Jeremy Lawrence

Chaplaincy & Faith Consultant

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence spent almost 30 years in the rabbinate serving as senior minister at the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, The Great Synagogue, Sydney and “Kinloss” (Finchley United Synagogue), London. 


He has recently completed advanced courses in mediation and is on the SEND Register of special educational needs mediators, working with one of the main providers.  He has his own online mediation consultancy MediationWorks Online Ltd 


Rabbi Lawrence’s commitment to managing difficult discussions and looking for collaborative and constructive and outcomes is borne of rich experience at the helm of congregational leadership, interfaith dialogue and representation of the Jewish community to local and national government.


He is a regular contributor to “Pause for Thought” on BBC Radio 2 and the Faith Panel on Trisha Goddard’s Sunday (TalkTV).


Rabbi Lawrence has an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University (St Catherine’s College).


Rabbi Lawrence’s spiritual development was guided by his longtime mentor, the late Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.  He was Rabbi Sacks’ research assistant on the BBC Reith Lecture Series.


Rabbi Lawrence was instrumental in setting up the Auckland Interfaith Council, Kosher Kiwi Licencing Authority, Jewish Mediation and Arbitration Service of Australia and the Kinloss (Mizrachi) Day of Inspiration.


Rabbi Lawrence delivered the Jewish welcome to Pope Benedict XVI in St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney as part of World Youth Day. 


Rabbi Lawrence is a keen participant and facilitator in Scriptural Reasoning (SR).  He often presents on Jewish medical and business ethics, religion and science, religion and modernity and faith dialogue.


Rabbi Lawrence is an enthusiastic interviewer, broadcaster, popular adult educator, whose hobbies include photography and computer animation as a tool for religious education.


He recently completed 10 years as Honorary Principal of Sacks Morasha JPS and a year as consultant chaplain to the Canary Wharf MultiFaith Chaplaincy team.


He is married to Mandy, who has a post-graduate qualification in health psychology and works as a Data Analyst for the Noa Girls charity.




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