Rabbi Andrew Shaw
Rabbi Shaw is no stranger to leadership and brings with him 15 years’ experience as Community Development Rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue where he has been credited with transforming the local community’s work with its youth and young families. He has also been a leading figure in the United Synagogue’s central organisation for more than a decade and was the founder of Tribe as well as Director of the Living & Learning department. Rabbi Shaw lives in Edgware, where he runs a minyan at Edgware United Synagogue.
David grew up in Birmingham & Whitefield, Manchester being educated in King David High School. After finishing school, he learnt in Yeshivat HaKotel in the Old City of Yerusahalayim before going on to University in Birmingham to study Marketing, Advertising and PR. Whilst at university he took a year away to work as the Svivot Fieldworker, community’s liaison for Bnei Akiva before completing his degree. Following his graduation David was elected as Mazkir & National Director of Bnei Akiva UK.
David was previously the Director of Programming at Mizrachi UK taking responsibility for publications and major events ran throughout the year including the ‘Weekend of Inspiration’ and the annual Yom Yerushalayim trip to Jerusalem. He is now the Executive Director at Mizrachi UK.
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. Previous roles include, amongst others, Financial Controller at North Western Reform Synagogue and PAJES Finance Manager.
Talia completed her high school education at Hasmonean High School. Inspired to deepen her connection to her Judaism, Talia spent her gap year at Midreshet Harova, immersing herself in Jewish studies and developing a strong connection to Israel. Pursuing her passion for technology, Talia studied forensic computing at Birmingham City University, honing her skills in digital forensics. After her studies, she served as the Israel worker on the Bnei Akiva Mazkirut, where she fostered a connection between young people and the State of Israel through educational programs and events.
Talia has been the Director of Communications at Mizrachi UK since 2017, where she is responsible for maintaining the website, database and social media platforms as well as driving logistics and event management for Mizrachi UK programming.
Lynn has spent the last 20 years working within the Jewish Community as an administrator and also as Clerk to Governors of 3 of the United Synagogue’s primary schools. For 9 years she worked alongside Rabbi Shaw as the Community Department Manager at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue.
Debra grew up in Leeds, after a year in Israel with JYSG she studied & obtained a degree in Catering & Hotel Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is married & has 3 children. Before working for Mizrachi Debra volunteered for the FED (in Manchester), taught Food & Nutrition in a girls high school (for 5½ years) & during covid started online cooking classes “in the kitchen with Debra”.
Daniel, originally from Leeds, went on to study at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi after completing his studies in the UK at King David, Manchester. After this, he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in mechanical and materials engineering. Currently, Daniel is running the new Yehudi programme designed to empower and inspire the youth to realise their leadership potential. This programme began at the start of the 2021 academic year and currently has over 700 participants.
Senior Leadership Team
Rebecca studied in Hasmonean High School before spending a year in Midreshet Harova in the Old City of Yerushalyim. She is currently in her third year of studying Pharmacy in Kings’ College London University. Rebecca is one of the Senior Leaders helping to coordinate the Yehudi program. As part of this role, she has helped run Shabbatonim and trips including the Yom Yerushalyim trip and Machane Yehudi.
Chana studied at Hasmonean High School and then spent a year in Michlalah College in Jerusalem. She is in her third year of studying Midwifery. Chana was a madricha on Machane Yehudi in Israel this past summer and is also involved with Bnei Akiva. This is Chana’s second year on the Senior Team of the Yehudi Programme.
Daniel studied at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem after attending JFS. Since returning to England, Daniel has continued his learning at the Evening Beis in Hendon, and is in his final year of his European Politics degree at King’s College London. He is on the Yehudi team where he hopes to educate, inspire and empower hundreds of young people.
The Mentors are the beating heart of Yehudi. With a deep passion and commitment for the Torah and for Israel, the Mentors train up the Madrichim and are there for them at every step of their journey.
Each Mentor has been hand picked directly from some of the best high-level Torah learning institutions in the world. After an interview process and an assessment of suitability for Yehudi, these Mentors join onto the Yehudi programme and begin getting to know the year 12 Madrichim who they will be mentoring.
We believe that leading by example and positive role models is truly the way forward to building a better and more vibrant Jewish community in the UK. Through this peer-to-peer leadership, the Madrichim are exposed to a true dugma chaya, living example of what it means to be a religious Jew in the modern world and all that comes with that.
Our Yehudi Mentors join us on our Shabbatonim and trips whilst constantly supporting the Madrichim in their leadership responsibilities. They encourage personal and spiritual development and growth, both for themselves and their Madrichim.
“My mentors have really helped guide me through Yehudi. They help us with our leadership skills and are great people to turn to for advice! I have loved the planning meetings, chats over pizza and having them come on the Yom Yerushalayim trip with us!”