Executive Director - Jon Freedman
Jon began working at FRS in June 2012, organising our community events and membership engagement. In December 2015 he was appointed FRS Executive Director. He grew up in the Reform Movement, on RSY-Netzer camps and at Southport New Synagogue. After graduating from Birmingham University, Jon worked for a year as RSY-Netzer movement worker, and went from there to a four year spell in the Civil Service. He found his way back to working in the Jewish community in 2005, firstly with Clore Shalom school and then at West London Synagogue. Jon and his family enjoy the community support and spirit they gain from being members of FRS.
Youth and Education Manager – Rachel Fidler
Rachel is in the privileged position of being a professional member of staff as well as a member at FRS. She first started working at FRS helping out in the office, stopping when Dora was born and then again before the birth of Jack. Rachel now supports all areas of life at FRS from organising children's services to helping to arrange all communal events.
FRS has been a huge part of my life for over 10 years. I went to Saturday morning classes to learn for my Bat Mitzvah and then continued to become a madricha which led me to lead on schemes at club and residentials! After doing some part time youth work for FRS in 2012, I continued to complete a Youth Work and Community Development degree at Leeds Beckett. All the work and youth experience FRS gave me is where my passion for youth work comes from and I’m so happy to be back at FRS as the youth worker in this amazing community that has given me so much. I’m so pleased to be working with a great team, a fantastic group of madrichim and an enthusiastic group of chanichim! What better place to start my career in youth work than here at FRS!
I joined the FRS teaching staff in August 2015 as Hebrew coordinator. Through my previous Teaching experience in other Communities, I have reached the realisation that while there is a commitment to Hebrew within the Jewish communities, it is not perceived as an everyday, possibly usable language.As a native speaker (relocated from Israel to London 13 years ago), I feel motivated to transform Hebrew learning, making it a living, breathing language for all age groups within the community.
Since joining FRS, I was thrilled to find a warm, embracing open community which made me, as much as everyone else, welcomed. As an Israeli, it is an eye opening experience to get acquainted with the essence of Reform Judaism as reflected in FRS. Alongside the professional support I enjoy, I have got to know many members of FRS who are warm and welcoming and for that, I am grateful.
Bookkeeper – Debbie Marks
Debbie joined FRS in September 2006 after having worked at the Wolfson Hillel Primary school for nine years. ‘I always said when our sons left school there I would also leave but it took me three years to find something I liked.’ Debbie now works three days a week managing the synagogue’s finances.