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 almost a decade in Britain.
Leah has spent three years of her 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.
Among her passions and projects, she built and co-led the doubling in size of the Progressive Jewish Chaplaincy program, taught and led on the coordinating team for the Open Talmud Project – the only cross-communal open-to-all-learners Talmud initiative in Britain – 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.’ She especially loves teaching Torah & Jewish text study, youth work, building community, and organising for change. She also loves travel & the universe, both this actual one, as well as fictional universes and stories. She lives in Kentish Town with her partner, Benji Stanley, also a rabbi. She/They