Jeremy Richards BA(Hons.) MA PGCE
Jeremy says he is first and foremost a proud husband and father. He grew up in Hove, East Sussex and, after A Levels, turned down a place in art college in order to pursue serious Torah studies.
Jeremy learnt in Israel in Yeshivat Hamivtar / Brovenders (first in Moshav Elazar and then Efrat) and Ohr Someach (Jerusalem), subsequently gained his first degree from Jews’ College, London (where his foremost mentor was Rabbi Irving Jacobs, shlita), and then his PGCE and Masters (in ICT in Education) from the Institute of Education, London University.
Left: Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivat Hamivtar, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, shlita; Right: Rabbi Irving Jacobs, shlita – former Principal, Jews’ College
Jeremy later became a Fellow of the Lookstein Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Bar Ilan University; he and one other member of his cohort graduated from the Fellowship with Distinction, and were awarded prizes for their work.
Left: Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, shlita – previously one of Jeremy’s teachers as Principal of Jews’ College; Centre: Rabbi Michoel Jablinowitz, shlita – Jeremy’s main Rebbe in Yeshivat HaMivtar (now Rosh Hayeshivah of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim); Right: Rabbi Dovid Ebner, shlita – then Mashgiach Ruchani in Yeshivat HaMivtar (now Rosh Hayeshivah of Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi)
Jeremy now has many years’ experience in a number of Jewish schools, as a teacher, Head of Kodesh and Deputy Head Teacher. He trained in the Secondary sector, in Carmel College (Jewish boarding school), Oxfordshire, then worked in Ilford Jewish Primary School, Hasmonean Primary School, Kerem School (Primary), Beit Shvidler Primary School (formerly Edgware Jewish Primary School) and now Nancy Reuben Primary School.
Jeremy has worked as an education consultant and as a professional mentor and lecturer for the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme at the London School of Jewish Studies. He has several times led workshops at the National Conference of Primary Jewish Education, and is a member of its planning committee. Jeremy delivered a mini-keynote session at the 2013 World ORT Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technology in Jewish Education, and has been writing and developing www.torahschool.co.uk since 2001.
While in Yeshivah, Jeremy studied to be a Sofer STaM under Rabbi Natan Siegel ztz”l, Master Sofer and talmid of Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik ztz”l. Rav Siegel personally hand-wrote Jeremy a Ktav Kabbalah certificate in Sofrut. Jeremy’s written study notes are here.
In 2006 Jeremy was asked to write synopses of Dayan Yonason Abraham shlita’s Mishnah Berurah shiurim, to be distributed to the then New Hendon Beis Hamedrash (now Toras Chaim) community, of which Jeremy and his family are founder members. Over the next two years Jeremy wrote a number of these synopses, which appear here.
Left: Rabbi Natan Siegel ztz”l, Master Sofer
Right: Dayan Yonason Abraham, shlita – London Beth Din; Rav, Kehillas Toras Chaim; Nasi, Shuvu
Despite rejecting a career in art, Jeremy has continued to draw, specialising in pencil portraiture. Some of Jeremy’s work is posted on his website, here. He has also written and illustrated a number of ketubot (he was asked to write one ketubah in Rashi Script, and nervously obliged! The couple did gain Rabbinic approval for this unusual request).
Jeremy studied voice production and singing method for four years under tenor, Maestro Leslie Seymour, and has officiated as guest chazzan in a number of communities around the UK, including St. John’s Wood Synagogue and Birmingham Central. He has taught many Bar Mitzvah boys to lein their sidrot.
In memory of his parents, Jeremy gives annual shiurim and occasionally publishes articles in the weekly international OnegShabbos journal. See here. He has written essays on many of the Parashiot in memory of his parents a”h, and hopes to write on all of Chumash and the Chagim, l’ilui nishmatam – to elevate and give nachat to their souls.
Jeremy is delighted and proud to be Head of Kodesh in Nancy Reuben Primary School.
He is grateful to ה’ יתברך for all the blessings he has enjoyed and continues to enjoy, in particular his אשת חיל and wonderful children, בע”ה.
~ February 2018 ~