Bio-Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

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Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence


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

He is a member of the Global Foundation and participant in the 2017 & 2018 Rome Roundtables on sustainable development. 

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 of which he was Jewish Vice President.   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 hosted the annual CCJ/CCM intermeetings.  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 under Rabbi Yakov Moshe Poupko z"l 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.

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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