Our Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski joined Golders Green Synagogue in 2003, having previously served Loughton and Chigwell and then Ilford Federation Synagogues.  Educated in mathematics at University College, Oxford, he gained semicha from Gateshead Yeshiva and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of London in organisational psychology (MSc) and hermeneutics (PhD).

In addition to his strategic, pastoral and educational roles at Golders Green Synagogue, Rabbi Belovski is principal of Rimon Jewish Primary School, chief strategist and rabbinic head of University Jewish Chaplaincy, lead for rabbinic recruitment at the United Synagogue and rabbi of Kisharon.

He is engaged in a number of interfaith initiatives, most notably as faculty member of the Senior Faith in Leadership Programme at St George’s House, Windsor Castle.  He is a trustee of the HOPE not hate Charitable Trust and an independent member of the Community and Voluntary Service Honours Committee at the Cabinet Office.

Rabbi Belovski is a regular live contributor to BBC Radio 2 Zoe Ball Breakfast Show and has made a series of programmes for BBC Radio 4.  He is the author of three books – Harmonisation as Theological Hermeneutic, a translation of the Chassidic classic ‘Shem MiShmuel’, and ‘The Shabbat Siddur Companion’, and has written numerous articles for the Jewish Chronicle and other publications.

He is married to Vicki, whom he met when they were students at Oxford, where she studied PPE. As well as being the rebbetzin and a busy mother, Vicki is editor of Hamodia UK.

The Belovskis have seven children: Michali (married to Yoav), Tehilloh, Dovid Chaim, Tomor Chemdoh, Rochel Tif’eres, Shmuel Yosef and Moshe Simchah.