Our Rabbis

Rabbi Greg Alexander
 
Rabbi Greg Alexander grew up in the Progressive movement in Johannesburg. He is a graduate of UCT and our youth movement, Netzer.
 
His smichah comes from Leo Baeck College in London and he brings his experience of more than 20 years in Jewish education and community building here and abroad.
 
On our rabbinic team, he handles all the Development work for the synagogue including education, structures, fundraising and membership. He is married to Andi and has three children, Immanuel, Yonatan and Yasmin.
Rabbi Malcolm Matitiani
 
Rabbi Malcolm Matitiani grew up in the Progressive movement in Pretoria. He made international front page news when he became one of the first three rabbis to be ordained in Germany since the Shoah (Holocaust).
 
He has a Masters Degree in Rabbinic Literature from UCT and his smichah is from the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany.
 
On our rabbinic team, he is the Convener of the Beit Din and supervises the Jews by Choice Programme. He has been the editor of our new series of prayerbooks for funerals and shivah homes. He is married to Gillian.
 
Rabbi Emma Gottlieb
 
Rabbi Emma Gottlieb is from Toronto, Canada and is the newest member of our rabbinic team, having joined us in October 2018. Rabbi Emma graduated from Hebrew Union College, New York in 2010 and subsequently held pulpits in various congregations in the USA and Canada. Rabbi Emma will be bringing in a host of new programmes to our congregation primarily aimed at younger audiences, but also holds a love for traditional Reform music.
 
Rabbi Richard Newman
 
Rabbi Richard Newman grew up in the Progressive movement in Cape Town. He lived in Israel for more than 16 years, and has worked in several careers, in three continents, both secular and Jewish, and after his degrees from Leeds University and UNISA, he has his smichah from the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany.
 
He has lectured in Yiddish and Hebrew at the University of Denver, Colorado and holds the Reform Jewish Educator award from the CCAR/ NATE.
 
On our rabbinic team, he handles the Caring Community work. He has three children, who live in Israel today and numerous grandchildren.