Dynamic Young Rabbi In England

From the Watford Observer:

A dynamic young Rabbi is hoping to build an “East End” type community when he takes over from his father, Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Aaron, who lives in Watford, has been profiled in GQ magazine as one of the most dynamic young religious leaders of his generation.

The 38-year-old father of two, who has been married to Tammy for ten years, is aiming to create a community of people who look after eachother like they did in the East End, where people wanted to create a feeling of togetherness for themselves.

He said: “I am not here to judge, I am here to guide, and act as a facilitator.

“I would like to empower people through adult learning programmes, to enable people to put into practice their Jewish skills.”

Rabbi Goldstein, who has been a Rabbi for six years and lives in Watford, officially takes over from his retiring father, who has been the synagogue’s Rabbi since 1970, next month.

He said: “I am so excited about this, it is a growing congregation with young families, who join us from as far as Hampshire, and Milton Keynes.

“It really is phenomenal.

“In fact we are such a large congregation that our High Holy Day services are held in the Colosseum, in Watford, because there are too many of us for the synagogue.”

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com), he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Alexander90210.com. Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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