Our Rabbinic Team
Rabbi Elchonon Feldman
Rabbi Feldman, Senior Rabbi of Bushey United Synagogue is a born and bred New Yorker, having been raised in Brooklyn before it achieved its trendier status. Following his studies, he emigrated to Israel, where he was involved in education, and undertook Rabbinic semicha ordination. Since moving to the UK he first served as the Rabbi of Belmont United Synagogue and now has held the position of Senior Rabbi of Bushey United Synagogue since 2016.
Rabbi Feldman also represents the Chief Rabbi as Religious Principal of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and sits on the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue Committee with the Lifecycle and Burial Society portfolio.
Beyond his Rabbinic qualification and role, Rabbi Feldman is also a certified Psychotherapist trained at Regents University London and a qualified addiction counsellor. He enjoys strumming on an acoustic guitar and loves most things music, literature and outdoors-related. He also would seldom say no to a dram of whisky as well!
However, his main claim to fame is his British wife and partner-in-crime Jacqueline and their five fantastic children. He is passionate about community building, leadership and helping our diverse membership along on their own personal Jewish journey.
As The Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Elchonon’s responsibilities include looking after the vision and direction of the Synagogue, caring for the needs of the community and attending to all halachic (relating to Jewish law) and religious matters.
Rebbetzen Jacqueline Feldman
Jacqueline Feldman is the Senior Rebbetzen of Bushey United Synagogue and Ma’ayan. Alongside her husband Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, they lead the second largest Orthodox community in the United Kingdom.
Jacqueline feels blessed to be a part of the Rabbinic leadership team and is passionate about Bushey being a dynamic, exciting and warm community. She is a graduate of the Kol Soroh Suzie Bradfield Leadership Programme and the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme. Jacqueline is involved in women’s leadership across the Rabbinate and communities.
Jacqueline attended Hasmonean High School in London, Bnos Chava Seminary in Jerusalem and received a BSc in Neuroscience from Kings College London. She is a former Special Educational Needs Coordinator having worked both in secondary schools and informal settings, and has a passion for inclusion and education. Jacqueline has a particular interest in the intersection of Jewish law and ethics with medical scientific advancements.
She plays the harp, enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her wonderful family.
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lister
Rabbi Lister was born in Jerusalem, Israel and attended Menorah Primary School and Hasmonean High School. On leaving school he moved to Jerusalem to study in Yeshivas Bais Yisroel, then attained semicha at the Jerusalem Kollel under the auspices of Rabbi Yitzchok Berkovits.
Rabbi Lister is a keen runner and footballer, and plays the clarinet.
Rebbetzen Miri Lister
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Miri moved as a teenager to London where she attended Menorah High School. She subsequently studied at Gateshead New Seminary and taught in a nursery for three years. After getting married she moved to Jerusalem and studied in the women’s programme of the Jerusalem Kollel. She is currently studying for a degree in Psychology and Counselling.
Rabbi and Rebbetzen Lister love connecting to people and celebrating Judaism together- please get in touch and say hello, they can’t wait to meet you!