About our Rabbi
Rabbi Barry Lerer has been the Rabbi of Barnet Synagogue since June 2006.
Rabbi Lerer was born in the USA and educated in the UK. He learned at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem and gained Semicha from Jews College. He also has a degree in Psychology.
Rabbi Lerer places emphasis on education at the Synagogue and also teaches part-time at the Hasmonean High School in Hendon.
Prior to taking up his position in Barnet, Rabbi Lerer was the Rabbi of Watford and District Synagogue for 4 and a half years and before that was Youth Director at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue for 5 years.
Rabbi Lerer is married to Naomi and they have four sons, Zevi, Amichai, Yishai, Gadi and one daughter, Yakira.
A message from Rabbi Lerer
I have been fortunate to be the Rabbi here since June 2006 and have seen the way this community operates and thrives and I am so proud of every aspect of this community. But what makes our community so great I hear you ask? I will explain.
Have you ever wondered why we, the Jewish people of the 21st Century are obligated to keep the Torah just because our ancestors committed themselves 3,300 years ago?
The answer is that that Torah was not given to individual Jews. It was given to Am Yisrael, The Jewish Nation. Therefore, anyone who is part of this nation becomes subject to it’s laws. If foreign visitors come to the United Kingdom, they cannot exempt themselves from the laws of the country. They must abide by them. Similarly, being a Jew means to be part of the Nation of G-d. We have a covenant with G-d which means that we are bound to the Torah law- every member of the Jewish community then, now and forever.
At Sinai Hashem gave us all the Torah-- as a community. And it is only as a community that the Torah can be lived. The reason being that no individual can perform all the Mitzvot by his or her self. Men can perform some Mitzvot, women others….A kohen cannot perform the Mitzva of burying the dead and a non-Kohen cannot fulfill the Mitzva of the Priestly Blessing or officiating at a Pidyon Haben.
By being part of the Jewish Nation the Mitzvot of all the Jews are a collective accomplishment ... each one doing their bit!
Barnet Synagogue is an example par excellence of a community. Every member is valued and every member does their bit to ensure that the community functions smoothly and vibrantly. Whether it is getting involved in the services or the education and social events. Whether it be helping with the care team or giving a hand for youth and children events. Our community thrives because there is something for everybody.