRAC, the Israel Religious Action Centre, an arm of IMPJ (Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.) Volunteers of all ages and origins work together to pack parcels of food, blankets and lighting, which they then deliver to families in need, regardless of race or religion. The contents of the parcels are bought with...
August 19, 2013 | 0 comments
Jews in Europe have a tortured history, and Progressive Judaism offers a positive egalitarian opportunity to post-war Jews who have survived the twin attacks of Fascism and Communism. To date the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) has primarily focussed on Central and Eastern Europe. A new opportunity now presents itself – in Spain. Friends of Progressive Judaism (FPJ) have supported the successful creation of new communities in many countries and will now do so...