Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman is Northwood Synagogue’s new minister and will take up the post in time for Pesach.
The appointment of the 30-year-old, who recently received semichah in Israel, was overwhelmingly approved by the 130 Northwood congregants who came to the shul to hear him speak and answer questions.
He is orginally from Kingston, where he taught for five years at the community’s cheder. He obtained a doctorate in medical physics before moving to Israel to study for his rabbinical ordination at a Jerusalem yeshivah. There is a family precedent for his career choice — he is the nephew of the late Rev Leslie Hardman, who served Hendon Synagogue for many years.
The 250-strong Northwood community is looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Freedman, his wife Ilana and their two young children. “He is very talented, has a lovely personality, and admirably suits our needs,” said chairman Alan Taylor.
“We are confident that he and his equally talented wife — a qualified teacher who will help run our children’s services and other activities for youngsters — will help attract more Jewish young marrieds to this very pleasant and affordable area.”