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RSGB Announces Rabbi Ian Morris as New Assembly of Rabbis Chair

Last updated: 2003-02-04

The 380 family-strong Leeds-Sinai congregation gave a surprise party for Rabbi Ian Morris on Sunday night to mark his new post as chair of the Assembly of Rabbis (Reform).

Rabbi Morris replaces Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild, who held the post for four years in total; initially as co-chair with Rabbi Alexandra Wright of Radlett and Bushey Reform, followed by a stint as sole Assembly chairperson. She was Bromley & District’s rabbi for fifteen years until last Simchat Torah, when she began a term as rabbi of Wimbledon and District synagogue together with Rabbi Sybil Sheridan.

Melbourne-born Rabbi Morris came to Leeds-Sinai six years ago, after nine years in Adelaide preceded by three years in Perth. Trained at the Hebrew Union College in New York, Rabbi Morris has been actively involved in an RSGB initiated “Living Judaism” pilot project at his synagogue, which he says has had a “significant impact on congregational functions.”

Living Judaism is a project aimed at revitalising communities, and to find ways to make the synagogue a vital nerve centre of congregational life.

“Communities are no longer structured around nuclear, one-income households, and people’s expectations of Jewish life are very different today,” said Rabbi Morris.

Rabbi Maurice Michaels of SWESRS becomes the Assembly’s new vice chair; with Rabbi Michael Pertz named as treasurer and Rabbi Elaina Rothman as Assembly secretary.