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The Movement for Reform Judaism proudly presents “Rabbiting On” with Rabbis Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Miriam Berger and Debbie Young-Somers.
Episode 25 – 20/5/22 – Series Finale – Happy Birthday Rabbiting On!
Join us for the finale of series one of Rabbiting on, as we look back together over a truly remarkable year.

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Episode 24 – 29/4/22 – The Life and Work of Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary was first published in English, this week, 70 years ago in 1952. Today, the book is one of the most famous in the world and the ideas that its author proposes inspire empathy, joy, and hope and speak truth of the human condition. While Rabbi Debbie is away on the March of the Living in Poland, Chief Executive of the Anne Frank Trust, Tim Robertson, joins the show to discuss a book that serves both as a bedrock of Holocaust education and to fight contemporary prejudice in all its forms.

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Episode 23 – 15/4/22 – Passover, new beginnings, sunflower seeds and your mother’s fried things

We are what we eat and the foods we choose at Passover remind us of those facing war and oppression while offering insight into our family dynamics and even our identity as a people. As family traditions are passed down through the generations, what action will your seder table inspire this Pesach?

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Episode 22 – 1/4/22 – Football, music, liturgy, marmalade, Torah and digital art – The Passions and Gifts of our Rabbis and Cantors

What’s the connection between a jar of marmalade and the dynamics of community, the difference between equality and equity, the power of music and idolatry of industrialisation? Our Rabbis and Cantors each bring a unique gift to the world. On this week’s show they share these passions with the Rabbiting On audience from their annual conference Kallah.

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Episode 21 – 17/3/22 – Purim, power and drag!

The Purim story is one of power, subversion, and ultimately survival but who is the real feminist hero and is all this fact, folklore or just plain old drag? Combine activism with humour and you have a force for change on your hands. And possibly a wig on your head. Happy Purim from all of us at Rabbiting On.

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Episode 20 – 3/3/22 – Women Rabbis with the UK’s first, Rabbi Jackie Tabick

For International Women’s Day 2022, Rabbi Jackie Tabick, the UK’s first ordained women rabbi, shares memories of the early days of her career and the things people say and do to women rabbis, reminding us how far we’ve come and how far we are yet to go.

Hands of G-d Holy Sparks Press Release:

Turn to page 8:

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Episode 19 – 18/2/22 – Rabbiting Re-Run – The Power of Youth Movements

This Rabbiting Re-Run is from July 2021 when Rabbi Robyn interviewed her husband Anthony about his early experiences of being in a youth movement.

Like so many of those who grew up in Jewish Youth Movements, the skills and experiences Anthony learnt through youth leadership set a course for success in his professional career.

This episode of Rabbiting On explores the beauty of friendship, responsibility and a powerful connection to Jewish identity.

RSY-Netzer Summer programmes are open for bookings: https://rsy-netzer.org.uk/

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Episode 18 – 4/2/22 – The joys, and hazards of being a rabbi
What are the joys and occupational hazards of being a rabbi? Whether in synagogue, on the school-run, on holiday, or just on the sofa, being a rabbi means bringing your whole self to the job every day of the week.

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Episode 17 – 21/1/22 – Personal Growth, TuBishvat and Texas

What do we need to grow, what brings us down and what builds us back up? After a week in which we celebrated TuBishvat, we also stand in solidarity with Congregation Beth Israel in Texas. This week the rabbis discuss personal growth, the power of eulogies and how they would like to be remembered.

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Episode 16 – 7/1/22 – Mental Health Shabbat

Judaism is full of ideas to connect body and soul. Ahead of Mental Health shabbat, the rabbis welcome to the show Head of Safeguarding and Wellbeing, Sharon Daniels to discuss how we can care for both our physical and our mental health.

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Support, Resources and Links:

Jami UK – https://jamiuk.org/

Shout – https://giveusashout.org/

Kooth – for children and young people https://www.kooth.com/

Qwell (via JAMI) – for adults https://www.qwell.io/jami

MeeToo – for young people https://www.meetoo.help/

Wellspring UK – https://www.wellspringprojectuk.org/

Safeguarding – https://www.reformjudaism.org.uk/safeguarding-policies/

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/36175621-ben-oni-l-benyamin

Contact MRJ’s Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding by emailing: Sharon Daniels (SDaniels@rjuk.org)

Episode 15 – 31/12/21 – 80 Years of the Movement for Reform Judaism

In the midst of World War II, at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 4th January 1942, delegates from six disparate Jewish communities attended an historic conference that marked the beginning of the Movement for Reform Judaism as we know it today as it was felt that ‘concerted effort by the congregations here represented would be of great value for the common good.’ In this special birthday episode, historian David Jacobs joins the rabbis to kick off a year of celebrations to mark the anniversary, as they discuss both the past and the future of the Movement for Reform Judaism.

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Episode 14– 10/12/21 – Human Rights

10th December marks Human Rights Day when, in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is the most translated document in the world and proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being. In this episode of Rabbiting On, Rabbi Robyn, shares her experiences as a Human Rights Lawyer, as we reflect on what is at the core of being human and our identities as Jews.

