Finch­ley wel­comes its new rabbi

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS/ -

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.

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