North­wood gets a new rabbi

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

RABBI HIL­LEL Athias-Robles brings a Latin Amer­i­can flavour to North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue, which he joined this week.

The 29-year-old grew up in Costa Rica and gained semichah in Is­rael. Pre­vi­ously in­volved in the Sephardi com­mu­nity, he switched to Lib­eral Ju­daism be­cause he felt it bet­ter re­flected his in­ter­ests.

He has been men­tored by Lib­eral Ju­daism chief ex­ec­u­tive Rabbi Danny Rich and has been work­ing with the move­ment’s out­reach de­part­ment.

Rabbi Athias-Robles will be­come North­wood and Pin­ner’s as­sis­tant min­is­ter in Au­gust, when Rabbi Aaron Gold­stein suc­ceeds his fa­ther, Rabbi Dr Andrew Gold­stein, in the se­nior post.

Rabbi Aaron Gold­stein told the JC that Rabbi Athias-Robles was join­ing early “to ben­e­fit from my dad’s ex­pe­ri­ence and so that he can hit the ground run­ning in Au­gust. He will in­flu­ence us greatly in so­cial work and in­ter­faith ac­tiv­i­ties and will work to es­tab­lish projects for young peo­ple.”

For his part, Rabbi Athias-Robles said “Aaron is in­cred­i­ble to work with. I’m ex­cited about tak­ing on this role.”

Rabbi Hil­lel Athias-Robles

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