Our People

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman

Originally from New York, Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, our passionate and dynamic Rabbi, joined Bushey United Synagogue along with his lovely wife Rebbetzin Jacqueline and their family, in December 2016 after five successful years at Belmont Synagogue.  Israel is very close to Rabbi Feldman’s heart, as he spent over a decade studying, teaching and receiving his Semicha (Rabbinical ordination) there.  Beyond Rabbinics, Rabbi Elchonon has a deep interest in psychotherapy and is currently completing his Masters in this field, which will complement his certification as an addiction counsellor and his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.  Our Rabbi’s interests include playing guitar, enjoying a fine whisky with friends and proselytising American sport to the unsuspecting masses.  As a Rabbinic couple the Feldmans bring a vibrancy and warmth to our community and, with their modern flair, they are looking forward to guiding Bushey Synagogue towards a bright and exciting future as one of Anglo Jewry’s flagship communities.

Assistant Rabbinical Team

Rabbi Nick & Rebetzen Shira Kett

As of October 2017 we welcome Family Kett to our community as our new Assistant Rabbinical Team. We welcome Rabbi Nick together with his wife Shira and their children Miri (6) Doniel (3) and Dassi (1).

Originally from London, they have just moved from Hale in South Manchester, where they have been working with the young families and youth for five years.

A former JFS boy from Belmont, Rabbi Nick studied at the closest Yeshiva to the Western Wall, Netiv Aryeh, which was followed by three years studying law in university in Manchester. Discovering he was better at communal work than law, he returned to Israel to study for the Rabbinate, during which time he met and married Shira.

Shira is originally from Hendon, and went to Hasmonean. She is a professional wig stylist and hairdresser, a budding artist, an accomplished cook and baker, and has a fantastic reputation for her delicious Shabbat meals! Shira puts a great deal of love and time into any project, and is so excited to be able to do the same in Bushey.

Honorary Officers

Jonathan Kalms - Chairman / Building & site management / Security / Gan / Shabbat UK / Forum

I have lived in Bushey (this time round) for five and a half years. I am married to Lynsey and have two boys Benjamin and Jamie. During the day,  I run a wholesale toiletries company.

My role on the Board is Vice Chairman and overseeing most that goes on and this has been my first involvement in the Bushey Community.

I like living in Bushey because I have my friends and family close by and I love the community feel. I love the shul because it is so friendly and welcoming.

My favourite Jewish festival is Rosh Hashana because I love being around family and friends and the food is good !

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carTo many to choose from
Actual carPorsche
Which Primary School did you go toRadlett Prep
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonHasn’t everyone bit difficult in the front row though, best spot behind the pillar.
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathNot bothered
Kelmans  OR  FlaxToo much agro if I answer that one
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Too young for either of these
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen Siddur
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Sarah Zackheim - Vice Chair / Bushey gives back (previously Mitzvah Day)

I have lived in Bushey for 13 years. I am married to Richard and our three boys are Noah(11), Rafi(9) and Jay(4). We are always running in different directions apart from Friday night when we are all home and enjoy a harmonious(ish) dinner together.

During the day I am a full time mum, do all the household chores and try to help out with the Shul as much as I can.

On the Board, I look after Bushey Gives Back – Bushey’s social action committee – with Alisa.

I also help out with the planning of events. In then past I have been involved with Mitzvah Day, adult education, children’s activities etc

I like living in Bushey because my friends are close by, family too. It’s got a nice community feel, you always bump into someone you know and can stop and have a chat and the shop owners know their customers by name and you can’t beat Kanteen challah.

What I love about the shul is that although the building isn’t the fanciest looking, the community itself has a warm feel and a buzz of energy. I love catching up with friends on Shabbat and my kids also feel very at home here.

My least favourite festival is Purim – kids fancy dress is not my forte. My favourite  is probably Pesach but that might have something to do with usually being in Israel rather than a deep spiritual reason.

Favourite Holiday destinationVancouver
Dream carA clean one, without raisins in between the seats
Actual carA dirty one with lots of chocolate wrappers, empty bottles and as I’m sure you’ve guessed…raisins between the seats.
Which Primary School did you go toHaberdashers
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonWhich Rabbi ?
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxGlass
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Neither – Heart in the morning, radio 5 in the afternoon
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Paul Belsman - Financial Representative

I have lived in Bushey for one year.  I have 4 daughters, 3 son in laws and 2 grandchildren- there is rarely a quiet moment. I practice as an accountant.

