Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE was educated at Newnham College Cambridge and Leo Baeck College, London. She is a founding trustee of the Lyons Learning Project and has been Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue since 2011, and before that she served the South London Liberal Synagogue from 1977 to 1989, after which she did many other things for 22 years before coming back to the pastoral rabbinate at West London, where she grew up. She was President of Liberal Judaism until spring 2011, when she joined West London Synagogue. She chaired Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993–1997, was Chief Executive of the King’s Fund from 1997- 2004, Chancellor of the University of Ulster 1994-2000 and Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University in 2006. She has been a Trustee of the British Council, Jewish Care, and New Philanthropy Capital, was a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, and is a founding trustee of the Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents. She became a life peer in 2004 (as a Liberal Democrat, but is now a Cross Bencher) and she chaired the Commission on the Future of Volunteering from 2006-2008, followed by being Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Champion for Volunteering from 2007-2009. She was chair of One Housing Group and she chaired the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity for Lord Chancellor Jack Straw, working across the political parties, and finally reporting to the then new Lord Chancellor, Ken Clarke, from 2009-2010. The government accepted all her panel’s recommendations. She is a Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Last year, she was appointed by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb to chair a Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients, the report from which was published in July 2013.
She writes and broadcasts frequently on a variety of social and religious issues. Among her books is ‘Not Dead Yet – a Manifesto for old age’ (Harper Collins 2008), and ‘Is that all there is?’ – (Rider Books 2011), reflections on life, mortality and leaving a legacy. She is married to Anthony Neuberger (married at West London), and has two adult children.