The Judith Lady Montefiore College was re-opened in London in 2005 as a centre for higher Torah education, with Rabbi Dr. Abraham Levy as its Honorary Principal, and is registered with the Department for Education and Skills. It occupies premises attached to the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ synagogue at Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, London W9. For its first year, it concentrated on establishing a kollel and building up the necessary teaching staff.
In January 2006, the College opened its part-time Semicha Course to train future rabbis for the Anglo-Jewish community as a whole. A further course started in October 2009 and the third course started in November 2013 and the current one in November 2017. The College’s teaching of Yore Deah is strengthened by the active participation of Eretz Hemdah Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. This is the only such structured course in the United Kingdom and, apart from a single institution in France, is the only one in Europe.
The unique Montefiore part-time Dayanut Programme ‘Yadin Yadin for the Diaspora’ commenced in November 2016 and uses the latest internet techniques, supplemented by face-to-face sessions, to enable rabbis from Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the U.S.A. to participate in the learning together with a group of rabbis from the UK. The teaching is delivered by Eretz Hemdah; and graduates will receive Eretz Hemdah’s semicha ‘Yadin-Yadin for the Diaspora’.
The College also promotes higher Torah learning in a variety of different ways by running other special courses and by supporting several institutions, programmes and individuals with similar aims.
The Honorary Principal
|Rabbi Dr. Abraham Levy O.B.E., Emeritus Spiritual Head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation London, is actively involved in the running of the College and its associated Kollel.
Rabbi Levy was born in Gibraltar and attended Carmel College. He took his B.A. degree at Jews’ College and his doctorate at University College London. Ever an educational innovator, he founded the Young Jewish Leadership Institute which served as the model for many of the adult educational programmes current today, and then went on to create the flourishing Naima Jewish Preparatory School.
|Lucien Gubbay, chairman of trustees of the Montefiore Endowment, participates actively in the day-to-day administration of the College and in the planning of its courses.
Born in Argentina and educated in Manchester and at Balliol College, Oxford, Lucien Gubbay then served in the Royal Air Force in Germany. He is a former president of the Board of Elders of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation and a trustee of L.S.J.S. (formerly Jews’ College). A consulting engineer by profession, he has lectured and written extensively on religious history and related subjects, and is an Honorary Research Fellow of University College London.
Leading Rabbis and Teachers at a Conference of Sephardi Rabbis in 2009
The Montefiore Endowment
The Montefiore Endowment exists to preserve and develop the legacy of Sir Moses Montefiore. For more information on our work, please visit: