Our Rabbi

Rabbi David Lister

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Rabbi Lister was born in 1969, and grew up in Manchester where he learned for a year in the Sha'arei Torah Yeshiva before reading French at London University. He graduated with first class honours, before returning to Sha'arei Torah. Rabbi Lister told us that he then moved to Israel where he studied in the world famous Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. One of his many interests was to participate in the Ohr LaGolah diaspora training programme at Ohr Sameach in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Lister returned to England in 1997 with his young family and took up the post of Rabbi in Reading for three years, moving to Muswell Hill Synagogue, where he was the Rabbi for seven years. During this time, Rabbi Lister also qualified as a primary school teacher specialising in Early Years education. He plays the violin and guitar, and enjoys reading about space exploration and quantum physics.

In 2011 Rabbi Lister attained an MA from London University in Jewish Education and his book, Intergalactic Judaism, was published by Urim Publications.  In 2013 Rabbi Lister was appointed as chaplain to the Mayor of Barnet.

Rebbetzen Rachie was born and educated in London and Seminar Yerushalayim in Jerusalem. Her work for the community has included Cheder teaching, counselling, hospitality, adult education, welfare visits, teaching Bat Mitzvah girls and learning with brides.

In the 1990's she trained as a dental nurse and then as a dental hygienist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London, re-qualifying as a hygienist in Jerusalem in order to practise there. She now works part-time at a surgery in Temple Fortune.

Since arriving in Edgware nearly 10 years ago, Rabbi Lister has introduced a number of new successful initiatives to the community: the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event run in conjunction with local schools, a popular pre-batmitzvah and barmitzvah Cheder course, a weekly Shabbat afternoon lecture on contemporary issues in Jewish law, the winter Saturday Night Activity Programme for children to learn about key episodes in Jewish history, and much more besides. He is also a founder member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis.

Rabbi Lister also qualified as a primary school teacher specialising in Early Years education and is currently the principal of Rosh Pinah in Edgware

Rabbi and Rebbetzen Lister have five children, Moshe Chaim, Shoshana Kala, Yishai, Leora and Akiva.

Contact me

Call 020 8958 5320 or email rabbi.lister@edgwareu.com

Twitter: @RabbiLister

Rabbi Ben Kurzer – Assistant Rabbi

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Rabbi Kurzer was born in Syracuse, NY and moved to London with his Parents aged one.  He grew up in South Hampstead and Hendon, attending Menorah Foundation and Immanuel College before going to study at Yeshivat Hakotel in the Old City of Jerusalem.  After three years there, he went to study at Yeshiva University where he was able to continue his yeshiva studies while spending the afternoons earning a BA in Jewish History.

After three years, he decided to stay on at Yeshiva University and spent the next four years earning his Semicha there.  During his years in New York, Rabbi Kurzer also gained experience in working with Jewish communities, travelling across America for events, yamim tovim and shabbatonim.  Additionally, he worked for New Jersey NCSY and as the Rabbinic Intern at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates in Queens, NY.  He was also a Rabbinic Intern for the United Synagogue on Shavuot and during the Yamim Noraim.

Rebbetzen Abi grew up in Kingsbury and attended North West London Jewish Day School and Hasmonean High School.  She then spent a year studying in Michlala Jerusalem College, after which she earned a BSc in Psychology from UCL.  She spent a year and a half working in the informal Jewish education department at JFS before getting married and moving to America.  In New York, she earned a Master’s degree in clinical social work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work while teaching part-time in the Hebrew School of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.  She spent two years working as a counselor at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in Brooklyn before returning to the UK and joining Edgware Synagogue.

They have two young children, Ahron and Yehuda, who have already begun to get involved with Shul life!

Contact me

Call 07593 034381 or email rabbi.kurzer@edgwareu.com

Twitter: @RabbiKurzer

Our Chazan

Chazan Yossi Schwarz


Yossi Schwarz, born in Manchester, England in the late 70's and spent time  studying in yeshiva in Israel, now resides in London. He has been studying voice production with masters of the art for close to ten years.

Chazan Schwarz won the Julian Klein Cantorial Scholarship Competition in 2009 gaining him a years scholarship in the Tel-Aviv Cantorial Institute (TACI). After completing the year, thirst for perfection and mastering the art drove him to study yet a further year under the tutelage of Cantor Naphtali Herstik and his trusted colleagues.

Yossi began leading synagogue services as early as his bar mitzvah and most recently held position as 'Chazan Sheni' for the Yomim Noraim in the Hampstead Gardens Suburb Synagogue. He has also performed in concert in chazanut and chassidic music internationally including London, Jerusalem, Palm Beach, Chicago,The Hamptons, Zurich, Munich, Riga, Vilnius (Vilna) and many more.

Chazan Yossi really enjoys making use of the fantastic acoustics in the main synagogue after years of having to work hard to make himself heard. In fact after years of working with his voice coach learning how to project his voice he is now has to work on diminishing the sound of his powerful voice.

Upcoming Events

Youth Kayaking Trip for Years 7-13

Tuesday 3 April 2018 - Learn more

£10 per person. Meeting at Edgware Station at 3:00pm prompt and please remember your Oyster Card! Click here to book now

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut

Wednesday 18 April 2018 - Learn more

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with entertainment from Magic Moments and Comedian Rachel Creeger. £22.50 per personBook here now to avoid disappointment

Yom Hashoah

11 April 2018 @ 7:45pm - Learn more

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 with Guest Speaker and Choral Service. Admittance Free. Refreshments included.

Edgware United Poland Trip

Sunday 13 - Tuesday 15 May 2018 - Learn more

Join us for a life affirming journey through Poland.  For more information please click here and/or contact Rabbi Kurzer

Womens’ Experiences in the Holocaust

10 April 2018 at 8:30pm - Learn more

With speaker, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, MBE who will also be available to sign copies of her new book after the lecture. Pre-book by clicking here. £3 to be paid at the door on the evening and refreshments are included.

Communal 2nd Night Seder Conducted by Rabbi Lister

Saturday 31 March 2018 - Learn more

Join us for our communal 2nd night Seder. £28 per adult and £15 for children aged 3-12. To book online please click here

Family Friday Night Dinner following Ladies’ Friday Night Service

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£14.50 per adult, £8 per child under 16. Family Ticket £45 (2 Adults/3 Children under 16) Please ensure you book by 11 March.

Rosh Chodesh Ladies’ Group

Various - Learn more

Conversations about the Jewish month and Jewish Women with Rabbi and Rachie Lister. See poster for all dates. Next meeting Tuesday 13 March at 8:15pm.