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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 Canada.  At the end of the 1970’s James returned to the UK as a student.  During the 1980’s he worked as a journalist in the field of “religious affairs” and then worked in social research and public policy. He was also a Trade Union Officer.

In the early 1990’s Rabbi James studied at Leo Baeck College.  He was ordained in 2001 and spent eight years as Rabbi of South London Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi James became associate Rabbi of Shaarei Tzedek in 2012.

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