Baroness Julia Neuberger
Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue
BARONESS NEUBERGER DBE was educated at Cambridge and Leo Baeck College. She served the South London Liberal Synagogue 1977-89, chaired Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993–1997, was Chief Executive of the King’s Fund until 2004, Chancellor of the University of Ulster 1994-2000 and Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University in 2006. She has been a Trustee of the British Council, Jewish Care, and New Philanthropy Capital, was a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, as well as a founding trustee of the Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents. She became a life peer in 2004 (Liberal Democrat but is now a Cross Bencher) and chaired the Commission on the Future of Volunteering from 2006-2008, was President of Liberal Judaism until Spring 2011, and was Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Champion for Volunteering from 2007-2009. She was chair of One Housing Group and she chaired the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity for Lord Chancellor Jack Straw, working across the political parties, 2009-2010. She is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, a Trustee of Van Leer Group Foundation and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, is also a Trustee of Social Market Foundation and the Halo Initiative. Baroness Neuberger has recently become a member of Religions for Peace.
She has written many books. ‘Not Dead Yet – a Manifesto for old age’ was published by Harper Collins in May 2008, and ‘Is that all there is? reflections on life, mortality and leaving a legacy, was published in June 2011 by Rider books.