Mizrachi UK in Manchester

Family Silbermann

Originally from Teaneck, Laura made aliyah after studying in Midreshet Lindenbaum for two years. She went on to a B.A in social work at Bar-Ilan while studying at the midrasha. As a clinical social worker, she has focussed on teens-at-risk and has worked with all sectors of Israeli society – secular, religious and hareidi. She is currently a social worker for teen-addictions in Gush Etzion. She also completed the Lindenbaum educators programme and has taught at a number of midrashot in Yerushalayim. She recently completed her MSW at Ariel University.

Originally South African, Ari grew up in Melbourne, Australia. After spending a year in Israel, he completed a B.Comm. at Monash University and was involved in Jewish formal and informal education. He made aliyah in 2005, joined the hesder programme at Yeshivat Hakotel, and served in the Combat Engineering Corps. He has spent some ten years studying at various yeshivot. He holds a Dip. Ed. in Tanach from Herzog College, an M.A in Tanach from Bar Ilan and is currently completing his PhD focussing on Second Temple Judaism.

They have four children – Tehilla, Nehorai, Nava and Yedidya – and are from Karmei Tzur, Gush Etzion.

Rav Ari and Rabbanit Laura have been in Manchester since 2019. Their work involves supporting communities to promote a modern soulful Torah steeped in a love of Medinat Yisrael. They run activities, events and shiurim for all ages across the community.

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Lelia Rainhartz

Lelia Rainhartz

Head of Finance & Operations

Originally from South Africa, Lelia holds a NHDipl in Business Administration.  She is also an AAT licensed accountant and full AAT member (MAAT).  Following her move to the United Kingdom, Lelia has been working in the Jewish non-profit sector since 2001 holding roles within the United Synagogue, UJIA and PAJES – division of the Jewish Leadership Council.  Previous roles include, amongst others, Financial Controller at North Western Reform Synagogue and PAJES Finance Manager.

Rav Ari & Rabbanit Laura Silbermann

Rav Ari & Rabbanit Laura Silbermann

Manchester

Originally from Teaneck, Laura made aliyah after studying in Midreshet Lindenbaum for two years. She went on to a B.A in social work at Bar-Ilan while studying at the midrasha. As a clinical social worker, she has focussed on teens-at-risk and has worked with all sectors of Israeli society – secular, religious and hareidi. She is currently a social worker for teen-addictions in Gush Etzion. She also completed the Lindenbaum educators programme and has taught at a number of midrashot in Yerushalayim. She recently completed her MSW at Ariel University.

 

Originally South African, Ari grew up in Melbourne, Australia. After spending a year in Israel, he completed a B.Comm. at Monash University and was involved in Jewish formal and informal education. He made aliyah in 2005, joined the hesder programme at Yeshivat Hakotel, and served in the Combat Engineering Corps. He has spent some ten years studying at various yeshivot. He holds a Dip. Ed. in Tanach from Herzog College, an M.A in Tanach from Bar Ilan and is currently completing his PhD focussing on Second Temple Judaism.

 

They have four children – Tehilla, Nehorai, Nava and Yedidya – and are from Karmei Tzur, Gush Etzion.

 

Click here to find out more about what Rav Ari & Laura are doing in Manchester.

Yossi & Channah Hambling

Yossi & Channah Hambling

Yossi grew up in Ilford, Essex and attended Hasmonean High School. He then learned in Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years before returning to London to read Hebrew & Jewish studies at UCL. Yossi has also served in a variety of educational roles in the UK Jewish community, including as a Cheder teacher, Seed 1-to-1 Tutor and Educational Co-Ordinator for Bnei Akiva UK. He is currently a Kollel Fellow in Yeshivat Har Etzion and is studying towards a Semicha as part of the World Mizrachi Musmachim Program.

Channah, originally from Finchley, also attended Hasmonean High School, during which time she was heavily involved in Bnei Akiva, holding a number of positions on both local and national levels. She learned in Midreshet Ye’ud for a year before completing a BA in Fashion from Heriot Watt University, Scotland. She has worked in Fashion Retail and Administration and is currently learning on the joint Matan and Mizrachi Lapidot Educators Program, which prepares aspiring female educators to teach Torah texts and Jewish thought on a high level.

Matt & Sheerelle Marks

Matt & Sheerelle Marks

Before becoming a Mizrachi Fellows, Matt and Sheerelle lived in Borehamwood with their two children, Lielle and Anayah. Matt was an English Teacher and an Associate Senior Leader for ‘Teaching and Learning ‘at JFS with additional responsibilities for Whole-School Literacy and the KS3 English Curriculum. Prior to this, he was a GoGlobal Ambassador for Tzedek in Ghana; he was a graduate of the Teach First programme, where he gained his PGCE and was also a Youth Director for two years for Muswell Hill Synagogue. He has a BA Hons in Philosophy and has spent several years studying at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Yerushalayim. Matt’s wife, Sheerelle, attended Michlalah Jerusalem College for one year, after which, she qualified as an Occupational Therapist. As well as working privately in this field, Sheerelle also spent 4 years at Immanuel College, working as part of the informal Jewish education team, during which time she had active roles at the JLE and in Holland Park Synagogue, where she coordinated events and taught at the local cheder as well as volunteering regularly with Camp Simcha.

Luis & Jodie Herszaft

Luis & Jodie Herszaft

Luis spent his early days in Mill Hill and attended Matilda Marks Kennedy primary school before moving to Edgware where he went to Hasmonean High School. Luis then learnt in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh for 2 years. Upon returning back to London after Yeshiva, he studied Music at City University whilst returning to Mill Hill, this time as youth director. It was here that he found his passion for youth work and community. Whilst in London, Luis performed at many Simchas and also enjoyed bringing his musical passion into his youth work (you might remember that annoyingly catchy ‘Mill Hill Shabbat UK’ song!).

Jodie was brought up in Bushey and went to the Royal Masonic School for Girls. She then spent her gap year learning in Israel in Midreshet Tehillah, followed by her degree in Psychology at City University. During her time in London, Jodie worked as the Informal Educator in Immanuel College, as well as at Tribe and Aish.

It was Tribe’s winter camp which bought Jodie and Luis together, after which they got married and continued to work in Mill Hill. Jodie and Luis now live in Jerusalem and are training to become future community leaders as part of the Mizrachi UK Fellowships programme whilst also working as part of the Tribe Israel team.

Yossi & Channah Hambling

Yossi & Channah Hambling

Yossi grew up in Ilford, Essex and attended Hasmonean High School. He then learned in Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years before returning to London to read Hebrew & Jewish studies at UCL. Yossi has also served in a variety of educational roles in the UK Jewish community, including as a Cheder teacher, Seed 1-to-1 Tutor and Educational Co-Ordinator for Bnei Akiva UK. He is currently a Kollel Fellow in Yeshivat Har Etzion and is studying towards a Semicha as part of the World Mizrachi Musmachim Program.

Channah, originally from Finchley, also attended Hasmonean High School, during which time she was heavily involved in Bnei Akiva, holding a number of positions on both local and national levels. She learned in Midreshet Ye’ud for a year before completing a BA in Fashion from Heriot Watt University, Scotland. She has worked in Fashion Retail and Administration and is currently learning on the joint Matan and Mizrachi Lapidot Educators Program, which prepares aspiring female educators to teach Torah texts and Jewish thought on a high level.

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