Our Rabbi & Rebbetzin

Rabbi Adrian Jesner

Rabbi Adrian Jesner was born in 1951. From 1971 to 1977, he studied in Israeli yeshivot and gained semicha from Rabbi Moshe Levin z”l the late Chief Rabbi of Netanya, the Chief Rabbi of Haifa Shaer Yashuv Cohen shlita, and Mahcon Harry Fishel of the Israeli Rabbinate Yeshiva. He also has a degree from the Israel Torah Research Institute. He is formerly the minister of the Reading Jewish Community.

Before moving to Reading, Rabbi Jesner served the Glasgow Jewish community for more than two decades at a number of synagogues. He was also Chaplain to H.M. Prisons in Scotland for 25 years and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Prisoner Management. He is a Vice-President of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow and a trustee of the Glasgow Jewish Community Trust. In 1998, he was Rov to the Maccabiah Games in Stirling.

Rabbi Jesner is an enthusiastic follower of football and has ‘adopted’ both Reading and Bournemouth. Being a Glasgow man he has long been a big Rangers fan – a welcome change from the traditional Southern Jewish rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs, not to mention the even more parochial South Coast antipathy between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth.

Rebbetzin Pamela Jesner

Rebbetzin Pamela Jesner hails from Cardiff and has been involved in Jewish communal concerns continuously since her teens.

During the Yom Kippur war she volunteered for El Al helping soldiers to get back to their units during the desperate early days both in Israel and the UK , as well as involving herself with the welfare, care and rehabilitation of disabled Israel soldiers, a calling that continues to this day. Her dedication to the principle of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people is total.

Pamela was also actively involved in the Womens’ Campaign for Soviet Jewry in the days before Glasnost and Perestroika visiting refuseniks in Leningrad and Moscow.

For ten years she managed a charedi hotel in London where her duties included the organisation, co-ordination and supervision of strictly orthodox functions, dispensing advice on Mikveh and liaising with the Kedassia authorities. Pamela served on the Chevra Kadisha at Bushey and Cardiff for fourteen years and has completed a course in counselling delinquent adolescents.

Her areas of involvement in Bournemouth include shomering, Chevra Kadisha and Mikveh – plus whatever comes along.