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Finchley Reform Synagogue celebrates Rabbi Miriam as she says goodbye

Rabbi Miriam Berger

The community at Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) have been holding a week of events to celebrate Rabbi Miriam Berger, who is leaving after 18 wonderful years.

Synagogue chair Jenny Nuni said: “Miriam leaves FRS in a strong position, having brought inspirational leadership, compassion and commitment to her role. Her guidance has been integral to our growth, helping to make FRS a flagship synagogue of the Reform Movement.”

The series of unique events, activities and services, were each aimed at a different part of the community to ensure that everyone has been able to celebrate with Rabbi Miriam in a way that suits them best.

Rabbi Miriam is now starting a new career – combining her rabbinical skills with her strong interest in mental health. She is setting up Wellspring, a centre of wellbeing with a mikveh at its heart, focusing on helping people to find acceptance for life as is it is even when that is not how we would have chosen it to be. The planned opening is 2027.

During the last 18 years, the FRS community has doubled in size from 500 to 1,000 households – and now stands at 2,300 members and children.

Cantor Zöe Jacobs, who has worked alongside Rabbi Miriam for much of this hugely successful period, will take over as the synagogue’s Principal Clergy.

Watch one of the celebratory services here.

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