Lib­er­als ap­point first Mid­lands sup­port staff

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

LIB­ERAL JU­DAISM has ap­pointed its first Mid­lands de­vel­op­ment worker.

So­phie Stern, 22, who takes up the full-time role, will be based at the new Mid­lands Cen­tre for Lib­eral Ju­daism, which opened in Septem­ber at Birm­ing­ham Pro­gres­sive Syn­a­gogue’s new build­ing.

Ms Stern at­tended Birm­ing­ham Pro­gres­sive Syn­a­gogue while a stu­dent at Birm­ing­ham Uni­ver­sity. As part of her plans to build on her links with Lib­eral and Pro­gres­sive Jews in the Mid­lands she has al­ready started a five-a-side foot­ball club and a stu­dent film club.

Ms Stern told the JC: “I am very happy to be work­ing for Lib­eral Ju­daism in the Mid­lands be­cause it en­ables me to give some­thing back to a com­mu­nity that so warmly wel­comed me dur­ing my stu­dent days.”

She is also work­ing on the Three Faiths Fo­rum DocuMen­tors project in which three par­tic­i­pants from each of the Abra­hamic faiths are men­tored by lead­ing film-mak­ers to doc­u­ment the Par­lia­Men­tors project.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Lib­eral Ju­daism, said: “The plac­ing of a full-time staff mem­ber in the Mid­lands ful­fils the de­sire of our move­ment to in­di­cate our se­ri­ous in­vest­ment in of­fer­ing Lib­eral Ju­daism through­out the coun­try.”

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