From September 2023, we welcome back Rabbi Anna Gerrard as our permanent Lead Rabbi. Rabbi Danny Rich will maintain his links to 3CLJC, visiting two weekends each year.
Rabbi Anna Gerrard served both Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community and Herefordshire Jewish Community from 2009 to 2019. After a four-year hiatus, Rabbi Anna returns to serve as the permanent Lead Rabbi of the now-combined Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community.
Rabbi Anna trained for the Rabbinate at Leo Baeck College in London and at Hebrew Union College and Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. She has worked as the Outreach Director for Liberal Judaism and spent the last four years working as the Jewish Chaplain at Clifton College in Bristol.
Rabbi Anna is passionate about community building and lifelong learning. She is looking forward to leading services, teaching Learning Circle and Cheder, working with the lay leadership on community development and reconnecting with everyone across the community.
Rabbi Danny Rich served nearly two decades as Rabbi to the Kingston Liberal Synagogue and fifteen years as the Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism until he stepped down in March 2020.
Alongside supporting various smaller communities outside of London, including Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community, Rabbi Danny is now the Senior Rabbi at Southgate Progressive Synagogue in North London.
In addition to providing a spiritually enhancing way of life, Rabbi Danny believes Liberal Judaism has a role to play in society at large which is reflected in his own work as an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet, as a magistrate, as a hospital and prison chaplain, and as a trustee of various charities including the Balfour Project.