On Saturday 13 June 2015, Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick celebrated 40 years in the rabbinate with a special service held at the community she grew up in, SWESRS (South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue) .
In the service Rabbi Tabick reminisced about her early experiences at the synagogue which influenced her decision to become a rabbi, so she could educate and serve the Jewish community. She also talked about being a congregational rabbi, which is a role she has enjoyed immensely.
Rabbi Tabick, was the first woman rabbi ordained by the Reform movement, and is currently the Convener of the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Beit Din.
The service was attended by representatives from the Movement for Reform Judaism, Leo Baeck College and other organisations Rabbi Tabick is involved with. Rabbi Colin Eimer gave an interesting and humorous sermon reflecting on the changes in the last 40 years, and reminiscing on Rabbi Tabick’s achievements.
As Rabbi Tabick was a founder member of the synagogue choir, in her honour they sang an amazing version of the Shehecheyanu blessing.
Before the congregation enjoyed the lovely extended kiddush, there were speeches, as well as gifts from SWESRS and the Movement for Reform Judaism, and best wishes from everyone present.