Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen

Teaching Fellow

Email: Robyn.Ashworth-Steen@lbc.ac.uk

Rabbi Robyn is currently studying for a PhD in Rabbinic Leadership and Biblical Studies with the University of Leeds under a AHRC scholarship. Since her undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge, Robyn worked as a Human Rights lawyer and then began training for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College. Upon ordination she worked as Manchester’s first female rabbi at Manchester Reform Synagogue, for a number of years. Robyn is currently co-chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors in the UK, on the faculty for Leo Baeck College and is on the organising team for the International Jewish-Christian Bible Week.

Robyn regularly appears in UK media, is a Pause for Thought contributor and has been published in various books and journal. Robyn is interested in creating safe, anti-oppressive, relational, textured, activist communities built by individuals who are enabled to step into their own power and collectively organise for a more just world.



Rabbi Robyn’s blog – wandering-rabbi.com

‘Lilith’ by Robyn Ashworth-Steen, in Feeding Women of the Talmud, Feeding Ourselves: Uplifting the Voices of Talmudic Heroines and Honoring Them with Simple, Vegan Recipes, edited by Kenden Alfond, 2022, Turner.

‘The Power of Language’ by Robyn Ashworth-Steen, in What Makes me Angry: Howls of Rabbinic Rage…and Solutions, edited by R. Jonathan Romain, 2022, The Movement for Reform Judaism.

‘Wandering Jews: Using our Exilic Condition to Create Communities and Change’ by Robyn Ashworth-Steen, in Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community, edited by Lia D. Shimada, 2020, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

‘If not with others, how?: Creating Rabbinic Activists Through Study’ by Robyn Ashworth-Steen and Deborah Kahn-Harris, Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, Vol. 2.1 (Autumn 2020).

‘How Satisfactory is Maimonides’ Solution to the Problem of Evil’, Robyn Ashworth-Steen, European Judaism, Vol. 50, No.1, Spring 2017:113-122.