Naomi grew up in Manchester and moved to London as a student over 20 years ago. She has been actively involved in communal synagogue life, first as a youth director at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue and then as Rebbetzin of Watford Synagogue and most recently, Barnet Synagogue. She has created and led many dynamic, creative and popular programmes and events and is passionate about showing the beauty and wisdom in Judaism particularly in regards to women.
She is a Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and has a BA in Business and MA’s in Psychodynamic Approaches to Working with Adolescents, and in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychological Therapy both from the Tavistock.
Naomi is also the founder and director of Noa Girls, a charity that provides practical, emotional and therapeutic support to adolescent girls in the Orthodox Jewish community. In 2015 Naomi was listed as one of the ‘ones to watch’ in the Jewish News’ 40 under 40 leaders in the Jewish community and she was recently selected to be one of only 20 participants on the prestigious Women and Girls Senior Leader Programme with Clore Social Leadership.
She is a graduate of the Suzy Bradfield Educational leadership programme and is currently on the Rabbinic Careers Steering Group, the Tribe Oversight Group and the Advisory Panel for the Rebbetzins Professional Development Programme.
Rabbi Lerer and Naomi have four sons, Zevi, Amichai, Yishai, Gadi and one daughter, Yakira.