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Communal Seder 2019

This year’s communal Seder was held once again at Glapthorn village hall and a record 47 people attended. The Seder service was taken from the latest Liberal Jewish Haggadah and Graham  led us through the confusing mire of dual-numbered pages, accompanied by Janet Berkman who helped us recall the customary traditional songs. Tables were arranged for groups of eight and this made for a much more social occasion for families to sit together, acquaintances renewed, and new friends made. It was also good to see so many children at the event, making quiet and good use of their goody packs and who vied to locate the Afikomen after the meal. Graham and Janet did such a good job that before very long, we were singing Chad Gadya and the service drew to a close. In a short speech Community President, Dennis Guttmann, said he was amazed at the number of people who had taken part. He then went on to thank those who had helped to ensure the event ran faultlessly. Special thanks went to Chrissie who provided just about everything for the customary meal, which was enjoyed by all, as well as to Alex and Will who ably managed waiting-at-table and the inevitable washing-up.

Once again, Elijah failed to materialise, so we continue to wait… Next year in Jerusalem? Next year in peace…


PLJC Members Attend Archbishops Interfaith Supper


Last week The Archbishop of Canterbury came to Peterborough to meet with faith leaders in the city. Here he is with PLJC Chair, Chrissie Hassall, and our Ba’alei Tefillah (lay leader), Graham Berkman, together with Jaspal Singh from the Sikh community and an Imam. During the evening the Archbishop spoke about how those of different faiths can be friends who acknowledge their differences and show how it is possible to ‘disagree well’.

Civic Award For PLJC Member

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On the 3rd April  Di Nicholas received a Civic Award from the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough at a presentation ceremony at the Town Hall for her contribution to developing interfaith relations in our city. Mazel Tov, Di! We are proud of you!

Christchurch Show Of Solidarity

 #InSolidarityWithChristchurch. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

PLJC members stood in solidarity at a vigil held at Peterborough Cathedral Green organised by Cllr.Ansar Ali  for all communities in Petetrborough to come together to remember those killed in the terrorist attack in Christchurch NZ.

Also through our local Peterborough Nisa-Nashim group, the friendship and action group for Jewish and Muslim women, of which several of our members belong to.  



PLJC’s Cheder Children Sing At Interfaith Cathedral Service

Congratulations to the children from PLJC who took part in UN Children’s Day Interfaith at Peterborough cathedral on 27th February with a fabulous rousing rendition of Hinei Ma Tov. It is always a very uplifting occasion and it’s great to meet people from other cultures and faiths!.Yasher koyekh to all!




Mitzvah Day Award for PLJC !

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On 5th February  Vivienne Fleet collected our finalists award at the Mitzvah Day Awards ceremony at JW3. Vivienne had organised PLJC’s Mitzvah Day project cooking soup and delivering food to homeless people in the city in conjuction with Peterborough Soup Kitchen.

The very worthy overall winners were Hawkshead Village. Shannon and Nevan Devereaux and David Fleet were also there from PLJC and Laura Marks, the founder of Mitzvah Day, blew out the candles on a 10th anniversary celebration cake.


HMD 2019 in Peterborough and Stamford

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On Thursday and Friday HMD services  were held in Peterborough and Stamford with PLJC members taking an active roll.

Johnny  represented the community by reading at the civic service in Peterborough held at St Johns Church in Cathedral Square.

The Stamford service was arranged in conjunction with PLJC and organised by Stamford Town Council.

Graham Berkman of the Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community, said it was important for a variety of reasons that the world remember these shocking events.

“The survivors need to know that others appreciate what they have gone through and that we support them,” he said.

“We also need to learn from the past and while it does not appear to be happening, we have to try and get the message across about the evil that is out there and that genocide is still taking place.

“By commemorating these events hopefully young people can take heed of what’s happened in the past and speak out against it.

“If they can recognise the signs, hopefully they can stand against it and prevent further genocide.”

Our Chair, Chrissie, laid flowers at the memorial

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PLJC Nominated For Award !

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Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) and LJY-Netzer are both in the running to win prestigious Mitzvah Day Awards.

The awards – which celebrate the best projects that take place on the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action – are all voted for by the public via the Jewish Chronicle’s website.

You can vote for our Liberal contenders by clicking here. Please note, you must be registered with the JC to vote (registration is free).

Despite being one of Britain’s smallest Jewish communities, Peterborough are in the running for the top prize of Outstanding Mitzvah Day 2018.

PLJC members cooked and served 15 litres (60 portions) of vegetarian lokshen soup and 60 rounds of sandwiches, fruit, cakes and crisps for the homeless of Peterborough. Using Peterborough Soup Kitchen’s serving truck (pictured), the project proved to be a resounding success with 40 people fed and some left over to be used the next day too.

The rest of the community donated almost 72kgs of food to Peterborough Foodbank, doubling the quantity of all previous collections. This is evidence that even small groups can make a big difference through hard work and dedication.

LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, are one of five nominees in the Outstanding Youth Achievement category.

LJY members and movement workers headed to Leeds where they visited a care home and then helped to renovate and redecorate ToastLoveCoffee – a community café that is part of the real junk food project, a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food through a variety of Pay As You Feel concepts.

Winners will be announced at the Mitzvah Day Awards ceremony at JW3, Finchley Road, London, on Tuesday 5 February. Tickets to the event are free, to book a place please click here.