Friday , 27 May 2022

Rebekah Gronowski

Rebekah Gronowski
Rebekah is a Jewish campaigner for LGBTI rights, people with disabilities and other Human Rights issues, based in East Lothian. She has been a leading member at Sukkat Shalom, Edinburgh's Liberal Jewish Community, having been one of the founding members in the Community's early days. Rebekah is also member of 'Inclusion Scotland', an organisation for and run by people with disabilities. Co-Founder of the Scottish Rainbow Covenant for LGBT Jews in Scotland and a member of Rabbis for Human Rights, promoting peace and understanding between Palestinians and Jews. She is an Independent Interfaith Rabbi and Spiritual Minister, and was ordained in 2012. Rebekah has been very involved in Interfaith issues and has a particular interest in Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Earth Traditions.

Belief Matters … Or Not? Faiths Unite in Peace

Shabbat Candles & Challah

This weekend there will be gatherings of people from different Faith groups, with their Leaders, to worship, eat, talk, discuss, work and walk together. It is a weekend co-organised by Edinburgh InterFaith Association, the Prince Al Waleed Centre of for Islamic Studies in the Modern World at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community (‘Sukkat Shalom’, which means ‘Shelter of ...

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Belief Matters … or Not? Passover: A Festival of Liberation

Passover by Eczebulun

It may be that, in some places in the world, there has been liberation and there is freedom. This year, I ask myself, “Exactly how may we understand the concepts of Liberation and Freedom in the context of the frantic flight of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their homeland because of the war raging in their land, destroying ...

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Belief Matters….or Not? International Women’s Day of Prayer


From Friday 4th March to Sunday 6th March International Women’s Day (IWD) will be observed all over the world by women of all Faiths and none. It originally began life as “Women’s Day of Prayer“, a day upon which Christian women all over the world gathered in various churches to pray together for the peace of the world – an ...

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Belief Matters …. or Not? Surat-Shaan, Trans and Jewish!

Surat-Shaan Knan - Photo Credit AJAMU at Through a Queer Lens

Photo credit: AJAMU @Through a Queer Lens   This week, Liberal Judaism (LJ), highlighted one if its own amazing members, Surat-Shaan Knan who is Trans and Jewish, for having been chosen by Stonewall as their LGBT rôle model for LGBT History Month 2016. This year’s theme is “Religion, Belief & Philosophy” which will show how many LGBTQ people are also ...

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Belief Matters … or Not? Imbolc: Where Faiths Converge and Merge!

An Imbolc Fire Festival (Photo: Pagan Wiccan)

  This week saw the Festival of Imbolc, which is a Pagan and Wiccan Festival. Imbolc is one of the four major Pagan and Wiccan Sabbats or Festivals – it celebrates the transition from Winter to Spring and occurs on or around the 2nd February which is half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox. Its origins go ...

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Belief Matters … or Not? Remembrance, Respect and Repairing the World

Holocaust Educational Trust

Photo: Holocaust Educational Trust Earlier this week there were two events observed in the Jewish Calendar: Tu B’Shevat on 25th January and Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th, the Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Berkenau. Tu B’Shevat is the day on which young trees are planted to mark the New Year for Trees. It is also a time when we ...

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Global business at Davos told to challenge LGBTI discrimination

World Economic Forum Davos

Leaders of the world’s top institutions, corporations and businesses, who are meeting in the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, were urged to challenge discrimination against LGBTI people. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged executives in Davos to use their influence to drive change in countries where LGBTI people face repression. This is the first time that LGBTI rights are ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? The Winter Festival of Yule

Yule Log - from Bianchis Barn

Celebration of the Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) was originally around the 15th December but is now celebrated between 20th and 23rd December depending on the year in the Gregorian Calendar. Traditionally the 21st December is the shortest day of the year and the darkest and the beginning of the new solar year. Yule is also ...

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Belief Matters…or Not? Hanukkah: A Festival of Freedom from Oppression


From the Hanukkah Project Gallery 2010   In this current climate of unrest, civil war and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people from their native land (in this case Syria) and a flow of thousands of refugees to many areas of Europe, our thoughts turn to the people who have had to flee from oppression, leaving behind ...

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LGBTQI Issues in Religion and Faith – Sikhism and Hinduism


It would seem that there are differing opinions regarding homosexuality within both Sikh and Hindu religious traditions. The more strict attitudes appear to have arisen more recently than the original times of the establishment of these Faiths. In Sikhism the Guru Granth Sahib indicated that this was a matter of personal conscience. In Hinduism gender issues were mostly accepted as ...

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