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Rabbi Danny Bergson

Rabbi Bergson spent three years studying at Midrash Shmuel in Jerusalem and holds a degree in Computer Science. After returning to Jerusalem for two years of further study he was awarded smicha by Rabbi Zalman Nechemiyah Goldberg in 2003.

"... to inspire and positively influence all the people he meets or works with ..."

A trained cantor of 16 years and an impressive guitarist, Rabbi Bergson is a passionate musician who uses his talents not only as a hobby but to inspire and positively influence all the people he meets or works with. He is currently involved in two major music projects; one as part of an interfaith band called ‘All faith’ which aims to bring together different faiths and produce music of universal appeal and is finishing work on his first Jewish album which is mix of rock, jazz and acoustic music.

Rabbi Bergson’s wife, Anna, grew up in Hale and has a qualification in fitness and nutrition. She has trained in teaching brides and has experience at giving woman’s classes and discussion groups which were highly successful in Manchester. The Bergson’s have five children, Yael, Tzvi, Avital, Ilan and Naftali.

 

 
Rabbi Yaakov Grunewald, Emeritus Rabbi of Pinner Synagogue

Rabbi Grunewald and his family came to Pinner at Pesach 1976. Rabbi Grunewald spent his childhood in Israel, the eldest of three sons. His parents had fled from the Nazis to Palestine, where they met and married in 1940. Rabbi Grunewald was educated in a state religious school, where his love of Jewish learning quickly showed itself. In 1960 his parents moved to Hamburg, where Ya'akov took his A Levels before coming to Jews' College, to take a BA Degree. After this he studied at yeshivot in Gateshead and Montreux before returning to Jews' College to do a doctorate. However he was invited to be Assistant Minister at St. John's Wood Synagogue and realised that he should take Semicha instead. He came to Pinner and then embarked on the Semicha course at Jews' College, where he is proud of having studied with the present Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks.

When Rabbi Grunewald came to Pinner, he realised immediately the need for proper teaching at the Cheder, and set about reorganising and introducing new methods and in a very short time had so raised the standards at Pinner that the children were winning prizes, many of them top prizes, in the examinations set by the London Board of Education. Rabbi Grunewald has devoted his life to teaching both children and adults.

"The main drive of my live is to teach ..."

He says: "The main drive of my life is to teach, at whatever level, at whatever age. I don't mind if they are adults or children, if it's just on a one-to-one basis, a class of ten or a sermon I can deliver. What drives me is imparting knowledge of Judaism." He now takes regular shiurim, including a Talmud shiur that he has developed over many years and his dream is to make the Talmud a more acceptable subject to learn, so that there will be more depth to the intellectual underpinning of Judaism in the community.