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THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY FOR JEWISH LITURGY is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company No: 6432037. Registered office: 3rd Floor, Marlborough House, 179 - 189 Finchley Road, London NW13 6LB. Charitable status applied for.

Trustees are:
Chazan Jaclyn Chernett, Rabbi Chaim Weiner, Allan Myers ACA and Andrew Bowman

 

CHAZAN JACLYN CHERNETT MPhil ALCM

Chazan Jaclyn Chernett is a founder and Vice-President of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues in Great Britain. She is also a past Vice-President of Masorti Olami (the World Council of Synagogues), the international arm of the Conservative Movement. She was the prime mover in founding the first Conservative Synagogue in the UK and one of the founders of its new sister congregation, Kol Nefesh Masorti. This is the first fully egalitarian community in the UK and as a result of its inception she has been able to participate as its Chazan.

Chazan Chernett is a Jewish musicologist and educator. Her MPhil thesis was devoted to Ashkenazi biblical chant and she teaches, writes and lectures on Jewish religious issues and in particular liturgical studies. She received cantorial ordination in 2006 from Rabbi Dr Martin Cooper, Chazan Sol Zim and Chazan Ken Cohen at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralist Rabbinical and Cantorial School in New York.

Chazan Chernett is the first woman in the UK to be ordained as a Cantor.
Her current work includes the foundation of the European Academy for Jewish Liturgy – EAJL - a multi-level, multi-national and multi-media teaching facility for inspired leaders of Synagogue prayer.

She is married to Brian Chernett and their three daughters and sons-in-law have provided the blessing of nine grandchildren.

 

Rabbi Chaim Weiner

Rabbi Chaim Weiner received his smicha [Rabbinic Ordination] from the Schechter Institute of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. He graduated in 1989, in the second graduating class of the Bet Midrash. He was National Director of NOAM in Israel for 3 years, (1988-91) before taking up the pulpit at the Edgware Masorti Synagogue (1991-98) in London.

Rabbi Chaim Weiner is a graduate of the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows Program of the Mandel School in Jerusalem. As a member of the Va'ad Halacha [Law Committee] of the Masorti Movement in Israel, he published several Teshuvot [Legal Responses]. He followed Dr. Louis Jacobs as the Rabbi of the New London Synagogue, in London, England.

Rabbi Weiner has played a prominent role in the development of the Masorti Movement in UK. He directed the Masorti Teenage Centre in London for 5 years. He played an important role in the NOAM Youth Movement in its early years, and help in establishing the popular NOAM summer camps. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Masorti Bet Din in the United Kingdom, and in its development into the European Masorti Bet Din. He plays a key role in the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues in Great Britain, and is the Masorti Movement representative on cross-communal forums. He has regularly visited small developing Masorti communities across Europe, and is in regular contact with all the Masorti rabbis across the continent.

In January 2005, Rabbi Weiner became the Director of the European Masorti Bet Din (a part-time position).
He will also be providing rabbinic support to small developing Masorti communities in Europe. This opens a new and exciting chapter in Rabbi Weiner's career.

 

ALLAN MYERS FCA CTA

Allan Myers is a chartered accountant, part time BA student at Leo Baeck College and Baal Tefilah, Baal Koreh and Darshan at Edgware Masorti and Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogues. He teaches the Edgware Masorti Bar/Bat Mitzvah class as well as individual pupils and those wishing to convert to Judaism.

He trained at the Institute for Nusach Ha-tefilah under the guidance of Jaclyn Chernett and Cantor Larry Fine and was subsequently a pupil of cantor Stephen Robbins.

Until 1995, Allan was co-chairman of Edgware Masorti Synagogue, which instituted an outreach programme amongst its members to recruit participants for its annual "first-timers'" service. as part of that programme, he began teaching nusach to a wide variety of people.

Allan has also been active in the organisation of local Limmud and Yom Masorti.

 

ANDREW BOWMAN

Andrew Bowman has his own legal practice just outside London. Before qualifying as a lawyer Andrew lived and worked in Israel, Hong Kong and China and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and the Beijing Languages Institute in China.

A regular ba'al koreh at Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Edgware, Greater London, Andrew has taught bar/bat mitzva and adults studying for conversion to Judaism.

 

EAJL works together with:

The Cantors Assembly, the largest professional body of chazanim in the world.
The Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, UK
Masorti Olami / World Council of Conservative Synagogues
The Jewish Music Institute, UK
EAJL is supported by funding from the World Zionist Orginisation

Patrons include: Robbin and Lisa Lissak, NJ, USA