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Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain appointed as new Reform Beit Din Convener

The Movement for Reform Judaism has appointed Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE as the new Convener of the Reform Beit Din. 

One of Britain’s leading and most well-known rabbis, he will follow in the footsteps of Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick, who has retired after 11 exceptional years in the position.

Rabbi Jonathan said: “I feel lucky and honoured to be following in the footsteps of Jackie. 

“I have long regarded our Beit Din as the jewel in the Reform crown: helpful, caring and embodying the principle of a Progressive approach to Jewish life and problems – providing solutions to those wishing to convert, going through a difficult divorce or facing other issues, such as having a Jewish heritage but not Jewish status. 

“Anyone wrestling with these or other situations, who wants a caring rabbinic response, should approach their local Progressive rabbi in the knowledge of a thoughtful welcome. They can also contact me directly on” 

He will work closely with Rabbi Mark Solomon, Chair of the Beit Din of Liberal Judaism, as the work of bringing the two movements together as one Progressive Judaism for the UK continues. 

Rabbi Mark welcomed the appointment, saying: “Jonathan has long been one of the most forward-thinking rabbis in the Reform Movement, especially in areas of personal status and family structures. I look forward to working with him in what will be a creative and exciting collaboration.” 

Rabbi Jonathan, who currently serves Maidenhead Synagogue, added: “Together Mark and I will make sure that anyone – not just our own members – can find rabbinic help that marries Jewish values with individual needs.” 

Progressive Judaism Co-Leads Rabbi Josh Levy and Rabbi Charley Baginsky welcomed the news. 

Rabbi Josh, who is also the CEO of The Movement for Reform Judaism, said: “I am delighted that Jonathan will be joining MRJ, serving the wider Reform movement and family of Progressive Jewish communities in this country. 

“His experience as a congregational rabbi and as Chair of the Standing Committee of the Bet Din mean that he is the perfect person to build on Jackie’s legacy, at this important time for Reform and Progressive Judaism in this country.” 

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