The European Masorti Bert Din is a regional affiliate of the International
Meet the Director
of the European Masorti Bet Din
Rabbi Chaim Weiner received his semicha [Rabbinic Ordination] from the
Schechter Institute of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. He
graduated in 1989, in the second graduating class of the Bet Midrash. He
was National Director of
NOAM in Israel for 3 years, (1988-91)
before taking up the pulpit at the
Masorti Synagogue (1991-98) in London.
Rabbi Chaim Wiener
Rabbi Chaim Weiner is a graduate of
the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows Program of the
Mandel School in Jerusalem. As a member of the Va'ad Halacha [Law
Committee] of the Masorti Movement in Israel, he published several
Teshuvot [Legal Responses]. He followed Dr. Louis Jacobs as the Rabbi of
New London Synagogue, in London,
Rabbi Weiner has played a prominent role in the development of the
Masorti Movement in UK. He directed the Masorti Teenage Centre in London
for 5 years. He played an important role in the
NOAM Youth Movement in its early years, and help in establishing the
popular NOAM summer camps. He was instrumental in the establishment of
the Masorti Bet Din in the United Kingdom, and in its development into
the European Masorti Bet Din. He plays a key role in the
Assembly of Masorti
Synagogues in Great Britain, and is the Masorti Movement
representative on cross-communal forums. He has regularly visited small
developing Masorti communities across Europe, and is in regular contact
with all the Masorti rabbis across the continent.
In January 2005, Rabbi Weiner became
the Director of the European Masorti Bet Din (a part-time position).
He will also be providing rabbinic support to small developing Masorti
communities in Europe.
This opens a new and exciting chapter in Rabbi Weiner's career.
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon grew up at New London Synagogue and worked
television before training for the Rabbinate.
He studied at the Conservative
Yeshiva and the
University in Jerusalem
before heading to New York where he spent five years at the
Jewish Theological Seminary
gaining Rabbinic ordination and a Masters in Midrash.
Rabbi J. Wittenberg
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
was born in Glasgow in 1957 and went to school in London where his
family moved in 1963. Having a strong interest in literature and
languages he read English at Cambridge, before spending some time
exploring his Jewish identity in Israel. He qualified as a teacher then
studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College, London and in Jerusalem.
He became full time rabbi of the New
North London Synagogue in 1987 and has been "very happy to remain".
Jonathan Wittenberg is married to Nicky Solomon. They have three
The rabbinate is part of a strong
family tradition. His mother's father, Rabbi Dr Salzberger, was rabbi in
Frankfurt and then in London.
His father's mother was born into the Freimann family, a long line of rabbis in Germany and Eastern Europe.
Rabbi Wittenberg has special interest in both the literary and the
pastoral sides of the rabbinate. He is currently also coordinator of the
multi faith chaplaincy team at the North London Hospice. He has written
'The Three Pillars Of Judaism,- a search for faith and values' as well
as on Jewish traditions in bereavement and on the festivals.
Joel Levy Rabbi Joel Levy took up his
part-time position with Kol Nefesh Masorti in September 2001. He studied
Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and was chair of Limmud
programmes for a number of years. He became the director of Noam, the
Masorti youth movement in 1994 for three years.
Joel studied for many years in various institutions
and yeshivot in and around Jerusalem and received semicha from Rabbi
David Hartman. He has continued writing for Reflections, the weekly
sheet on the sedra. In Israel he works in the Jewish Studies Faculty at
the Machon L'Madrichei Chu'l, and for Ta Sh'ma, an organisation that
provides pluralistic Jewish education. Joel also teaches at the
Joel is married to Susanna Cohen principal bassoonist
in the Israel Chamber Orchestra. They have two daughters, Shira and
Kalya, and live in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Levy has brought with him a challenging and
unique approach to Judaism, where learning and questioning are the
primary focus. His warmth and love of Judaism are infectious and have
already made an indelible impression on many of us, and particularly the
young people whose lives he has touched.
Rabbi Jeremy Collick grew up in Edgware
and studied at both the
Leo Baeck College and
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
and Los Angeles.
One of the founders of the Masorti movement and the first person
the UK to be sponsored to study at JTS He is Rabbi of
Masorti Synagogue and served as Rabbi in Brighton for 15 years.
Rabbi Jeremy Collick
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