Rabbi Asaf Mittelman
Rabbi Asaf Mittelman took over the direction of the Semicha Course, with the help of Rabbi Amrom Nemeth, from Rabbi Mark Daniels in September 2016.
After spending six years in yeshiva in Israel, Rabbi Mittelman served as a paratrooper in the IDF before coming to England where he gained experience in Jewish schools and in leading synagogue programmes.
Rabbi Mittelman has an LL.B degree and graduated with distinction from the Montefiore Semicha Course in 2012: he subsequently helped the late Dayan Amor z”l to teach the Course and is now its principal lecturer in Yoreh Deah. He lives in London and is married with children.
Rabbi Amrom Nemeth
After four years at Gateshead Yeshiva Gedola under Rabbi Avraham Gurvits, Rabbi Amrom Nemeth studied for three years in Jerusalem under Rabbi Shlomo Waldin in Yeshivat Shaarai Chochmah. On returning to London, he enrolled in Hager’s Kollel for a further four years of advanced Talmudic studies and was awarded Semicha from the Gateshead Rav Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman shlita and Rabbi Shlomo Waldin of Jerusalem.
As well as lecturing in the Montefiore Kollel, where he works with Rabbi Mittelman in directing the Semicha Course, Rabbi Amrom Nemeth also teaches part-time at the Naima Jewish Preparatory School.
Rabbi Nemeth is married to Miriam a qualified Aerobics instructor and they have three children.
Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
was founded in 1987 by Rav Moshe Ehrenreich and Rav Yosef Carmel under the presidency of HaGaon Maran Harav Shaul Israeli zt”l to fulfil a perceived need. See www.eretzhemdah.org for details.
- The Montefiore College’s teaching of Yore Deah for its Semicha Course is strengthened by the active participation of Eretz Hemdah under the personal direction of Rabbi Yosef Carmel (see below) and currently delivered by Rabbi Ofer Livnat (see below).
- The teaching of the Montefiore Dayanut Course is wholly delivered by Eretz Hemdah, under the personal direction of Rabbi Yosef Carmel, currently with Rabbi Ofer Livnat as its instructing dayan.
Rabbi Yosef Carmel
Rabbi Yosef Carmel was born in Jerusalem and is the Rabbinical Dean of the Eretz Hemdah, Institute for advanced Jewish studies in Jerusalem, as well as the Av Beit Din of the Beit Din, “Eretz Hemdah – Gazit”.
Rav Yosef Carmel is a graduate of the Nir Kiryat Arba Hesder Yeshiva where he was Rosh Metivta for over ten years. He was a combat soldier in the IDF during the Yom Kippur war as well as the first Lebanon war.
Rav Carmel is a senior lecturer for Tanach at Jerusalem College and heads the ‘Ask the Rabbi’ program which provides Halachic answers in English to questioners from around the world. To date, more than 20,000 replies have been sent out. He is the author of many articles on Tanach and Halacha, the book Tsofenat Eliyahu – a commentary on the Vilna Gaon’s commentary on the laws of financial damages in Shulchan Aruch Hoshen Mishpat, the book Tzofnat Yeshayahu – from Uziya to Ahaz – a commentary on the prophecies of Yehsayahu during one of the stormiest times in Jewish history, and eight volumes of “Reponsa B’mareh Habazak”.
Rabbi Ofer Livnat
Rabbi Ofer Livnat from Eretz Hemdah delivers a lesson pack and an interactive shiur by video-link every week to the Montefiore Semicha Programme to supplement the teaching of the Montefiore College’s rabbis; and he also delivers a similar programme to the Montefiore Dayanut Course. Rabbi Livnat spends three consecutive days a month at the Montefiore College in London for more intensive teaching to both courses.
Rabbi Ofer Livnat is a graduate of the Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and received his Yadin Yadin ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
He is currently a staff member of Eretz Hemdah, where he teaches a number of programs for training rabbis and dayanim, including the Semicha and Dayanut Programs at Montefiore College in London, a Dayanut program for community rabbis in Eastern Europe and North America, and the Manhigut Toranit program. Rabbi Livnat is also in charge of Eretz Hemdah’s responsa projects of ‘Ask the Rabbi’ and ‘Shut Bemareh Habazak’, fielding questions on all aspects of Jewish Law from rabbis and laymen all over the world; and he serves as a Dayan on the Eretz Hemdah – Gazit Beit Din for monetary cases. He also lectures on Tanach at the Jerusalem College
The rabbi previously studied and taught at the Hesder Yeshiva Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim. He served in an artillery unit of the IDF; and attained a B.Ed degree.
Rabbi Dr Irving Jacobs
A former Principal of Jews’ College with a unique breadth and depth of knowledge, Rabbi Jacobs is an inspirational teacher.
Rabbi Dr. Harvey Belovski
Rabbi Belovski read mathematics at University College, Oxford and subsequently studied in Gateshead, first at the Gateshead Yeshivah, where he gained Semichah, and then at the Beis HaTalmud Kollel. He later completed a PhD at the University of London, where he researched Chassidic hermeneutics at Birkbeck.
In addition to his rabbinical duties at Golders Green Synagogue, Rabbi Belovski is a research and teaching fellow at LSJS, the rabbinic mentor for University Jewish Chaplaincy, a founding governor of Rimon Jewish Primary School, the rabbi of Kisharon, the rabbi of PaL, and a member of the RCUS committee. His special interests include midrash, contemporary halachah, pre-marriage counselling, 19th-century European Jewish thought, innovative educational programming and developing independent-minded students.
Rabbi Belovski is married to Vicki, a freelance journalist, author and the community news editor. They have seven children.
Rabbi Daniel Roselaar
Rabbi Daniel Roselaar, having served as the Rabbi of the Belmont and Watford communities is now the Rabbi of Alei Tzion. Rabbi Roselaar, has a strong background in learning, with a London University MA in Jewish Education. He spent eight years studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and is a talmid of both Rav Yehudah Amital z”l and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein. He received the prestigious semicha of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as well as the semicha of Rav Z N Goldberg.
He is a frequent contributor to the United Synagogue’s Daf Hashavua and serves as the Rav of the United Synagogue Burial Society and Chevra Kaddisha. He is also the Rosh Kollel of the Kinloss Community Kollel where he gives a wide range of shiurim.
Rabbi Roselaar is married to Na’amah, an Occupational Therapist with degrees from Columbia University and Yeshiva University. They have four children.
Other Course Teachers
These include Rabbi Israel Elia B.A.; Rabbi Reuven Livingstone LL.M., M.A.; Rabbi Jeff Berger; Dr Adrienne Baker; Lucien Gubbay M.A.(Oxon.); Marilyn Lehrer M.A.(Oxon.) LLAM; Dr. Oliver Samuel.
Occasional Lecturers of Particular Distinction
These include Dayan Ezra Basri (Ab Beth Din, Jerusalem); Rabbi Dr. Abraham Levy (Hon. Principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College and Emeritus Spiritual Head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation); Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community; Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who teaches once a term; and Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.
During the Course, students are also exposed to a variety of visiting lecturers for short periods, both rabbinic and academic, as well as to rabbis and lay leaders currently holding prominent positions in the community.