Our Rabbis

Rabbi Boruch Davis

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Davis grew up in Kingsbury NW London and attended the Hasmonean Boys High School. He learnt at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne, Kollel Mevasseret Zion, Kollel Ohr Torah
in Gush Etzion and at the Sephardic Centre in Jerusalem. He received Semicha from the  Chief Rabbinate of Israel in 1987.


Rabbi Davis studied Economics in London, going on to work for the Israeli Ministry of Finance from 1982-1984.


His first rabbinic post was in Adelaide, South Australia, where the Davises served from 1988-1997. In August 1997, Rabbi and Rebbetzen Davis were appointed to Chigwell and Hainault synagogue.

Rabbi Davis was Chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue from
2011-2016. He has been Editor of the United Synagogue's Daf Hashvua since 2006.
He is a governor of Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School.


Rabbi Davis has run many Adult Education programmes in the community over the years. He is also a great advocate for Israel and has led many community trips to Israel and Poland.

Rabbi Rafi Goodwin

Community Development Rabbi 

Rabbi Goodwin grew up in Leeds and attended Leeds Grammar School before accepting a place to study Law and German at Birmingham University. 


He studied at Yeshiva Mayanot in Jerusalem, Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester and The Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey where he received Semicha in 2014 from former Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. 


Rabbi Goodwin spent a year as the assistant Rabbi in Columbia University for Chabad on Campus and fulfilled a similar post at Oxford University. He also taught at Menorah Grammar in Edgware.


Before joining Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue Rabbi Goodwin was the Director of Services and Young Couples at Chabad Gants Hill.


Rabbi Goodwin runs events for the younger element of the community namely teens and young families in addition to supporting Rabbi Davis with rabbinical duties.