Introducing Rabbi

Introducing Rabbi Larry Tabick

This is Rabbi Larry’s second stint with our community. He served it in its early days, from 1976 until 1980, and then returned, at Simchat Torah 1990.

Rabbi Larry was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, to a Syrian Christian father and a Jewish mother, both born in the United States, and heard Arabic and Yiddish spoken around him from birth. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science in New York and has a degree in history from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Having been involved in the movement to stop the war in Vietnam, he left the US for Canada in 1968, rather than serve in the armed forces in that conflict. He pursued an MA in Biblical texts and the history of the ancient Near East at the University of Toronto, before coming to London to the Leo Baeck College, where he received rabbinic ordination in 1976.

In between his stints at Shir Hayim, Rabbi Larry served as assistant rabbi at the Middlesex New Synagogue in Harrow and as associate rabbi at the Edgware & District Reform Synagogue.

His wife, Jacqueline, was Britain’s first woman rabbi, who formerly served the North West Surrey Synagogue in Weybridge. She is now the Convenor of the Beit Din of our Reform movement. They have three children, and are expecting their first grandchild in August 2013.

Rabbi Larry is the author of a small book of poems and pictures, entitled Growing into Your Soul (Hylas, 2005), and is looking forward to the forthcoming publication of his second book, The Aura of Torah: A Kabbalistic-Hasidic Commentary to the Weekly Readings (JPSA, 2014).