Then and Now


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.

The offices and facilities of the Endowment are at the Schaller House Campus, 44a Albert Road, London NW4 2SJ. Normal office hours are from 10.00 am. to 5.00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays.



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


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

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)
  • Ronald Musry
  • Pamela Sinyor LL.B.
  • 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

Advisory Council

  • 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)


The Chairman at the Conference of Sephardi Rabbis, June 2008

The Montefiore Endowment exists to preserve and develop the legacy of Sir Moses Montefiore. For more information on its work, please visit:

Montefiore Endowment

          Sir Moses Montefiore

                S&P Jews’ Congregation (now the S&PHARDI Community)
Montefiore College

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