I am the FR of the shul . This means I need to try and ensure the finances are in order remaining sympathetic to the needs of a community. My short time as a member has been solely devoted to this activity so there has not been much time for anything else.

I like living in Bushey as it is very rural but close enough to the hub of the West End and City. I love the shul because of the warmth of the community despite its size.

Chanukah is my favourite festival as it also coincided with my Barmitzvah.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Which Primary School did you go toDeansbrook in Edgware
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonImpossible for anyone
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelmans
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFidler …sang it to my wife at our wedding
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Wardens

Bension Morris - Warden

I have lived in Bushey for 10 years. I am married to Sally and have 3 children Zvi, Tammay and Naomi – Baruch Hashem and grandchildren. During the day I am engaged with musical work.

My position on the Board is that of Warden which entails very hard work. I am also involved in musical entertainment, teaching, davening, singing.

I like living in Bushey because it’s a community in the countryside.  It’s a jolly good shul and a nice congregation.

My favourite Jewish Festival is Shavuot because I can eat whatever I like and whenever I like.

Favourite Holiday destinationShanghai
Dream carTop of the range Jaguar saloon
Actual carKia Picanto
Which Primary School did you go toSelim Primary – Aden
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelflax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen

Andy Pater - Warden

Favourite Holiday destinationShanghai
Dream carTop of the range Jaguar saloon
Actual carKia Picanto
Which Primary School did you go toSelim Primary – Aden
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelflax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen

Board of Management

Danielle Adams

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carA nice, clean and new Toyota Prius
Actual carA battered, dirty, old Toyota Prius
Which Primary School did you go toHasmonean Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes (sorry Rabbi!)
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – and with sugar

Stuart Bloom

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carA nice, clean and new Toyota Prius
Actual carA battered, dirty, old Toyota Prius
Which Primary School did you go toHasmonean Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes (sorry Rabbi!)
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – and with sugar

Adrian Cohen

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carA nice, clean and new Toyota Prius
Actual carA battered, dirty, old Toyota Prius
Which Primary School did you go toHasmonean Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes (sorry Rabbi!)
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – and with sugar

Jonathan Cohen

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carA nice, clean and new Toyota Prius
Actual carA battered, dirty, old Toyota Prius
Which Primary School did you go toHasmonean Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes (sorry Rabbi!)
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – and with sugar

David Goldberg - Meet & greet rota / new members

I have lived in Bushey for 25 years. I am married to Nicky, we have 2 grown up kids Liora (23) and Asher (20). During the day, I consult for a number of charities offering recruitment services, strategy, training fundraisers and mentoring Chief Executives, having spent more than 35 years working in the Jewish community.

On the Board, I have the “New Members” portfolio working alongside Jeanine Ottman and a great committee to ensure that our new members are welcomed into the community. I also get involved with ad-hoc projects behind the scenes as and when needed.

Many years ago, I was involved with BYS (Bushey Youth Scene), have served on numerous committees over the years. I am currently involved with the Shabbat Welcoming Team and the Come Dine with Us Friday Night project. Nicky and I host the Chiltern Avenue Friday Night Minyan in the summer and we regularly lead services at Jewish Care’s Princess Alexander Home on Shabbat and Festivals.

We like living in Bushey because we like “living on the edge” of the main Jewish community. I guess it characterises where we are as modern orthodox Jews. The one thing I love about the shul is the Kiddish on Shabbat morning. It is cornerstone of our social life (I know that sounds sad) but it is where we have made close friends who have become family (and even family who we have become close friends) – where we and all our kids, have shared many life events – week in week out for 25 years.

We enjoy Pesach, the planning, preparing and the triumph at getting everything ready. We have also loved seeing our kids and many of our friends and family participate, enjoy, learn and embrace our Seder nights, that sometimes go on until the wee small hours.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carA nice, clean and new Toyota Prius
Actual carA battered, dirty, old Toyota Prius
Which Primary School did you go toHasmonean Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes (sorry Rabbi!)
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – and with sugar

Daniel Goldwater - Youth line manager / youth

I have lived in Bushey for 16 years. I am married to Fran and have a daughter, Ella (14) and a son, Jacob (soon to be 13 – eeek!).  We are all regular fixtures at shul. I am a GP in Harrow.

I am responsible for Youth on the board.  This has involved recruiting and appointing our youth directors and line managing and overseeing what they are doing. I am also one of the resident shul musicians, playing keyboard at many different events.  I have conducted children’s’ services since the dawn of time and I am sometimes found leading services on Shabbat morning. I was also on the selection committee for our wonderful Rabbi Elchonon and Jacqueline.

