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Richard Gold, Joint Chair

Richard and his family have been members of New North London for around 30 years.  He has been increasingly involved in synagogue activities including long stints as a security supervisor and on the traditional service greeters rota.  He was part of the team that worked on developing the synagogue's strategic plan published in 2012 and also worked with Masorti Europe and Masorti Olami (the Masorti world-wide movement) helping them with their strategic planning.  Richard is also part of the Intermezzo team providing accessible and enjoyable lunch-time concerts in the Beit Knesset.  His aim is to help the synagogue to develop and change organically and to ensure that all voices are equally heard and equally respected.


Paul Harris, Joint Chair

Paul joined NNLS in 2010 having previously been a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti. His family are involved in different activities in the synagogue and Masorti Judaism. He joined Council in 2015 as the Masorti Judaism Representative and enjoyed his role both on Council and the Masorti Judaism Board. He is part of the sub group set up to help develop the synagogue strategy from 2018 and has been involved in a number of community conversations about the synagogue. As the NNLS rep on the Masorti board, he helped organise the Annual dinner and was involved in the Yellow Candle Yom HaShoah Memorial Project. He is excited about being co-chair of such a vibrant dynamic community. His aim is continue the work already ongoing regarding the new strategy and governance, to be part of the Synagogue’s adjustment to the changing needs of the community and to help engage with as many potential volunteers as possible to add to the excellent pool already in existence.


Tony Bogod, Treasurer

Tony joined NNLS in 2008.  Professionally he is a chartered accountant in practice and was appointed as treasurer of the Shul in 2014.  His main task is to ensure that the finances of the Shul are kept in good order.  Feel free to contact him if you have any matters relating to the finances of the Synagogue you wish to discuss.


Abi Levitt, Honorary Secretary

Abi Levitt joined NNLS in 1996 when her children were 5, 3, 3. She is currently serving on Management and Council as Honorary Secretary, and also provides advice on various areas of communication strategy. Abi is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Norwood.


Micah Gold, Community Development

Micah has been a member of NNLS for 14 years and enjoys attending services on Shabbat and chagim.  He has had many involvements in shul life from leading children’s services to engaging with social action and the wider community.   Day to day, he is the Director of Mobilise Public Ltd whose social purpose is to reshape the relationship between citizens and their public services.


Tamara Isaacs

Tamara joined NNLS in 2000. Her oldest child started Gan Alon in 2002 and she was Chair or Joint-Chair of the Gan Alon committee on and off until her youngest child left Gan Alon in 2010. She then held the Gan Alon portfolio on Council, and in 2012 joined the NNLS management committee. She served for four years as Joint Chair of Council from 2013 – 2017, and is now on Council ex officio without portfolio. She has led children's services for over ten years, both for the toddlers and 5-8s. During the week Tamara currently works as a civil servant at the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Richard Laikin, Masorti Judaism and Board of Deputies Representative

Richard and his family have been members of NNLS for the last 15 years. He has recently joined Council with the Masorti Judaism portfolio, is a member of the NNLS Green Team and is one of our two representatives at the Board of Deputies along with Sophie Ross; he sits on the Constitution Committee and the Social Action Committee at the Board. He is also a Trustee of the Mitzvah Day charity, and is a management consultant at a large professional services firm.


Carli Lessof, Education

Carli joined NNLS in 1994. She holds the Education Portfolio on Council and liaises closely with the NNLS Director of Education.  Carli was a teacher at our teens Cool’anu programme from 2011 until 2014 and has benefited from both of her children growing up in NNLS and coming through the different stages of Cheder, Bar/Bat Mitvah, informal activities and Noam. Feel free to drop Carli a line if you have any thoughts on anything education-related.


Sarah Miller

Sarah joined NNLS in 2003 and has become an increasingly keen attender of Shabbat and Haggim services at the synagogue with her family. With a background in youth movements and as a UJS full time officer in her youth, Sarah has continued to work in the field of Hadracha, now working as a leadership and organisational consultant and coach across all sectors. She is also training to be a psychoanalyst and works as an honorary psychotherapist. Sarah is looking forward to becoming an active member of the council.


Jonathan Polin

Jonathan joined NNLS in 2010 and soon became a shammas in the traditional service and now leads that team along with co-leading the Traditional Service Minyan Team.  His day (and night) job is as a corporate partner at the city law firm, Howard Kennedy.


Sophie Ross, Board of Deputies Representative

A founding member of Gan Alon nursery, Sophie has been a member of NNLS her whole life. Having just graduated from University, Sophie is looking forward to continuing contributing to the Shul leading services and in her new role representing NNLS on the Board of Deputies. If you have any questions or views relating to the Board, please don't hesitate to contact her or Richard.


Richard Stephens, Social and Recreational

Richard and his family joined NNLS in 2000. He has been told that his role on Council is ‘Minister of Fun”. Richard is a partner in a firm of solicitors. He specialises in Employment Law.


David Waksman


Jude Williams

Jude joined NNLS in 2004 and has enjoyed Shabbat and Haggim at the synagogue with her family for many years. Jude has a career in the Jewish youth movements, international development and now runs a charity working on closing the educational inequality gap.