Rabbi Leah will be on maternity leave from Tuesday 21st March 2023 – Tuesday 19th March 2024.
Leah is Rabbi of Kehillah North London.
She served for a number of years as Progressive Jewish Chaplain for University Students and Young Adults in the UK, and as the congregational rabbi of the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community. She received semicha from the Leo Baeck College in London and has lived and worked for over a decade in Britain.
Leah has spent three years of their adult life in Jerusalem, learning Torah and on-the-ground organising, as a Fellow at both the Conservative Yeshiva and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as well as doing a yearlong Fellowship at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City.
Leah is co-coordinator of Azara-Opening the Beit Midrash (www.azara.org.uk), a new initiative creating Jewish text learning for everyone in the UK, and she is a current and founding member of Na’amod: British Jews Against Occupation (@NaamodUK), a movement of British Jews dedicated to ending our community’s support for the Occupation.
Leah also holds an MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College London, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas, with concentrations in Modern European History and French language studies at the Alliance Française in Paris.
Leah is from a ‘country,’ as Bob Dylan wrote, ‘called the Midwest.’ They especially love teaching Torah & Jewish text study, youth work, building community, and organising for change. They also love travel & the universe, both this actual one, as well as fictional universes and stories. They live in Kentish Town with their partner, Benji Stanley, also a rabbi. She/They
Our general ‘minhag’ (custom) is to meet for Shabbat morning services on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, and for a Friday evening service on the 2nd Friday of each month, as well as meeting for all major festivals.
All Shabbat service details, including the dates of our next Shabbat service, are on our Shabbat page here.
Our Ebulletin (typically sent out once-a-week on a Thursday) contains a two-week calendar and further information about Kehillah services, news and events, as well as services, news and events from the wider Jewish and local community which our members and friends may find interesting. You can sign up to our mailing list and view our latest and past ebulletins here.
We welcome non-members at all of our services (excluding the High Holidays, when you need to book in advance, and gatherings in members’ homes, which may be members only – at the hosting member’s discretion).
If you have not attended any of our services before, and plan to attend a particular service, please do drop an email to our Administrator Ashleigh and to Rabbi Leah to introduce yourself – just so that we know to look out for you and say hello!
For some bigger services, such as the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holiday services, we may ask for a suggested donation from non-members wishing to attend. We welcome donations by non-members to attend any other services as well.
We will be running our Creche (for ages 0-5) at every Shabbat morning service. Dates for our upcoming Shabbat services here.
Our Cheder (for ages 0-13) runs at all our Shabbat morning services that take place in term time. You can see all the dates for the current academic Cheder year on our Youth Education page here.
Our membership costs are listed on our Membership page here.
Please email Ashleigh our administrator for a membership pack, which includes the application forms. Once Ashleigh has received the completed forms and Rabbi Leah has had a brief meeting with you, she will propose your membership for our Management Committee to ratify.
If a young person is interested in pursuing B’nei Mitzvah with us, we expect them to regularly attend cheder from at least age 11, learning Hebrew and integrating into community life in preparation.
If your young person has been regularly attending cheder for a couple of years, please email Rabbi Leah who can help you find a B’nei Mitzvah tutor and set the date.
Mazel Tov on your forthcoming marriage! Members of the Synagogue can be married by Kehillah North London and Rabbi Leah. If you are already Kehillah members, please email Rabbi Leah about the date of your wedding.