Rabbi Charley Baginsky to take bigger role at Liberal Judaism

Minister will have six-month secondment at LJ after Rabbi Danny Rich stands down as chief executive


Rabbi Charley Baginsky will take up a six-month secondment at Liberal Judaism from April 1 after Rabbi Danny Rich steps down from his role as chief executive and senior rabbi.

Currently the movement’s director of strategy and partnerships, Rabbi Baginsky has split her time with ministerial duties at South Bucks Jewish Community, a role she will vacate.

The move will strengthen Liberal Judaism’s senior management team, which also includes operations director Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer, administration director Alexandra Simonon and youth director Becca Fetterman.

Liberal Judaism’s national officers have expressed confidence in the management team to run the movement while the board put long-term plans in place to replace Rabbi Rich.

At South Bucks, meanwhile, Rabbi Rachel Benjamin, who served the congregation from 2006 to 2015, will return to cover Rabbi Baginsky’s period of absence.

SBJC chair Gerard Geneen wished Rabbi Baginsky “every success” during her secondment and looked forward to “having Rachel back with us”.

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