Edinburgh-TashlichRabbi Mark L. Solomon was born and brought up in Sydney, Australia, where he received a BA (Hons) in English. He studied for the rabbinate at the Lubavitcher Yeshivah Gedolah in Melbourne and Kfar Chabad in Israel, then came to Britain in 1988 to study at the modern-Orthodox seminary Jews’ College, in London, where he was ordained in 1991. He completed his MA in Jewish Studies atLeo Baeck College, where he works as Lecturer in Talmud, Rabbinics and Jewish philosophy. He has served as minister of Watford United Synagogue (1990-92), West Central Liberal Synagogue (1992-2000), The Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John’s Wood (2000-2009), and Manchester Liberal Jewish Community (2010-2014).

He is currently Rabbi of the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community and Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism, as well as Associate Chair of the Beit Din of Liberal Judaism. He has been visiting Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation with increasing frequency since June 2010. Rabbi Solomon agreed to accept the position of primary visiting Rabbi for our community in September 2014.

Beginning as a chorister, and later Deputy Cantor, at the Great Synagogue in Sydney, Rabbi Solomon has a deep love of synagogue music and Biblical cantillation and, in addition to leading services, gives concerts illustrating the different styles of Jewish music. For lighter relief he enjoys singing Gilbert and Sullivan.

With a deep commitment to Interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Solomon is Co-Chair of the London Society of Jews and Christians, co-convenor of Westminster Scriptural Reasoning, and a member of the team of the International Jewish-Christian Bible Week (Osnabrueck). He is also trustee of the Ammerdown Centre (Somerset) and London HIV Chaplaincy. He is a past board member and branch chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews, for whom he regularly gives talks and concerts.

Rabbi Solomon leads services for the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group and is the editor of Covenant of Love: Service of Commitment for Same-Sex Couples, published by Liberal Judaism in 2005 to coincide with the introduction of civil partnerships in British law – the first such liturgy published by any Jewish movement. He lives in North London.