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Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov attended yeshivot in Gateshead, Manchester, and Toras Emes in Jerusalem. After receiving Rabbinical Ordination in Montreal Lubavitch Yeshiva, Rabbi Dubov went on to attain higher Rabbinical Dayanut Ordination in Lubavitch 770, New York. In 1988 Rabbi Dubov arrived, together with his wife Sarah, in Wimbledon and after one year, they moved into the current premises of the Chabad House in St. George's Road.
Over the years, they have expanded the many programmes available to South London Jewish Communities, to include a kosher and Judaica shop, a mikvah (built in 1991), adult education classes, summer camps, women's groups, children's groups, etc.
Most recently the new synagogue premises, the Chabad Centre, in 44 St. George's Road was opened, and has been been enjoyed by the community ever since.
Rabbi Dubov is Director of Chabad of South London, rabbi of the Chabad Shul, and is also the author of 11 books, on various Jewish topics. In addition to overseeing the many activities run by the Chabad House, he is also a sought-after lecturer, particularly in the area of Kabbalah, both nationally and internationally.
Mrs. Sarah Dubov graduated from the Jewish Teacher's Training College in Gateshead, and taught for three years in Machon Chana College of Jewish Studies in New York. Sarah is co-director of the Chabad house and runs the South London mikvah, and is a lecturer on Jewish subjects.
In addition to providing marriage preparation classes, Sarah heads the Chabad Jewish Woman's Circle, the weekly Mums 'n Tots group, and also oversees many of the other Chabad projects and the day to day running of the Chabad House.
The Dubov children are also active members of the Chabad Team, and help out with many Chabad programmes and activities!
Rabbi Dovid and Sora Cohen joined to the Chabad team in 2008 are working as Chabad on Campus with students and young professionals in the South London area.
Dovid hails originally from the USA and, in 1989, received Rabbinical Ordination in Lubavitch 770, New York, before going on to attain higher Rabbinical Dayanut Ordination in 1991.
Together with his wife Sora, from London, they moved to Glasgow in 1994 where he has served as Jewish Student Chaplain to Scotland and North-East England for 14 years.
In the autumn of 2008, the Cohens accepted the exciting proposition of creating Chabad on Campus for South London and are responsible for Chabad activities in all the campuses and student accommodations across South London and Surrey. They are also active in working with young professionals living in the area.
They have a passion for teaching Judaism formally and informally, and especially by example, from their open home, from which they have raised 9 children ranging from ages 0 - 17.
Leah Moscowitz. A native born and bred South Londoner, has been appointed as Programme Director, and will be expanding our activities South of the River. Leah has already assumed the role of headmistress at our bustling cheder and will also focus on women's activities.
In addition to the current activities at Chabad, as well as the sterling work of Rabbi Dovid and Sora Cohen and family with students and young professionals of Chabad South London Campuses, Leah's arrival will further broaden and expand the activities of Chabad in the area.
Elisheva (Shevi) Kesselman helps run our kid's programmes!
She sends out the Tzivos Hashem KIDS magazine to all the lucky South London children several times a year, she arranges letters and certificates for kids in the children's sefer Torah, helps with Camp Gan Izzy and with various events throughout the year. Shevi also visits homes in South London, organising helping putting up mezuzahs.
Daniel Saunders graduated from the Rabbinical College of America before going on to receive his Masters at the University of Birmingham.
In 2005, Daniel joined the Chabad team to assist in various aspects of Chabad of South London and has since taken on the responsibility of handling the technical logistics of running the Chabad House and Chabad Centre as well coordinating the Chabad Shul.
In addition to designing and refreshing the website, Daniel writes the weekly eMagazine - the Chabad Wimbledon eZine.
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Daniel was behind the rebranding of Chabad Wimbledon in 2006 and in 2010 established Chabad Wimbledon's presence in social media through Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and our Blog.
Jessica Kingsley, together with Sarah Dubov, co-ordinates the events for the Jewish Woman's Circle; from arranging the programme, designing and sending the fliers, to running the actual event itself.
More information about the Jewish Women's Circle can be found here.
Avi Halberthal helps manage our Dovrei Ivrit hebrew speaking group, by keeping track of all the Israeli's and ivrit speakers in South London on her database.
We are grateful to our incredibly dedicated staff who help keep our operation here at Chabad running smoothly and providing you all with our array of activities and programmes!