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Our Rabbis

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 2019 'Torah Talk' on jewishjournal.com

Rabbi Igor Zinkov

I am a graduate of London’s Leo Baeck College originally from Chelyabinsk in Russia, where I was a service leader for our local reform community. My first degree was in electronic engineering and I worked in business before embarking upon my rabbinic journey which took me to Moscow and then on to Jerusalem. I have extensive youth work experience in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and have worked with several organisations including Hillel, Netzer Olami, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Birthright, and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

In 2016, I became the spiritual leader and co-director of the international Russian speaking Jewish summer camp Jerusalem Tale, and a visiting Rabbi with the Estonian Jewish community. I joined The Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 2018 as a rabbinic student following my internship at Westminster Synagogue.

I received my rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in 2019, and obtained an MA in Jewish Theology and Hebrew from Middlesex University. Soon after ordination, I was proud to become the latest full time rabbi to join the LJS where I enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the community, the intellectual and spiritual engagement of its members, and creative approach of our team and many volunteers. My hobbies are music, playing guitar, and technology, and I feel blessed to be able to combine them all as part of my rabbinic service at the LJS. 

Tue, 24 May 2022 23 Iyar 5782