I love living in Bushey because there is a wonderful community in Bushey and with our new Rabbinic team, I feel there is nowhere we cannot go! In the shul, there is warmth and feeling of being part of something great.

My favourite festival is Rosh Hashana – time to reflect and renew.

Favourite Holiday destinationAnywhere not here!
Dream carPorsche
Actual carToyota Auris Hybrid (old but great!)
Which Primary School did you go toKing David Junior in Manchester
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonMe?  Never!!
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath (close to shops and places of worship)
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler – no contest
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried – naughty but nice

Alan Graham MBE

My wife Jenny, a Magistrate, and I have lived in Bushey for 44 years.  We have two married daughters Caroline and Lucie, both of whom attended the Ganim and were Bat Chayil in Bushey. I retired in 2004 as a main Board Director of Rothschilds Bank, with whom I spent a 40-year career (in Europe, North America and Asia). I now have several Non-Executive and Trustee roles in the Public, Private and Voluntary sectors, including membership of the Boards of the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman and The Insolvency Service, both of whose Audit Committees I also chair. I am former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a Non-Executive Director of The Charity Bank, a Member of the F.A Disciplinary (Anti-Discrimination) Chairman’s Panel and a Trustee of Watford Peace Hospice Care, also supported by the shul Tzedakah fund.

I am ‘without portfolio’, but undertake specific projects for the Board. I am currently chairing a working group looking at the community care, social and welfare provision to the senior (age 70+) members of the Synagogue – which we have styled “Project Primetime”. I have served several previous terms on the Board – two as Vice Chairman – and a number of years as a US Council representative. I have served on the current Board for 8 years, during which time I chaired the ‘Community Strategic Review’ group, which reported in 2013, and also the group responsible for overseeing the creation of the new Bushey Synagogue Website. In 1998, I chaired the ‘Community First’ communications and marketing project, which was launched to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the consecration of the new Synagogue and Community Centre. Until 2005, I sat on the United Synagogue ‘Community Development’ Committee, when I also chaired the planning group for the US ‘Kehillah’ Conference at Wembley, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the induction of Chief Rabbi Sacks.

Bushey has been my home/base for over 40 years. I enjoy the rural atmosphere, the sense of community and membership of the shul with its wide range of social, cultural, educational and spiritual activities. Chanukah is my favourite festival. It restores my spirit during the winter months at the end of the secular year.

Favourite Holiday destinationNorth America
Dream carCadillac
Actual carBMW
Which Primary School did you go toEdgware Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYes !
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Alisa Heimann - Bushey gives back (previously Mitzvah Day)

I have lived in Bushey for 12 years. I have a lovely husband – Ilan and we have twins – a boy and girl – Joshua and Abigail who are 13 years of age who we love to the moon and back. We also have a mad red furry pooch called Maisy. I am a Freelance Documentary Maker and do general film editing in the day but most of my career was spent in Credit Risk Management for a large US Investment Bank.

On the Board, I currently share responsibility for Chesed and coordinating all social action projects that Bushey Synagogue is involved in throughout the year, the largest being Mitzvah Day. This is my first portfolio since joining the Board nearly two years ago.  But my children have been members of the Gan and the Cheder for many years.

Living in Bushey, you have the best of both worlds as you have easy access to both central London and the countryside with good schools and a vibrant Jewish community which continues to grow. Also, best challah in North West London/Hertfordshire!

I love the shul because of the friends who I have made here. But the best aspect to our shul is our amazing Rabbi and Rebbetzen Feldman. My responsibility for coordinating social action projects has shown me that our community is also full of amazing people who are always willing to give up their time and energy to help others who are in more need than themselves.

Rosh Hashanah is my favourite festival as it is a chance to look back and take stock of the year and think about how to improve your life for the next one.  Also, it is a lovely time to get together with your family.

Favourite Holiday destinationNew York
Dream carRimac Concept One – Worlds First Electric Supercar
Actual carAudi Q5
Which Primary School did you go toRadlett Preparatory
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonOn the contrary, Rabbi Feldman’s sermons wake me up!
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax – Ayal and Lesley have a lovely chocolate Labrador that we chat about when I am in there.
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler  – no contest!
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4 – again no contest!
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurWhatever I can get my hands on first!
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled – except when it comes to fishballs!

