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Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich - Profile

Our Rabbi, Tanya Sakhnovich was appointed full-time Rabbi of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (formerly NPJC) in 2009. Rabbi Tanya was born in Minsk, Belarus. In 1998, she graduated from the Belarusian State Pedagogical University with a 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 of the first Jewish-Muslim project "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.

Rabbi Tanya is a chaplain to Rampton Hospital and its Trusts around the county. She is a regular contributor to the Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Nottingham as well as giving talks about our community and Liberal Judaism all over the Nottinghamshire and beyond.
In her spare time Rabbi Tanya enjoys her role as Head of our Cheder (Sunday School) and being a member of the synagogue's study group of Tanach.

When she gets time, Rabbi Tanya’s outside interests include the piano, reading, music, art, theatre and sporting activities with her son. “I am an avid reader. I enjoy travel, the theatre and, of course, concerts, as well as the gym in an attempt - not always successful! - to keep fit. All these help me to maintain my energies and able to do my job to the best of my ability”.