Rabbi, scholar, writer and educator. A thought leader always looking for a chance to be inspired by every human story. In pursuit of a life of integrity, focused on Jewish Living, Learning, Thinking and Changing. Rabbi Janes works with the South Bucks Jewish Community, enriching Jewish life in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. He is available to support you with all your lifecycle events, personal learning and spiritual guidance. He has experience as a scholar in residence for communities and in running strategic community development work.
Ordained by the Leo Baeck College in 2006, with degrees in Psychology and Education, Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has lived and studied at Cardiff University, Haifa University and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
He has been Executive Director of the Lyons Learning Project and rabbi of West London Synagogue, the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and Finchley Progressive Synagogue.
Rabbi Janes is researching for a PhD. He is studying rabbinic literature and its representations of identity and culture. Neil is a lecturer at the Leo Baeck College teaching Talmud and Midrash and was formerly adjunct faculty of Hebrew College, Boston.
The website is a place for Rabbi Janes’ writing and resources for courses he teaches. 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. For more information please click here.