The Liberal Jewish community of Luxembourg as you see it today is only possible thanks to the constant strength, unwavering support, and the vision of some of the many people who have dedicated so much time into helping us grow and guiding us.
Rabbi Alexander Grodensky
Rabbi Alexander was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and grew up in the Russian North. In 2015 he graduated from Abraham Geiger College in Berlin-Potsdam with a rabbinic ordination and from the University of Potsdam with a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies. Before joining Abraham Geiger College Rabbi Alexander studied in different yeshivot in Russia and Israel and was a fellow at Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm. During his rabbinic training he worked as a rabbinic intern in Hamburg, Vienna and Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has also accompanied the programme Dialogue Perspectives: Religions and Worldviews in Dialogue since its launch in autumn 2015, first as Clergy in Residence and later as an advisor.
Rabbi Alexander is member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the principal organization of liberal rabbis worldwide, and of the General Rabbinical Conference of Germany (Allgemeine Rabbinerkonferenz Deutschland – ARK).
In addition to his rabbinic training and Jewish Studies Rabbi Alexander holds graduate degrees in Public Administration from the Russian Presidential Academy of Public Administration in St. Petersburg and in Management from Lauder Business School in Vienna.
In his spare time he enjoys sports, reading and spending time with friends and family. He is married to Isak Schneider.
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Please, ensure that you include your name and a phone number, if you would like the rabbi to get back to you. Rabbi Alexander is fluent in English, German and Russian.
Rabbi’s Office Hours:
Sunday, Monday 11:00-19:00
Tuesday – day off
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-19:00
We ask that you do not call on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays.
Rabbi Nathan Alfred
Rabbi Nathan Alfred is a British Reform rabbi, he grew up in Bromley Reform Synagogue in Kent, where he celebrated his bar mitzvah, taught in the Sunday School and sang in the choir.
Rabbi Nathan read Classics at King’s College, Cambridge, before moving to Budapest to play and study chess. There he became involved in the Szim Salom community, where he acted as chazzan and youth leader. He studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College in London – including a year at Hebrew Union College and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem – and received semicha (rabbinic ordination) in 2008.
Rabbi Nathan has worked for Jewish communities all over Europe, including Beit Warszawa in Poland, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and the International Jewish Center in Brussels. He was founder and co-ordinator of EuroJews and, between 2003 and 2009, he ran fifteen events bringing young adults together in different European cities.
Rabbi Nathan is passionate about studying rabbinic texts, and is currently working towards his PhD in Talmud at King’s College London. He also continues to play chess, and still hopes one day to become an International Master.
Since February 2015 Rabbi Nathan Alfred serves at the United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore.
Grand Rabbis of Luxembourg
Until 2008, our community was under the authority of the Grand Rabbis of Luxembourg:
Rabbi Dr. phil. Samuel Hirsch (1843 – 1866)
Rabbi Michel Sopher (1867 – 1871)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Isaac Blumenstein (1843 – 1866)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Samuel Fuchs (1904 – 1928)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Robert Serebrenik (1929 – 1941)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Joseph J. Kratzenstein (1946 – 1948)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Charles Lehrmann (1950 – 1958)
Rabbi Dr. phil. Emmanuel Bulz (1958 – 1990)
Rabbi Joseph Sayagh [Grand Rabbi of Luxembourg until 2011] (1990-2008)
Mr. Feldmann (1990 – 1909)
Mr. Bass (1909 – 1915)
Mr. Katz (1915 – 1917)
Mr. Moritz Rosenbaum (1915 – 1923)
Mr. Julius Levy (1923 – 1937)
Mr. Walter Hertz (1939 – 1940)
Mr. Moïse Hoffmann (1953 – 1971)
Mr. David Rothschild (1972 – 1973)
Mr. Victor Portal (1992 – 2008)