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
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.