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Rabbi Deborah Blausten

I am FRS’s newest member of clergy and joined the team in the summer of 2020 after being ordained by Leo Baeck College.

I read Medicine at UCL, and it was during my studies that I first came to work at FRS, running the Shabbat Programme from 2010-2015. After graduating, knowing the rabbinate was my ultimate destination, I went on to work at Reform Judaism, supporting students and young adults to build their own Jewish communities.

I care deeply about enabling people to build a personal relationship with Judaism, and bringing the richness and diversity of Jewish wisdom into dialogue with modern life. This has led me to work and teach in Reform communities around the world, and I serve as a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Executive Board and in several other roles within the international Reform movement.

I don't come from a religious background, but the path I've taken through RSY-Netzer and into synagogue life has shown me that Judaism can be transformative – for its members, and for the wider community. At FRS, I have particular responsibility for the journey of our B'nei Mitzvah students, and working to ensure that our community is as accessible and open as it can be.

Tue, 9 August 2022 12 Av 5782