Marc Jacobs

Favourite Holiday destinationEilat
Dream carJaguar F Pace
Actual carMini Countryman
Which Primary School did you go toEdgware Juniors
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonActually no.
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath, easier walk!
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Neither, LBC
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled

Leslie Pollock

Favourite Holiday destinationEilat
Dream carJaguar F Pace
Actual carMini Countryman
Which Primary School did you go toEdgware Juniors
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonActually no.
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath, easier walk!
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Neither, LBC
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled

Esther Radnor

I moved from Holland to the UK 12 years ago and have lived in Bushey for over 7 years together with my wonderful husband Sam and 2 gorgeous boys, Naftali (8) and David (5).

After graduating in Communication Science, I set up my own company with a social mission – dedicated to helping parents develop flexible careers. This included forming partnerships with leading national organisations, building up a large social media network and running several events including one in partnership with Cambridge University. After 7 great years, I wanted to spent more time with my children and use the skills and experiences that I had gained to support my local community.

Over the past couple of years I have been involved with Bushey United Synagogue in a number of different ways. Firstly, I helped set up the Bushey Shul Facebook group and its social media strategy. We are now the largest United Synagogue Facebook group in the UK with some of the most engaging content. Being passionate about helping disadvantaged individuals I got involved in the Charity Events, and in December last year organised a cooking event for a homeless charity in partnership with Tikun. It was heart-warming to see so many people from the community catering for over 30 people on New Year’s Eve and we already have several events scheduled in the coming months for people in need.

I look forward to continue to dedicate my time, developing charity events that Bushey Shul runs through its social action community (Bushey Gives Back), as well as contribute to the communications strategy to further grow this wonderful community.

Favourite Holiday destinationEilat
Dream carJaguar F Pace
Actual carMini Countryman
Which Primary School did you go toEdgware Juniors
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonActually no.
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath, easier walk!
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Neither, LBC
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled

Bettina Roston - Israel

I have lived in Bushey for about 23 years. I have my own small beauty business which I work from home. When I am not working, I like to Garden, do Yoga & Zumba, walk & meet up with my daughter or friends for the occasional coffee or lunch.

I am married to Stephen, have a daughter, Jodie who is married to Joel & 2 step sons, Jason who is married to Tash & Elliot. PG in the summer will become a grandmother for the first time.

My portfolio on The Board is Bushey/Israel, of which I was heavily active a number of years ago now.  I am in the process of meeting various people & charities to find a passion and connection for us/our community with the desire to connect our community with The Holy Land.

I have been, as I say, involved with Bushey/Israel previously, with our Twin Town, Kerem Ben Zimra and with a very large Gala Dinner where we raised a substantial sum to build an educational programme in the North of Israel. We built connections with youth & families in Kerem who are now married with their own families of which some Bushey members remain in contact with today. I also can be found on ladders and tables with my little team of helpers decoration Bushey’s Succah for the past (I hate to say)15 years. Just organised our first very own Shabbat UK Challah Make with an amazing 200 people, plus I just like to help out when & where I can for this wonderful community.

I love living in Bushey as it is so near to country & so near to town, I feel we have the best of both worlds. Also to just be able to pop around the corner and see friends and friendly neighbours to smile & chat to, as long as I am not in a hurry!! I love to connect spiritually to our Shul also to connect with friends and meet many different people.

I am not sure I have a favourite Jewish festival.  They are all different & special in their own wonderful way.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael or adventure.
Dream carLand Rover but must be convertible
Actual carMercedes convertible
Which Primary School did you go toFrith Manor
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNO
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4None….LBC or capital
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurMaroon
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled

Juliet Solomon

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael or adventure.
Dream carLand Rover but must be convertible
Actual carMercedes convertible
Which Primary School did you go toFrith Manor
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNO
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4None….LBC or capital
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurMaroon
Fried  OR  BoiledBoiled

Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies elections take place every three years in Synagogues and communal organisations throughout the nation. This year those elections were more hotly contested than ever before. In Hampstead Garden Suburb, for example, there were eleven candidates for four slots and throughout the country many veteran Deputies lost their seats in the face of a surge of interest in the Board which resulted in more young people and women being returned than ever before. The democratic mandate gives the Board its legitimacy. The voters are rank and file members of the constituent Synagogues. In Bushey, three Candidates and one “Under 35 Observer” were elected by members. The Board is financed by the £25 Communal Levy which individual members are requested to pay via their Synagogue accounts. The Deputies elected for Bushey are accountable to the members who pay their Communal Levy and if any Bushey member wants to raise an issue concerning the Jewish community either in the UK or anywhere in the world they should contact their elected Deputy who will be pleased to deal with any matter referred to them. To see further information, follow the link to the Board of Deputies Website.

