Julia Neuberger

b. February 27, 1950

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Julia Neuberger until we are able to commission a full entry.

Photo of Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger by Derek Tamea, courtesy of Rabbi Neuberger.

Baroness Julia Neuberger holds an unusual double distinction as both a rabbi and a member of the House of Lords. Born Julia Schwab, Neuberger studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, before receiving ordination from Leo Baeck College, Great Britain’s reform seminary, the second woman to do so. She served as rabbi of South London Liberal Synagogue from 1977 to 1989 and taught at Leo Baeck College for twenty years, from 1977 to 1997. She was chancellor of the University of Ulster from 1999 to 2000 and served as chief executive of the King’s Fund, a think tank that organizes conferences and funds charities focused on health issues, from 1997 to 2004. Made a Dame of the British Empire in 2003, she was made a Baroness the following year. As a Member of Parliament, she has been active on the Science and Technology Committee, where she helped draft the bill regulating the use of human tissue and embryos in 2008. She was also the prime minister’s Champion of Volunteering from 2007 to 2009. In 2011 she became senior rabbi of the West London Synagogue, from which she retired in March of 2020. She has published thirteen books about ethics and Judaism; in 2019, she published Antisemitism: What It Is. What It Isn’t. Why It Matters, which has been praised as an urgent and necessary text. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Julia Neuberger." (Viewed on May 24, 2024) <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/neuberger-julia>.