Rabbi Daniel Smith has been Senior Minister at Edgware & District Reform Synagogue since 1993. Daniel studied Philosophy and Psychology at Keele University and then qualified as a psychotherapist. He was the founding Chairman of the Raphael Centre - a Jewish counselling service.
Rabbi Steven Katz was ordained, by his father, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Katz, at a Leo Baeck College ceremony at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 1975. Later that year, he was inducted as Associate Rabbi at Hendon Reform Synagogue, again by his father. Soon after this, Dr Katz suffered a serious car accident and so, shortly after his ordination, Rabbi Steven undertook the burden of running the religious side of the synagogue single handed. Although doubtless traumatic, it obviously succeeded.
Rabbi Neil S Kraft was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His mother was a noted Jewish educator for over 30 years and his father taught part time in various synagogues in addition to practicing law. As a youth, Rabbi Kraft attended Camp Yavneh, a Hebrew speaking summer camp, for many years and became fluent in Hebrew.
Rabbi Emily Yael Reitsma-Jurman was raised in Toronto, Canada and until young adulthood studied music and theatre. In 2010 she graduated from Toronto’s York University with a BA in Religious Studies, focusing on Jewish studies. It was university that Rabbi Emily began to work at her synagogue as a cantorial soloist, religion school teacher, youth advisor and bar and bat mitzvah tutor. She began rabbinical studies at Leo Baeck College, spending her first year with students of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.