Rabbi Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. Before joining EHRS in 2019, Mark served Alyth Synagogue in Golders Green from his appointment as Principal Rabbi in 2006, Finchley Progressive Synagogue from 1999-2006 and Woodford Progressive Synagogue from 1996-1999. He gained Semichah (rabbinic ordination) from Leo Baeck College in London where he is now lecturer in Jewish Life Cycle and Homiletics. He was Chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK from 2011-2013 and Chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism from 2004-2006.
Rabbi Emily Yael Reitsma-Jurman was raised in Toronto, Canada and until young adulthood studied music and theatre. In 2010 she graduated from Toronto’s York University with a BA in Religious Studies, focusing on Jewish studies. It was university that Rabbi Emily began to work at her synagogue as a cantorial soloist, religion school teacher, youth advisor and bar and bat mitzvah tutor. She began rabbinical studies at Leo Baeck College, spending her first year with students of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Debbie grew up down the road in Radlett, and attending RSY’s Shemesh every summer. She went to university as far away from a Jewish community as she could find, in Lancaster, where she majored in Religious Studies, focussing on Hinduism and Judaism. She ended up running the JSoc, setting up a 5 way dialogue society and half way through her studies realised what many others had suggested years before, that she wanted to be a Rabbi. After working as Student Fieldworker for RSGB, studying at The European Centre for Jewish Studies in Stockholm and working for the Council of Christian Jews, she began her studies at Leo Baeck College, where today she is a lecturer on Religion and Dialogue.
Rabbi Daniel Smith was the Senior Minister at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue (previously with Edgware & District Reform Synagogue since 1993). Daniel studied Philosophy and Psychology at Keele University and then qualified as a psychotherapist. He was the founding Chairman of the Raphael Centre - a Jewish counselling service.
Rabbi Steven Katz was ordained, by his father, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Katz, at a Leo Baeck College ceremony at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 1975. Later that year, he was inducted as Associate Rabbi at Hendon Reform Synagogue, again by his father. Soon after this, Dr Katz suffered a serious car accident and so, shortly after his ordination, Rabbi Steven undertook the burden of running the religious side of the synagogue single handed. Although doubtless traumatic, it obviously succeeded.