I have just celebrated ten years as a rabbi and eleven serving our Kehillah. I think that there are very few Jewish communities as adventurous, as caring, and as committed to putting our ethics into real life practice. I grew up in the mainstream Orthodox community; where I never saw a girl or woman do anything other than prepare kiddush: food and drinks for after the service. When I was in my early twenties I saw young women in my family begin to play an active role in their synagogues, but only once everyone had signalled that the formal prayers were concluded. It is a privilege to be able to study and lead, and to see women and men, boys and girls, find their place in the Kehillah.
My overriding joy is in learning and teaching, whether it is the alphabet to our six year olds or Talmud to our adults. Actually, teaching Talmud to children is also fun too!
I am also a lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London, where I have the pleasure of teaching and learning from the next generation of rabbis. My own Jewish background means that I strongly feel the interconnectedness of all the Jewish people, to create an open and inclusive community which respects and supports the many Jews today whose partners are not Jewish, and who want to find their own way in the Jewish world.
I share my life with my partner Rebekka and our two children.