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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.