Meet The Rabbi

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Rabbi Danny Newman is the joint Rabbi for Edgware Masorti Synagogue (EMS) and Elstree and Borehamwood Masorti Community (EBMC). He shares his time between the two synagogues, formalising a successful period of cooperation during which he has been serving us both on a part time basis. Rabbi Danny has proved to be a dynamic and inspiring spiritual leader and empathetic pastoral Rabbi, particularly during the difficult time of the pandemic, and his appointment brings a refreshing new dimension to our kehillah.

Rabbi Danny grew up in Edgware and Stanmore and received semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Leo Baeck College and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of New North London Synagogue, senior rabbi of the UK Masorti movement. He read Jewish Studies at Oxford University and has studied at several Israeli yeshivot. Prior to commencing his rabbinic studies, he trained in psychotherapy and worked as a corporate lawyer in the City of London. He is the founder of HaMakom, the leading British charity for Jewish mindfulness and meditation. He is married to Zippy Keller and they have two young sons.

Rabbi Danny has a strong interest in education and has many ideas for programmes and activities for current and potential members. During this difficult time, he will be concentrating particularly on welfare and study sessions. As and when physical services can resume, he will be spending three weeks out of four in Edgware and one week out of four in Borehamwood.