Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1957, Jonathan Wittenberg moved to London with his parents in 1963. He was born into a family with a long rabbinical tradition going back several generations in Germany and Eastern Europe. Having earned his degree in literature at the University of Cambridge, he studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College in London, and in Jerusalem. Since 1987, he has been Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue, and in 2008, he was appointed Senior Rabbi of the Masorti Movement. Rabbi Wittenberg is married to Nicola Solomon and they have three children.
As Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue (and more recently, as Senior Rabbi of the Masorti Movement), Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg plays a leading role in the development of the Masorti community in Great Britain. He has written several books, is a sought-after speaker and an advocate of interfaith dialogue. Joining with Christian and Muslim religious leaders he strives to promote understanding and cooperation between different faiths. Rabbi Wittenberg has worked in multi-faith hospital and hospice settings.
Together with leading figures, including the Bishop of Oxford, he is working to establish a multi-faith school in London.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg is author of The Three Pillars of Judaism, The Eternal Journey: Meditations on the Jewish Year, and most recently, The Silence of Dark Water: An Inner Journey. Rabbi Wittenberg’s writings reflect his strong interest in literature, pastoral care and the spiritual tradition of Judaism. In addition to his books, he has written articles for a range of different publications; he is a regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle and Conservative Judaism, and he has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Prayer of the Day.
Rabbi Wittenberg writes about the Jewish faith, moral issues, his love of nature, the spiritual search, human responsibility, and the transience of life. He believes that accepting life’s limitations is essential; only when we struggle with them do we obtain freedom.