Personnel

  • Rabbi Yitzchak Y. Schochet M.A.

    Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet arrived in the UK in 1991. Having previously served as assistant principal of Oholei Torah Boys School in New York, he assumed the position as Minister of the Richmond Synagogue in Southwest London for two years, while also teaching Advanced Jewish Studies at the Jews Free School. In 1993, at the age of 28, he was offered the position as rabbi of the Mill Hill Synagogue. His vibrancy and dynamism has resulted in a continuous growth of membership, now in excess of 3000 members.

    He has a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from University College London. He authors numerous articles for newspapers, magazines and journals. He served as Diary Rabbi to the Guardian Newspaper and also writes for the Jewish Chronicle as well as a very popular weekly column in the Jewish News. He has featured in The London Times as well as Time Magazine International. Rabbi Schochet can often be seen on television including BBC as a regular panelist for The Big Questions as well as CNN.

    Rabbi Schochet is a sought after international speaker on a vast range of topics. He has lectured across the world including Russia, Australia, Israel and all parts of the USA and Europe and has been rated top speaker at the National Jewish Retreat in The USA for several years running.

    Rabbi Schochet served on the Chief Rabbis Cabinet with the portfolio of the family and as chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue. He was named by the Jewish Telegraph as one of the ten most influential Rabbis in the United Kingdom. The Jewish Chronicle recently described him as "one of the most outspoken Rabbis in the world."


    One of Anglo-Jewrys most dynamic orthodox rabbis, who has turned his synagogue into a vibrant source of religious and social activities. 
    The Jewish Chronicle
     
    He's extremely entertaining.. 
    The London Times
     
    ...the rebel rabbi doubled his synagogue attendance in four years 
    The Daily Mail
     

     



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  • Rebbetzen Chani Schochet
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    Chani Schochet was born and bred in North London.
    She graduated the Lubavitch Girls Senior School in London with 4 A levels and pursued a post graduate degree in New York.
    She received her teachers degree in 1987 and married in 1989.
    She juggles her family life (5 children) with community life, currently teaching Bat Chayils, brides to be, and she runs the Welfare of the Mill Hill community.
  • Rabbi James Proops
    Educated at City of London School followed by a year in Yeshivat HaKotel, Rabbi James Proops then obtained a BA (Hons) in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds.  Upon completing his degree he became the full-time Youth Director at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue, organising social activities, various trips both in the UK and abroad, and providing Jewish education for 10-18 year olds.  

    After marrying his wife Sarah he then spent five years living and studying in Jerusalem, in which time he received semicha and completed the two year Ner L’Elef Jewish Leadership training programme. He also holds a teaching qualification from the Agency of Jewish Education, as well as a certificate in Counselling from Birkbeck University.
     
    Between 2003-2014 Rabbi Proops served as a Chazzan for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services in both Glasgow and then in Stanmore, as well as being a popular choice for singing at chuppahs both in the UK and in Israel.  During his time in Israel he co-hosted JJam, a Jewish music programme, on Rusty Mike Radio, Israel’s only English speaking radio station. 
     
    Before joining Mill Hill, Rabbi and Sarah Proops served as the campus Rabbinic couple in Leeds for Aish UK. Together they provided education, pastoral support, friendship and never-ending meals to the hundreds of students based in Leeds. Rabbi Proops was also appointed head of northern campuses for Genesis, a programme of Aish UK and the JLE, which included overseeing the programme in Liverpool, Manchester and frequent visits to Durham. 

    It seems that community roles are where Rabbi Proops' strengths and passions lie. "Having consistently held positions of leadership in a local community, culminating in working as a youth director, I realised that trying to educate, inspire and serve the Jewish community was my passion and something I wished to dedicate my career to," he says. 

    In September 2012 Rabbi Proops took part in the United Synagogue Rabbinic Internship programme, where prospective Rabbis come to the UK for the High Holidays, are placed in a shul and get a feel for the US. "I had the opportunity to meet with the then Chairman and some members of the Board of Mill Hill. Sarah and I were very taken by the prospect of one day joining the community if the chance presented itself. When we heard earlier this year that the decision had been made to recruit a couple we were very keen to explore the possibility of that couple being us." 

     
  • Rebbetzen Sarah Proops
    Sarah Proops is warm, dynamic and passionate about working for the Mill Hill community. She has a lot of experience engaging with girls about the importance of the role of women in Judaism and that of female education. She hopes to help provide more opportunities for female involvement throughout the community and looks forward to hosting many guests in their home.

    Together with her husband, Sarah has a specific focus on engaging with the youth, both those who are already involved and those who are on the periphery.
    They both will also be looking to cater extensively for young families/couples as they find their place in the community and are very keen to provide for the 'young professional' age group, both educationally and socially. 

    The Proops have three sons who are, according to Rabbi Proops: "lively, sociable and inquisitive boys". 
    Sarah adds: "They love having Shabbat guests and are very excited to have moved to Mill Hill. In fact we all are! There is so much going on in Mill Hill Shul and we hope to build on all that already exists."
     
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