Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum
Rabbi Dr Zarum is the Dean of LSJS and is the leading ambassador of the institution.
Raphael is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows programme at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel and in 2005 received an MA (with Distinction) in Adult Education at the Institute of Education in London. He is the creator of the Torah L’Am crash course and is the author of the Torat Hadracha and Jampacked Bible educational study guides. He was the first Head of faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini School UK and was Director of text-based Jewish education athe UJIA Centre for Informal Jewish Education.
He received rabbinic ordination after studying at the Kollel of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. The semicha was given by Dayan Saadia Amor (Rosh Beth Din of the Sephardi Beth Din UK and Rosh of the Montefiore Kollel), Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy (Emeritus Spiritual Head of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation and Honorary Principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College), Dayan Ezra Basri (Former Av Bet Din of Yerushalayim) and Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (Former President of LSJS).
He completed a PhD in theoretical physics in 1999 and published a number of papers on Quantum Chaos Theory. He is a leading Jewish educator in the UK and teaches at conferences and seminars, synagogues and Jewish community centres across the globe. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in UK Jewry.