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Episode 13– 26/11/21 – Chanukah

Chanukah is a time for dedication, be it the rededication of the temple, a renewed commitment to protect the natural world, to bring light into our lives or simply to wear matching Chanukah jumpers. Hear all about the Rabbis’ plans for this Chanukah, their views on whether we should even look at xmas lights, or contemplate kosher turkey or xmas bagels with this Rabbiting On Chanukah special!

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Episode 12– 12/11/21 – Weddings

This week on Rabbiting On, Rabbis Robyn, Debbie and Miriam talk about the joys (and scary moments) of conducting weddings and mixed-faith blessings. Find out what they would do differently at their own weddings, why both partners receive a ring, the complex laws that govern marriage, the real basis of the veil and how Brit Ahava, a Covenant of Love, steeped in Jewish ritual and learning, is an alternative to a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.

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Episode 11– 05/11/21 – If Not Now, Tell Me When!

This week the rabbis talk about what makes them angry and what gives them hope. As world leaders assemble in Glasgow to face up to the Climate Emergency, the rabbis wonder how we incentivise each other to act in the interests of others.

Calculate your own carbon footprint for free by visiting:
https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/

For information about the Eco Synagogue Movement, visit:
https://ecosynagogue.org/

Catch up on the latest developments from COP 26:
https://ukcop26.org/news/

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Episode 10 – 15/10/21 – Audacious Hospitality and Compassion Culture

The rabbis are back after the High Holy Days with Yolanda Savage-Narva from the Union for Reform Judaism to talk about racial equity and inclusion. As society continues to stand up against racism in the shade of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, this week’s episode asks us to be really honest with our personal approach to being anti-racist, what we mean by Audacious Hospitality, and how we can promote compassion-culture in our spaces.

Reference Material and Links from the episode:

Audacious Hospitality Homepage

Resources for Audacious Hospitality from the URJ

Ibram X. Kendi defines what it means to be an antiracist

Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community

Board of Deputies of British Jews Report on Racial Inclusivity

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Episode 9 – 15/09/21 – Facing Yom Kippur

Facing Yom Kippur is physically, psychologically and spiritually challenging, and highly personal. In this episode, the rabbis discuss their personal approach to embodying Yom Kippur with intentionality and compassion, and how this year carries with it beauty and pain, as we remember those we have lost.

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Episode 8 – 03/09/21 – Behind the Scenes at the High Holy Days

Join the Rabbis as they share their last minute preparations for the High Holy Days, remember the horrors of 9/11 ahead of its 20th anniversary and contemplate another Rosh Hashannah full of uncertainty, in this Rabbiting On special.

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Episode 7 – 20/08/21 – Music with Daniel Cainer

Music is mysterious yet universal and its power to move us has been evident for centuries in the way we pray, in our culture and as a voice for change. Joining the podcast this week, is a celebrated and award-winning performer, broadcaster and songwriter; Daniel Cainer joins the rabbis for a chat about how he approaches his work and the way music connects us through the generations.

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Episode 6 – 22/07/21 – The Power of Youth (movements)!

Youth Movements provide unique spaces for young people to feel included, celebrated and to make friends. So many adults who grew up in Jewish youth movements like RSY-Netzer, and others, go on to flourish professionally and live out their values as activists and leaders. Leadership (Hadracha), interpersonal and social skills, creativity, a sense of social justice and passion for repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) are the fabric of our Jewish Youth Movements and this week the rabbis remember their own experiences with a special interview from Rabbi Robyn’s husband, Anthony Ashworth-Steen, about his journey.

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Episode 5 – 09/07/21 – It’s okay to be sad – Tisha B’Av

How do we hold love, fear and grief and make space for them in our lives? Be it through wailing and crying or singing and eating, ahead of 18th July, the rabbis discuss the significance of remembering the destruction of the ancient temples, and what Tisha B’Av means to us today.

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Episode 4 – 25/06/21 – LGBTQIA+ Pride

This week on Rabbiting On, the rabbis are joined by their first guest – former RAF firefighter and Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan OBE to talk about Pride, solidarity between communities, inclusive language, visibility and acceptance.

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Episode 3 – 11/06/21 – Parenting

The challenges and joys of parenting present themselves to many of us in different forms. This week the rabbis contemplate raising children in community, how the pandemic has affected families, and seeing G-d in the eyes of others.

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Episode 2 – 27/05/21 – Volunteering
In this second episode of Rabbiting On, the rabbis reflect on the many ways volunteers contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Ahead of National Volunteers’ Week, they recognise and give thanks to the multitude of people who share their time and their skills for free.

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Episode 1 – 13/05/21 – Shavuot
This week, reflecting on the anguish of the state of affairs in Israel and Palestine, the run up to Shavuot and the Covid rules being relaxed on Monday, join us by tagging @ReformMovement on Twitter or by sending an email to media@rjuk.org. Shabbat shalom!

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