New rabbi for Edgware Masorti Synagogue
Masorti welcomes Rabbi Mijael Even-David and family
By Gordon Kay
In time for the New Year, Edgware Masorti Synagogue (EMS) has welcomed its new Rabbi, Mijael Even-David, together with his wife Raya and their four-month old daughter, Hallel, at a packed Shabbat morning service on 13th September.
Rabbi Even-David, who was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and made aliyah at the age of 25, joins the Edgware community from Kehilat Hakerem in Karmiel, Israel, where he was the community rabbi for the past three years. He has an MA in Talmudic and Halachic Studies from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, and a Teacher’s Certification in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University.
I am looking forward to developing the huge potential that EMS and the larger Jewish community of Edgware has to offer,” said Rabbi Mijael. “We want to encourage Jewish continuity and the building of personal relationships within the Jewish tradition, so I plan to cultivate a long term strategic programme for all ages, from Cheder to older adults, offering something appealing for every single age group.
Raya was born and raised in Jerusalem and met Mijael while they were both studying at the Hebrew University. With a BA in Jewish Studies and Education, and experience in various educational frameworks, she takes up the position as EMS Educational Director.
Raya said “I am excited to be working in this pluralistic educational environment. I have a lot to give regarding modern Israeli culture and Hebrew language and hope to enhance the Zionist identity of our youth.”
In welcoming Rabbi Mijael and his family, EMS Life President Neil Kaufman said he was confident that the community would take the Even-Davids to their heart: “We believe that Rabbi Mijael has the perception and skills to energise our community and attract new members.”
This appointment was made as a result of the retirement on ill-health of Rabbi Dr Jeremy Collick, who had led EMS will passion and distinction since 2000.