Cantor Zöe Jacobs
Cantor Zöe Jacobs is the cantor at Finchley Reform Synagogue and the Movement for Reform Judaism. Zöe received ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York, where she was trained in the art of community organising.
She is enthusiastic about working with teenagers and young adults, especially around the intersection between liturgical text and melody. She is passionate about community organising and the work of London Citizens, who help prioritise issues like the London Living Wage, street safety for young and vulnerable people, and care for the elderly. She works alongside London Citizens to support and build the Jewish voice in areas of social & economic justice and is passionate about interfaith understanding and integration.
Rabbi Levy is the interfaith and social action manager for the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He serves as the Chair of the Jewish Social Action Forum. Rabbi Levy received his rabbinical ordination in Israel from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Riskin in 2006.
Rabbi Levy is the co-author of “Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims”. He holds a MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College, London, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University.
Rabbi Natan Levy
Rabbi Zorach Meir Salasnik was born in 1951. He has a B.A. in History. He was Minister at Notting Hill Synagogue (1970-4) and Leytonstone & Wanstead Synagogue (1974-9). As Minister in Bushey since 1979, he is currently the longest-serving minister in one position within the United Synagogue. He is Senior Jewish Hospital Chaplain and was Chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (2002-5). He was Chaplain of Rishon Multiple Sclerosis Aid Group. Within Hertfordshire, he represents the Jewish community in SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) and on the Hertsmere Forum of Faiths.
Jeremy Gordon is Rabbi of the Masorti affiliated New London Synagogue.
He grew up in London and trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
He’s worked with a number of social and economic justice organisations including the American Jewish World Service and London Citizens and continues to strive towards creating a more just society as a vital piece of a commitment to Jewish life.
Rabbi Zorach Meir Salasnik
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
Meet the campaigning team
Matt Plen is the Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism, a founding governor of Alma Primary, a former trustee of London Citizens, and a member of the Barnet Borough Executive of Citizens UK. Matt lived in Israel for 10 years, where he taught at institutions such as the Conservative Yeshiva, the Masorti secondary school and Melitz.
He has been involved in several social justice education initiatives, for example developing Masorti Judaism's Jewish Community Organising training programme, participating in an Israeli-Palestinian history teaching project, curriculum development for the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, and teaching a course on Judaism and Justice at Brandeis University. He is currently researching his PhD in the philosophy of education at UCL-IOE, where his topic is Jewish social justice education.
Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue. He writes for ‘The Times’, ‘Guardian’ and religious press, and is heard on the BBC. His books include ‘The Jews of England’ and ‘Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today’. He received the MBE for his work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples, a theme covered in his book ‘Till Faith Us Do Part’ (HarperCollins). He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, advisory board member of the Council of Christians and Jews, chair of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education and a Patron of Dignity in Dying
Rabbi Jonathan Romain
Student Rabbi Robyn
Robyn is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge for a degree in Theology and Religious Studies before working as a solicitor at a human rights firm. She specialised in asylum lawand actions against the state involving discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.
Student Rabbi Daniel Lichman
Daniel is passionate about Judaism and campaigning for social justice. In the past he has been involved in non-violent direct action protests and has since been looking for other ways of having an impact. Daniel is currently a student at Leo Baeck College.
Rabbi Sandra Kviat
Rabbi Sandra Kviat who was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark is the rabbi of Crouch End Chavurah and a member of Liberal Judaism’s Outreach Team. Sandra is Scandinavia's first female Rabbi and the first progressive Danish rabbi. She has lived in England for most of the last 10 years.
She holds degrees in Jewish Studies (King’s College and Leo Baeck College), Comparative Religion (University of Copenhagen), and Sociology (Sussex University).
Rabbi David Mason
Rabbi David Mason is Rabbi of Muswell Hill United Synagogue. He was born in Edinburgh, gaining a Batchelors and Masters degree in Econometrics at LSE. He has studied courses in Systemic Psychotherapy and now is undertaking a Masters in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at Kings College. Rabbi David has lectured on topics such as 'attitudes to special needs' and modern issues in Jewish Law as well as teaching Talmud for over 5 years at the London School of Jewish Studies. He is married to Elisheva and has four wonderful children.
Rabbi Alexandra Wright
Rabbi Alexandra Wright grew up at the LJS and was ordained at Leo Baeck College in 1986. She served as Associate Rabbi at the LJS under the guidance of Rabbi David Goldberg and Rabbi John Rayner from 1986-1989. From 1990-2003 she was Rabbi at Radlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue. She is active in the Council of Christians and Jews and for five years served as the North London Hospice's Jewish chaplain on their multi-faith chaplaincy team.
Dr. Edie Friedman was born in Chicago. A student in the 1960's, she was heavily influenced by the civil rights and peace movements. She came to England to study in Leeds and subsequently worked for Oxfam and a Community Relations Council. In 1976 she founded the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), of which she is now the executive director.
In 2008 she co-authored Reluctant Refuge - The Story of Asylum in Britain. She has also authored and co-authored a series of race equality education resources. In 2014 she co-founded Tzelem. She is a ‘distinguished friend’ of the Migration Museum and is a regular speaker and writer on race and asylum issues.