|Rabbi Julia Neuberger|
BARONESS NEUBERGER DBE was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and Leo Baeck College, London. She became a rabbi in 1977, and served the South London Liberal Synagogue for twelve years, before going to the King’s Fund Institute as a Visiting Fellow. She was at Harvard Medical School in 1991-1992, Chairman of Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993 until 1997 and then Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, an independent health charity until 2004. She has been a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Medical Research Council and the General Medical Council, a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and the Imperial War Museum (until 2006). She was also a Trustee of the British Council, Jewish Care and a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.She is a founding trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents. She chaired the independent Commission on the Future of Volunteering from 2006 - 2008, was President of Liberal Judaism, and was the Prime Minister’s Champion for Volunteering from 2007 until June 2009. She is now chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and also chairs the One Housing Group. She was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to chair an Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity from February 2009 to March 2010. Baroness Neuberger has also just been invited to join the European Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace and has recently also joined the Board of the Social Market Foundation.
She is the author of several books on Judaism, women, healthcare ethics and on caring for dying people. ‘Not Dead Yet – a Manifesto for old age’ was published by Harper Collins in May 2008 and her latest book ‘Is that all there is? Thoughts on the meaning of life and leaving a legacy’ was published in June 2011 by Rider Books.
She was created a Life Peer in June 2004 (as a Liberal Democrat but is now a Crossbencher) and was Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University for the Spring Semester 2006. She became Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue on 1st March 2011.
In her spare time she likes swimming, gardening, family life, opera and Irish life.