Doreen Samuels

Doreen Samuels

Doreen was elected as a Trustee in July 2014 after being a Women’s Representative from July 2011. She was re-elected in July 2017.

Having originally qualified and worked for several years as a pharmacist, Doreen's later career has been in education and latterly, in Jewish Studies.

Doreen has a PGCE from the Institute of Education; later qualifying there as a Teacher-Trainer. Doreen also has an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from Jews College, and was a class teacher, Head of Juniors, and then Head of Department of Jewish Studies and Deputy Head at Sinai, and, latterly, a teacher-trainer and schools and curriculum advisor.

Doreen writes extensively on Jewish topics and was co – author of the Chief Rabbi’s Children’s Siddur.

Communally, Doreen has served on the Board of Management of Pinner Synagogue, and was one of the first Women Representatives at the US Council.

Doreen runs and participates in many educational programmes for families, adults, Bat Mitzvah girls and children at Pinner, as well as in the wider community, and is a graduate of the Susi Bradfield Educators’ Fellowship.

Formerly Chair of Governors of Moriah Jewish Day School, Doreen is now a Trustee of the Harrow Jewish Day School Trust.

As a United Synagogue Trustee, Doreen has been very involved in the oversight of, and relationship building in, US and OCR schools.

Doreen was a founder member of the Stanmore Women’s Tefillah Service, the original London Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group and the Jewish Women’s Network. Doreen is currently involved in many initiatives, challenges and opportunities for women, and is keen to work with all in the United Synagogue to find viable, halachically acceptable responses to enhance women’s full participation in the organisation.

In the wider community, Doreen was co-Chair, and is now a member of the Executive of, the very successful Harrow Day Limmud, which sells out for every event. 

Doreen is also involved in Interfaith initiatives, including the CCJ and is co-Chair of Harrow Nisa-Nashim.