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 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 - Joint Vice Chair

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 am Joint Vice Chair with a particular interest in young families, Bushey Gives Back and the events calendar.

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

Stuart Bloom - co-opted joint Vice Chair

I have lived in Bushey for 25 years with my wife Helen. I have 2 married sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren who all live in Bushey. During the day, I am Non-exec director NHS, Sage Committee Chairman and a consultant for the United Synagogue, managing a mentor programme for them. I am Vice-Chair of the Board and have specific responsibility for welfare.

In fact, I have been a Board member for most of the last 17 years and always held the welfare portfolio.

I like “everything” about living in Bushey and am excited by the opportunity we now have to make Bushey shul the best!

My favourite Jewish festival is Pesach because the family is together and everyone participating.

Favourite Holiday destinationNone specifically
Dream carBentley coupe
Actual carJaguar
Which Primary School did you go toBroadfields, Edgware
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNot recently
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelmans
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurNeither
Fried  OR  BoiledBoth!

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

Leslie Pollock - Co-opted Warden

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

Board of Management

Danielle Adams

I have lived in Bushey for 27 years with my husband Paul. We have 3 children: Bradley 24 , Gemma 21 and Joshua 15. My mother and stepfather, Ruth and Alec Messulam, are also Bushey shul members.

During the day, I am a Mental Health pharmacist with a special interest in learning disability working in the NHS.

On the Board, I am exploring a new portfolio of looking at the role women in our shul. I also run the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event with a great team of Shul members educating local secondary school students on the Holocaust and other genocides. We have educated over 1000 young people with our workshops and speakers over the last 10 years. I have recently become involved with the organization of the annual Yom HaShoah event. My family have been involved with the UJIA Magic Moments programme over many years hosting Young Israelis from the Galil in our home.

I like living in Bushey as it is both rural and friendly and our shul is warm and friendly.

My favourite Jewish festival is Shavuot as I like baking cheesecake.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carI am happy with my Nissan Qashqai
Actual carNissan Qashqai
Which Primary School did you go toWhitegates
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNo
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBoth
Kelmans  OR  FlaxBoth
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 2
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurDefinitely Green
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

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

I have lived in Bushey for 8 years and am married to Andrea, with two kids, Sam (22) and Zoe (19). They’re all lovely!!

I own a Marketing Services Agency, and I work there sometimes during the day.

I have the security portfolio to liaise between the Board and the Security Officer and vice versa and to work with local organisations to assist with our overall security. Previously I have been involved with UJIA Magic Moments and I’ve done security a couple of times!!

I love living in Bushey because I have a house here. I love our shul because of……….……. The pedestrian access gate, the security hut…. Actually, I can’t think of anything I don’t love.

My favourite Jewish festival are the ones that involve food.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael / Italy
Dream carLand Rover Defender XS 2.2 TDI, Black,
2015, 18,000 miles only, taxed & long MOT
Actual carSkoda !!
Which Primary School did you go toKings School Macclesfield
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonHonestly…….., No
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey & Bushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelmans & Flax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 2
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurI thought they were all blue
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Efrat Colover

I have lived in Bushey for four and a half years with my husband Leo who is an airline pilot and my two children of primary school age. During the day I am a teacher at JFS as well as being an Architectural consultant.

I have a few Board portfolios- I am JAMI ambassador, working with Israel programme and assisting with architectural matters. I have been involved in the synagogue with Children services.

I like living in Bushey because it’s just perfect and the synagogue is a close-knit and welcoming community.

My favourite Jewish festival is Succot because it is so social.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael! Because it has it all
Dream carMERKAVA TANK- because I could park it anywhere
Actual carVW GOLF
Which Primary School did you go toSome far far away school in Jerusalem
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonImpossible!
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxBoth
Fiddler  OR  GreaseIf I were a rich men!
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried, obviously

Max Curtis

I have lived in Bushey for 8 years in a house full of beautiful women – Jo my wife, and our two young daughters. There’s a lot of pink stuff everywhere, and high levels of emotional intelligence. During the day, I am the Director of  Communications for a Housing Association.

My portfolio on the Board is Communications. It involves helping tell the  incredible story of everything we do here at Bushey Synagogue. For the last 6 years, I have been on the rota for taking the toddlers’ service on a Shabbat morning. I help run the Synagogue Facebook group, and manage the shul team for the annual football grudge match against the Gan (nursery) Dads.

Bushey is the best place to live. It’s got a countryside vibe but you can get to Central London in less than an hour! I love our shul – the people make it.

My favourite Jewish festival is Sukkot. An evening in a Sukkah with friends and a bottle of scotch is just the best.

Favourite Holiday destinationAnywhere with a water park
Dream carA bright green Lambourghini. Just because
Actual carToyota Avensis
Which Primary School did you go toOsidge Primary School in Southgate
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonI can’t remember the last time the kids have let me make it that far in the main service!
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathIt’s all one and the same
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax for Cods Roe. Kelmans for Lamb Kebabs
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease Lightening baby!
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Kisstory
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledHead says boiled. Heart says fried. Or should that be the other way round?

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 17 years. I am married to Fran and have a daughter, Ella (14) and a son, Jacob (13 – not long since his bar mitzvah).  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 - Young Families & Children Services

I have lived in Bushey for 3 years moving across the divide from the Essex. Emma and I have been married for 7 years and have 2 beautiful children Noah 5 & Ariela 2. Noah currently at HJPS whilst Ariela loving her time at Bushey Gan.

