Rabbi Neil Amswych comes to Santa Fe following 9 years as the principal rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue in England. He studied astrophysics at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland before beginning his rabbinic education at Leo Baeck College. While spending his third year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, he met his wife, Jenny, who was also a student there. They married in 2004 and have two beautiful children: a daughter, Zafra, now 4 years old, and a son, Asher, who is just one. They also have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Parker making them a global family: an American Mum, a British Dad, dual-citizen children and a Welsh dog.
Rabbi Neil’s rabbinic thesis looked at bipolar gender boundaries and transsexual surgery in a Jewish context. In 2007, he founded IDEA: Interfaith Dorset Education and Action, now the South of England’s largest interfaith environmental network. When he’s not with his family, working, cycling, or geeking out to Star Wars, he is working on his first book about a new aspect of Jewish theology.
A note from our Meryl Marchand, TBS Board President:
Rabbi Amswych is an energetic and charismatic man with a natural ability to inspire congregants of all ages and levels of Judaic knowledge. One of the many things that attracted him to Temple Beth Shalom (besides our climate) is our commitment to social justice and the work Rabbi Schwab has done to develop and nurture the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. We are delighted to know that Rabbi Amswych will continue this vital work. On July 25th, you will have an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. I feel sure that Temple Beth Shalom will welcome Rabbi Amswych and his amazing family with open arms and open hearts.
In honor of our "Year of the Torah", we invite you to learn a bit more about your birth parsha. You can click below to read a brief summary and a short d'var.
Friday, July 25
Welcome Rabbi Neil Amswych!
5:30 pm pre-service Sangria Nosh sponsored by the Board
6:30 pm Evening service - oneg sponsored by Joan & Larry Shandler and Cindy & Neil Lyon
Saturday, July 26
9:15-10:15 am Bagels, Lox, Coffee, and Torah Study, SH
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service
Monday, July 28
8:00-9:00 am Monday Morning Minyan and study, Upper Sanctuary