meet the team

The Levin family…

Rabbi Baruch and Kezi along with their six boys Meir, Akiva, Shneur, Dovi, Shua, Yossi and one girl Racheli comprise the Levin team. Rabbi Baruch gained his Semicha (Rabbinical Ordination) in Belgium, following a course of study that included Yeshivot in the UK, the USA, Israel and Australia where he met Kezi, a graduate of the Ohel Chana Seminary Melbourne and the Central Saint Martins College of Art. In tandem with their communal activities, Rabbi Baruch maintains another set of books as a practising accountant and Kezi runs a business designing innovative baby apparel.

When the Levin boys and Racheli aren’t juggling, riding their unicycles or doing acrobatics they can be found at school or in Yeshiva unless of course they are at Shul contributing, each in their own way, to building the fabric of the Brondesbury Park community.

Members of the Synagogue council

Steve Elstein: Chairperson

Victoria Portnoi: Vice- Chairperson

Welfare: Rochelle Berger

Health and Safety:  Simon Garfield

Board of Deputies: Nick Cosgrove

US Council: Nathalie Lastmann

Finance:  Alex Marcuson

Park Build / Relocation Update Steve Elstein

Security: Andrew Pitch

Marketing / Comms: Leslie Bunder

Events: Victoria Portnoi

Adult Education: James Schuldenfrei

Inclusion Representative: Laura Granditer

Jeremy Coleman

Shabbat Experience co-ordinator: Gina Cohen

About council members:

Nathalie Lastmann

Nathalie joined the Board this year after four years of active participation in the shul’s activities. “Joining this vibrant community upon our arrival from France has been a very uplifting experience for the whole family”. She is married to Raphael and together they have three children. She is a solicitor at the Office of Fair Trading and is the co-founder of a French legal clinic in London.

Simon Garfield

I joined the board in 2018, taking over the Buildings, Health & Safety brief from Simon Roer, thus ensuring first name continuity! Given our current temporary accommodation the buildings maintenance brief is limited to ad-hoc work at 66 Chatsworth Road and the occasional mehitza to fix, but please let me know if you would ever like to raise any health and safety concerns, or have any local elecricians / plumbers / handymen that you’d recommend.

Nick Cosgrove

A former BBC radio presenter and reporter, Nick now works in the field of corporate communications as a Director at the International PR firm, Brunswick.He is married to Caroline, with 2 children, Juliette and James and one on the way.

Susan Littner– Administrator

Ever since coming on board as administrator in 2005, Susan has been at the coal face of the community manning the phones, fielding the emails and dealing with the constant stream of passing traffic much of which finds its way to her desk in the course of the working day. Susan’s favourite time of the year is the high holiday season which she finds ‘especially relaxing and particularly stress free’!

When not in her office, Susan can be found enjoying her flat in Israel or spending time at home with her family.

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