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New roles at Movement

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-04-29

Rabbi Tony Bayfield

Rabbi Tony Bayfield

The Movement for Reform Judaism is to shift the role of its current chief executive while at the same time appointing its first executive director.

Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield will relinquish the chief executive role he has held for several years to focus on being the head of the Movement from July 1.

According to the organisation, Rabbi Bayfield will be "concentrating more fully on the development of the Movement and its philosophy, focusing on vision, policy and the externally facing task of speaking, writing, teaching, preaching and representing the Movement.

US-born Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is to take on the new role of executive director of the Movement also from July 1.

The Conservative-trained rabbi previously served as vice-president and acting director of the Wexner Heritage Program, a philanthropic organisation.

Since moving to the UK last year, she has acted as a strategy and project development consultant to the Movement.

"These two appointments represent a major step forward for us. We have asked Rabbi Bayfield to take on the Head of the Movement role full time because, since 2005, even as he continued with his duties as Chief Executive, he has been able to make an outstanding and very visible contribution in this role," said Reform Movement chair Mike Grabiner. "I am also delighted that Rabbi Boyd Gelfand is joining us as executive director. She comes to the Movement with an exceptional reputation and vast experience. She will be an excellent addition to the team."