Our Rabbi

This year PLJC will have Rabbinic support in the form of Cantor Gershon Silins

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He will be leading our services on 4 November 2017, and 3 March 2018. He will also be supporting our latest bar mitzvah boy as he prepares for his bar mitzvah next year.

The role of Cantor is not so well established in progressive Judaism in the UK, but in the US, where Gershon was born and studied, it is an integral element of the Rabbinic team in most American (and Canadian) Reform communities. Gershon has a most impressive academic and professional CV, and is in the process of complementing this with his studies for the LJ Rabbinate at Leo Baeck College in London, where he is beginning his fourth year.

Since moving to the UK in 2011, he has regularly led services for the LJ communities in Lincoln, Leicester and Manchester, with visits to many LJ communities throughout the country, as well as Ireland and, this autumn, a planned Shabbat weekend in Denmark. Gershon’s specialism, as his title indicates, is singing. Gershon is also happy to respond to  ‘Ask the Rabbi’ questions, and can be contacted by email on g.silins@liberaljudaism.org

PLJC is also fortunate to enjoy the visits of guest Rabbis’ from other LJ communities and student rabbis from both the Liberal Jewish and Reform traditions to lead our monthly Shabbat services, Festivals and High Holy Days.

Peterborough LJC: Senior Rabbi Danny Rich explains Shabbat service for interfaith guests

Peterborough LJC: Senior Rabbi Danny Rich explains Shabbat service for interfaith guests