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Reform on the road

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-08-06

Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield

Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield

The Reform Movement is taking its rabbis and educators on the road across London and Leeds in the run up to the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as part of an outreach project to meet the public.

From September 1 to September 6 rabbis including its head Dr Tony Bayfield and executive director Shoshana Boyd Gelfand will provide an insight into this important time of year.

"Traditionally, the period before the High Holy Days is one of study and contemplation," said Julian Resnick, the Reform Movement’s Living Judaism director. "We want to go out to where people are, to give everyone the opportunity to reflect and learn at this important time of year."

Among the sessions Rabbi Boyd Gelfand will include looking at issues of gender and leadership. "This is an opportunity for everyone to take the time to reflect on what the High Holydays mean to them," she says.

The sessions will take place at its synagogues in central London, outer London and Leeds and open to everyone regardless of religious knowledge.

"You don’t have to be a Talmud scholar to enjoy text study," Rabbi Boyd Gelfand added. "But if you are, you are also bound to discover something new and unexpected."

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