We are delighted to be serving as co-chairs of the Board of Governors of Leo Baeck College as successors to Mimi Konigsberg, whose contribution as Acting Chair since the untimely death of Stephen Herman in mid-2022 has been impressive and is greatly appreciated. We are committed to taking forward and enhancing further the huge strides taken by the College in recent years to modernise and update its governance mechanisms and processes. Transparent, responsive and accountable governance lies at the heart of any effective organisation and these long established principles are ones we strongly adhere to.

With the anticipated merger of the Movement for Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism, the Board and Principal will be proactive in its dialogue with key stakeholders to ensure that the opportunities presented by this process are seized. More generally, the Board continues to work in partnership with the faculty, administrative staff, students, alumni and Patrons to address the individual and institutional challenges we are all facing.

We are strongly supportive of the College’s immediate strategic priority to obtain recognition from the Office for Students so that Leo Baeck can once again recruit and train foreign students, as it had been doing since its foundation and so continue to serve Progressive Judaism internationally as well as domestically

Anton Fishman
Prof David Simon