Service times:
Erev Shabbat Services 6:45pm;
Shabbat Services 11:00am (coffee from 10:15am).
For more information on:
Membership email: membership@ljs.org
Religion School (Rimon) email: education@ljs.org
Arranging a funeral email: synagogue@ljs.org

Interfaith

interfaith
The LJS has been involved with interfaith work and other religions for most of its 100 year history. It was a founder, with Westminster Abbey, of the first Jewish-Christian dialogue group, The London Society of Jews and Christians. We continue to enjoy extremely good relationships with local churches and mosques and participate in specific programmes as below.

London Society of Jews and Christians

The London Society of Jews and Christians, the oldest interfaith organisation of its kind in the UK, was jointly founded in 1927 by religious leaders of the LJS and Westminster Abbey to pursue the following aims:

* To increase religious understanding and to promote goodwill and co-operation between Jews and Christians, with mutual respect for the differences in faith and practice.
* To combat religious intolerance.

The co-chairmen are a senior Liberal rabbi and a senior clergyman from either Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral. Meetings, with a varied array of speakers, usually take place at the LJS. The highlight of the year is the Lily Montagu Memorial Lecture usually held in the autumn.

For more information see London Society of Jews & Christians

Scriptural Reasoning

Jews, Christians and Muslims all have a rich tradition of scriptural study and for Jews in particular, studying sacred texts, usually with learned commentaries, has always been a central spiritual and intellectual activity. In recent years a practice has evolved, first in Princeton University, then in Cambridge and more recently in London and elsewhere, where Jews, Christians and Muslims share their study together. This practice is known as Scriptural Reasoning and is becoming an important part of interfaith activity in many areas. Pioneered by scholars and academics, it has broadened to include lay people, although there is still an emphasis on hearing and discussing the original language of texts - Hebrew, Greek or Arabic - and referring to traditional scholarly tools of interpretation.

A distinctive feature of Scriptural Reasoning is an emphasis on the particularity, distinctiveness and integrity of each of the participating faith traditions. This is expressed in a strong respect for the cherished differences between Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other faiths, a high regard for each faith's heritage of scholarship and tradition and the fostering of good quality disagreements between participants, always contained within relationships of collegiality and friendship.

The SR Westminster Meeting is convened by Rabbi Mark Solomon and Revd Dr Anders Bergquist and is open to all Jewish, Christian and Muslim believers with an interest in the shared study of the sacred texts of these three faiths. It meets by turn at the LJS, the church and the mosque. Meetings take place on Wednesday evenings, 6.00 for 6.30 pm, ending at 8.30 pm. At each meeting, selections from the Tanach, the New Testament and the Quran are studied, all relating to a particular theme chosen in advance by the group.

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