Volunteers

Life, as we know it at The LJS, would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who offer their time, talents and experience to ensure that The LJS remains a dynamic, vibrant and welcoming community.

Members and Friends, as well as those who enjoy the atmosphere of The LJS, are involved in a host of different activities from Archives to Young Adults, from Singing for the Mind to the Out and About Club and much more.

A full list of activities and opportunities for volunteering can be found here.

Our Rabbis

Senior Rabbi Alexandra Wright

Rabbi Alexandra Wright grew up at the LJS and was ordained at Leo Baeck College in 1986. She served as Associate Rabbi at The LJS under the guidance of Rabbi David Goldberg and Rabbi John Rayner from 1986-89.

From 1990-2003 she was Rabbi at Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue, where she founded and established The Learning Circle, the only Jewish adult learning centre in the area, sponsored by four Liberal, Reform and Masorti synagogues in conjunction with Spiro Ark. During that time, she taught classical Hebrew at Leo Baeck College, an elective in the Maharal of Prague and for a number of years co-ordinated the tutorial system for students. She is active in the Council of Christians and Jews and for five years served as the North London Hospice’s Jewish chaplain on their multi-faith chaplaincy team.

Rabbi Wright has contributed to Hear our Voice and Taking up the Timbrel, anthologies of essays and liturgies by women rabbis, edited by Rabbis Sybil Sheridan and Sylvia Rothschild. She is currently editing a Pesach Haggadah together with Reform and Liberal colleagues.

You can watch Rabbi Alex’s recent ‘Torah Talk’ on jewishjournal.com

Rabbi Elana Dellal

Rabbi Elana Dellal joined the LJS in 2018. Ordained in 2011 at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, USA, she has served as a congregational Rabbi at Cincinnati’s Temple Shalom, where she was in charge of the young family programming and worship.

Her pastoral care role has included Rabbi of a Jewish hospice and a one year chaplaincy residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, focussing on crisis support and paediatric psychiatric spiritual support.

Rabbi Igor Zinkov

Rabbi Igor Zinkov is a recent graduate of Leo Baeck College in London. Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, he achieved a degree in engineering and worked in business before beginning his journey to the rabbinate with studies in Moscow and Jerusalem. Igor has extensive experience in youth work in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. In 2016, he worked as a rabbinic intern at Westminster Synagogue.

He joined the LJS as a student rabbi following his internship at Westminster, becoming ordained in 2019.

Senior Staff Members

Executive Director
Lysa Schwartz
Religion School Head Teacher
Dr Dov Softi
Community Care Coordinator
Aviva Shafritz
Director of Music Cathy Heller-Jones

Council

Chairman
Sue Head
Honorary Treasurer
Peter Loble
Council Member
Karen Newman
Council Member
Steve Penn
Council Member
Steve Behr
Council Member
Russell Delew
Council Member
Alex Weiss
Council Member
Chris Goldbold
Council Member
David Davidson
Council Member
Sylvia Churba
Council Member
Harriett Goldenberg
Council Member
David Adams