Mark Winer

Rabbi Mark L. Winer is the former Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue of British Jews, the Movement for Reform Judaism's flagship synagogue. He retired on 23 September 2010[1] and was granted the emeritus position of senior scholar for three years. He is Chairman of the International Interfaith Task Force for the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Early life

Rabbi Winer was born in Utah and raised in Texas. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude and earned a PhD at Yale University in Sociology, Comparative Religion, Contemporary Jewry and Race and Ethnic Relations.


Rabbi Winer served as a congregational Rabbi for over thirty years in the United States.

Prior to becoming Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue in 1998,[2] he was the President of the National Council of Synagogues (USA), as well as heading the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony (USA).[3] He has been involved in several international events, including resolving the issues that led to the Treaty between Israel and the Vatican. He was also a key negotiator for the release of Ethiopian Jews and the resolution to the dispute over the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz.

He was designated twice as Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of Westminster, in 2000-2001 for Councillor Michael Brahams, and in 2008-2009 for Councillor Louise Hyams.


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