Rabbi Neil Janes is Director of the Lyons Learning Project and member of the rabbinic team of West London Synagogue. He was ordained by the Leo Baeck College in 2006 and as part of his studies he learnt at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. From 2006-2010 he was the rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue and from 2011-2015 he was one of the rabbis of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St Johns Wood.
Rabbi Janes is researching for a PhD at Haifa University, where he lived in 2010 with his family. He is studying rabbinic literature and its representations of identity and culture supervised by Dr Moshe Lavee and Dr Hillel Newman. Neil is a lecturer at the Leo Baeck College teaching Talmud and Midrash and is also adjunct faculty of Hebrew College, Boston where he has taught a module on teaching rabbinic literature. In addition to his MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Neil also has a BA in Psychology and Education from Cardiff University.
Neil is passionate about creating community based educational opportunities that are transformative. His love of rabbinic literature and recognising our reading of those texts as authentic voices that form and reform our Judaism today are central to his rabbinate. Neil’s work as Director of the Lyons Learning Project will create a space for serious Jewish learning to deepen our conversations about Jewish life.
The blog is a place for Rabbi Janes’ writing and you will find here sermons, articles and other reflections – often seeking to combine serious learning about Judaism with insight into how this can impact on our understanding of contemporary issues. In particular, you will find such topics as Human Rights, the role of religion in public life, refugees and asylum seekers, Israel and community organising are frequently covered.
Neil is also experienced in offering spiritual guidance, bespoke lifecyle events, including Weddings, Mixed Faith Marriage Blessings, Funerals, Baby Blessings and Bar/Bat Mitzvah services. The West London Synagogue is the community through which all these things can be arranged and you will be delighted to become involved in one of the largest and the oldest Reform Synagogue in the UK.
He may be contacted through the West London Synagogue or the Lyons Learning Project.