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Tamara Isaacs, Joint Chair

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 was elected Joint Chair of Council in 2013. She has led children's services for over ten years, both for the toddlers and 5-8s. During the week Tamara works as a civil servant at the Department of Health.


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.


Michael Blane, Vice Chair

Michael joined NNLS in 2005. Professionally he has been legal counsel for major international banks and is now actively involved as a trustee and also as an advisor to charities dealing with learning disabilities, mental illness and child obesity.



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.


Graham Woolfman, Hon. Secretary

Graham and his family have been members of NNLS for over twenty years, and he was elected as Secretary in 2013. He participates in Management and Council meetings, and deals with some formalities of meetings and the minutes. Commercially, he works as an adviser to companies in the areas of financing and management.


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.


Paul Harris, Masorti Judaism Trustee

Paul Harris joined NNLS in 2010.  He is responsible for representing the shul on the Masorti Judaism Board and was elected as a Council member in June 2015. In the day time he is Managing Partner of a firm of Solicitors specialising in Criminal Defence.


Abi Levitt, Communications and Strategy

Abi Levitt joined NNLS in 1996 when her children were 5, 3, 3.  She is currently serving her second term on Management and Council, where her brief is to broadly support the strategic development of the shul.  Abi is also a Director of Development at employment charity Tomorrow’s People.    


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.


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 world's largest law firm, Dentons.


David Raff, ex-officio

David joined the shul in 1994. He joined Management as Company Secretary in 2010, being a role he held until June 2012. At that point David stepped up to become Joint Chair. During the day David is a Partner at a firm of city solicitors.


Deborah Rizzuti, Tikkun Olam

Deborah joined NNLS in 2014 and enjoys leading and coordinating the challah project as well as attending the Assif service. Deborah's portfolio is Tikkun Olam and she will be focused on interfaith activities, bringing together a team to lead this with the goal of building a strong connection with other local communities. Deborah will be working closely with Louise Froggett to engage members in Tikkun Olam projects so please get in touch if this interests you. Deborah works in the Workplace Wellbeing team at Mind, the mental health charity.


Emma Rozenberg, Gan Alon

Emma became a member of NNLS in 2005. She holds the Gan Alon portfolio, helping Jane Pescow and the Gan Alon staff run the shul's outstanding nursery. She has three children and is studying for an MA in Jewish Studies. 


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, Education Projects

Jude joined NNLS in 2004 and has enjoyed Shabbat and Haggim at the synagogue with her family for many years. With a previous career in the Jewish youth movements, she is hoping to bring Noam and NNLS closer and make sure our teens are well provided for.


Richard Laikin, Board of Deputies Representative

Richard and his family have been members of NNLS for the last 15 years. He is one of our two representatives at the Board of Deputies along with Sophie Ross, and sits on the Constitution Committee and the Social Action Group management team at the Board. He is a management consultant at a large professional services firm, and a trustee or board member of several environmental and water sector organisations.


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.