Visiting Rabbis & Madrichim

Rabbis for Communities

The Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence endeavours to support those communities lacking either a full or part-time Rabbi.

The CCE aims to provide communities that do not currently have a Rabbi with a dynamic and experienced spiritual leader to support them, and have an excellent team of Rabbis to do this.

Each Rabbi is typically responsible for looking after the needs of several communities within the regions, usually clustered together. They will visit their allocated communities regularly throughout the year, building up their relationship with the members and assisting them in all areas of communal life.

These Rabbis will have the ability to assist with leading services, officiating at life-cycle events, community cohesion, giving Halachic advice (where appropriate), education, staging enriching events throughout the Jewish year and more.

If you would like more information about ‘Rabbis for Communities’, please get in touch on 02083436308 or

The ‘Etz Chaim’ Madrichim Project

The Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence recruit outstanding Madrichim (young adult group leaders) for the Etz Chaim project.

Working with the community to be visited, they tailor-make programmes for synagogue members to enjoy over Shabbat and Festivals.

Small teams of Madrichim will visit congregations to create enriching Jewish experiences, sharing their enthusiasm and Jewish knowledge to enhance communal life.

An Etz Chaim group can assist with leading services, singing, layning, giving shiurim (talks), running youth programmes, leading Simchat Torah dancing, running a Friday night dinner, Shabbat lunch and much more. Essentially, helping to create a wonderful Ruach (atmosphere).

An Etz Chaim team can comprise up to 6 Madrichim, and can be either a single or mixed gender team, decided in conjunction with the visiting community.

Costs: The Madrichim are volunteers. Communities pay for their travel and food, as well as arranging and financing their accommodation.

For more information, or to arrange an Etz Chaim team of Madrichim to come to your community, please call 02083436309 or email –