Finchley welcomes its new rabbi
A TRIO OF rabbis helped formally induct Finchley Progressive Synagogue’s new minister, Rabbi Neil Janes.
The three were rabbis Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism; Frank Hellner, emeritus minister of FPS; and Alexandra Wright, senior rabbi at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue St John’s Wood. Rabbi Wright formerly served at Radlett and Bushey Reform, where Rabbi Janes grew up.
The FPS post is the first appointment for Rabbi Janes, 30, since his
JAY GRENBY ordination at Leo Baeck College last July. Speaking at the service, he told the congregation: “It is a great delight, after five years of study, to be doing the job I love in such an exciting and welcoming community as this one.”
Rabbi Janes said he had already been made to feel part of the FPS family. A former education officer for the Reform youth organisation RSY-Netzer, he succeeded Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, who is now senior rabbi at the North-Western Reform.
FPS chair Josie Kinchin said: “In the five months since Rabbi Janes began working with us, he has endeared himself to the whole community through his outstanding personal qualities.”
Guests included Barnet Deputy Mayor Councillor Terry Burton and Councillor Brian Coleman from the Greater London Authority.