Muswell Hill Synagogue
Beha'alotecha 21/22 June 2019 9.07pm 10.28pm

Who’s who

Below you will find a list of Who’s Who at Muswell Hill Synagogue. They can be contacted through the Office.

Our staff:

Rabbi David Mason
Rabbi Mason joined Muswell Hill in 2008 he is married to Elisheva and has four children Hodaya, Natanel, Akiva and Amalya. He has just completed his Masters in Conflict Resolution in Divided Society for which he received a distinction.
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Jo Cowen
Jo is the front line for Muswell Hill Synagogue, if you want to book an event, arrange a simcha or talk about membership Jo can help you out
Josh Gaventa
Youth Director
Beth Franks
Community Events Co-ordinator


Honorary Officers:

Karen Ackerman
I am married to Warren Taylor, and we have three children , Nathan, Noa and Aron. I was a Producer at the BBC for over 10 years, most recently on the CBBC programme Blue Peter. Since leaving the BBC, I have set up my own business, helping charities tell their stories using digital media more effectively, either through film, social media or their websites. As Chair, I want to engage as many people as possible in shul life, whether that is through the welfare committee, the social action group or through getting involved in services or communal events.
Marc Rubinstein
Vice Chair
I've been a member of Muswell Hill Shul since moving into the area in 2000 with my wife Judith Vandervelde. I grew up in Liverpool and attended King David High School where my headteacher was eminent community member Clive Lawton. I pursued a career in the City and worked for a major investment bank before moving into the asset management industry as a partner in an investment fund. Judith and I have two sons, Sam (16) and Avi (13).
Greg Swimer
Vice Chair
Ilana and I moved to Muswell Hill and joined the Shul in 2003.  We have three children Yael, Annie and Saul. My main involvement in wider shul life has come through my continuous search for volunteers to help on the Security Rota. I was born in the North (although Manchester, not Liverpool), took a year off in Israel, and also attended Oxford University, studying Engineering &Management.  Not really knowing what to do I ended up in IT which turned out to be a reasonable career choice, and I've worked for a number of companies over the past 20 years, spending three years living and working in Haifa between 1997 and 2000 along the way.
Sam Clarke
Financial Representative
I am now in my 6th year as the financial representative of the shul and I am responsible for the finances of the synagogue I have been a member of the shul for nearly 25 years since moving into the area I am a partner in a firm of chartered accountants in the City I have been involved in a number of charities over the past 30 years primarily in finance roles
Mark Sheinfield
Lydia, Lily, and I moved to East Finchley in 2003 to join the Muswell Hill shul community, where Yitz has belonged all his life. We moved here from Finchley Central, where I grew up, and then returned. I’m now an IT project manager for one of Europe’s largest investment banks, and I have done projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Romania and Cyprus. This is my second stint as warden. In between, I chaired the Rabbi’s appraisal committee, taught Anim Zemirot and ran the rota, served on the board of management and ran children’s services.
Ron Ben Simon
Daniel Shaw
I’ve taken the plunge to join the new team of wardens after a number of years taking and running Children’s Services, as well as a 5 year stint on the Board. I was born in Leeds and went to Manchester University to study physics before eventually ending up in the City working in banking. In order to keep in touch with my northern and my family’s medical traditions I married Melinda, a Doctor from Manchester. Melinda and I joined Muswell Hill 2006 with our sons Louis (now 16) and Zak (now 13). Our daughter Lauren (now 7) came along in 2009.

Board of Management:


