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The Reading Liberal Jewish Community was founded 35 years ago (originally named Thames Valley Progressive Jewish Community).  Although based in Reading we serve Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Oxfordshire.  We hold two shabbat services a month, festivals, and occasional social events.

Liberal Judaism is an authentic and modern form of Judaism, rooted in a deep and meaningful engagement with Jewish texts, values, culture and history.  We are a movement with a sense of purpose, engaged in community life, study and spirituality.  We are inclusive and egalitarian, welcoming full participation of both women and men and those traditionally excluded.  We want Judaism to be a positive, joyous and active part of our members' lives, and for them to use it to enrich their relationships with those around them. 
 
 
A sample of some of our activities:
  • Cheder
  • Shabbatons with guest speakers on various aspects of Jewish life or interest
  • Full High Holy Day services
  • Communal seder
  • Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations in the sukkah at one of our member's gardens
  • Yom Ha-shoah (Holocaust commemoration) and Yom Ha-atzma’ut (Israel independence day) services
  • Chanukkah party and Purim celebrations
  • Tu b’shvat tree planting in rural locations in Berkshire
  • Cultural events locally and in London
  • Summer Party at the home of one of our members
  • Participating in (but never winning) Liberal Judaism's annual general knowledge quiz
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Planting trees on tu b'shvat.

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Having fun in the pool at the Summer Party