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Chair of Council
- Richard WoolfChair of CouncilRichard WoolfChair of Council
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.
- Danny GoldblumHonorary TreasurerDanny GoldblumHonorary Treasurer
Danny and his family joined the synagogue around six years ago when his daughter first started attending Religion School. His two boys both now attend Religion School and his daughter attends B’nei Mitzvah classes and will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah soon.
For the last 20 years Danny has working in the Global Markets business of a large bank, predominantly helping corporate businesses manage their market risk.
- Darren ShoffrenVice ChairDarren ShoffrenVice Chair
Darren, his wife Cassie and their children have been members of Sha’arei Tsedek since 2012.
After joining Council in 2015, Darren took on role of Honorary Secretary in 2016.
Amongst other things he is responsible for organising monthly Council, Honorary Officers and Annual General Meetings, and liaising with external organisation such as Reform Judaism and the Board of Deputies.
Darren is passionate about ensuring our community provides exciting and educational activities for children of all ages, and is keen to encourage our young members to be involved with RSY Netzer – to help inspire and develop the next generation of leaders.
Darren is an International Sales Manager for HarperCollins publishers. In what little spare time he has Darren enjoys cooking, especially pizza & barbecues !
- Marc WerblowSenior WardenMarc WerblowSenior Warden
Marc’s family have been members of the synagogue for over 50 years. His Bar Mitvah was conducted by Emeritus Rabbi Colin Eimer and over the years he has assisted at Religion School.
More recently Marc and his wife Sue have celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Natasha at the synagogue.
Marc became a Warden a couple of years ago and began taking an interest in the Minhag Group. He became Chair of Minhag in autumn 2016.
- Andrea LaurenceHonorary SecretaryAndrea LaurenceHonorary Secretary
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.
- 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 50 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.
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.
- 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. She is Rabbi Baaden’s Line Manager. 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.
- Ashley FeldmanCouncil MemberAshley FeldmanCouncil Member
Ashley and his wife Lorraine have been members of the community for over 25 years. He has two daughters, both of whom attended Religion School and had their Bat Mitzvahs at the synagogue. Ashley’s parents were early members of the synagogue.
Ashley joined Council in November 2016.
Ashley has a Senior role at BCA Marketplace PLC.
- Barbara CarmelCouncil MemberBarbara CarmelCouncil Member
Barbara has been a member of the synagogue for two years. She was brought up in New York in an Orthodox community and has spent most of her adult life in the UK. Whilst living in New York she went exclusively to Jewish schools, including Yeshiva University High School.
Barbara lived in Birmingham for 40 years and attended Birmingham Progressive Synagogue where she served on Council. Barbara moved to London in 2014 and has three grown up children.
For much of her working life, Barbara has been a fundraiser – for the past nine years she has been the Director of a Fundraising/Marketing Consultancy. She is now retiring from fundraising. Barbara is currently a Trustee of The Together Plan.
- Dan KelmansonCouncil MemberDan KelmansonCouncil Member
Dan has been a member of the synagogue since he was a child and now with his wife Sasha and two children. Dan joined Council in 2015.
He qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and currently works as an in-house lawyer at Barclays in Canary Wharf. Previously he was employed in a number of City law firms, specialising in corporate and finance law. During his time on Council, he has assisted Leslie Gold with the conversion from an unincorporated charity to a charitable company.
- 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.
- John HesseCouncil MemberJohn HesseCouncil Member
John and his wife Sue joined Sha'arei Tsedek about four years ago. He joined Council in 2015. John is a qualified Architect and recently retired from his Partnership. During his time on Council, John has served for a period as Honorary Secretary. Most recently he undertook the role of chair of the group that collated the report following the findings of the Community Consultation.
- Justine KhedooryCouncil Member with responsibility for MembershipJustine KhedooryCouncil Member with responsibility for Membership
Justine and her sons Matt and Jordan have been members of the community for approximately 21 years. Both boys had their Barmitzvah 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 on Wednesdays.
- Leslie GoldCouncil MemberLeslie GoldCouncil Member
Leslie and his family have been involved with the synagogue for over 50 years. 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. 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.
Please contact Andrea Laurence, Honorary Secretary if you are interested in attending a Council Meeting or if you would like to consider standing for Council.