Northwood United Synagogue’s newly-appointed rabbinic couple Rabbi Shaya and Rebbetzen Leah Green have been voted in unanimously by members.
Rabbi Green was born in Liverpool where he attended King David High School. At 18, he went to a yeshiva in Morristown, New Jersey. After a number of years in Chabad yeshivot in London and New York, he received semicha (rabbinical ordination) in Flatbush.
Rebbezten Green grew up in Golders Green and attended schools in Stamford Hill. After graduating high school, she studied at a seminary in Israel, after which she spent a year working for Chabad in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she developed their youth and community initiatives. She returned to London to study graphic design.
Rabbi and Rebbetzen Green have been involved part-time with Northwood United for the last 8 months and following a recruitment process have now been offered the role on a permanent basis.
Rabbi Green said: “When the opportunity became available to become the full time Rabbi for this warm, friendly and vibrant community it was an opportunity that I could not ignore. The Northwood community has welcomed my wife, family and me and made us feel part of their community from day one. We look forward to leading the community for many years to come and to ensure that this close-knit active community goes from strength to strength.”
Rebbetzen Green added: “Our family has felt at home in Northwood from the very start and this is an opportunity to become part of a loving community that has welcomed us with open arms. We look forward to being part of the Northwood community for many years.”
Alan Moss, the Chair of Northwood United Synagogue, said: “We could not have been more pleased that they accepted our offer to become the Rabbinic leaders of our community on a full-time basis. The community showed its support for them to lead our community forward when at the recent Extraordinary General Meeting of the community, the community voted unanimously to appoint them as our new Rabbinic leaders. They and their family have become an integral part of our community during the time that they have been with us and we are certain that they will lead our community forward and ensure that we maintain the ethos of the community for many years to come.”
The Greens will take up their new role on June 19.
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