Egal­i­tar­ian ser­vice plan for Brighton

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

BRIGHTON AND Sus­sex Jewish So­ci­ety will host egal­i­tar­ian minyans in a bid to en­gage stu­dents look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive to Ortho­dox ser­vices.

The JSoc also hopes to boost its cur­rent mem­ber­ship of around 200.

Pro­gres­sive minyans are the first of a se­ries of new projects that the so­ci­ety’s com­mit­tee has planned to en­cour­age more stu­dents to at­tend.

The first will take place this Shab­bat — run by Jen­er­a­tion, the Re­form move­ment’s stu­dent arm. The ser­vices will then con­tinue ev­ery other week­end as an al­ter­na­tive to Chabad.

JSoc vice-pres­i­dent Dario Ce­laschi said: “The ma­jor­ity of our mem­bers don’t iden­tify with Or­tho­doxy. A few of us on the com­mit­tee are in­volved with

Dario Ce­laschi the lo­cal Re­form syn­a­gogue. I think that this will en­gage a lot more stu­dents.

“I think a lot of peo­ple move to Brighton to es­cape the Jewish bub­ble but they still want some Jewish­ness.”

He added that many Brighton JSoc mem­bers were les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual or trans­gen­der (LGBT) and were more com­fort­able with Pro­gres­sive Ju­daism.

Around 50 stu­dentshave­ex­pressed in­ter­est in at­tend­ing the new minyan.

The ser­vices will be sup­ported by Brighton and Hove Re­form Syn­a­gogue rabbi An­drea Za­nardo.

JSoc also plans to run He­brew classes and Sephardi-style Fri­day night din­ners to of­fer more cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion.

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