Mosaic Liberal Synagogue is very pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi Rachel Benjamin. Rachel’s appointment will commence on 1st July, and she will be with us on a part-time basis, to support us, as our Rabbi, until we have a full-time, permanent Rabbi in place.
Rachel has extensive experience across the Liberal movement. She was ordained in 1998 and served as Assistant (and then Associate) Rabbi of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue until 2004. After that, she served as Rabbi of the Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia and Woodford Progressive Synagogue, before joining South Bucks Jewish Community in 2006 where she served as Rabbi until December 2015. She then served as part of the rabbinic team at LJS before earlier this year re-joining South Bucks, for a six-month appointment. She has also taught at Leo Baeck College, and at Heythrop College, the University of London. From 2005 to 2008 Rachel served as Joint Chair of Liberal Judaism’s Rabbinic Conference. She is committed to interfaith dialogue. Rachel also plays the guitar and is passionate about Jewish music.
Rachel will be supporting us on a 50% basis, and performing all key Rabbinic tasks for our community. This includes taking one Friday evening and two Shabbat morning services per month, working with our Care Coordinator, Esther Aronsfeld, to support the current essential pastoral needs of our members, liaising closely with other Mosaic Jewish Community congregations (both at a Rabbinic and community level), including adult education, and participating in rabbinic and other meetings of our parent body, Liberal Judaism. We are delighted Rachel has chosen to join us and extend a very warm welcome to her.