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    Rabbi Paul Freedman

Our Senior Rabbi, Paul has been at Radlett Reform synagogue since 2004.

He grew up in the Reform Movement, though he has also belonged to Liberal and Orthodox communities. He studied Physics at Bristol University and then Education at Cambridge. He taught at schools in Bristol, Bath and then Gloucester, where he was Head of Science of a large comprehensive school, before entering Leo Baeck College to train for the rabbinate. Shortly after becoming the Rabbi of Radlett Reform, he described his role as our Rabbi as a partnership with the community: “I have come to realise how privileged, lucky, blessed I have been in this relationship. I had the sense before, and these first months have made me feel all the more, that the kind of community and rabbi that you want us to be is the kind of rabbi and community that I want for us too.”

Over the time that Paul has been Rabbi of the community, that partnership has strengthened and deepened. He is a former Chair of the Assembly of Rabbis and  a former Governor of Clore Shalom School. He is particularly interested in Jewish liturgy and as a rabbinic student was responsible for typesetting the High Holyday machzor of the Liberal Movement. More recently he edited the Reform Movement's haggadah and is currently editing the new machzor.

Paul is married to Vanessa, who for some years was a librarian at Leo Baeck College, but is now the Hebrew and Jewish Studies librarian at University College London. Paul & Vanessa are proud parents of Katie & Josh.

Sun, 29 May 2022 28 Iyar 5782