Southgate Progressive Synagogue is affiliated to Liberal Judaism (LJ), comprising of a Board of National Officers and a representative from each affiliated Synagogue who make up the council and meet four times a year to make decisions regarding our Liberal family.
We support the Day of celebrations and Biennial weekends where we can join all Liberal communities for a weekend of learning and fun.
LJ also runs many successful programmes and projects for our youth including the summer camp Kadimah.
SPS elects representatives to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which is the channel and voice for UK Jewry into wider British Society, its Government, and other UK Communities. Its remit is to support and protect Jewish interests, to educate and promote understanding of our Community, and positive Jewish engagement in other areas of British Society. It is broad-based, including Orthodox, Liberal, Reform, and Masorti Synagogues.
SPS appoints two out of the 300 Deputies, based on the size of our congregation. The Board focuses on the areas of: Antisemitism, Interfaith Engagement, Religious Freedoms, Education, Israel, and International Outreach. Our Deputies pay particular attention to Liberal Jewish aspects of its activities - such as inclusivity, equality, and social action - while contributing to its mission to promote the rights of the entire Jewish Community to follow our traditions and beliefs in safety, in an understanding and sympathetic Society.
LJY-Netzer is the youth movement of Liberal Judaism. We run events around the country throughout the year for young people between 8 and 23 years old. Our events mix fun, games, community, social action and informal education.
Our events range from day events to youth clubs, overnight events and longer camps. The events are often age-specific or have age divisions on the larger events, including a spring camp (Machaneh Shamayim) and our amazing summer camp (Machaneh Kadimah).
We also run an Israel Tour, a jampacked 3.5 week programme all around Israel for 16 year olds, and Shnat, our gap-year programme, also in Israel. There's so much to get involved with!
Leo Baeck College is a pre-eminent institution of Jewish scholarship and learning that is the beating heart of the intellectual and spiritual life of the Progressive Jewish community. Founded in 1956 through the initiative and vision of Rabbi Dr Werner Van der Zyl, a refugee from Nazi Germany, Leo Baeck College combines inspirational, high calibre teaching with a commitment to developing rabbis, professionals and lay leaders who will build sustainable, accessible and thriving Progressive Jewish communities.