Rabbi Lister learned for a year in the Sha'arei Torah Yeshiva in Manchester before reading French and Modern Hebrew at London University. He graduated with first class honours, before returning to Sha'arei Torah. Rabbi Lister then moved to Israel where he studied in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Ohr LaGolah diaspora training programme at Ohr Sameach in Jerusalem.
In 1997, Rabbi Lister took up the post of Rabbi in Reading Hebrew Congregation before moving to Muswell Hill Synagogue in 2000, where he was the Rabbi for seven years. During this time, Rabbi Lister also qualified as a primary school teacher specialising in Early Years education and wrote Play Ideas, a collection of lesson plans for teaching young Jewish children published by the United Synagogue.
Since his appointment as Rabbi of Edgware United Synagogue in 2008, Rabbi Lister has introduced a number of new successful initiatives to the community, including a popular pre-batmitzvah and barmitzvah Cheder course, the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event run in conjunction with local schools, participation in the annual Mitzvah Day project and learning programmes for young parents. He has also served as principal of the Michael Sobell Sinai School in Kenton.
In 2011 Rabbi Lister attained an MA from London University in Jewish Education and his book, Intergalactic Judaism, was published by Urim Publications.
Rabbi Lister is also a founder member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis, chaplain to the Mayor of Barnet and rabbinic advisor to the Langdon Foundation.
Our Governing Body
The Foundation Body for Rosh Pinah is the Scopus Jewish Educational Trust.
As set out in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, the functions of the Governing Body include the following core functions: (a) ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined; (b) ensuring that the Head Teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and (c) ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school's financial resources. The responsibility of the Governing Body is for overall policy. The day-to-day business of organising children's learning and of managing time, space, staff and resources is for the professional team led by the Head Teacher.
The full Governing Body meets termly and these meetings are clerked. There are also sub-committees which usually meet termly and they currently include (i) Admissions, (ii) Education, Ethos & Welfare, (iii) Business, Premises & Finance, (iv) Staffing & Performance, and (v) Strategic Planning. An individual Governor has been delegated responsibility for Special Educational Needs, welfare and safeguarding matters and small working groups of Governors have been established to oversee matters of governance, security, Jewish studies and finance.
The Governing Body may be contacted via the school office or by email at email@example.com.
Comprising of 16 Members plus 3 Non-Voting Observers
The Clerk to the Governing Body is:
Rosh Pinah Primary School, Glengall Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 8T