Rabbi Daniel Epstein
Cockfosters & Southgate United
Rabbi Daniel Epstein has been serving the Cockfosters & N. Southgate United Synagogue – an 1,100-member North London community – together with his wife Ilana, since June 2014. Rabbi & Rebbetzen Epstein moved to Israel in 1998, where he established a PR firm, servicing over 40 government, corporate, technology and non-profit clients including JNF UK, the European Jewish Congress, the World Holocaust Forum, Leket Israel, Nefesh b’Nefesh and Kemach Israel. He subsequently fundraised for The Arad Foundation and The Pelech Jerusalem School and was CEO of Sunrise Israel, a summer camp for Jewish and Arab children with cancer, alongside their healthy siblings, while studying for semicha (rabbinical ordination) in Jerusalem. In London, Rabbi Epstein is involved in interfaith dialogue, runs a successful adult education programme in Torah, political, social and economic thought; and works to raise awareness of mental health challenges in the Jewish community. He initiated the idea of a Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, which had its launch in February 2017, with the involvement of over 80 Anglo Jewish communities of all denominations, as well as across several university Jewish societies and Jewish high schools. Rabbi Epstein is a foundation governor of the JFS School – a 265-year-old Jewish school for 2,000 students – and is an educator on the Holocaust Educational Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz” programme that takes over 3,500 high school students to Poland on one-day trips Rabbi Epstein studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and, subsequently, at the Straus-Amiel post-ordination Rabbinics School. Rabbi Epstein holds a BSc (Hons) ARCS in Chemistry and Management Science from Imperial College London and he and Ilana have 4 children, aged 10 to 19.