During the day, I am a Sales Director for a Confectionery and Snacks manufacturer.

My portfolio on the Board is Young Families & Children Services – not quite sure what that entails yet- suffice it to say it’s going to be a superb journey! Since moving into the community just over 3 years ago we have immersed ourselves in all events family related. In addition I’m thoroughly enjoying my time leading the Sparks children services both on Shabbat and the chaggim.

Without it sounding cheesy Bushey provides us with everything we need with the future looking bright (not orange!) and we love everything about our shul. My favourite Jewish festival is Simchat Torah as I love the feeling of joy and celebration that comes with it.

Given that my children are very young I don’t get to listen too often therefore NO!

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael and USA
Dream carPorsche 911
Actual carInfinity Q30
Which Primary School did you go toRedbridge Primary
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonGiven that my children are very young I don’t get to listen too often therefore NO!
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxThat’s not Fair – BOTH sitting on the fence!
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Esther Radnor - Bushey Gives Back

I have lived in Bushey for over 7 years with my husband Sam. We have been married for 10 years and have 2 wonderful boys (Naftali and David aged 8 and 5).

During the day when I am not busy volunteering for shul I look after our boys, do a course or some freelance Communications and Marketing work.

On the Board, together with Alisa, I look after Bushey Gives Back – Bushey’s social action committee. This includes the organization of Mitzvah day and other US Chesed Projects. In the past I have been involved with the shul’s Facebook Group and organized a cooking event on New Year’s Eve for a homeless charity.

I think that we have a wonderful and warm community and I have made many good friends here. It’s also lovely to have so much green around and a wonderful park for our children just around the corner. Not to forget the kosher shops on our doorstep and good connections into town.

I enjoy all the festivals but Pesach stands out as I love the spiritual meaning of growing beyond our limitations. I also really enjoy having our family and friends over and seeing the children join in.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carOur Toyota it serves its purpose 🙂
Actual carOur Toyota
Which Primary School did you go toRosh Pina in Amsterdam
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonHaha no
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax and Kelmans
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4None of them..LBC
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurMaroon
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

Claudia Rose

I have been living in Bushey since we were married in 1988. I am married with two twenty-something daughters. During the day, I am a Law Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

On the Board, I am responsible for the day to day management of the Gan, a position I have held for a number of years. I previously co-ran Mitzvah Day.

I like living in Bushey because my husband lives here as well. I love the shul because the Ruach in our community since our fabulous new Rabbinical couples arrived.

I don’t have a favourite Jewish festival as each festival has something unique about it.

Favourite Holiday destinationSouth Africa
Dream carOne with an engine
Actual carSaab
Which Primary School did you go toThe Study, Wimbledon
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNo
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxBoth
Fiddler  OR  GreaseBoth for different reasons
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  Boiled?

Juliet Solomon

I moved to Bushey in September 2017 when Cedric and I got married. Together we have four children. Ruby is at Haberdasher’s Sixth Form, Solly is in Year 10 at Immanuel, Emma is a newly qualified doctor undertaking her F1 training at Hillingdon Hospital and James married Sharelle last July. Ruby and Solly both help run BA on Shabbat afternoons.

During the day, I am the Assistant Vice President for TK Maxx responsible for their European Legal-Real Estate Department.

On the Board, I am exploring a new portfolio of enriching the experience of women and girls within orthodox halacha in the community. More generally for the shul I assist with Kiddush duty and I’m on a rota to help run the Shabbat services at the Princess Alexandra Home. For the past 5 years, I have been on the Hasmonean PTA running the Books for Birthdays fundraising campaign.

I like living in Bushey because it’s pretty, green and leafy and every road is different with the village having an interesting history. It reminds me of my home town in South Manchester. We are really grateful for the warmth and friendship of all the people who have welcomed our new family into the shul.  We are constantly amazed at how many people give their time and energy to our community, rather than consider what they can get out of the shul. We are definitely living in a golden era being led by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Feldman and are truly blessed to have this quality of leadership.

My favourite Jewish festival is Shavuot –as I’m a vegetarian!!

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carMini
Actual carMini
Which Primary School did you go toWithington Girls’ School, Manchester
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNo I was inspecting the inside of my eye lids
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxFlax
Fiddler  OR  GreaseGrease
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

John Ziedman - Caretakers & Cleaners

I have lived in Bushey for 6 ½ years, married and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. During the day I am a Volunteer driver for Northwick Park Hospital, like playing Archery and enjoy my role as a grandparent.

On the Board, I am responsible for monitoring the caretakers and cleaner. Previously I have helped organise the reception for the Chief Rabbi ‘s visit.

I like living in Bushey for the convenient amenities and the semi-rural location. I enjoy the shul because it is friendly community and there are lots of activities.

My favourite Jewish festival is Succot.

Favourite Holiday destinationIsrael
Dream carPorsche
Actual carFord Focus
Which Primary School did you go toGladstone Park
Ever fallen asleep during Rabbi’s sermonNo
Bushey  OR  Bushey HeathBushey Heath
Kelmans  OR  FlaxKelman (mainly)
Fiddler  OR  GreaseFiddler
Radio 2  OR  Radio 4Radio 4
Green Siddur  OR  Maroon SiddurGreen or Art Scroll
Fried  OR  BoiledFried

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.