Elstree shul upgrades interim rabbi to the permanent role

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree appoints Rabbi Gershon Silins after he impressed lay leaders and members


Rabbi Gershon Silins is the new rabbi of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree (TLSE), filling the vacancy created by the move of Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich to the Edgware and Hendon Reform congregation last November.

Ordained by Leo Baeck College in 2019, the Chicago-born minister has led Progressive communities in Lincolnshire, Norwich, Stevenage and Manchester. Before becoming a rabbi, he served as a cantor in congregations in the US and Canada.

Having taken up an interim role with TLSE in December, he impressed members and trustees, leading to the appointment being made permanent.

TLSE chair Leigh Renak said: “In a short period, Gershon has fully engaged with the trustees in our commitment to take TLSE forward. Members of our community who have met with him either at services, or on other occasions, since his initial appointment have been most impressed by his enthusiasm and dedication.

“He is devoted to strengthening our community by sharing his enthusiasm for Jewish music, language, culture and wisdom in its many forms.”

In addition to leading the shul’s Shabbat, festival and High Holy-Day services, Rabbi Silins will undertake educational duties for both adults and young people.

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