Our Rabbi


The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

Rabbi Pete Tobias

Rabbi Pete Tobias grew up in the Elstree area attending Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys. Having trained at what was then Wall Hall College, he worked as a primary school teacher before training for the rabbinate. After graduating from the Leo Baeck College in 1990, Pete served the Birmingham Progressive Synagogue and the Glasgow New Synagogue (Reform) before joining TLSE full time in September 2003.

Pete is frequently in the media, contributing both to the Guardian newspaper and previously as a regular speaker on Radio Scotland's "Thought for the Day". He now broadcasts with Chris Evans and Aled Jones on BBC Radio 2. Pete has extensive experience working with young people, having been Joint Director of Liberal Judaism's summer camp Kadimah and more recently as Program Director for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations' Camp Newman Summer camp. Pete also admits to being an ardent supporter of Watford FC since the early seventies!

Since joining TLSE Pete has influenced the development of many aspects of our synagogue life, particularly our services and the life of our Religion School, of which he is principal. We regularly get comments from visitors on how much they have enjoyed their time with us. Pete runs regular adult education classes, hosts family Shabbat suppers once a month, runs our bar- and bat-mitzvah classes and Kabbalat Torah programme, as well as leading our services and being available to advise congregants and potential members.

You can contact Rabbi Tobias by email at rabbi@tlse.org.uk. You can also visit his website www.rabbipete.co.uk.