Jewish Internet Links
These links are but a tiny selection of Jewish web sites that may be of interest to you – but tell us if you find some that you think would be of interest to others - so we can add them here. If there’s any bias here, it’s mine! (Howard) – so please don’t treat this as an ‘approved’ synagogue recommendation list!
Synagogues – a small selection (check out the RSGB and ULPS web sites for others)
Synagogue and other Jewish Organisations
- Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ - formerly RSGB - the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain) – our synagogue movement. Includes news of the movement, synagogues and ongoing initiatives. Includes an interesting forum where you can raise queries and discuss issues with others.
- jENERATION - a recently developed web site for young(er) Jewish adults (up to 31+) - a meeting place and information exchange - launched by the Reform Movement in 2007. Check out Jewish events in your area!
- Rabbi Tony Bayfield - President of the MRJ - has a blog on the Guardian Online ‘commentisfree’ blog site - check it out!
- Liberal Judaism (formerly ULPS - Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues) – the other UK progressive synagogue movement – which generally holds different views on various Jewish issues. Check it out!
- RSY (Reform Synagogue Youth) – the Reform youth movement – which runs summer and winter camps – and activities at many synagogues.
- URJ (Union of Reform Judaism – previously UAHC) – our sister movement in the USA. It has many interesting resources available on-line.
- United Synagogues – not representing our views on most matters – but you may still find some useful information here.
- Masorti Synagogues – a traditional synagogue movement which takes a progressive stance on some Jewish matters – read more about it here
- LIMMUD - the prime mover of exciting Jewish Educational and Cultural activities in the UK (and now all around the world!) - with a mass appeal - for Jews of all ages - so this is where the missing generation of Jews get to! The main event is a ‘Conference’ (more like a festival) every year in late December - recently at Warwick University. However, other activities take place all around the UK throughout the year. Check it out - you haven’t lived until you’ve been to Limmud.
Torah and Bible Study
- Navigating the Bible II – the best source for Torah texts – in Hebrew, English, transliteration, Hebrew (using Torah fonts) – with Parashah summaries – and downloadable tunes for chanting from the Torah
- Mechon-Mamre – includes English and (very good) Hebrew versions of the whole Jewish Bible (Tanach) – Torah, Haftarot, Writings, Megillot, etc. An amazing resource. Includes pages with Hebrew and English together, and recordings (MP3) of the Torah being read in (Sephardi) Hebrew.
- URJ – Torat Chayim (Living Torah) – Readings and interpretations for each portion of the Torah – with archives going back several years.
- URJ – Shabbat Family Table Talk – themes, comments, interpretations and queries on all the Torah portions – aimed at older children – but interesting for adults too -
Jewish Information & Study Material
- My Jewish Learning – a key resource to anything Jewish, as it has so much information – food, culture, tradition, music, Torah study, Jewish history, Israel, Jewish Philosophy – you’ll find something on it here (also has structured self-learning modules and an on-line forum). American.
- Jewish Family – an on-line magazine format – with interesting and topical articles (especially about dealing with issues of conflict between our secular and Jewish lives – American).
- Rabbi Natan Cordozo – an Orthodox Rabbi (much respected by the Chief Rabbi) – but with many alternative and interesting views which may surprise you – read some of his lectures here.
- Jewish Books – a suggested reading list – fiction and non-fiction – with notes and questions on each (ideal for challenging your perception of a Jewish book – and for book clubs!) – from URJ.
- UK Jewish Film Festival - following our liaison with UK-JFF, two films will be coming to the Showroom in March 2009. Check out the film details here.
- Peace-Now UK – (Shalom-Achshav) – a peace movement started in Israel – with branches in the UK, USA and many other countries
- Israeli-Palestinian Encounter – take a look at this on-line forum for a very frank discussion about the Peace process – and other Israel – Palestine issues
- Bitterlemons – another Israel-Palestine dialogue web site – written by Isrealis and Palestinians with the aim of promoting dialogue
- Parents Circle – the association of bereaved families in the middle east. I have heard Yitzhak Frankenthal (who last his son in Israel in an incident with Palestinians). You may agree or disagree with him, but I challenge you not to be moved by what he has to say about the peace process.
- Babaganewz – an amazing ‘cool’ (American) magazine for children and teenagers – articles, puzzles, pictures – unconventional learning and fun resource for kids
- RSY (Reform Synagogue Youth) – the Reform movement – which runs summer and winter camps – and other activities at many synagogues.
Environment – Ethics – Tikkun Olam - Social Action
- The Noah Project - a UK-based environmental organisation committed to raising awareness of environmental issues throughout the Jewish community through education, celebration of Jewish festivals and practical action.
- The Jewish Vegetarian and Ecological Society
- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) - has been a hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in the USA for over 40 years. It has educated and mobilised the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in the Congress of the United States on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry to economic justice and civil rights, to international peace and religious liberty.
- ASSIST Sheffield was set up in the Autumn of 2003 and is working to provide some support to destitute asylum seekers in and around Sheffield. Some Asylum seekers are becoming destitute because they have been receiving support from the Home Office but this support has been withdrawn.
Jewish Newspapers & Magazines
- Jewish Chronicle – the web site of the UK Jewish weekly that we know so well (you may need to register and log-in though).
- Jewish Renaissance - the web site of this fine Jewish cross-cummunity cultural revivalist magazine - produced by an independent organisation in the UK
- Ha’aretz (English edition of a left-of-centre Israeli newspaper) – the best source of up-to-date information about current affairs in Israel today.
- Jerusalem Report – current affairs magazine – with insight into many current issues in Israel that you might not otherwise hear about - including critical viewpoints (and not just positive gloss)
- Jerusalem Post – a centre-right Israeli newspaper – written in English
Jewish Music & Dance
- Jewish Music Institute (JMI) is an independent arts organisation (non-religious), established in March 2000, after 18 years of successful operation under the name of the Jewish Music Heritage Trust. JMI is a national focus bringing Jewish music to the mainstream British cultural arena for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. With links to many Jewish music sites.
- Ilana Cravitz and the Hopkele Band - Hopkele Productions was established in December 2005 by Ilana Cravitz and Guy Schalom to promote live, interactive peformance of Yiddish music and dance. Otherwise known as 'Klezmer Keilidhs 'R' Us'! They will be joining us to perform in Sheffield on 25th Feb 2007.
- Daniel Cainer - an amusing singer, songwriter, story-teller and musician - singing about his Jewish Roots - and other Anglo-Jewish stuff. Listen to his recent “Jewish Chronicles” - amazing!
- The Burning Bush - a popular Klezmer and Sephardi music band - who tour the UK - with Lucie Skeaping
- Los Desterrados - a UK based band singing and playing Jewish Sephardi music - definitely worth listening to!
- Jewish Music Distribution - a UK web site selling all forms of Jewish music on CD - and sheet music as well - with lots of supporting information about Jewish artists.
- Klezmershack - Avi Davidow’s (american) web site - with up to date news about Klezmer music - and links to other sites
- Israel Folk Dance Institute - The London based Israel Folk Dance Institute (IFDI) was established in 1979. It promotes Israeli and Jewish culture worldwide through training courses, short courses, workshops, weekly classes for adults, young people and children, educational activities as well as dance festivals and special events. IFDI supports an adult premiere dance troupe - Oranim and youth troupes Nevatim & Nitzanim. IFDI is a major source of dance information and training materials.