Rabbi Eliran Shabo, Ayalah Shabo and Rabbi Mark Solomon
The University has two Jewish Chaplains; Rabbi Eliran Shabo, and Rabbi Mark Solomon (Liberal).
Rabbi Eliran and Ayalah Shabo: Honorary Jewish Chaplains
Rabbi Eliran and Ayalah were both born in Israel and now live in Edinburgh. They previously lived in Athens, Greece where Rabbi Eliran served as the Junior Rabbi of Athens and led the Jewish Studies program for highschool students, and Ayalah promoted collaborations between the local and Israeli communities. Rabbi Eliran and Ayalah offer support and guidance to Jewish students.
Rabbi Mark Solomon
Mark Solomon is Rabbi of Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, as well as the Leicester Progressive Synagogue. He lives in London, where he is senior lecturer in Rabbinic Literature at Leo Baeck College, the seminary for Progressive rabbis. He is also Interfaith Consultant for Liberal Judaism and Chair of the Liberal Beit Din (Rabbinic Court).
Originally from Australia, he was the first orthodox rabbi to come out in Britain, and is active in the Jewish LGBT+ community. Since 2005 he has been visiting Edinburgh regularly – at least every month – as rabbi of Sukkat Shalom.
The congregation welcomes students to its services and especially its potluck Shabbat dinners on Friday evenings, and you can find information on www.eljc.org.