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SJS is the dynamic hub that leads Anglo-Jewry in the provision of quality teacher training programs, academic degrees, and first-rate adult education courses. Our graduates teach in schools across the Jewish world and make a significant impact on the future of Jewish education. With our new online degrees, LSJS widens its reach to train and teach educators wherever there is a Jewish community around the globe. We pride ourselves on being a warm, friendly, and supportive organization. With over a hundred and fifty years of experience in training and educating teachers, rabbis and leaders, we are deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and ready to address and make the most of what the modern world has to offer.

Raphael is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows program at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel. In 2005 received an MA (with Distinction) in Adult Education at the Institute of Education in London. He is the Torah L’Am crash course creator and is the author of the Torat Hadracha and Jampacked Bible educational study guides. He was the first Head of faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School UK. He was the Director of text-based Jewish education at the UJIA Centre for Informal Jewish Education.

He received rabbinic ordination after studying at the Kollel of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. The semicha was given by Dayan Saadia Amor (Rosh Beth Din of the Sephardi Beth Din UK and Rosh of the Montefiore Kollel), Rabbi Dr. Abraham Levy (Emeritus Spiritual Head of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation and Honorary Principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College), Dayan Ezra Basri (Former Av Bet Din of Yerushalayim) and Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (Former President of LSJS).

He completed a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1999 and published several papers on Quantum Chaos Theory. He is a leading Jewish educator in the UK and teaches at conferences, seminars, synagogues, and Jewish community centers. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in UK Jewry.

On a cold winter’s day in November 1855, Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler opened Jews’ College in Finsbury Square, in the heart of London. As early as 1841, Sir Moses Montefiore initiated a training college for religious leaders. Within a short period, the College produced scholars of standing who served Jewish communities in Britain and across her Empire. A quarter of a century later, in 1881, the College outgrew the Finsbury Square site and moved to Tavistock Square, close to University College, where it was hoped that Jews’ College students would be able to combine their religious studies with a university degree course. In 1904, the University of London granted an Honours degree in Hebrew and Aramaic, all of the students being from Jews’ College. In 1932, the College moved to Woburn House, a purpose-built communal center housing many organizations serving Anglo-Jewry.

In the last seven years, LSJS has grown into a world-class learning center. On its Hendon campus, there are some fifty teachers providing adult education courses, degrees, and teacher training programs for over seven hundred students. LSJS’s imaginative courses, high intellectual standards, educational tours, and outreach to synagogues, impacting thousands of people, have created a buzz across Anglo-Jewry.

London School of Jewish Studies is a world-class center of Jewish scholarship and teaching that inspires our community with a lifelong love of Jewish learning and practice. Our mission involves eight major commitments:

  • Educate adults by increasing their Jewish knowledge, improving their textual skills, and building their confidence as independent learners.
  • To encourage all our students to pass on their knowledge both at home and within their communities.
  • Develop a faculty of outstanding educators who teach with respect, openness, intellectual rigor, and creativity.
  • To study with Yirat Shamayim, a profound reverence for God, to strengthen character, guide actions, and elevate lives.
  • To exchange ideas at the highest level through academic research and the advanced study of traditional Jewish texts.
  • To promote the full participation of women in Jewish learning.
  • To deepen our community’s understanding and love for Israel.
  • To examine critical issues facing modern society to develop a Jewish response and promote social action.


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