New Rabbi for NWSS!


We are delighted that rabbi-to-be Kathryn (Kath) Vardi will join us as our next permanent rabbi in July 2017.

Kath is in her final year at Leo Baeck College and will take Semicha (become ordained as a rabbi) in July 2017. She came to the rabbinate after a successful career in mental health, first as a psychiatric nurse then as a manager of NHS local and regional services. While taking a career break to bring up her five children, she established a mobile crèche, providing crèche facilities at events such as conferences, weddings and local charity events.

Her activities within Judaism have included a period as head teacher of the Cheder) in Blackpool and working with progressive synagogues in and around Manchester. She has also facilitated a prayer leadership course for lay people in Manchester and Merseyside, which is now at the core of The Northern Learning House, a regional learning strategy.

Kath will become only the fourth permanent rabbi at NWSS in it’s almost fifty years, following in the footsteps of Rabbis Tony Bayfield, Fred Morgan and Jackie Tabick.

NWSS Chair Ian Lancaster said: “We are all excited about welcoming Kath to lead our community to our Fiftieth Anniversary and beyond.”