Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg is one of the most important figures in the British Jewish community and is head of the New North London synagogue in Finchley.
Jonathan was born in Glasgow in 1957 to a family of German Jewish origin with rabbinic ancestors on both sides.
He attended University College School and later King's College Cambridge (1976-9), where he read English. After two years spent teaching and doing social work in Israel and England, he took a PGCE at Goldsmith's College, London.
He trained for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College London, receiving ordination in 1987, and continued his studies to gain a further rabbinic qualification from his teacher Dr. Aryeh Strikovsky in Israel. Since then Jonathan has worked as rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and has taken a leading role in the development of the Masorti Movement for traditional non-fundamentalist Judaism in England. In 2008 he was appointed Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism.
From 1993 to 2002 Jonathan was closely involved in the North London Hospice, for five and a half years as co-ordinator of its voluntary multi-faith chaplaincy. He is currently a member of the chaplaincy team at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
Jonathan has initiated a project to create a multi-faith secondary school, launching the vision in the House of Lords.