Reform Judaism’s minister for young adults is to assume a pulpit role at Westminster Synagogue.
The appointment of Rabbi Benji Stanley was confirmed at Westminster’s AGM. He will take up the post towards the end of the year, succeeding Rabbi Dr Thomas Salamon, who has served the congregation since 1997.
Rabbi Stanley said working at Westminster’s cheder had inspired him to study for the ministry.
“So the opportunity now to be at the heart of the synagogue’s life feels like a welcome homecoming.
“I am looking forward to joining a dynamic team and vibrant congregation.”
Shul chair Jeffrey Ohrenstein believed Rabbi Stanley’s experience of working with young adults, “combined with an ability to relate to people of all ages, will enable him to continue to grow our synagogue as a centre of spirituality, learning and communal friendships”.
Rabbi Stanley read English at Oxford and has lived in Israel and America. He is married to Rabbi Leah Jordan, the Progressive chaplain for students and minister of the Norwich Liberal community.
The Knightsbridge-based shul is independent, albeit with strong links to Reform and Liberal Judaism. It has nearly 700 adult members and reaches out to the unaffiliated through its Westminster Young Professionals group.