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Harry Jacobi

Organisation: Liberal Judaism

Harry was born in a Germany that benefitted from the enlightenment led by Moses Mendelssohn, and was inspired by Rabbi Leo Baeck to become a rabbi. After ordination in 1961, he served congregations in Southgate, Wembley, and Zurich before (semi) retirement. He is a vice president of Liberal Judaism.

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Richard Jacobi

Organisation: Woodford Liberal Synagogue

Richard's good fortune is to be rabbi to the community at Woodford, where he can bring his rabbinic training, his experience in developing managers, and his lengthening life history to engage with all who will teach him lots back. He also teaches at Leo Baeck College and for Liberal Judaism.

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Andrew Jacobs

An actuary by profession, Andrew has worked for a number of companies in Johannesburg including Liberty, Standard Bank and now African Bank. He is Chairman of the Board of LifeLine Johannesburg and treasurer of the local Community Active Protection initiative.

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Dan Jacobs

Website: www.danjacobs.com

Dan is a former lion tamer, but now plies his trade enthusiastically in the murky backwaters of Shoreditch, where he fights with hipsters over which is the best coffee shop. He is also fascinated with first century Judaism and its intersection with early Christianity.

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Ivor Jacobs

Organisation: Friends of Louis Jacobs
Website: www.louisjacobs.org

Ivor was a teenager during the Louis Jacobs 'affair’ and lived through all the turmoil and excitement. Supporting his father’s views led to his founding the New North London Synagogue, UK Masorti and Friends of LouisJacobs.org, which encourages theological debate, provides resource for Rabbi Jacobs' writings and airs religious issues.

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Jemma Jacobs

Jemma qualified as a massage therapist in the Big Sur and teaches meditation to adults and children in London. She provides a sanctuary of calm where people can take time out from busy-ness and connect to their intuition, heart and breath.

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Jeremy Jacobs

Website: www.jeremyjacobs.com

Jeremy is a corporate presenter and event host. He has an eclectic client list ranging from global organisations to radio and television stations and has the experience to deliver key business messages in a commanding and authoritative way.

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Laurence Jacobs

Laurence was educated at Carmel College and practised as a dental surgeon in Israel and the UK. He lived in Toronto where he was a chazan, barmitzvah teacher and actor. Now he is the field worker for Masorti Judaism, a vision therapist, and is formally qualifying as a chazan.

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Mickie Jacobs

Mickie has played an active role in the Jewish and wider community since moving to South Africa. She is a counsellor and facilitator for LifeLine Johannesburg, past chairman of Johannesburg Union of Jewish Women, past chair of King David High School PTA and has served two terms on the South African Board of Jewish Education.

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Zoe Jacobs

Organisation: Finchley Reform Synagogue
Website: www.frsonline.org

Zoe is fortunate to be the cantor at Finchley Reform Synagogue, where she loves engaging with the cross-section of liturgy and Jewish music. Passionate about community singing and harmonising, Zoe was inspired at Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was ordained, and at Hava Nashira songleading conferences.

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Neil Janes

Website: rabbijanes.wordpress.com

Neil is a rabbi in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London and is studying for a PhD at Haifa University. He taught rabbinic literature, pedagogy and skills at Leo Baeck College and Hebrew College. His encounter with texts has become richer now his daughters run rings around him.

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Laura Janner-Klausner

Organisation: Movement for Reform Judaism
Website: www.reformjudaism.org.uk

Laura has loved being a Jewish educator in the UK and Israel for over 30 years. She adored being a rabbi at North Western Reform Synagogue – Alyth – and is now the first Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism. Her first love is RSY-Netzer and youth movements.

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Elie Jesner

Organisation: London School of Jewish Studies / JW3 / JCoSS
Website: thinkingdafyomi.com

Elie is a psychotherapist, educator and writer, teaching Talmud, psychoanalysis and Jewish philosophy at the London School of Jewish Studies and London’s new Jewish community centre, JW3, and co-ordinates the bet midrash programme at secondary school, JCoSS. He writes a popular Talmud blog at thinkingdafyomi.com. He was a derivatives trader.

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Simon Johnson

Organisation: Jewish Leadership Council
Website: www.thejlc.org

Simon is interim chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council. His career has included ITV, the Premier League, the Football Association, and chief operating officer of England’s 2018 World Cup bid. He runs a sports consultancy business, is a consultant to solicitors, and is chairman of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue.

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Glenn Jordan

Organisation: University of South Wales / Butetown History & Art

Glenn Jordan is Reader in Cultural Studies and Creative Practice at the University of South Wales and Director of Butetown History and Arts Centre, a people’s history and gallery in Cardiff. A cultural theorist, oral historian, photographer and curator, his exhibitions include “Hineni: Life Portraits from a Jewish Community” (2012).

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Leah Jordan

Organisation: Liberal Judaism / Leo Baeck College

Leah is Liberal Judaism's student and young adult chaplain, as well as admissions advisor at Leo Baeck College – where she received semicha. She was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in New York and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

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Piotr Jordan

Organisation: Shir
Website: www.shirmusic.co.uk

Piotr was born in Poland, started playing violin at six and studied at the Warsaw Conservatory. In the UK since 1994, he plays a variety of music – classical to jazz to gypsy. Full-time tutor at East London Late Starters Orchestra and leader of a Balkan music group, Dunajska Kapelye.

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Anthony Joseph

Organisation: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

Anthony is the Emeritus President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. He is the former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England, a former board member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and a Fellow of the London Society of Genealogists since 1970.

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Lyn Julius

Organisation: Harif
Website: www.jewishrefugees.blogspot.com

Lyn co-founded HARIF, a UK association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. A journalist and blogger, her work has appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Jewish Quarterly, the Middle East in London, the Huffington Post, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

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