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Chair of Council
- Richard WoolfCo-ChairRichard WoolfCo-Chair
Richard and his family have been members of the community for over 30 years. He was appointed Chair of Sha’arei Tsedek in November 2016 after serving as Interim Chair since November 2015.
Richard works freelance running a commercial interiors business, fitting out offices, schools across the country with anything from a desk and chair through to a full building fit out. In addition to his work as Chair Richard sits on the Board of several other organisations.
- Andrea LaurenceCo-ChairAndrea LaurenceCo-Chair
Andrea is a single mum to Nadav, her nine year old son. She grew up with the synagogue, first as a member of SDRS and now as Sha’arei Tsedek. Andrea’s parents were active members of the community and she has fond memories of doing her homework in the kitchen and helping to make teas and coffees during the break when her mum ran the Bridge Club.
After leaving school Andrea as a secretary at a London publishing house. At 18 she went to Israel with Hanoar Hatzioni on a year programme where she taught English to Israeli children and helped house one of the first waves of immigrants from Ethiopia.
Andrea returned from Israel permanently in 2003. Since then she has completed a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics; worked as a part-time personal and business administrator; taught at Religion School and more recently volunteered and then worked as a receptionist at Akiva. Andrea is currently working as a part-time administrator in the Pears Special Resources Provision which is an Autism provision that works alongside the main school at JCoSS.
- Marc WerblowSenior WardenMarc WerblowSenior Warden
Marc’s family have been members of the synagogue for over 50 years, and his Bar Mitzvah was conducted by Emeritus Rabbi Colin Eimer.
Marc has been a Warden for a while now, and became Chair of Minhag in autumn 2016.
Marc and his wife Sue celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Natasha at the synagogue in 2017
- VacancyHonorary SecretaryVacancyHonorary Secretary
- VacancyHonorary TreasurerVacancyHonorary Treasurer
- Estelle GilstonLife PresidentEstelle GilstonLife President
Estelle and her husband Keith joined the community in 1978 when the synagogue building was located in Winchmore Hill.
She has been married to Keith for 54 years, and has two children, Andrew and Samantha. Both children have celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvot in the community. Estelle has three grand-daughters, Darcey, Zoe and Evie who also all celebrated their Bnei Mitzvot in the community.
Estelle was Chair of Council from 1987-1990 after holding several other posts on the Synagogue Board. During the synagogue’s Golden Jubilee Year (2013) she was awarded the title of Life President of Sha’arei Tsedek, a post which she is very honoured to hold. This is an Honorary position and has no voting rights.
In her role as Life President Estelle represents the synagogue at many external events and meetings. In January 2018 Estelle was elected as President of The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. Estelle is the first female President of the ZF.
- Barbara CarmelCouncil MemberBarbara CarmelCouncil Member
Barbara has been a member of Sha'arei Tsedek since 2015, soon after moving to London. She has three grown up children and four grandchildren. She was brought up in an orthodox immigrant community in New York City and has spent most of her adult life in the UK. Although English was not her first language, she studied English and Philosophy at University.
Barbara lived in Birmingham for many years and attended Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, where she was a member of Council, Minhag and took services from time to time.
Barbara was a teacher for 13 years and then moved over to fundraising. She ran her own Consultancy from which she has now retired.
She has been a member of Council since 2017.
- Janet RentonCouncil Member with responsibility for Lunch & Chat and Chavurah MealsJanet RentonCouncil Member with responsibility for Lunch & Chat and Chavurah Meals
Janet and her husband Andrew were married at the synagogue in 1973. She has three children, all of whom have celebrated their Bar and Bar Mitzvahs as part of the community. Janet has been on Council for nearly10 years. For the last six years, Janet has headed the Lunch & Chat Group. This Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month and attendance is normally around 25 – 30 people.
Janet also organises the Chavurah meals and has recently been involved in teaching cooking as part of our Adult Education Programme. Janet has always played an active part in the community, starting as a member of the Ladies Guild. She then held the post of Administrator at Religion School and became a member of the Kiddush rota, a role she fulfilled for 21 years.
- Justine KhedooryCouncil Member with responsibility for MembershipJustine KhedooryCouncil Member with responsibility for Membership
Justine has been a member of the community for approximately 26 years. Her boys, Matt & Jordan had their Bar mitzvahs at the synagogue. Justine and husband Sam were married by Rabbi James Baaden in 2013.
Justine joined Council in 2014. In her role as Head of Kesher Committee, she meets regularly with Rabbis Ambalu and Baaden. She is responsible for ensuring potential new members receive the guidance they require to become members. Justine is also involved with Kiddush rota; Winter Shelter; Dementia Club UK; Lunch & Chat and provides admin support in the office when required.
- Leslie GoldCouncil MemberLeslie GoldCouncil Member
Leslie and his family have been involved with the synagogue almost since inception, and now his daughter and grandson are members. His father was one of the synagogue’s earliest members and a previous Chairman. During his time on Council, Leslie has held several positions including Treasurer, Joint Chair and Vice Chair. He remains very involved with the Jubilee committee and has helped organise and run the Bridge Club. Leslie is married to Michelle.
- Samuel KornhauserCouncil MemberSamuel KornhauserCouncil Member
Sam, his wife Nina and their children Maya and Joel have been members of the community since 2005. Sam joined Council in November 2016.
Sam runs his own company specialising in carpentry / construction/ equality act consultancy. Prior to that he has worked as a musician and teacher and was involved with the synagogue’s Building Group.
- Andy KelmansonCouncil Member with responsibility for Development of VolunteeringAndy KelmansonCouncil Member with responsibility for Development of Volunteering
Andy and her late husband Peter have been members of the community for 40 years. Andy has three children, Ben, Dan and Jody and four grandchildren. Andy joined Council over 10 years ago, to help with Strategic Review and Planning. Andy held the position of Co-Chair in 2014-2015 and has been a member of the Finance Sub Committee for three years. Andy has over 40 year’s experience working in the Not-for-Profit sector. For the past 20 years she has worked as a freelance consultant specialising in Organisational Development in charities. She was the Deputy Director of the National AIDS Trust for four years and Chief Executive of the National Centre for Volunteering for five years.
- Sue HesseCouncil MemberSue HesseCouncil Member
- Keith HarrisCouncil MemberKeith HarrisCouncil Member
Please contact Andrea Laurence, Co-Chair if you are interested in attending a Council Meeting or if you would like to consider standing for Council.