Our Rabbis

Rabbi Yann Boissière

Rabbi Yann Boissière joined MJLF's rabbinical team following his ordination at Bamberg, Germany in 2011. His rabbinical studies were in Berlin (Abraham Geiger College), Paris (Paris IV-Sorbonne University) and Jerusalem (Conservative Yeshivah, Steinsaltz Institute). He also studied Anglo-American civilisation and languages (Paris III and Dijon universities) and film production (Conservatoire du cinema français, Paris).

Rabbi Boissière has initiated several projects at MJLF: an early morning prayer and study group on the first Tuesday each month (« miniane du mardi »), a Tsedaka network, a Shabbaton ("Maison Pleine") and a popular series of short videos on topical questions ("Psschat"). On 22 March 2016, he launched a major inter-convictional project « Voices for Peace » ("Les Voix de la Paix") bringing together all religious and non-religious voices at the Paris City Hall.

Rabbi Boissière gives courses at different institutions, including the Jewish community centre (Centre Communautaire de Paris) and on-line via Akadem. Beyond teaching from the Tradition and commenting on current events, he is an expert on Maïmonides, modern Jewish thought and the history of Liberal Judaism.

Rabbi Boissière was MJLF's Talmud Tora Director from 1999 à 2007. He was born in Lille, north of France, in 1962.

Contact : y.boissiere@mjlf.org

Internet : www.yannboissiere.com, www.lesvoixdelapaix.fr

Rabbi Floriane Chinsky

Rabbi Floriane Chinsky has led MJLF's Surmelin community in Paris East since 2013. She was ordained at the Schechter Seminary, Jerusalem, in 2005 and obtained a doctorate in law and sociology from Paris II University (Université Paris II-Assas). While studying in Jerusalem, she taught at modern Jewish schools (TALI) and in the Zionist Youth Movement Noam.

Rabbi Chinsky began her rabbinical career with the Yaar Ramot community near Jerusalem, before joining the Beth Hillel synagogue in Brussels, Belgium. She taught at the Saint-Louis university and the Université catholique de Louvain. She founded the Chir Hadach synagogue in Brussels and supported the Neve Shalom synagogue at Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris.

While in Brussels, Rabbi Chinsky created an annual Soukat Shalom event that united representatives of different religious traditions to support democracy. She also produced a weekly programme for Belgium's Jewish radio station.

Rabbi Chinsky was active with the Jewish scout movement in France (Eclaireuses éclaireurs israélites de France- EEIF) and taught in the Talmudé-Tora at ULIF, Adath Shalom and MJLF in Paris. She was born in Paris in 1974.

Contact : f.chinsky@mjlf.org

Blogs : poursurmelin.wordpress.com.

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur joined MJLF's rabbinical team following her ordination in 2008. Rabbi Delphine holds a double master's in Jewish education and Hebrew literature from the Hebrew Union College, New York, and a bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a student rabbi at MJLF and at the Jewish Community Center and the Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She also studied medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked for several years as a journalist for the French television station France 2 in Europe and the middle east.

At MJLF Rabbi Horvilleur created the musical services Alef and Zimra for children and the entire community, as well as the Café Biblique, an interactive study group. She is also managing director of the quarterly review Tenou'a, a workshop for dialogue between art, current affairs and Jewish thought.

Rabbi Horvilleur was identified by the weekly magazine l'Express as one of France's nine most promising young intellectuals and was named "manager of the year 2015" by the Le Nouvel Economiste magazine. She was the subject of a documentary film, Delphine Horvilleur, Madame le rabbin. She was a member of the National Council for AIDS (Conseil national du Sida) from 2012-2014.

She is the author of two books : En tenue d'Eve : féminin, pudeur et judaïsme (Grasset, 2013) and Comment les rabbins font les enfants ; Sexe, transmission et identité dans le Judaïsme (Grasset, octobre 2015).

Rabbi Horvilleur is married and the mother of three children. She was born in Nancy in 1974.

Contact : d.horvilleur@mjlf.org

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