Rabbi Jeffrey Newman

When Jeffrey Newman arrived as Rabbi of FRS 42 years ago he, by his own admission, was an idealist. While he knew he may not be able to change the world, he decided he would at least like ‘to make … Continue reading

Rabbi Howard Cooper

Since graduating from the Leo Baeck College in 1980 and training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the early 80s, Howard has pursued a dual professional career, combining rabbinical work with a therapy practice, plus an increasing involvement in various writing … Continue reading

Cantor Zöe Jacobs

Cantor Zöe Jacobs holds a unique place in Reform Anglo-Jewry as the only ordained Cantor in the Reform Movement; a statistic she is working hard to change! Zöe can mostly be found on the bima of FRS, which is where she … Continue reading

Rabbi Miriam Berger

Miriam has wanted to be a Rabbi since her teens but had to wait until the summer of 2006 to receive s’micha – her Rabbinic ordination. Before that she read Theology at the University of Bristol and then went onto study … Continue reading

Sermon Nov 15 2014

I don’t suppose anyone here is an expert in particle physics? I’m definitely not. So the name Martin Perl almost certainly won’t mean anything to you, as it meant nothing to me before I came across it a few weeks … Continue reading

Shabbat Lech L’cha 5775

As I sat listening to the amazing tributes at the cremation of Rabbi Sheila Shulman on Wednesday I gained a little more insight into the extent to which the world has changed during her life time. I always felt I … Continue reading

Sermon Oct 24 2014

The name of Mohsen Amir-Aslani probably doesn’t mean anything to you. He was executed recently, aged 37, in Iran where he’d been imprisoned for the last nine years. He’d been leading sessions reading and interpreting the Qur’an but hadbeenfound guilty … Continue reading

Sermon YK 5775

Like Ed Miliband, I tend to speak extemporarily (after a great deal of preparation!) This year, also like Ed, I forgot a major portion so it’s good to have the opportunity to insert it in a written version. But these … Continue reading