Danny Rich is a life-long Liberal Jew who has had two major professional roles: as a pulpit rabbi to the Kingston Liberal Synagogue for nearly two decades and as Senior Rabbi & Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism from 2005 to 2020.
He is now a free-lance Jewish educator, serving three Liberal Jewish communities in Stevenage, Gloucestershire, and, since May 2021, in Brighton.
Rabbi Rich usually visits Brighton twice a month, including a long Shabbat weekend during which he interviews new members and people wishing to convert to Judaism, visits congregants in their homes, leads services and officiates at life cycle events.
Committed to Jewish education, Rabbi Rich offers an introductory ‘Exploring Judaism’ course, a traditional study of ‘The Book of Judges’ and a more discursive ‘Judaism confronts modernity’ series.
Away from the Synagogue, Rabbi Rich is a hospital, special hospital and prison chaplain, sits as a Justice of the Peace in the South West London Commission, and volunteers as a Trustee on projects dealing with mental health, refugees, Israel/Palestine and human rights.
Since 2018 Rabbi Rich has served as an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet where he is a member of the Children, Education & Safeguarding, Communities, Leadership & Libraries, Licensing, Planning, and Standards Committees.
Ministering to BHPS until the end of August 2022, Rabbi Rich is delighted to be succeeded by his student and former congregant, Gabriel Kanter-Webber, who will bring a dynamic, youthful and inspiring rabbinic presence to Sussex.