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Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein Elected President

10th July 2013

Last night at Liberal Judaism’s council meeting and AGM, Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein was elected as president of Liberal Judaism. He was preceded in this role by Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger, who stepped down when she took up the pulpit at West London Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr Andrew began his life as a pulpit rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) in 1970, a synagogue at which he is now emeritus rabbi. He is also chair of Liberal Judaism’s Bet Din. Together with his indefatigable wife Sharon, he founded the Kadimah summer camp, which remains phenomenally successful to this day. He ran Liberal Judaism’s education department for 20 years, even while devoting himself fully to the task of enabling NPLS to grow, such that it is now one of the largest of Liberal Judaism’s 39 communities. He is chair of the European Union for Progressive Judaism and sits on the executive committee of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the International Council of Christians and Jews. A co-editor of Liberal Judaism’s machzor, Machzor Ruach Chadashah, Rabbi Dr Andrew also co-edited – with Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh – the High and Holy Days anthology of readings for the Days of Awe.

Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, said: “Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein is one of the most successful congregational rabbis in Liberal Jewish history.  He was the founding rabbi of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, serving it for more than 40 years.  Assisted by his wife Sharon, the community has grown to be the second largest and one of the most innovative in our movement.  By personal example and professional leadership Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein has modelled the ‘thoughtful Liberal Jew’, and I have no doubt he is the best candidate we might have found to fill the post of Liberal Judaism’s president.”

The movement’s chairman, Lucian J. Hudson, said: “We elected Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein as president with acclamation. Rabbi Dr Andrew lives and breathes Liberal Judaism, and is an inspiration to us all. He sees the big picture and how our movement can contribute to the growth of Progressive Judaism in the UK and internationally.”