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.
He earned a BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. After that, he studied at Spertus College in Chicago where he gained an MA in Jewish education. He began Rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College and came to Leo Baeck College, where he was ordained in 1988. He was the Rabbi at Woodford and District Liberal Synagogue, South London Liberal Synagogue and Director of Education at West London Synagogue before coming to EDRS in 2002.
Rabbi Kraft says: “EDRS is special to me because of the members’ caring nature, warmth, and humour. The beauty of the services and Jewish tradition is reflected through the choir and hazzanim. Our members have a wide range of Jewish practice and custom.
Rabbi Kraft enjoys reading, listening to music, and cooking. He is married to Susannah, a theatre administrator, and they are the parents of two lively boys- Elie and Oscar.