Rabbi Baaden spent most of his formative years in the United States and Canada. He has a strong connection with the city of Edinburgh as his mother grew up there and his grandparents lived there.
At the end of the 1970’s James returned to the UK as a student. During the 1980’s he worked as a journalist in the field of “religious affairs” and then worked in social research and public policy. He was also a Trade Union Officer.
In the early 1990’s he studied at Leo Baeck College. He was ordained in 2001 and spent eight years as Rabbi of South London Liberal Synagogue.
James joined our community in 2012.