Rabbi Dr. Werner van der Zyl - Leo Baeck College
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60th Anniversary Service
of Celebration, 2016

List of Rabbinic Graduates
1958 - 2015

While acknowledging the contribution of others, such as Leonard Montefiore, without whose financial contribution the founding of the college would have been impossible, as well as the Reform Movement in general, the late Ellen Littman, a great friend and respected colleague of van der Zyl, had this to say in the book "Reform Judaism":

The book was dedicated to Rabbi Dr. van der Zyl on the occasion of his seventieth birthday and is a collection of essays on Reform Judaism, almost all of them written by his colleagues and pupils. It is edited by Rabbi Dow Marmur.

After Rabbi van der Zyl's death, an annual Memorial Lecture was inaugurated to commemorate his achievement. The 2013 lecture was given by Professor Marc Epstein of Vassar College. He is seen here (right) with Nikki at the NW Reform Synagogue venue in Alyth Gardens, North London.

The current Principal of Leo Baeck College is Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris, pictured left with Alasdair Nisbet, former Chairman of the College and Nikki.

Photo lower right shows Nikki with rabbis Deborah Kahn-Harris, Rachel Adler, Josh Levy and Maurice Michaels, June 2014.

The October 2017 lecture was given by Professor Dr Michael Berkowitz, Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London. His presentation discussed the engagement of Jews and photography, with special reference to the photojournalism of World War II.

The World of Nikki van der Zyl