Clive Lawton is a founder and Executive Director of Limmud and UJIA Fellow at SOAS. He writes a weekly column in the London Jewish News.
The Boundaries of Heresy: Geoffrey Alderman, Louis Jacobs, Clive Lawton and David-Hillel Ruben
The Jacobs Affair” was triggered when Rabbi Louis Jacobs’ appointment as Principal of Jews College was vetoed by the then Chief Rabbi on the grounds of heresy. In 1964 Rabbi Jacobs founded the New London Synagogue, which led to the creation of the Masorti movement. Four decades on the shockwaves continue to reverberate.
To mark the 40th anniversary of this key event in Anglo-Jewry, the panel of leading heavyweights discussed the ongoing political, social and theol...
Hitchhiking to Heaven
Rabbi Lionel Blue has lived a life on the fringes. In his recent autobiography Hitchhiking to Heaven (2004), he tells the story of how he began to question where he fitted in with traditional Jewish society, so embarking on a fascinating interior journey. With Clive Lawton, he reflected on his experiences and the contradictions of “a life lived honestly”.