The 2016 Branch Conference took place on September 7th-8th at College Court, Leicester. 

The speakers at the Conference were:

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence: Rabbi Lawrence is Senior Rabbi at Finchley United Synagogue (Kinloss Gardens), London. He is the former Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney.  He is a former religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies (NSWJBD).  He is a founder member of the NSW Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS).  He is a qualified Disaster Relief Chaplain and also served as Honorary Chaplain to the NAJEX.  Rabbi Lawrence was invited to give regular presentations to the NJW Supreme Court Judges Bible Study Group.   He is active in Interfaith Dialogue at national and international levels.

 Alexander Massey has had a 30 year career as a professional performer, teacher, choir trainer, workshop facilitator, and leader of prayer and ritual.  He has performed around the world as a vocal soloist. He has been a conference keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, taught at universities as well as leading sessions at Limmud, and performing and teaching in Jewish communities in the UK and Australia. He lives in Oxford, and is a member of the London Ruach Chavurah (Jewish Renewa)l and the Oxford branch of CCJ. Alexander is founder and curator of the Jewish Music UK network.

Rabbi Danny Rich. Danny Rich has been the Senior Rabbi & Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism since the middle of 2005 and was rabbi to Kingston Liberal Synagogue for nearly two decades. He is a Justice of the Peace, and a hospital and prison chaplain.

He is a President of the Council of Christians & Jews, co-chair of the National Refugees Welcome Board and a member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis. He has given both oral and written evidence to the Falconer Commission on Assisted Dying and the parliamentary Public Bill Committee on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill; and is a campaigner for the admission of Syrian refugees into the UK, the Living Wage and Caring for Carers.

Rabbi Roni Tabick is the rabbi of New Stoke Newington Shul and the assistant rabbi of New North London Synagogue. He is the son of two rabbis and, as he was growing up, was often asked whether he would enter the family business. “No way”, he would answer, “I’m going to do something completely different like teach philosophy”. Consequently he studied Philosophy at Oxford University where he was heavily involved in the Jewish Society. His journey to becoming a rabbi has taken him from teaching Religious Studies at Manchester Grammar School, to Israel for another year at the Conservative Yeshiva, and to New York to train at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

 

2015 Branch Conference

Click here for Ann Conway-Jones article based on her workshop ‘Jew and Judaism in Christian preaching’.
Click here for David Arnold notes based on his workshop: ‘Teaching and Commemorating the Holocaust’.
Click here for Steve Williams notes based on his workshop ‘2000 year itch’.

Recordings of talks:

Bishop Michael Ipgrave, Chair of CCJ and Bishop of Woolwich: Keynote talk

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Deputy Director of CCJ: ‘Arab Citizens of Israel’