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Rabbi Israel Geoffrey Hyman, B.A. (Hons)

The Rabbi was born on the 5th February 1953 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is married to Michelle. He has three daughters, Elina, Meira and Talia, and three step-sons, Jonathan, Robert and Andrew.

He was educated at Gateshead Jewish Boarding School (1966-69), the Northwest London Talmudical College (Yeshivat Chaye Olam) (1969-1973) and then Gateshead Yeshivah (1973-74). He then attended Jews’ College (1976-79) where he gained his B.A. (Upper Second Class Honours). That was followed by his being granted Semicha (Rabbinical Diploma) in 1982 from the Principal of Jews' College, Rabbi Dr. N.L. Rabinovitch and Chief Rabbi Jakobovits.

Rabbi Hyman has held the following posts:
Assistant Minister – Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1974-76) Part-time Minister – Streatham United Synagogue (1980-82)
Full-time Rabbi – Sutton Affiliated United Synagogue (1982-86)
Full-time Rabbi – Woodside Park United Synagogue (1986-1992)
Full-time Rabbi – Belmont United Synagogue (1992-1996)
Part-time Rabbi – Welwyn Garden City (1998-2006)
Full-time Rabbi – Ilford United Synagogue (2006-    )

The Rabbi has served on many Committee posts:

  • Honorary Secretary of the United Synagogue Rabbinical    Council
  • Member of the Chief Rabbi’s Cabinet (Chief Rabbi    Jakobovits) – Portfolio for Youth Affairs
  • Member of the Religious Advisory Committee of the A.J.Y.
  • Rabbinical consultant to the Jewish Baby Bereavement    Support Group
  • Student Chaplain to Kings’ College
  • Member of the J.N.F. Rabbinical Committee
  • Representative to the Scout and Guide Movements of Great    Britain
  • Honorary Chaplain to JSAC & JGAC and Chaplain to the    Chief Scout
  • Chief Rabbi’s Representative to the North London Hospice
  • Trustee of the Redbridge Faith Forum.

    Rabbi Hyman has served in the Rabbinate over a period of 25 years. During these years he has served in communities both with large and small memberships, and also in communities requiring a major input into development and/or in need of inspiring leadership.

    During this period, he has gathered much knowledge and experience in all areas of communal Rabbinical work.

    His academic background of eleven years of study in Yeshivot and Jews’ College, has equipped him with a good working knowledge in all fields of Jewish Studies. He has had specialist papers published in the Journal of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and the Year Book of the Centre for Medical Ethics.

    Working with the youth has been very special in his career. He has been involved in Cheder Education, Youth Movements, Children and Youth Services, and Nursery education and established a Bnei Akiva group.

    Most of his career he has served as a full-time Rabbi. In 1996 he decided on a career change and established a gardening business. Then in 1998 he joined the Welwyn Garden City Shul as their part-time Rabbi. During the last few years he increasingly felt the desire to return to being a full-time Rabbi as he feels he has much to offer to a larger community.

    In his community at Ilford United he has made his mark with pastoral work and adult education (Shiurim, lectures, etc.) as well as the normal role taken by a communal Rabbi.

    The Rebbetzin combines her voluntary work as a Rebbetzin with a full-time position as Executive director of “the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel” (an organization which raises funds for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Israel Museum of Art in Tel Aviv and other smaller art museums). She was for many years a special needs teacher. She involves herself as a leader with the Junior Children's Service as well as working together with the Ladies' Guild.

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