The Montefiore Endowment

Sir Moses Montefiore’s Deed of Foundation of 1866, together with his will of 1882 and its codicils, provided for the future transfer of the assets and administration of the Ramsgate Synagogue and the Judith Lady Montefiore College to the Board of Elders of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation, London. Following Sir Moses’s death in 1885, the Elders assumed responsibility for what became known as The Montefiore Endowment.

In 1989, the Board of Elders, in consultation with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, transferred its interest to a registered charity, The Montefiore Endowment at Ramsgate. This was governed by independent trustees elected by the Board of Elders.

In 2007, the trusteeship, permanent-endowment property and non-permanent endowment property (including liabilities) were transferred from The Montefiore Endowment at Ramsgate to The Montefiore Endowment, a new charitable company limited by guarantee. The company is run by a board of directors (trustees) assisted by an advisory Council.

Among the aims set out in the governing instrument of the Charity are

The promotion of the advanced study of the Holy Law as revealed on Sinai and expounded by the revered Sages of the Mishna and the Talmud. and teaching the benefit of tolerance, mutual understanding, social harmony and integration, in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Law as expounded by the revered sages of the Mishna and Talmud and as demonstrated in the life of Sir Moses Montefiore

sir-mosesIn addition to maintaining the Synagogue and Mausoleum at Ramsgate, together with the Montefiore collections deriving from them, the trustees now emphasise the educational aspect of their work.

This includes:

  • Running a gap-year scholarship scheme at specific yeshivot and seminaries in Jerusalem for carefully selected school leavers on condition that they undertake to serve the community, at least part-time, on their return to England.
  • Running the London Montefiore Semicha Programme and the Montefiore Dayanut Programme.
  • Supporting higher Torah education at the London School of Jewish Studies.
  • Supporting the Montefiore Kollel at Sha’are Tefillah, Manchester.
  • Sponsoring M.Phil/Ph.D candidates and research in advanced Torah. learning at University College, London and elsewhere.
  • Supporting other organisations with similar aims.

The Montefiore Endowment’s current policy is based on its trustees’ interpretation of the way in which Sir Moses himself might have wished his Endowment to be administered in the very different circumstances of today’s world – all subject to regulation by the Charity Commission in accordance with its Scheme of 1989.

The Montefiore Endowment currently owns and maintains the Montefiore Synagogue and Mausoleum at Ramsgate together with collections of manuscripts, books, artefacts, ritual textiles and ritual silver. It administers and funds the Judith Lady Montefiore College, which was moved from Ramsgate to London in the 1960s.

Though not a part of the original bequest, the Endowment also assumed responsibility for Ramsgate’s Jewish cemetery following the decline of its local community,

Directors and Trustees

  • Alan Bekhor
  • Charlotte Green M.A. M.Sc.
  • Lucien Gubbay M.A. (Oxon) (Chairman)
  • Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy O.B.E.
  • Isaac Levy B.A. (Cantab.)
  • Pamela Sinyor LL.B.
  • Rick Sopher M.A. F.C.A.
  • Rick Sopher M.A. F.C.A.

Honorary Officers and Consultants

  • Chairman: Lucien Gubbay
  • Chairman of Investment Committee: Rick Sopher
  • Consultant for IT: Dr Roger Bilboul
  • Custodian: Ruth Basrawy


  • Ruth Basrawy JP
  • Roger Bilboul Ph.D. (London)
  • Rabbi Mark Daniels B.A.
  • Rabbi Joseph Dweck B.A., M.A.
  • Rabbi Israel Elia B.A.
  • Judge Clement Goldstone Q.C.
  • Jeremy Gubbay B.A. A.C.A.
  • Professor Stephen Miller Ph.D.
  • Susan Nyman B.Sc. (Econ), F.C.A., A.C.A.E.W.
  • Daniel Sacerdoti B.A., A.C.A.
  • Jonathan Sacerdoti M.A. (Oxon)
  • Joe Sinyor M.A. (Cantab.) M.B.A.
  • Jeremy Smouha M.A. (Cantab.)
  • Sabah Zubeida B.Sc. (Econ.)

Investment committee

  • Chairman: Rick Sopher M.A. F.C.A.
  • Joe Sinyor M.A. (Cantab.) M.B.A.
  • Ronald Musry
  • Julian Levy
  • Jeremy Smouha M.A. (Cantab.)


  • Company Secretary: Giselle Sinyor
  • Joint Administrators; Giselle Sinyor and Julia Samuel
  • Accountant and bookkeeper: Sharon Goldstein (Grunberg and Co.)
  • Librarian: Sally Style B.A.

Registration numbers

The Montefiore Endowment is a registered charity (no. 1113038) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no. 5604295). Our registered office is at 44a Albert Road, London NW4 2SJ.


The Chairman at the Conference of Sephardi Rabbis, June 2008

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