Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich - Profile

Our Rabbi, Tanya Sakhnovich was appointed full-time Rabbi of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue in 2009. Rabbi Tanya was born in Minsk, Belarus. In 1998, she graduated from the Belarusian State Pedagogical University with an MA (Music and History of Art) having studied and taught there for 8 years. She was then involved in co-ordinating community and education programmes for the World Union of Progressive Judaism in both Minsk and Moscow. In 2004 she moved to London to study for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College and came to Nottingham Liberal Synagogue after her ordination.

Rabbi Tanya has helped to raise the profile of NLS within the local community through her engagement with the Nottingham Citizens and particularly during her three years as a member of Nottingham Citizens Leadership Group.

Rabbi Tanya's community engagement has grown over the years. She is a member of the ethical approval committee of School of Pharmacy at Nottingham University and of the Bishop's Breakfast. She is a member of the Shrievalty Committee and a member of the Crown Court Panel on domestic abuse and sexual violence. Rabbi Tanya is very proud to be a co-founder and trustee of the Jewish-Muslim charity "Salaam-Shalom Kitchen" - a free weekly meal and an evening of friendship for poor and homeless people of Nottingham. It was launched in May, 2015. She is also a Co-Chair of the Inter-Faith initiative for single mums called “Sisters Noor” as well as represents Liberal Judaism on the steering group for Eco-Synagogue.

Rabbi Tanya is a chaplain to Rampton Hospital and its Trusts around the county. She is a regular contributor to both Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Nottingham and the faith column in the local newspaper Nottingham Post. She gives regular talks about our community and Liberal Judaism all over the Nottinghamshire and beyond.

When she gets time, Rabbi Tanya’s outside interests include spending time with her son and learning from others and the world. “I am an avid reader. I enjoy travelling, the theatre and concerts, as well as yoga, meditative prayer and jogging in an attempt to keep fit both mentally and physically. All these help me to maintain my energies and allow me  to do my job to the best of my ability”.