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Chairs

Rabbi James Baaden

Co-chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors

Rabbi James Baaden is one of our two co-chairs of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors. Rabbi Baaden spent most of his formative years in the United States and…

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Rabbi Kathleen Middleton

Co-chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors

Rabbi Kathleen Middleton is one of our two co-chairs of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors. Rabbi Kathleen was born in Utrecht, Netherlands. She was awarded an MA in…

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Michael Harris

Michael says, “Ever since I can remember anything, I have been a Reform Jew. Due to relocations, just occasionally, because a Reform Synagogue was not always conveniently available (like when…

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Paul Langsford

Paul Langsford has been a member of Alyth for 38 years. Over this time he has served on the synagogue Council and Executive, chaired the premises, PR and Israel committees…

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Board Members

Daniel Benjamin

Daniel says; “Reform Judaism flows through my veins. From my grandfathers, a founder member and a former president of Bromley Reform Synagogue, and through my parents, both former office-holders within…

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Daniel Mackintosh

It was in South Africa, as the head of Jewish youth movement Habonim Dror, that Daniel first learnt how powerful it is to be part of a movement, where we…

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Ian Lancaster

Ian Lancaster is a member of North West Surrey Synagogue (NWSS) where he has twice been Chairman as well as serving as Warden, Fundraising Chairman, Rites and Practices Committee Chairman…

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Joey Leskin

Joey is a Jew of Yemeni descent from London and our trustee for RSY-Netzer. He has spent much of the last decade elsewhere since being a Movement Worker for RSY-Netzer…

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Kathy Hirst

Kathy Hirst is a member of Finchley Reform Synagogue having been on Council, helping shape children’s services and latterly serving as a Warden, eventually becoming Senior Warden and Chair of…

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Melvin Pedro

Melvin Pedro has been a partner in Penningtons Manches Cooper, a City law firm with more than 100 partners, for over 30 years. He is a corporate lawyer, has been…

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Michael Harris

Michael says, “Ever since I can remember anything, I have been a Reform Jew. Due to relocations, just occasionally, because a Reform Synagogue was not always conveniently available (like when…

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Michele Saffer

Michele is a founder member of Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation and has been very involved in the congregation including many years on the Committee and served 3 years…

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Paul Langsford

Paul Langsford has been a member of Alyth for 38 years. Over this time he has served on the synagogue Council and Executive, chaired the premises, PR and Israel committees…

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Peter Fraser

Peter Fraser grew up at the Edgware Reform Synagogue (now Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue), staying involved until he went to university. He has been an active member of Kol…

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Roberto Lampl

Roberto is Dutch with roots in Curaçao and Peru. He holds a BA in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson…

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Roy Saatchi

Roy Saatchi grew up at Alyth and has been a member of Manchester Reform Synagogue for more than 20 years where he helps run the synagogue’s website. Professionally he is…

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Senior Management Team

Debbie Doobay

Debbie Doobay – Chief Operating Officer

Debbie is the Chief Operating Officer of Reform Judaism. She is a Chartered Management Accountant who trained in banking before moving to Reform Judaism. She enjoys sky diving at the…

Amit Handelsman – Director of Community Partnership

Amit is Reform Judaism’s Director of Community Partnership working with our southern communities. He started in December 2014 after 6.5 years at the New Israel Fund and prior to that…

Sarita Robinson – Director of Community Partnership

Sarita joined RJ back in 2012 to work with our Northern communities. Now Director of Community Partnerships (North) her role has expanded somewhat but her love for everything Northern has…

Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick – Beit Din Convenor

Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick became Britain’s first female rabbi in 1975. She worked for many years at West London Synagogue with Rabbi Hugo Gryn and then at North West Surrey…

Sharon Daniels – Head of Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Sharon is the Head of Safeguarding and Wellbeing, focusing on promoting wellbeing, care and mental health across Reform Judaism.  Working closely with RSY-Netzer, the mental health of young people is a…

Gilly Shulman – Director of HR

Gilly joined Reform Judaism in 2002 as HR Manager with 18 years commercial experience within HR.  Over the years, Gilly has expanded her role and knowledge, heading up the Community…

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