About Rabbi Shaul Robinson
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I was also awarded a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction from the University of Nottingham, England. My MBA focused on the management of Not-for-Profit institutions and my dissertation was titled “The Working Lives of Rabbis”.
I attended Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Joseph Straus Rabbinic Seminary in Efrat for seven years where I studied under Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. I attained semicha from the Joseph Straus Rabbinical Seminary (part of Ohr Torah Stone). My semichas were awarded by The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Brovender, and also by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. I also undertook one year of professional training in Practical Rabbinics at Yad AviHaYishuv (Rothschild Foundation) in Jerusalem .
After graduation from Strathclyde, I spent a year as the National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students, which combined fieldwork on behalf of Jewish students with the publication and coordination of educational materials.
I met my wife, Sarah, while in Israel. Following that, I was appointed the first ever full-time Rabbi for Jewish Students at Cambridge University, England, where Sarah and I lived for 3 years. In 1997, we moved to Barnet Synagogue, England, where I took up a part-time role before becoming the full-time Rabbi in 1998. During my time at Barnet, I also served as Director of the Centre for Rabbinic Development – where I set up and directed the first ever “Department for Professional Rabbinic Development” in the UK. I was also Executive Director of “Encounter” – the organization that runs the UK ‘s largest Orthodox Adult Education Event.