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Our Rabbinic/Educational Team



Senior Rav: Rabbi Eliezer Zobin

Rabbi Zobin grew up in Golders Green. After graduating high school he learned at yeshivos in Israel for seventeen years and received Semicha at Yeshivas Be’er Yaakov. He graduated with an MA in Jewish Education from London University. Rabbi Zobin is also the Principal at Immanuel College, as well as Rosh Beit HaMidrash at LSJS, and a Maggid Shiur at "The Hendon Beis". Get in touch: or 07929 630 813.  Today Ner Yisrael is one of the most thriving modern orthodox communities in the UK. The shul has daily shiurim, daf yomi, an evening Beit Hamedrash program for university students, and wide ramge of different minyanim every Shabbat which include hashkama and a youth program.

Rebbetzen Aviva Zobin

Rebbetzen Aviva Zobin grew up in Golders Green, within the Munks community and Hasmonean High School. Following a year of intensive Jewish learning in BJJ seminary in Jerusalem, she continued her studies in Israel, earning a degree in Humanities as well as continuing her Jewish learning.

Whilst living in Israel, after marriage and aliyah in February 1999, Rebbetzen Zobin trained and worked first in optics, and then as a technical writer and editor, including several years in the production of degree level examinations for an educational resource company. She is also a graduate of Kol Sarah, the Suzy Bradfield program for Rebbetzens. Whilst her primary focus is on raising her four children, she has mentored and taught individual women in her home for a number of years. More recently Rebbetzen Zobin has been working alongside Rabbi Zobin in communal activities, including kallah teaching, and pastoral care. She  is the Rebbetzen of the largest modern orthodox community in the UK.  or 07907 847861


Emeritus Rav: Rabbi Alan Kimche 

Rabbi Alan Kimche has been a Rav and senior lecturer for over thirty years. In his yeshiva years in Yerushalayim, he learnt under the guidance of HaGaon R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, HaGaon R. Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l and with Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth zt’’l. After receiving his Semicha, he moved to London and became the Rav of a new shul, Ner Yisrael.

Rabbi Kimche has also studied at university, and combines this knowledge with his extensive yeshiva and halakhic training. This has given him a special quality of intellectual Torah understanding. He completed his PhD from London University with a doctoral thesis entitled: “Kavod Habriyot: Human Dignity in Talmudic Law”. He gives regular shiurim on a wide range of topics, specialising in Jewish philosophy and halakha, and he is a regular speaker at rabbinical conferences and a wide range of educational programmes. Rabbi Kimche also teaches and counsels many people on an individual basis, and is a sought-after posek.

Emeritus Rebbetzen: Rebbetzen Via Kimche

Rebbetzen Via Kimche, originally from Amsterdam, has been an educator and counsellor for the last thirty years. After learning in both Beis Yaakov and Michlala seminaries, she moved to London with Rabbi Kimche and dedicated herself to building the community. Rebbetzen Kimche is a childbirth educator, a kallah teacher, and is also a parenting expert. She is currently teaching across London in high schools, shuls and in her own home as well as running a voluntary organisation to help women through childbirth.

Rebbetzen Kimche. with her degree in psychology and education she has counselled hundreds of women and is a sought after international speaker on women in Judaism.


Educator: Michael Pollak

Michael is a founding member of Ner Yisrael and Trustee. He is an educational consultant for PaJeS and the UJIA Jewish Life Education Center. He is a graduate of Hevron Yeshiva in Jerusalem and studied philosophy at LSE. He has held a series of high profile communal positions and is a seasoned Talmud Daf Yomi teacher.


Youth Directors: 

Adam Herszaft - - 07950612306

Racheli Herszaft - - 0794335513



Malki - - 0751075640​​




Wed, 24 February 2021 12 Adar 5781