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The Team

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Rabbi Nathan Alfred

Educational Director

Rabbi Alfred grew up in London and read Classics at King's College, Cambridge. After time spent in Budapest playing chess, he studied rabbinics in London and Jerusalem, receiving semicha in 2008.

 

He led communities in Europe (Belgium and Luxembourg) and in Asia (Singapore), and now lives with his family in Jerusalem.

 

He is the spiritual leader of the Free Synagogue of Flushing, the oldest reform shul in Queens, New York. He has over twenty years of experience teaching bar and bat mitzvah students.

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Michelle Moses

Program Director

Michelle Moses grew up in Hertfordshire and studied Economics and Management at Oxford University (MA). 

She lives in Cheshire and is an active member of the Menorah and Hale Shuls. She is passionate about Jewish Studies and completed her Lay Leader Program for Shabbat services in 2020.

She is on the advisory board of PJ Library and has delivered several social impact projects in the past 10 years. She is also a qualified sommelier. 

Michelle previously worked in International Banking, having worked in Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Geneva.

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Bill Echikson

Founder

William Echikson is a founder of the International Jewish Centre in Brussels.

 

After a three-decade journalism career culminating in running Dow Jones-Wall Street Journal’s Brusels bureau,  Mr. Echikson worked at Google and now runs his own consulting company. 

 

He is the author of four books. Over the past decade, he has worked with the United States Holocaust Museum, opened an EU office for the European Union of Progressive Judaism, brought the Jewish refugee agency HIAS to Europe, and chaired, partnering with Yale and Grinnell Colleges, a pathbreaking project on Holocaust Revisionism in Europe.

 

An American and Belgian citizen, Mr. Echikson graduated from Yale College. 

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Shuvi Hoffman

Facilitator

Shuvi Hoffman, Global Jewish Education Manager at The National Library of Israel, is a “Revivim” graduate, an honors program in Hebrew University, where she received her BA in Jewish studies and her MA in Biblical studies.

 

Shuvi taught Tanach, Jewish philosophy and Hebrew, wrote Jewish studies curriculum and worked as a teachers’ mentor in various frameworks. She spent two years in New York teaching at SAR High School and the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education.

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