Radlett in­ducts sec­ond min­is­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

AFORMERHASMONEANPrepara­tory head boy who was raised in an Or­tho­dox en­vi­ron­ment has been in­ducted as Radlett and Bushey Re­form Syn­a­gogue’s as­sis­tant min­is­ter.

Rabbi David Mitchell, who switched to Re­form Ju­daism while at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity, was wel­comed as the shul’s “first sec­ond min­is­ter” by an au­di­ence of 200.

The ser­vice was con­ducted by prin­ci­pal min­is­ter Rabbi Paul Freed­man and Re­form chief ex­ec­u­tive Rabbi Tony Bay­field. “You al­ready have one of the most out­stand­ing Re­form rab­bis in Paul Freed­man, and now, with David Mitchell, with the ben­e­fit of his unique jour­ney from or­tho­doxy to Re­form, you have two truly tremendous min­is­ters,” Rabbi Bay­field said.

Rabbi Mitchell, 29, re­ceived his semichah from Leo Baeck Col­lege two months ago. He is no stranger to Radlett, hav­ing served for the past three years as its part-time stu­dent rabbi and di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion. Mov­ing to a full-time post would en­able him to fur­ther de­velop his role, both as di­rec­tor of youth pro­grammes and head of cheder, where the num­ber of pupils has al­most dou­bled since his ar­rival — “just one tes­ti­mony to our growth,” he said in his ad­dress.

Radlett Re­form now has over 1,000 adult mem­bers, plus well over half as many stu­dents and chil­dren and Rabbi Mitchell has been im­pressed by the high level of in­volve­ment in ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Hav­ing two full-time rab­bis of­fers us won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand what we of­fer as a com­mu­nity,” said Rabbi Freed­man.

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