Our Rabbis

  • 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.


  • Rabbi Emeritus 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.


  • Nick Young joined the team as Community Development Manager in October 2019. Nick is working on strengthening the relationships within our community as well as building our relationships with the broader community and growing our membership. He comes from a background in education having taught in the UK and abroad. Nick was Head of Education at Westminster Synagogue prior to taking this role at ELELS where he is a member.


Rabbi Richard and Nick Young attend Council meetings in an Ex Officio capacity. Both report to Council.


Legacy & Interim Councils

Following the vote in favour of merging our legacy communities, officers and members of the elected Councils formed an Interim Council to oversee the process of completing the unification process and preparing the way for our first annual general meeting. Our new Synagogue was formed in 2017.

Election of Chair and New Council Members

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on 14th January 2018. At that meeting, ELELS members elected a new Chair and Council - the Council being made up of existing members of the Interim Council and newly elected members of Council. Our most recent AGM was in June 2019. The current Council is led by Stewart Spivack as Chair.

Company Directors

During early discussions about the potential of forming a new single community, it was agreed that were advantages in making the new community a private limited company by guarantee.

Following the decision to create a single community, it was agreed to proceed as a limited company and to name the company East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue Limited.

For more information about who is on Council and who are the 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