Rabbi Andrea C. London
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Rabbi London has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and became the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational life, including worship, life-cycle events, counseling and support, adult education, youth education and programming, social action, and interfaith relations.
In her 11 years at Beth Emet, Rabbi London has established strong ties between Beth Emet and its Israeli sister congregation, Kehillat Tsur Hadassah—leading a 2005 congregational trip to Tsur Hadassah and orchestrating visits to Beth Emet by Tsur Hadassah’s rabbi and his family. During the 2006 Lebanon war, Rabbi London coordinated an unprecedented fundraising effort at Beth Emet, enabling Tsur Hadassah to welcome vast numbers of residents from northern Israel seeking refuge from rocket attacks.
Rabbi London introduced Beth Emet to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations initiative, sparking discussions on local, regional, and national issues as an initial step toward developing new social action efforts on issues of communal concern. In 2006, she led two congregational trips to hurricane-devastated areas on the Gulf Coast, where Beth Emet teens and families repaired homes and community centers and forged relationships with Reform Jews and members of a local church.
Rabbi London also has worked to build bridges between Chicago-area Jews, Christians, and Muslims. She co-chairs the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative.
Jewish spirituality plays an important role in Rabbi London's rabbinate. She has initiated a variety of programs on spirituality at Beth Emet, including an ongoing Shabbat study program and a yoga minyan.
Rabbi London holds several national leadership positions within the Reform Movement. She serves on the President’s Rabbinic Council of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and is a member of the Rabbinic Leadership Team of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations initiative. She is also a member of the team that is rewriting the CCAR Rabbi’s Manual for Reform rabbis. Rabbi London has served on the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), the Reform Movement’s summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where she has been on the faculty since 2001.
Rabbi London holds a degree in applied mathematics from Brown University and worked as a management consultant before becoming a rabbi. She received her smicha (ordination) in 1996 from the Hebrew Union College in New York and served as assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis from 1996 to 2000. She is married to Danny London and has two children, Yonah and Liora.
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