Shire leaves Leo Baeck for Amer­i­can chal­lenge

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY SI­MON ROCKER

LEO BAECK Col­lege vice-prin­ci­pal Rabbi Michael Shire is leav­ing to be­come pro­fes­sor of Jewish re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion at He­brew Col­lege, Bos­ton.

Rabbi Shire will move with his wife Rabbi Mar­cia Plumb — who has been one of the rab­binic team at the Shaarei Tzedek North Lon­don Re­form Synagogue and taught at Akiva School— and their two chil­dren.

He will also serve as dean at the grad­u­ate school at He­brew Col­lege, which has been at the fore­front of plu­ral­ist Jewish ed­u­ca­tion in Amer­ica.

Rabbi Shire has spent 10 years at Leo Baeck and pre­vi­ously 13 years with the Cen­tre for Jewish Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have both con­trib­uted a great deal to the com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ways,” he said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to new prospects.”

He at one time held the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only Jewish ed­u­ca­tor in the UK with a doc­tor­ate in Jewish ed­u­ca­tion. He is also the edi­tor of sev­eral illustrated Jewish books and his graphic novel on the life of Leo Baeck is due to be pub­lished by the col­lege shortly.

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