Linda Cohen
Catering: To manage catering for kiddushim and community events and ensure kashrut standards are upheld in the kitchen. I'm married to ex-Warden Neil and we have two children, Anthony and Rochelle, aged 15 and 10 respectively. Having spent around 30 years working in banking and corporate finance I now work for the United Synagogue as the Office Manager at Cockfosters & Southgate shul, known as Old Farm Avenue. Here at Muswell Hill I'm responsible for kiddushim and catering for the various chaggim and celebratory events that take place. Please don't hesitate to contact me via the shul office if you're planning a simcha or have any questions.
Irene Mansfield
Interfaith: To work with local other faith groups to promote interfaith understanding and harmony Gerry and I joined our Shul in the 1970s, when our children were very young, and we quickly became active and involved. Our children grew up, celebrated their bat and barmitzvahs there and were each married there. My emphasis during my years on the Board, and as its first women Vice Chair, has always been on the Human Rights side of our community, a field which has been expanded under the religious leadership of Rabbi David. It is a privilege to be a part of our wonderful community.’
Annette Kurer
Security: To manage the security and fire safety of the building and community with a team of volunteers and liaising with the CST I am a business consultant specialising in leadership development, effective communication and relationship management. I also support people to deliver presentations, business pitches and speeches with more gravitas, confidence and dynamism. I have 2 wonderful sons who are studying at University. I am responsible for empowering the 5 teams of wonderful volunteers to keep safe our synagogue members and visitors to the community. I completed my initial training with CST 10 years ago. I am an active part of Muswell Hill’s security team and have been Delta team leader for the last 3 years.
Samantha Blendis
Children and Young People: To work with all children/youth to enable access to Jewish learning, social events and synagogue services under the direction of the youth director I am a primary teacher who specialises in special educational needs. I have been a member of Muswell Hill for 15 years. I am married with two daughters. I am currently the co-chair of governors of the cheder and I also taking on the responsibility of youth and children. I look forward to working with members of the community to provide a joined up programme for all the children that they will be able to access, that is inclusive, fun and informative.
Judith Devons
Inclusivity: To help ensure that all members feel valued and able to participate in MHS I’m a freelance artist and mother of three grown sons. I have lived in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Newcastle, New York, and Israel. When I moved from the Midlands back to London 4-5 years ago, friends encouraged me to visit Muswell Hill Synagogue, knowing that I would love this open-minded and knowledgeable yet traditional community - and they were right! I have been involved in progressive, Sephardi, Lubavich and traditional communities, been part of a two-parent family, a single parent and now living alone, so I am very much drawn to an INCLUSIVITY portfolio.
Melinda Shaw
Community Cares
Children and Young People: To work with all children/youth to enable access to Jewish learning, social events and synagogue services under the direction of the youth director I'm wife of Daniel and mum to Louis , Zak & Lauren . Having been brought up in Manchester I find Muswell Hill a similarly friendly community which reminds me of my roots . My working week is spent as a GP in central London. I would like to promote cross community understanding in my role on the board .
Daryl Green
Fundraising/Building project
Fundraising: To raise funds for the building project I am a business development, sales and marketing consultant and also have had many years experience working in a professional capacity as well as a volunteer for leading Jewish Charities including Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson. I have been a member of Muswell Hill for 18 years and it has a provincial community atmosphere, like the shul I grew up in South London. My wife is Estelle is a Psychotherapist and we live in Whetstone.
Steven Feldman
Fundraising/building project
Fundraising: To raise funds for the building project I grew up in the United Synagogue in Stanmore and subsequently spent over 30 years as a member of a Reform synagogue before joining Muswell Hill in 2012 where I have found my spiritual home. I am now one of the fundraising team for the MHS 2020 project. I have worked in the tech sector for the last 20 years specialising in digital geography and I now mentor startups and small businesses. Outside of work I am a passionate Arsenal supporter and a school governor.
Greg Allon
Kol NIdre Appeal
I'm a Glaswegian, married to Lois, with three children - Rosie, Orli and Avi. I started out as a lawyer and ended up working in television for many years, and I'm happiest when running. We've been members of Muswell Hill shul for several years, and I have just joined the board.
Anna Colton
New Members
New Members: To help ensure a warm welcome into the community for new members of MHS. We uprooted the family and moved to Muswell Hill just over a year ago, having lived in Richmond for pretty much all our lives. I’m a clinical psychologist working in town and in the media. I specialise predominantly in adolescence, performance psychology (actors, athletes and high performers in the city / business / law) eating disorders and obesity / weight loss. Getting to know Muswell Hill as an area, a shul and a community has been great and as a very recent new member I understand the challenges of trying to get to know and integrate into a new area and community. I want to extend the warm welcome of Muswell Hill to our increasing number of new members and open as many opportunities as we can for people to get involved in the community in whatever way suits them best.
Michael Rose
Communications: To help maximise the effectiveness of internal and external communications My wife, Roz, and I moved to Muswell Hill in 2002. I am an independent Reward Consultant and Roz is Head of London Region for a major charity. I was born in Nottingham and since having got married in 1983 we have lived in Bournemouth, Hove, Birmingham and Reading. I have re-joined the board after some six years absence, having previously been a board member, Financial Rep and Chairman.
Yeva Robinson
Children & Young People
Children and Young People: To work with all children/youth to enable access to Jewish learning, social events and synagogue services under the direction of the youth director
Warren Weiss
I became a member of Muswell Hill shul in 1993. For several years I have run Desert Island Disc evenings at shul, and produced Harmony & Humour on the Hill, which is the community’s annual cabaret event. Professionally, I am a chartered accountant in general practice in North Finchley. In my spare time I am a magistrate and a bass guitarist in a party band.


United Synagogue Council

Neil Cohen

Irene Mansfield

Karen Ackerman

Daryl Green

Board of Deputies

Irene Mansfield

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