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Bayfield to become first full time Head of the Movement


The Reform Movement will take a major stride forward in July this year when Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield becomes full time Head of the Movement, dedicating his time to representing the Movement within the Jewish community and beyond.

When the RSGB adopted the 2020 Vision and became the Movement for Reform Judaism in June 2005, it added ‘Head of the Movement' to the title of its Chief Executive, Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield. As from July 1st, Rabbi Bayfield shifts the emphasis of his role to become full time Head of the Movement, concentrating more fully on the development of the Movement and its philosophy, focusing on vision, policy and the externally facing task of speaking, writing, teaching, preaching and representing the Movement.

Such has been the pace of development, particularly with regard to the projects of the 2020 Vision, that the Movement is creating a new post of Executive Director. The Executive Director will take on the task of implementation and providing day to day management for the organisation.

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand has been appointed Executive Director and takes up the post on July 1st. She will work very closely with Rabbi Bayfield, providing the vital link between vision and policy on the one hand and implementation and management on the other.

Rabbi Boyd Gelfand trained in the United States and has worked in a variety of settings there including Synagogues, Jewish Community Centres and Jewish Leadership education. Her most recent position was as Vice-President and Acting Director of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, one of American Jewry's major philanthropic and developmental organisations. She brings considerable skills and experience in the areas of organisational and leadership development, specialising in enabling organisations to become the best they can be. She also has an outstanding reputation as a Jewish educator, having made a very significant impact over some years at Limmud and as a teacher at the Leo Baeck College. Rabbi Boyd Gelfand moved to this country from Israel last year and has been working for the Movement for Reform Judaism as Strategy & Project Development Consultant.

Reform Movement Chair, Mike Grabiner commented: "This is very good news for the Reform Movement. These two appointments represent a major step forward for us. We have asked Rabbi Bayfield to take on the Head of the Movement role full time because, since 2005, even as he continued with his duties as Chief Executive, he has been able to make an outstanding and very visible contribution in this role; raising the profile of the Movement substantially. I am also delighted that Rabbi Boyd Gelfand is joining us as Executive Director. She comes to the Movement with an exceptional reputation and vast experience. She will be an excellent addition to the team."

For further details, please contact Andrea Newman, Movement for Reform Judaism Public Relations Officer.

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