Liberal Judaism has appointed its first Midlands development worker.
Sophie Stern, 22, who takes up the full-time role, will be based at the new Midlands Centre for Liberal Judaism, which opened in September at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue's new building.
Ms Stern attended Birmingham Progressive Synagogue while a student at Birmingham University. As part of her plans to build on her links with Liberal and Progressive Jews in the Midlands she has already started a five-a-side football club and a student film club.
Ms Stern told the JC: "I am very happy to be working for Liberal Judaism in the Midlands because it enables me to give something back to a community that so warmly welcomed me during my student days."
She is also working on the Three Faiths Forum DocuMentors project in which three participants from each of the Abrahamic faiths are mentored by leading film-makers to document the ParliaMentors project.
Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, said: "The placing of a full-time staff member in the Midlands fulfils the desire of our movement to indicate our serious investment in offering Liberal Judaism throughout the country."