Rabbi Jason Rosner has taken up his post as the new Rabbi of Wimbledon and District Synagogue.
Rabbi Rosner took up his post on 2 November and follows a very distinguished line of rabbis:Rabbi Charles Berg, Rabbi Hillel Avidan, Rabbi Bob Shafritz, Rabbi Danny Smith, Rabbi Willy Woolf, and Rabbis Sybil Sheridan and Sylvia Rothschild. Rabbi Tony Hammond has been standing in on a part-time basis in recent months.
Rabbi Rosner is 30, gained semicha(ordination) from Hebrew Union College in March of this year and comes from Los Angeles. Whilst studying at HUC he interned at B’nai Israel in Butte, Montana, Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, California and Mt Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was United States Air Force Chaplain with the rank of Second Lieutenant and worked at the Beit T’shuvah Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles.
Earlier in his life he studied in Scotland and in Sweden and enjoys food and cooking, poetry, literature and music.
Synagogue Vice-President Ruth Magnus said: “We welcome him, together with his Anglo-French wife Noemie (and their cat Fifi!) and look forward to many long, happy and successful years with hima as Rabbi of our community”.