Honorary Officers

Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell

Chairman

Deborah and I moved to Borehamwood almost 11 years ago and together with our daughter Leora (aged 8) have led an active life in the community. My first major BES activity was establishing the Yachad service (recently replaced by Nitzan). I have served on the Board of Management and in 2014 became a Warden - a role I absolutely loved. I have served on the committees that appointed both Rabbi Kanterovitz and Rabbi Chapper and have led many of the major Shul events over the last 5 years including Purim events, Summer Carnivals, Chattanim and Neshot Chayil celebrations and Cocktail evenings. I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community and look forward to leading us on the next stage of our development.

Jonny Stankler

Jonny Stankler

Deputy Chair

During the past 19 years my wife Jo and I, along with our two children Lottie and Ben, have played many active roles as members of BES. I helped run children’s services for a decade, worked with friends to setup and run the Tomkei Shabbat initiative, attend daily Shacharit services and frequently participate in Shiurim and events. Jo has been a board member, on the functions committee and has put together the Shul calendar for several years. As such, we are highly invested in BES and the community. I feel that the time is right to use both my professional and academic skills, underpinned by my love for Judaism, to make an active contribution to the running of our synagogue. I would like to help create a positive and enriching environment where every member, regardless of background, feels that BES is an important, meaningful and indispensable part of their lives. I was the Vice Chair (BES Wide) and am now the Deputy Chair.

Rachel Fink

Rachel Fink

Financial Representative

I have lived in the area for almost 11 years with my husband Steven and our three children. During this time we have seen the community grow a great deal. My husband and I are active members of the community volunteering our time organising and participating in numerous rotas at the Yavneh site, including Kiddush and welcoming. Professionally, I am a qualified accountant. After working for numerous companies in different industries as well as accountancy firms I decided to start my own accounting business in 2012 and have many clients, all of whom have different accounting needs which I manage. I stood for Financial Representative as I want to use my professional knowledge to help and support the community.

Tania Falk

Tania Falk

Vice Chair BES-Wide

I have lived in the community for over 30 years. I am married to Howard and have two adult sons. Previously I have been on the Ladies Committee and a governor of the Nursery School. I am a long time volunteer in the Shul Office. I was awarded Woman-of-the-Year 2011and the BESTIE outstanding contribution award in 2018. I have been serving on the Board with responsibility for the Welfare portfolio, I have worked with our professional care coordinator running our community welfare services. These include offering support on bereavement, divorce, ill health, care issues and financial difficulties. We offer support to new mothers and run tea parties and lunches for senior members of our community. I now feel the time has come to step up to an Honorary Officer position and I am now the Vice Chair of BES-Wide, a committee I have served on since its inception.

Louise Moont

Louise Moont

Vice Chair BES Women

I moved to Borehamwood with my husband Josh 17 years ago and together with our 4 children lead an active life in the community. During this time I have volunteered in numerous rotas at both the Croxdale and Yavneh sites, including Kiddush, welcoming, children’s services and youth discussions as well as other pastoral roles. I also ran the synagogue toddler group, sat on the youth committee and regularly host a Women's Kabbalat Shabbat service. Whilst living here, I have seen the community grow at an extraordinary rate and I’m really excited to play an active role in the ongoing development of BESwomen as well as the wider BES community. I am keen to nurture and develop an environment where every member feels engaged, involved and that they are a valued and important part of BES.

Cindy Goldstein

Cindy Goldstein

Vice Chair (Yavneh)

My family and I have lived on the Southside of Borehamwood since 2015. We love living in Borehamwood and have become actively involved within various aspects of the BES community. For the past three years, I have been an active member of the Southside Committee and have also served as a member of the BES Board of Management. Professionally I work as a Clinical Trials Manager and am currently responsible for managing a large UK-wide clinical trial in prostate cancer. I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community and am passionate about creating an environment where all members feel welcome and valued, and have the opportunity to be involved. I welcome this opportunity to make even more of a positive contribution in the ongoing development of BES@Yavneh and of the wider BES community.

Phil Cohen

Phil Cohen

Warden (Croxdale)

I've been a member of BES since Deborah and I married in 1999 and am delighted to have brought up our three sons in the community. During that time I have represented the shul on the US council and the Board of Deputies and have served on the Board of Management and on various sub-committees including Community Strategy and Education. Outside of shul I was a founding member of the Eruv Committee. I have a degree in Physiology and an MBA and having started my career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, went on to join a firm recruiting into the pharmaceutical industry. I now run my own recruitment company. I like reading, watching films - that usually scare the daylights out of my wife, and of course cheering on Spurs.

Sam Franklin

Sam Franklin

Vice Chair (Croxdale)

Since moving to the area in 2013 I’ve played a strong and active role in shaping our community. After attending the range of excellent services at Croxdale Road, I identified an opportunity to involve more people in the Shul, and co-founded the Nitzan Minyan. Since its inception, the Minyan has grown to more than just a shabbat morning service; organising excellent events, Yom Tov services and providing a foundation for new couples to engage with BES. I am proud that through this, new members of the Shul have integrated themselves into the fabric of our community and I have supported them to be involved with volunteer roles, new projects and as members of the Synagogue Council. Professionally, I am a Management Consultant at Atos Consulting, leading their Digital Workplace practice. I’ve an excellent track record of project and programme management, working on complex and diverse projects across sectors. This ranges from working with the International Olympic Committee to leading the team to build the replacement system for matching and allocating hearts and lungs for NHS Blood and Transplant! I believe that our Shul is entering a really exciting period and I am confident I bring the professional experience and the passion to help lead us during this time. I have already been part of innovative thinking around expanding the Shabbat offer at Croxdale Road and I would relish the opportunity to develop further inspiring and engaging services and activities. We are currently growing the Rabbinic Team, aiming to employee the first Female Community Educator and look to progress the plans to turn the Croxdale Road site into a Community Hub for all of BES. There has been a massive growth in the Jewish population in Borehamwood over the last few years, and I am ready to strengthen the great work and bring new initiatives to develop the community.

David Nathan

Warden (Yavneh)