The Jewish Chronicle

Nottingham Liberal rabbi takes on Elstree challenge

- BY JC REPORTER

RABBI TANYA Sakhnovich is to succeed the long-serving Rabbi Pete Tobias at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree.

Currently minister at Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, Rabbi Sakhnovich will officially join TLSE on September 1, although she will be working with her new community behind the scenes before then to make preparatio­ns for the High Holy-Days. Rabbi Tobias is leaving the shul at the end of June to start a new life in California.

In a message to her new congregant­s, Rabbi Sakhnovich thanked the shul for a “wonderful opportunit­y”. She looked forward to becoming TLSE’s first woman minister but would find it “a little daunting” to take over from Rabbi Tobias, who has served the shul for 18 years and been “an inspiratio­n to my generation of Liberal rabbis.

“It is an honour to be chosen as his successor and to work with you all to build on his legacy.”

Her son had grown up within Nottingham’s Jewish community and Rabbi Sakhnovich hoped to maintain her close ties with the area.

The Nottingham shul will be launching a search for her replacemen­t and Rabbi Sakhnovich advised potential applicants: “You will not regret it. NLS is a great and dynamic community which appreciate­s and supports their rabbi.”

Paying tribute to Rabbi Tobias, TLSE chair Mike Walton said he had been “our guiding light, innovating, stimulatin­g

and challengin­g us all to bring Liberal Judaism to life”.

And Rabbi Tobias has welcomed his “thoughtful, wise and charming” successor. “I think it’s a great match.”

Rabbi Sakhnovich will also be taking up a part-time role with Leo Baeck College to oversee the placement of their trainee rabbis into the community.

She herself is a graduate of the Finchley-based rabbinical training seminary and Leo Baeck dean Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburg­h said she would bring to the role “20 years of experience working with World Union for Progressiv­e Judaism communitie­s; a profound understand­ing of the role of the congregati­onal rabbi and wide and strong relationsh­ips with many colleagues in the UK and continenta­l Europe”.

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Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich

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