Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen has been appointed as Manchester Reform Synagogue’s new Associate Rabbi, as Peter Arkwright explains:
Rabbi Silverman and everyone at Manchester Reform Synagogue look forward to welcoming Robyn back to Manchester Reform Synagogue as our Associate Rabbi.
Robyn grew up in Manchester with our community and is very much part of our family, so it is great to have her home. Before studying for the rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College in London where she graduated this summer, she previously completed a degree in Theology and Religious Studies at Newnham College Cambridge and worked as a solicitor for a human rights firm in London.
She is a passionate social activist and co-founder of Tzelem; the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK. As a student rabbi she has already made her mark with us, particularly in relation to bringing families with young children into the fold and running more informal educations sessions – Torah on Tap. She has led a number of Shabbat and Festival services, demonstrating a real flare for ensuring that they remain dignified and at the same time relevant to our ever-changing world.