member stories


What is your name?

What is your current/previous occupation?
Executive Search

Tell us about yourself in a few words
Lucky to be married to Marielle (who is a clinical psychologist), we have four wonderful boys, Asher, Zeph, Elijah and Joshua, who keep us quite busy most of the time… We live nearby in Golders Green and are a family with many interests from sport to music, from dancing to avid reading, and enjoy spending time with our friends and family, and being part of the community. We also happen to be cricket fanatics (Marielle is learning the game…) and our family has recently grown by one further member, our cat Ruby, who joined us in February, and helps to somewhat even up the gender balance at home…!

How long have you/your family been a member at GGS?
Around 10 years

Why did you join GGS?
We joined initially for two reasons – it was the closest shul to where we lived (!), and secondly, once our kids started to attend Rimon, they kept saying they wanted us to go the ‘Rimon shul’ instead of our previous shul (which was a longer walk)

What does GGS mean to you? What makes our community unique?
We really are very happy to be part of our wonderful and ever growing community. We enjoy its diversity both in the community itself and also in its spirit, and as a result, it always feels like a truly welcoming environment, where people can walk in and not feel ‘left out’ or ‘excluded’, it’s an incredibly inclusive place. It has of course been growing over the last few years, with many young families joining the shul, giving it an increasingly vibrant and energizing feel, but at the same time, it has managed to maintain its close sense of community and warmth without feeling ‘too big’.

How do you feel GGS has impacted your life?
Like any great community, it has given us a sense of belonging, and of course a reinforcement to our Jewish identity, both religious as well as cultural and all other aspects. It has also been a supportive environment, especially during some challenging times, such as when I suddenly lost my father 5 years ago.

What is your favourite film?
The Matrix

What is your favourite book?

What is your favourite meal?
Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding and Roast Potatoes!

What is your favourite chag?
Pesach (the eating bit)

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Israel (where else…)

What have you found hardest about the Covid-19 lockdown?
The ongoing uncertainty

What are you most looking forward to doing as the world begins to open up?

Can you share one piece of advice from your life so far?
Every one of us will experience challenging and sometimes tragic events in our lifetime, that’s the human condition. While they feel terrible as we go through them, from most of these moments, we can, as time passes, draw knowledge, resilience and strength which help us thrive in the future.

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