A Rabbi from Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) has been awarded a prestigious international prize.
Rabbi Lea Mühlstein was one of 15 winners at the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Women’s Empowerment Awards, held in Chicago USA last month.
Rabbi Mühlstein was recognized for her persistent work in bringing young women into leadership roles across the world.
She said: “I was very shocked to be chosen. There were only two Rabbis outside the US who received the award. I was flattered and appreciate that the WRJ committee recognises people are doing important work within smaller communities. They acknowledge we are trying to empower women’s voices.”
The ceremony held on December 14 was the first of its kind held by WRJ, recognising inspiring women from the reform community and honouring Jewish Women’s archive.
She added: “The awards are a way of celebrating how we can all make a difference and change the way the world works. It portrays an important message when you see other people rewarded for breaking down barriers.”
As well as her general rabbinic duties, Lea co-ordinates social action and interfaith initiatives at NPLS and helps to organise an annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue conference.
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, Senior Rabbi NPLS commented: “We are blessed to have Rabbi Lea at NPLS. It is no coincidence that we have an increase in young women taking their concern for the world around them to another level: some in politics, others in campaigning and work in the charity sector. Rabbi Lea is a fabulous proponent of Liberal Jewish values of inclusivity and acting on issues of social justice.”