Norwood appoints new Rabbinic Co-ordinator

31 July 2012

Norwood, one of the UK’s leading Jewish charities, which supports people with learning disabilities and children and families in need, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Rabbinic Co-ordinator, Rabbi Stanley Coten.

Rabbi Coten, of Ruislip Synagogue, has over 25 years’ experience as a communal Rabbi, and has worked with people of all ages and levels of observance throughout his career.

As a qualified teacher, he also has extensive experience working with young people, many with special educational needs including learning disabilities, emotional difficulties and challenging behaviour. Rabbi Coten also spent time as a pupil support teacher at the London Borough of Hillingdon and acted as Chaplain of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney. He has four children of his own.

Rabbi Coten has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, a PGCE teaching degree and an MA in Jewish Studies. He also studied at Sunderland Yeshiva, and then Ohr Sameach Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 3 years.

Rabbi Coten commented:

"I have always admired the fantastic work that Norwood does in the community and its strong cultural identity.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Norwood’s dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters, to ensure that the Charity continues to offer the people it supports a positive and enriching experience of Jewish life."

Rabbi Plancey, who sits on Norwood’s Advisory Council added: "We are delighted with Rabbi Coten’s appointment as Norwood’s new Rabbinic Co-ordinator. He brings huge experience to the role and, on behalf of the Council, I would like to welcome him to the organisation. We are confident that, through his involvement, Norwood will continue to cultivate its Jewish identity and develop enhanced Jewish experiences for all those we support."