Laurence Brass

Laurence was originally elected to represent Bushey Synagogue on the Board of Deputies in 1974. By the end of the current triennium he will thus have served 42 consecutive years on the Board. During that time he has been actively involved in most of the Board’s major committees. In 2009 he first became an Hon Officer when he was elected as Treasurer and he has now been re-elected to that post for another three year term. He chaired the Board’s 250th Anniversary Committee in 2010. He now heads the Finance and Organisation Division of the Board and he aims to continue his programme of travelling the country addressing Synagogues and communal organisations on the work of the Board. Laurence spent most of his professional career as a Solicitor but was then appointed as a Judge in which capacity he now sits in the “First Tier Tribunal” dealing specifically with Asylum cases and Incapacity Benefit appeals. He is married to Hilary and they have two children: Gemma (married to Gary) and Andrew (married to Andrea), and both families live in Bushey and are members of the Synagogue. Gemma and Gary currently have one child, Brady, who attends Gan Aviv and Andrew and Andrea have a daughter, Harley, who will be two in August.

Jeff Norman

My late wife Elizabeth and I moved into Bushey in 1974 with our one-year old son, Robbie, to be joined by Laurence in 1976. We have been delighted to see the community grow to its current size without losing its special, personal touch. My background is Finance in a commercial environment, whilst Elizabeth taught French to the willing and unwilling. We have both been involved in voluntary work for the Jewish community – Elizabeth for Miyad and, for the last 2/3 years, I have been supporting the networking team at Resource. I look forward to making a community-wide contribution.

Ella Rose

In December 2013 I was elected as President of the Union of Jewish Students, a position from which I stepped down from in June 2015. I’ve represented 8,500 Jewish students to the Prime Minister, various Secretaries of States, Ambassadors Taub and Gould, and the international community, as well as sitting on the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies. In March I was named the most influential British Jew under the age of 25 by a cross-communal panel of Jewish leaders. President of the Board, Vivian Wineman described me as contributing ‘a considerable footprint’ to Jewish life in Britain. I tell you all this not as a boast but in an attempt to show you my suitability to representing you and our community at the Board of Deputies. I know what it means to represent a community which is unified not uniform in their opinions, as I have done for students over the past year. I’ve been incredibly lucky with the opportunities I’ve had, as well as the support from the Bushey community. I feel its now my turn to give back, and represent Bushey to the best of my ability.

Youth Leaders

Bradley Kaye

Originally from Chigwell in Essex, I have now been part of the Bushey family since October 2018 and I think it is safe to say it really has been my home away from home. 

I went to Hasmonean High School and went on to study at Aish HaTorah for over a year.  I have just completed my degree at Middlesex University where I studied Business management.

Being one of the youth directors here at Bushey has so far been an amazing experience and I look forward to the remainder of my time here!

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carVauxhall Corsa 2009
Actual carVauxhall Corsa 2009
Which Primary School did you go toIlford Jewish Primary School
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonWouldn’t know, i’m never in for it
Bushey  OR  Bushey Heathwhats Bushey Heath?
Kelmans  OR  FlaxMendys
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4LBC
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen Siddur

Shoshie Greenbaum

Born in Luton, raised in NW London in Edgware. I have one brother and one sister but the house is always hectic. I’m the other youth director and loving my time here in Bushey. Bradley and myself both plan and make events happen and run a weekly Shabbat morning programme for years 7-13. 

I just finished studying Photographic Arts at University of Westminster and enjoyed that thoroughly. I hope to go onto study Art Therapy afterwards. Looking forward to my future in that and in Bushey! 

Favourite Holiday destinationSouth Africa
Dream carBently
Actual carVauxhall Corsa 2015
Which Primary School did you go toSinai nai nai nai nai nai
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonYeah u?
Kelmans  OR  FlaxSushi Haven
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Capital FM
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen Siddur
Fried OR Boiled:As my motto in life goes “anything deep fried is good)

Professional/Admin

Mary Chambers

Mary has been the administrator at Bushey Shul for well over 30 years. She has a son, a daughter and a beautiful grandson. You can phone Mary on 020 8950 7340 Option 1, or  her.

Michelle Lassman

Michelle joined Bushey Shul as Assistant Administrator in February 2013. Michelle, who is married with two young children, previously worked at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue and will be assisting Mary on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. You can phone Michelle on 020 8950 7340 Option 1, or  her.

Del Abrahams

Del has been a caretaker at the shul for over 10 years. He has 2 sons and 3 granddaughters and has lived in Borehamwood for the past 45 years.