Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers
Vocational Programme Tutor
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Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers teaches at Leo Baeck College a course entitled World Religions 101 which allows students to explore their own encounter with other faiths, and dialogue between faiths. She was ordained by Leo Baeck College in 2009, also earning a distinction for her MA. Her first degree was in Religious Studies (1st class hons) at Lancaster University (2001), and she was a Buber Fellow at Paideia, the European Centre for Jewish Studies (2003). Having volunteered in the Interfaith world for several years, and served as the Chair of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, Debbie worked at the UK Council of Christians and Jews from 2003-2004. Her first post-Rabbinic role was at West London Synagogue where she co-ordinated Interfaith activities and the Jewish Preparation programme, as well as developing an interfaith programme for teenagers. She is currently working at the Movement for Reform Judaism as the Community Educator. She has been published in magazines and journals, and is a regular contributor to Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and the Jewish News. Debbie has been published in three books edited by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and will be published in a forthcoming book on Jewish Christian theological dialogue edited by Rabbi Tony Bayfield.