Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld is the senior Rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. His energy and passion for the community is only matched by his world-renowned voice. Rabbi Rosenfeld is the fifth generation of a Jerusalem family of rabbis and cantors. He is well respected for his composition of new Jewish music and performs at major events around the world with the Shabbaton Choir.
He has a long association with our community serving as Chazan between 1988 and 1997 and returning as Rabbi in 2005. Rabbi Lionel is a passionate advocate for Israel, and with his wife Natalie, have 4 children and 14 grandchildren all living in Israel.
The warmth and support that he and Natalie provide to all members of the community is shared with the many visitors who join us each Shabbat from all over the world.
A global religious leader, philosopher, author and moral voice for our time, Rabbi Lord Sacks was Chief Rabbi from 1991-2013 and raised to the peerage in 2009. He has been described by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales as “a light unto this nation”.
Rabbi Lord Sacks served as Rabbi of our community from 1983 to 1990, before taking up the post of Chief Rabbi, and has been a spiritual leader of our community ever since. He joins Rabbi Rosenfeld for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur each year, enhancing our services with his eloquence and intellect. He and his wife Lady Elaine are always welcome whenever they are able to find time in their busy schedule to join us for Shabbat.
Rabbi Sam Taylor currently serves as the Community Rabbi at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. In his role he oversees all programming which includes publications, outreach and interfaith work. Rabbi Taylor graduated from the Cass Business School with a BSc in Management before attending Yeshiva University where he received his Rabbinic Ordination and an MA in Jewish Education. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. In addition to his role at Western Marble Arch, Rabbi Taylor is the Young US Rabbi at the United Synagogue and the Jewish Chaplain at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Emma Taylor is the Community Rebbetzen at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and teaches History at Hasmonean High School, having previously taught at Beis Yaakov High School. Emma, a graduate of Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ Ma’ayan women’s leadership programme, is a popular Torah educator in various locations all over London. Emma attended Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalyim (MMY) in Jerusalem, then earned a BA in History at Kings College London and was awarded an MA in Education and Special Education at Touro College in New York. Furthermore, Emma is a certified teacher in both the UK and USA.
Rabbi Sam and Emma are proud parents of Yishai, Miri and Naftali.
Gina Drew Davis is our Administrator, and as such heads up the office of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. She jointly managed a Nursery for 25 years, is a former Governor of JFS and has been an Executive member/lay leader of several charities including Hope Charity, which she managed in the UK for 13 years. Gina is a valuable point of contact for all members and visitors to our community.