“Channah and I are very excited to be taking up our new roles at Birmingham Central next month. We have already been deeply impressed with this historic synagogue’s commitment to Torah education, Shul services and community welfare. As we start to move out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we look forward to working with the community to enhance and innovate in all of these areas, turning the challenges of the last year into opportunities for meaningful growth and development.”
Birmingham Central United Synagogue is happy to announce the appointment of a new rabbinic couple. After a substantial selection process Rabbi Yossi and Rebbetzen Channah Hambling were chosen unanimously by the members of the community.
The Hamblings are currently in Israel completing their studies and were unable to travel back to the UK due to current international travel restrictions. This meant that the entire recruitment process had to take place online, including meeting the community over Zoom.
Rabbi Yossi grew up in Ilford, Essex. Encouraged by his family and his Shul Rabbi, Rabbi Yossi became increasingly involved in Shul leadership through his teenage years. Later, he helped to revive the local branch of Bnei Akiva and headed it until he completed his secondary education at Hasmonean High School.
From Hasmonean, Rabbi Yossi went to Israel and studied in Yeshivat Sha’alvim for two years. He then returned to London to study Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL, which both broadened his understanding of Jewish civilisation and fuelled his love for Jewish history.
After graduating from UCL in 2018, Rabbi Yossi and Rebbetzen Channah moved to Israel on a Mizrachi UK Rabbinic Fellowship. Rabbi Yossi currently studies in Yeshivat Har Etzion, is a participant in Shalhevet, the leadership training programme of the World Mizrachi Movement, and is completing his Semicha through Mizrachi’s Musmachim programme, under the guidance of Rabbi Binyamin Zimmerman.
Rebbetzen Channah grew up in Finchley, London, and ran the Woodside Park branch of Bnei Akiva for two years. She attended Hasmonean High School and then went on to study at Midreshet Ye’ud in Israel for a year, where she combined Torah learning with volunteering work.
Upon her return to London, Rebbetzen Channah obtained a Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design from the University of the Arts, London, and a BA in Fashion from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
Rebbetzen Channah has also gained experience in retail and administration in the UK and is a keen knitter. She plans to launch a small business in the near future, focused on creating knitted headbands, hats, and scarves, in tandem with her career as a Community Rebbetzen.
Since moving to Israel, Rebbetzen Channah has participated in Shalhevet and Lapidot, a Women’s Educators Programme run by the Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies and the World Mizrachi Movement. Rebbetzen Channah has also qualified as a Kallah (bride) Teacher, certified by the Rabbinate of Gush Etzion. She is currently a stay-at-home mum who looks after her and Rabbi Yossi’s daughter, Temimah.
The Hamblings start at Birmingham Central on 20th July 2021 and we look forward to welcoming them to our community.