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Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence is Senior Rabbi at Finchley Unites Synagogue, London (“Kinloss”) which he joined in 2014.  He is Honorary Principal of Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School.

He served as Chief Minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney (2005-2014).  He was a religious advisor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies; also a founder member of the Jewish Arbitration and Mediation Service.   

Rabbi Lawrence played a significant role in interfaith activity through the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Jews and Moslems, and the Council of Christians and Jews.   Rabbi Lawrence delivered the Jewish welcome to Pope Benedict XVI to Sydney as part of World Youth Day.  

Rabbi Lawrence was Senior Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation (1997-2004); a founder member of the Auckland Interfaith Council.  He established the Kosher Kiwi Licensing Authority in New Zealand.

Rabbi Lawrence has an MA (hons) in Jurisprudence from St Catherine's College, Oxford. He qualified as a rabbi in Jerusalem attending Yeshivat Knesseth Beth Eliezer and Yeshivat Hamivtar.  Rabbi Lawrence was a research assistant to Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks for the 1990 Reith Lecture Series.

Rabbi Lawrence authored the chapter on Judaism in “Law and Religion in Public Life” (Routledge 2011) and has been cited in several publications on Judaism and medical ethics.  He has been published in The Australian Law Journal and has written several guides to different aspects of Jewish life and thought.

He is an enthusiastic broadcaster, popular adult educator, with hobbies including computer animation as a tool for religious education.

Rabbi Lawrence often presents on Jewish medical and business ethics, religion and science, religion and modernity.


Rabbi Lawrence has wide-ranging interests from computers to environmental issues, magic, computer animation as well as Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.  He is a keen media broadcaster with a Facebook and YouTube following.

Rabbi Lawrence presented the Jewish welcome to Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Sydney for World Youth Day in 2008.

Rabbi Lawrence is a regular lecturer at Limmud & LimmudOz.  Popular presentations include:

·        Challenges facing Modern Orthodoxy

·        Modern Orthodoxy, Contradiction, Compromise or Conviction?

·        Compatibility or Conflict - Halacha and the Law of the Land

·        The Gift of Life:  Organ Donation in Halacha 

·        Publish and be Damned:  Naming and Shaming in Jewish Law

·        Darwin, Dawkins, Doubt & Devotion

·        Master Chumash in 60 Minutes

·        Magic & Miracles – a Jewish Perspective

He is married to Mandy, who has a post-graduate qualification in health psychology. They have four children, Rafi, Shira, Bracha and Devora.

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