We’d like to wish Rabbi Lisa Barrett a very warm welcome to Jackson’s Row, and thank her for stepping in over the summer.

Brought up in Manchester’s Reform community, Rabbi Lisa made aliyah to Israel in 1995, where she taught English to Jewish, Muslim and Christian students at the Tabeetha School in Jaffa for five years. On her return to England, a qualification as a complementary therapist specialising in craniosacral therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy enabled her to work with cancer patients and bereaved carers at St.Anne’s Hospice in Cheadle, where her interest in pastoral care developed.

Rabbi Lisa studied for three years at Boston’s Hebrew College, followed by two years at Leo Baeck College and after ordination in 2011, she taught Jewish studies at JCoSS, was part-time Rabbi at Middlesex New Synagogue (now Mosaic Reform), Glasgow Reform and Stevenage Liberal, plus two years as Assistant Rabbi at Hendon Reform.