Co-leadership Discussions, July 2013

BB_-untitled_-collage_-139GRJ Co-ordinator Hannah hosted a meeting at the beginning of the month exploring service leadership. The meeting was an opportunity for the service leaders to discuss the community feedback, collated after GRJ 2012. One key aspect was the co-leadership model, that was piloted in 2012, in which a male chazan and a female chazanit would lead the service together, but in a way that met orthodox halachic requirements.

It was decided that we would continue to roll out this model for 2013, as it was felt it was a suitable model for Grassroots at this time. At the meeting, strategies were suggested to improve how this works in practice . Hannah has further detailed notes from the meetings and is happy to share with anyone via email (

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We’re becoming a veritable year-round Jewish Festival Collective, so why not join us before the High Holy Days…

Singing the sorrows: Tisha b’av eicha reading. Tuesday 16 July 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Tisha b’av is the day that contains our communal collective mourning. Traditionally, we read Eicha, the song of lamentations, to mark this day. Join us to hear Eicha being sung, and to take part in an art-based study and discussion about tisha ba’av. This will be followed by a film-screening and finally a break-fast. This event is in collaboration with Moishe House London. If anyone wants to read a chapter of Eicha please email

GRJ summer Seuda. AKA ‘a slightly odd midsummer night’ Saturday 20 July 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Join us in West Hampstead for a garden buffet and a chorus of Shabbat evening song (singing starts at 8:30pm). Please email or reply via Facebook for the address, and so we know how much cake to get!

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“What kind of Jewish are you?” El Al Security encounters Grassroots Jews, by Debbie Danon


“What kind of Jewish are you?”

El Al encounters Grassroots Jews

Debbie Danon, GRJ Co-ordinator

I had just spent a week in Jerusalem on ROI Summit – surrounded by 149 young Jewish activists, community workers and social entrepreneurs. Over five days together, we explored at length how to relate to traditional Jewish organisations, while Continue reading