Masorti Judaism UK Board of Trustees
Miri Benchetrit – Fundraising
Miri is a member of New North London Synagogue, together with her husband and three children. She works with charitable foundations and is UK Consultant for Genesis Philanthropy Group and Director of the Westbury Group. Miri holds the fundraising portfolio on the board, and has been helping to develop Masorti’s fundraising strategy. She was born in Vienna, and in 2003, she moved to London from Jerusalem.
Sara Bloch – Noam and Community Development
Sara is a member of New North London Synagogue. She works in the community development sector discovering innovative, community centred approaches to tackle inequalities in the UK. Her portfolio on the Board is Noam, and Community Development. Sara grew up in Noam and is really happy to have the opportunity to continue her involvement through her Trustee position. Sara loves bringing people together through her passion for cooking and pickling.
Paul Collin – Treasurer
Paul grew up in the Reform movement and was active in FZY. He was the founder member of the Conservative Synagogue of North West London, subsequently Edgware Masorti and has been a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synaogogue since its inception. He is a retired Chartered Accountant and for the past three years Treasurer of Masorti UK and recent trustee position on Jewish Volunteering Network. Paul tries to draw and paint.
Miriam Farbey – Marketing and Human Resources
Miriam is a member of New North London Synagogue and feels a great affiliation for Noam, where her son has had an incredible experience. She has also enjoyed helping out with the Masorti Annual Dinner. In her professional life, she is the Director, Global Publishing Strategies for Scholastic, the children’s book publisher based in the US, which publishes everything from picture books to Young Adult novels. Her portfolio as a Masorti trustee includes being a member of the HR committee but she is also exploring a new and exciting portfolio of marketing and PR. She recently emigrated from Alexandra Palace to Finchley Central and she loves travelling and indie movies.
Shirley Fenster – Immediate past Co-Chair, Relationships with other Communities
Shirley was Co-Chair of Masorti Judaism from 2015 to 2019 and remains on the Board. Her main focus is on external organisations and communities. She also sits on the Board of Masorti Europe. She is an active member of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, previously Edgware Masorti Synagogue. She is also a trustee of Resource and volunteers and lectures for SpaceIL. In her professional life as a statistician and epidemiologist, Shirley has held a long international career in Pharma management, clinical research, quality and training in the USA, Israel and France. She studied at Oxford, Manchester and UCL. Her side passion is teaching and learning languages; she is fluent in French, German and Hebrew. Her three children have all been active in Masorti and Jewish life in the UK and abroad, including sitting on the Board of Masorti Judaism and on the Noam Mazkirut. When not engaged in Jewish life, Shirley can be found on the tennis court.
Leonie Fleischmann – Noam Heritage and Co-Chair
Leonie grew up in Noam, having joined aged 10, and went on to be a movement worker and the Mazkira. She spent some time living in Israel, where the idea for the formation of the Havurah was first developed, of which she is an active member. She became Co-Chair of Masorti Judaism UK in Sept 2019, having held the Noam portfolio on the Board prior to that. She is a Lecturer in International Politics at City University of London, where she teaches and researches about civil resistance, social movements and human rights, with a focus on Israel. She lives in Leigh-on-Sea with her partner Dan, where they enjoy kayaking and swimming in the sea (aka the Thames estuary).
Moira Hart – Human Resources, Risk Management and Strategy
Moira joined St Albans Masorti Synagogue shortly after it was formed in 1990 and has been an active member of the community ever since. She was Headteacher of the Cheder for over 10 years. In 2015 she was elected Co-Chair and during her term led the working group that recruited Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet. Most of her professional life has been centred around teaching and learning in a number of different environments. She started out as a trainer for an IT company, but qualified as an IT teacher when her youngest son was two. She taught for nearly 20 years in a sixth form college. She ran workshops on Judaism in local schools and worked with the local education authority to develop teachers’ understanding of Judaism. She and her husband, Peter, have become involved in Holocaust education and now regularly give talks telling his parents’ stories. She has been Chair of Governors of an outstanding secondary school in Harpenden for 11 years. She has four sons who all benefitted to from NOAM. My youngest went to camp every year and then became a Madrich. In her spare time, she loves to cook and entertain family and friends. She attempts, with various amounts of success, to grow flowers and vegetables and, much to her own surprise, have lately become a keen cyclist.
Bruce Regal – Risk Management and Strategy
Bruce grew up in USY (The North American Noam) and has been a member of New North London Synagogue for 15 years. He has been on the Board for about 10 years and recently has been involved in Risk Management and Strategy. Bruce is the Treasurer of Masorti Europe. He retired from a Banking career in 2014 and is now the Head of the Department of Business, Law and Society at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Bruce and Lisa like to bike and hike particularly in Italy!
Adam Rose – Legal and Strategy
Adam is a member of New North London Synagogue, which he joined about 25+ years ago. Both he and his wife, Nicola, come from Masorti families (Edgware Masorti Synagogue and New London Synagogue) and were married by Rabbi Louis Jacobs at the New London Synagogue. By day (and night), he is a solicitor, and a Partner at Mishcon de Reya, where he specialises in data protection and technology law. On the Board, he helps with legal issues and strategy. He was born in Southend, grew up in Brazil, went to Manchester Uni, and very recently discovered Sephardi roots. He is also trustee of other Jewish community charities: UJS, JCORE and JYF. He has three children: Joseph (a maths teacher), Rachel (who worked for Noam last year), and Benji (whose A Levels have been cancelled this summer).
Emma Rozenberg – Human Resources and Relationships with other Communities
Emma is a member of New North London Synagogue. She is a former lawyer, now working full-time towards a PhD in Jewish Studies at King’s College, London. She is on the HR committee for Masorti Judaism and shares responsibility for managing relationships with other organisations in the Jewish community. Emma is married to Gabriel and they have three spirited daughters. In her (limited) free time she enjoys baking, podcasts and listening to 80s synthpop.
Ben Russell – Noam Heritage and Finance Committee
Ben is a member of New North London Synagogue, having grown up (mostly), been bar-mitzvahed and married in the community, and a former movement worker and Mazkir of Noam. As a movement worker he was fortunate enough to cover New London, Hatch End and Kol Nefesh over his 2 years. He is now in his third year on the Masorti Board and cover the finance portfolio in support of our treasurer and professional staff, having previously chaired Noam’s Finance Committee. After completing his time in the Noam office, he moved to work in the National Crime Agency and is now a deputy director in the National Economic Crime Centre. His main interest used to be ensuring that Masorti Board meetings did not clash with Tottenham games, so he is now currently without hobbies.
Simon Samuels – Co-Chair
Simon grew up in Edgware and is a member of St Albans Masorti. He was a member of the Masorti Judaism Executive Committee and Board prior to the change in governance, and became Co Chair in 2017. Simon retired from a career in Investment Banking in 2014, and since then has worked for banking regulators, think tanks and the Bank of England. He founded a consultancy business in 2017 and is a regular Op Ed contributor to the Financial Times. He is a keen cyclist, skier and