Announcement about Rabbi Mark’s Departure

20 December

We promised at the ABGM that we would update you as soon as possible about the timetable for Rabbi Mark’s leaving.

Following a number of discussions about the way forward, we have mutually agreed that Rabbi Mark will return, as planned, from sabbatical on 12 February and will leave us at the end of March 2019, before this year’s cycle of spring festivals and commemorations.

We will thank him, and celebrate his and his family’s 13 years at Alyth, during the week commencing Monday 18 March, which will include our Purim celebrations and special services and events over Shabbat 22-23 March.

We look forward to speaking with members further in the New Year about our ambitious plans for the future.


5 December

Click here to read the most recent statement following the news of Rabbi Mark’s forthcoming departure that was given at the ABGM.


22 November 2018

Please click here to read a letter from the chair following the news of Rabbi Mark’s departure.


19 November 2018

Dear Members

It is with sadness, but also a sense of pride, that we announce that Rabbi Mark Goldsmith will be leaving Alyth and joining Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue as their Senior Rabbi.

Sadness because Rabbi Mark is so much a part of our community. He has helped many people and families to lead richer, lasting Jewish lives and to build bridges across communities. Together with Rabbi Josh and our other rabbis, lay leaders and professionals, he has transformed Alyth over the last 12 and a half years. We know that the community, his colleagues, and especially his rabbinic partner of the last decade, will miss him greatly.

A sense of pride because Rabbi Mark is moving to take on a new and substantial role in Reform Judaism in this country. He will be bringing his talents to another large congregation in a period of transition, and we are excited for what he can bring to this new challenge – a challenge which he is very much looking forward to embracing. We wish him every success in this new opportunity, as he guides another important constituent of the Reform movement through a process of change. We wish him, Nicola, Alice and Miriam every joy and success with their new community, and in the knowledge that they will always be welcome at Alyth.

Alyth has a uniquely talented group of rabbis and professionals, and we are confident that under their leadership, and that of the lay leadership, our community will continue to grow and develop; to be a place of open conversation, creative learning and inspiring tefillah. Change is always an opportunity to explore new ideas and over the next few months we will take time to identify and move towards the best rabbinic model for the next stage in Alyth’s development. In the meantime, Rabbi Josh and the rest of the team will continue to drive Alyth forward.

Rabbi Mark is currently on sabbatical and on his return will be with us until the early summer, when we will celebrate his contribution to the community and formally thank him for his service.

Russell Baum – Chair

Rabbi Josh Levy – Rabbinic Partner

Rabbi Mark has asked that we pass on the following message:
“It has been a privilege to serve the Alyth community over the past twelve and a half years. I have greatly enjoyed working with so many dedicated leaders and members of the community and my Rabbinic and staff team colleagues to nurture a Synagogue of which we can all be proud. With Rabbis Josh, Hannah and Colin I am sure that Alyth has a great future. We have grown the community, innovated together for Jewish life, learned together and built lasting friendships. My family and I have gained so much from being part of the community and we will miss you. We say when we complete each book of the Torah, hazak hazak vnithazek, let us be strong and let us strengthen one another. As this chapter in Alyth’s story comes to a close I wish this wonderful community strength and blessing in the next stage of its journey.”