About Rabbi Shaul Robinson

I am currently the Senior Rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue.

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.


3 responses to “About Rabbi Shaul Robinson

  1. Dr. Eliahu Nov, PhD

    January 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Rav Robinson
    I am a 68 yro Orthodox (modern! B”H NOT ultra/chareidi I am a cousin of Elka Heino who lives nearby) citizen of Israel AND born there.
    I was VERY lucky to hear 2 Shabbath Derashot by you (Shabbat Hagadol 4 yrs ago and last Shabbath Ki TETTSE ? at a very good reading of a Bar-Mitzva boy from your syn)in LSS/ and became a fan of yours- mentioning your ways since then.
    I got your speech concerning the RBS riots and recognised how outsiders do not grasp the deep (but the real) roots of the hatred. Yes, – and maybe you will dismiss this mail reading the following- as a past pupil of the 8yr Chareidi educational system and DESPITE their education I remain Datti but as the secular reporter- I hate them with all my heart. I always reject all invitations to attend Simchas of family member of “THAT side” (“sitra achra”) of the fence.

    As I read your speech I realised that despite all the communication channels you (as most outside Jewery) do not understand the DEEP roots of hatred that exists against them. You need to analyse how this relations were built – conciously by the Chareidim themselves.


  2. Robert

    January 23, 2012 at 1:05 am

    After having read the article about extremism, I, with no hesitation will say, you’re brilliant.

  3. gundam

    March 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.


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