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Maureen Kendler z''l
Teaching Fellow
Maureen Kendler was a LSJS Teaching Fellow and regularly broadcasted for BBC Radio and wrote for the Jewish press.

Maureen was appointed Head of Educational Programming at LSJS in 2007. She taught dozens of courses to thousands of students and was universally loved and respected. Her Modern Jewish Literature class and tours were legendary. Synagogues across the UK regularly booked her, confident that they would hear something special.

Maureen’s teaching was empowering. In 2009 she wrote, “Teaching at LSJS is a great privilege. The challenges the teachers face are many. Who are our students? What do they need fromus? Everyone is different, and we don’t have all the answers. But our task is to create an environment where students feel they can ask the questions they need to – and that those questions will be met by us with authenticity and honesty. I am humbled by the enthusiasm of our students. It is an honour to create a space where they feel empowered to learn, emboldened to ask, inspired to immerse themselves and claim our traditional texts… as rightfully theirs.”

Maureen also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio. Her love of Torah and literature was infectious, and every year at Limmud Conference, thousands would flock to hear her. She was forceful about Jewish women’s voices being heard. She wanted us all to know that our Jewish faith is made up of men AND women and that we must listen and learn from both. She was a personal mentor to so many teachers, educators and rabbis. Her insights drew from a unique weaving of Jewish Tradition and modern

Jewish writing. She became Maureen Morateinu – our teacher.

Anglo-Jewry has lost one of its finest. She was an incredible teacher, a sensitive listener, and a wise counsellor. Her smile, voice, warmth and depth are unforgettable.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Hayden, their children Jessica, Matthew, Adam and Miriam, together with her mother Evelyn, brother Ray and all the family.

Maureen quoted widely but one of her favourites was Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Hector taught his pupils a lesson that Maureen embodied, in every class she gave, “Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day. Pass it on, boys. That’s the game I want you to learn. Pass it on.” And we will pass it on, as she taught us to do. Farewell dearest Maureen.


London School of Jewish Studies
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Wohl Campus for Jewish Education
44a Albert Road
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