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 is now 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.
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.
Talia spent a year in Israel studying at Midreshet Harova before graduating from Birmingham City University with a degree in Forensic Computing. She then spent a year on the Bnei Akiva Mazkirut as the Israel Worker.
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.
Rav Elad & Lani Eshel
Rav Elad grew up in Sydney, and made Aliyah after studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He went on to receive a BA in law and psychology while simultaneously completing Mizrachi’s Musmachin smicha program. Rav Elad additionally worked in night Seder at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and taught various hachshara programs.
Lani, originally from Sydney, made Aliyah after studying at Midreshet Harova. She went on to complete Sherut Leumi at a primary school for children with special needs, and then completed her BA in occupational therapy at Hebrew University. Lani holds a comprehensive Kallah teacher’s certification from the Eden centre as well as certification as a Ballanit.
Together Lani and Elad completed world Mizrachi’s Shalhevet Shlichut training program, and worked for 2 years as the ‘adoptive parents’ teaching and guiding gap year students.
They are currently serving as Mizrachi and Bnei Akiva shlichim in Manchester along with their two children Yehuda and Yishai.
Rav Joel & Sarah Kenigsberg
Rav Joel and Sarah Kenigsberg, along with their two children, are the Mizrachi shlichim in Hendon. They arrived in the UK from Jerusalem in September 2018, and currently serve as Rabbinic couple of Magen Avot, a vibrant community in Hendon, as well as Rabbinical shlichim of Bnei Akiva.
Rav Joel grew up in South Africa before making Aliyah and studying in Yeshivot for thirteen years. During this time he received his semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. At Yeshivat HaKotel, Rav Joel took part in the Hesder program of joint Yeshiva study and IDF service, he was also a shoel u’meishiv for the International students program. He then studied at Eretz Hemdah where he graduated from Manhigut Toranit – a five-year post-Semicha program developing Rabbinic leadership for communities around the world.
Rav Joel has a B.Ed from Lifshitz College of Education and a Master’s degree in Science and Halacha from Bar-Ilan University, both of which he completed with distinction. He takes a special interest in the interface of Halacha with the modern world and has written and presented extensively on this topic both locally and internationally, including at the recent Conference of European Rabbis in Antwerp.His articles have also featured in the acclaimed Tzurba m’Rabanan series.
Sarah grew up in Manchester and made Aliyah after studying for a year in Midreshet Orot. She holds a Masters Degree (Cum laude) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Bar-Ilan University and worked for several years as an organic chemist at Merck, a renowned multinational biotech company. Sarah is a certified kallah teacher and underwent extensive training in communal leadership through the Manhigut Toranit program. She also teaches informal Jewish education at Immanuel College.
Rav Ari & Rabbanit Laura 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.
Steven is an investor and board member of a number of privately-held businesses. Until January 2012, he was Co-director of the aluminum division at Glencore International plc, one of the largest commodity trading firms in the world, valued at $40bn. Steven joined Swiss based Glencore in October 1998, where he served in the coal commodity department, responsible for its industrial assets, before moving to the aluminum division. Prior to joining Glencore, he worked for three years at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg. Steven completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Tax Honours) degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a South African Chartered Accountant. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Michelle works as Director of Operations at the Office of the Chief Rabbi. As well as being responsible for the operations and finances of the office, Michelle’s remit includes initiatives relating to women, such as the Ma’ayan Programme and Neshama. Previously, Michelle was Director of Operations at Mitzvah Day and worked as Public Affairs officer at the Board of Deputies.
In a lay capacity, Michelle was previously Chair of Alei Tzion synagogue for three years. Michelle is a graduate of the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme.
Matti has worked in several roles ranging from the rebirth of Jewish life in Europe and more recently in international development, implementing innovative social models across several countries in Asia. Currently, Matti is establishing his own travel platform, Azooki. He is also involved in several Holocaust related projects including Yom Hashoah UK and 70 Days for 70 Years within the Jewish community.
A Mancunian in exile, Matti holds a Masters degree in Operations Management from Manchester Business School and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
Grant has been the Joint Chief Executive Officer of Bayport Management Limited since 2002. He serves as the Chief Executive at Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd and serves as Chairman of Zambia Board. Grant co-founded Bayport Management (BML). He joined Nando’s in 1992, where he developed Nando’s franchises abroad, including several African countries. In 1999, he joined Credit Direct, a micro-credit operation. He was appointed the head of sales at African Bank and was responsible for designing its branch and mobile business models. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Bayport Botswana. He serves as Non-Executive Director of Bayport Financial Services 2010 (proprietary) Limited. He serves as an Executive Director of Tanzania and Non-Executive Director of Uganda. He has been an Executive Director of Bayport Management since 2009. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Bayport Financial Services Pty Ltd. Mr. Kurland studied for three years towards a Bachelor in Business Science in Actuarial Science at UCT.
Sean is a founder and currently Non-Executive Chairman of Peregrine Holdings Limited. He is also Chairman of Stenham Limited, Peregrine’s international subsidiary. Sean has been primarily responsible for and integrally involved in the Peregrine Group’s expansion strategy from inception.
Sean began his career at Liberty Asset Management in 1992, where he headed up the Group’s derivatives desk and was a Senior Portfolio Manager before joining the derivative trading and structuring desk at Investec Bank Limited in 1995. Sean left Investec Bank in 1996 to co-found Peregrine, took on the role of Group Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and led the Group to its successful listing on the JSE in June 1998. Sean has spent a cumulative 11 years in the position of Peregrine Group Chief Executive Officer and a further eight years as either deputy Chairman or Chairman. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Sean holds an Honours degree in Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.