Our New Chief Executive

By Masorti Judaism 08th Feb 2023

We are delighted to announce that Masorti Judaism has a new Chief Executive.

Rachel Sklan replaces Matt Plen, who has decided to step down after more than ten years in the role.

Rachel has been working as our Deputy Chief Executive for three years. She is an experienced Jewish educator, coach and trainer. Rachel was previously the Director of Noam, the Masorti youth movement. She is a founding member of the Havurah, a new, experimental Masorti community in north London.

Rachel said: “I am energised by the future of Masorti Judaism. I love our movement’s deep commitment to our tradition and our quest to honour and integrate it into our lives as progressive people. The future of the Jewish community will hinge on our ability to innovate, teach, and inspire the next generation. I am privileged to step forward, lead this organisation and help make this happen.”

Leonie Fleischmann and Moira Hart, our Co-Chairs said “We have long admired Rachel’s commitment to Masorti Judaism. She has been at the centre of our movement’s success, developing young people through Noam, training our community leaders, and establishing new communities and innovative social action programmes. Her relationship-centred ethos and expertise in community-building makes her the perfect candidate to lead Masorti Judaism into the future.”

We are enormously grateful to Matt for his dedicated and inspiring leadership over the last decade.

Our co-chairs said: “Masorti Judaism has gone from strength to strength during Matt’s tenure. Most notably, he established a rabbinic training fund which has so far supported seven student rabbis, relaunched Marom – Masorti students and young adults, and worked with rabbis and lay leaders to adopt same-sex marriage and improve LGBT+ inclusion across our communities. He led Masorti Judaism through the most challenging years of the Covid pandemic. We wish Matt the best of luck as he moves on to new challenges in the charity sector.”

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