Rabbi Jason Holtz is caring, committed and progressive-minded. He believes that the best synagogues focus on creating and strengthening relationships in their communities. At Bromley Reform Synagogue, he works hard to welcome in everyone—born and raised Jews, non-Jews, Jews-by-Choice, religious Jews, secular Jews, mixed faith families, matrilineal Jews, patrilineal Jews, people with disabilities, and people who are LGBT. Rabbi Holtz brought A Taste of Judaism to the United Kingdom for the first time, offering a no-pressure, easy entrance in Jewish living and learning. He served on the Assembly of Reform Rabbis’ Working Group that introduced the policy of recognizing patrilineal Jews as completely equal to matrilineal Jews in 2015, a first for the British Reform movement. Dedicated to building bridges, Rabbi Holtz co-founded the Bromley Three Faiths Forum, a cooperative group of the synagogue, Al-Emaan Centre and Bromley Churches Together. The Bromley Three Faiths Forum has committed itself to social justice work with a particular concern for refugees, to education with regular learning opportunities and to giving our congregations’ members the opportunity to build friendships through programmes such as our multi-faith babies’ and toddlers’ playgroup.
Outside of the synagogue, Rabbi Holtz is a baseball fan and enjoys golf and photography. The most important thing to him, though, is his family. He is married to Jodi and together they have a son, Asher.
Rabbi Holtz has served at Bromley Reform Synagogue since autumn 2013. Before that, he was the associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the United States in 2010. He is a member of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Assembly of Reform Rabbis, UK.