Andrew Stone, Chairman of the West London Synagogue of British Jews, announces the appointment of Emily Reitsma-Jurman as the Synagogue's new Associate Rabbi.

This follows a robust recruitment process that attracted a good range of candidates from across the world.

Rabbi Emily has a great deal to bring to the West London Synagogue team, but is particularly well known for her work at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue with children, families and young adults.

Andrew Stone, Chairman of WLS says:

We are so pleased that Rabbi Emily is joining us. She brings many skills, qualities and interests to us. On behalf of the Congregation, Staff and Board, I warmly welcome her to our community. Rabbi Emily will join West London Synagogue's rabbinate by early 2021, and will make a significant contribution to our vision and future direction.

Rabbi Helen Freeman and Rabbi David Mitchell, Co-Senior Rabbis of West London Synagogue, add:

We are delighted that Rabbi Emily will join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue as our new Associate Rabbi. Already well known for her excellent work, she will make a much-valued colleague and will bring so much to our community family, particularly in the connections she looks forward to making with our families and younger members. Rabbi Emily has made a huge difference at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue in her seven years there, especially with its Religion School and through her creativity when leading informal services. She has endeared herself to the entire congregation at our sister community, and we are certain that she will settle in to our Rabbinic team really quickly.

Rabbi Emily says:

I have loved my time at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue; it has been an honour and a joy. I will miss dearly the community and my colleagues, especially Rabbi Mark Goldsmith and Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers. It is, however, time for a new challenge, and I am absolutely delighted to be joining West London Synagogue as its new Associate Rabbi. I very much look forward to bringing my enthusiasm to my new community family, and to learning from and working with Rabbi Helen Freeman and Rabbi David Mitchell, whose leadership and vision for the future are truly exciting.