Rabbi Ian Morris came to Leeds and Sinai Synagogue from Australia in 1996 with his wife Carey and young family.
He was born in Melbourne and grew up actively in the Progressive Jewish community of Temple Beth Israel.
In 1973 TBI sent him to the Machon l’Madrichei Chutz l’Aretz in Jerusalem to train as a youth leader (Madrich) for the Reform Movement. This was a radical moment for both the Reform Movement and the Zionist Movement and led ultimately to the formation of the Youth Movement, Netzer. The World Union for Progressive Judaism has never been quite the same way since.
Rabbi Morris trained for the rabbinate at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York, and was ordained there in 1984.
He returned to Australia and served congregations in Perth and Adelaide prior to coming to Leeds.
His 22 years in Leeds as principal rabbi were exciting, fulfilling and ground breaking. Progressive Judaism around the world has been a story of growth and development, and it is matter of pride and satisfaction that Sinai Synagogue, Leeds has been a significant player in that process which lays out our course for the future.
The Sinai is delighted that Rabbi Morris remains associated with the community as Emeritus Rabbi following his retirement in December 2017.