Our Rabbis

Rabbi David Hulbert joined the community in 1989 making him one of the longest serving Rabbis' in Liberal Judaism and, we believe, the longest serving congregational Rabbi in the London Borough of Redbridge. David is on the Executive Committee of the East London Three Faiths Forum, often co-leading their Holy Land Pilgrimages, and very active on interfaith matters

Rabbi Richard Jacobi joined the community in 2007 during the final year of his Rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College - an association that continues today as Head of Vocational Studies at the college. Richard comes from a Rabbinic family - Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE being his father and Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi his sister - so he has been involved in Liberal Judaism all his life. He is active on social issues such as Refugees & Migration and the Living Wage campaign. He is currently co-chair of the LJ Rabbinic Conference and, as such, sits on the LJ Board of National Officers.

Both of our Rabbis attend meetings of the Interim Council in an Ex Officio capacity.

Legacy & Interim Council Chairs

Following the votes by the members of our two legacy communities to dissolve in favour of creating a single community, the elected Councils of both legacy communities formed an Interim Council to oversee the process of completing the unification process and preparing the way for our first annual general meeting.

Shirley Forbes and Bob Kamall were unanimously co-opted as Co-Chairs of the Interim Council.

  • Shirley is a former Chair of Bet Tikvah, she has served on their Education Committee and has been a Trustee of Bet Tikvah since 2012.
  • Bob is a former Chair of Woodford and currently one of their two Vice-Chairs, he is also one our delegates to LJ Council meetings.

Gary Freedman and Jonny Hurst continue in their elected roles as Chairs of the legacy communities overseeing any outstanding or new work required to formally close down the two legacy communities, Gary & Jonny are also members of the Interim Council.

Interim Council

Is made up from elected Officers and Members of the Councils from our two legacy communities with authority from those legacy Councils to oversee the process of unifying our new community in preparation for our first Annual General Meeting (at a date to be determined). Where necessary, and with agreement of the legacy Councils, Interim Council retains the right to co-opt new members.

Company Directors

Prior to starting discussions about the potential of forming a new single community, Woodford decided to become a private limited company by guarantee. They decided to continue with the process of setting up the limited company in case the unification talks failed to reach agreement. This would enable Woodford to continue with their plans to change their status.

Bet Tikvah were informed of these decisions at the outset of discussions and it was agreed that a formal change of status would not take place while unification discussions continued. If unification was to go ahead, a decision would then be made as to whether or not the new community would be a limited company.

Following the decision to create a single community, it was agreed to proceed as a limited company and the name of the Woodford 'company' was changed to East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue Limited. As a result of these legacy arrangements the original directors of the company continue as company directors (pending appointment of new directors at a date to be determined).

For more information about who is on Interim Council and who are Company Directors see Who's Who.

East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue is a private limited company by guarantee, Company Number 10089003 - see also our Articles of Association

East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1171254