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Borehamwood and
Elstree Synagogue



Professional Staff

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Howard Phillips - Community and Finance Manager

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Stephen Wyman - Finance and Admin Assistant

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Estelle Talberg - Administrator

Estelle works in general administration in the office - she is the person to contact if you wish to make a hall booking, book a simcha (bar/batmitzvahs, aufrufs etc) and is responsible for editing the weekly newsletter.

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Rebecca Brummer - Community Care Co-ordinator

Rebecca Brummer is the Community Care Co-ordinator for Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, dealing with all welfare issues in strict confidence.

Whatever your concern - be it about a relative being poorly, dealing with a bereavement, feeling lonely, having a child with special needs, or are experiencing financial worries - you can contact Rebecca for support and advice.

You can reach her via the confidential Community Care Line 020 8207 5741, or by emailing her.

Rebecca also supervises a dedicated team of Community Care volunteers without whom the service would not operate! If you have any time to spare and would like to join this team, please contact Rebecca on the above number.


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Bernie Bray - Caretaker

Bernie undertakes all aspects of the synagogue's maintenance and caretaking. This includes ordering supplies, setting up the shul and other rooms for services, doing security and meeting suppliers. Additionally, he sets up Gilah Nursery every morning.

He's a bit of an expert on Shabbat and the Jewish festivals and is always extremely accommodating to the community's needs (including setting up a Limmud minyan in the early hours after a communal Shabbat dinner). Without Bernie, the synagogue wouldn't function!

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Nicholas O'Sullivan - Caretaker

Nick is our assistant caretaker working with the Head Caretaker to ensure that the site is always ready for use.

He carries out many minor repairs to our building such as mending broken windows, changing light bulbs and unblocking drains. He makes sure the heating and lighting are on and off at appropriate times and that the premises are clean and rubbish is collected and taken away. He helps to ensure that the Shul, and rooms are prepared for whatever event is due to take place.

Nick is very practical and started work for the Shul with a wealth of experience from previous employment so can usually find a solution to most building problems.

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Celia Bray - Caretaker

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