Rabbi John Rayner was born in Berlin on 30 May 1924. He died in London
on 19 September 2005, having made a significant contribution to the cause
of Liberal Judaism in Great Britain. As Senior Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish
Synagogue (LJS) for nearly thirty years, and Emeritus for nearly sixteen
years until his death, his influence on the congregation which he served was
immeasurable. He was the leading exponent of Liberal Judaism in Great
Britain, seeking throughout his life to strengthen and reconstruct the Liberal
Jewish movement in Britain that had been founded by Claude Montefiore and
Lily Montagu and led by Rabbi Israel Mattuck, the LJS’s first rabbi.
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