Jonathan Wittenberg is Senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues UK and Rabbi of New North London Synagogue.
North London Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg came to Jewish Book Week to talk about his journey from the site of his grandfather’s erstwhile German synagogue to his own. With his dog Mitzpah by his side, in 2010 he walked 300 miles across northern Europe carrying a “Ner Tamid”, an eternal light, as a symbol of hope.
“My idea had never been simply to walk along the Rhine with the dog as if the two of us were on some rambling adventure à deux. I wanted to engage not only with Jewish past but with its present, and with Christian and Muslim communities as well.”
Does the language we use when we address God matter? How have conceptions of the divine developed over time and in what way do these inform everyday life and our interactions with others? Our three panellists offered their own unique insights into the topic.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg’s book, The Silence of Dark Water navigates the human life cycle with faith-driven meditations both universal and highly personal.