Elstree’s new rabbinic couple are 'Taylor-made' for community development

Rabbi Sam and Emma Taylor will lead United shul's Yavneh congregation


Sam and Emma Taylor have been announced as Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s new community rabbinic couple.

The Taylors will work across the United congregation but lead its Yavneh community on the south side of Borehamwood.

Mrs Taylor will take on the role of community educator on a part-time basis, developing women’s educational initiatives.

The couple, who have four children, hope to start their new duties in early August.

Originally from Stanmore, Rabbi Taylor holds a BSc in management from the Cass Business School and a graduate certificate in non-profit management from Harvard University.

He has been serving as the community minister at Western Marble Arch Synagogue, where he oversees publications, outreach and interfaith work. He is also the Jewish chaplain at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

His wife — a graduate of the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan women’s leadership programme — intends to continue as a history teacher at Hasmonean High.

Rabbi Taylor said that after “six wonderful years at Western Marble Arch, we will very much miss the people we have been privileged to work with.

“At the same time, we are absolutely thrilled to be joining Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, supporting Yavneh and the wider Borehamwood and Elstree kehillah.

“We can’t wait to play a role in the development of one of Anglo-Jewry’s most exciting and forward-thinking communities.”

Shul chair Simon Mitchell said the Taylors had impressed during the selection process with their “vision, passion and energy.

“As leading educators and experts in communal programming, they have demonstrated creativity and empathy which will serve our community well.”

Adding his welcome, Borehamwood and Elstree’s senior rabbi, Alex Chapper, said the Taylors would be “a huge asset”.

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