Who’s Who

Jackie Alexander – Chair

Jackie Alexander

I and my family have been members of this synagogue for as long as I can remember. I have loved being involved in the Community and the various synagogue committees over the years. I am excited and honoured to be taking on the role of Chairman and with the help of the Board hope to live up to my predecessors’ high standards.

I can be contacted on my Synagogue email address chairman@synagogue.org.uk



Jimmy Strauss – Honorary Treasurer

Jimmy StraussI, too, have been a member of Belsize Square Synagogue from childhood having attended Sunday School and celebrated my Bar Mitzvah in 1972. I have been on the Board of Management since 1987 and am now delighted to be following in my Father’s footsteps as Honorary Treasurer. I have also been on the Finance and Investment committees for many years and was instrumental in setting up the new patronage scheme.

“My wife, Philippa, and our teenage children, Hannah and Peter, are all active members of this remarkable Community. Philippa was Chair of the Parents Association and Hannah and Peter sing in the Youth Choir and Hannah is a teaching assistant at Cheder.”


Annette Nathan – Honorary Secretary

AnnetteNathan_w250“When l married Tom in this Synagogue in 1985 l became immediately aware that with the Nathan name came a willingness to volunteer and to serve. I have chaired The Parents Association and The Belsize Members Group. When Tom stepped down from the Board, having served as Chairman, l was then able to join, and was invited to become a member of The Executive with responsibility to oversee the Youth Committee, which coincidentally was chaired by our son Adam.  I have  jointly run the grocery stall at the bazaar for over 20 years with Vera Pollins and now we are co chairs of the Bazaar committee. I  am a member of the Liturgical Committee, l chair the BelsizeLIVE group, which manages the webcasts of our services, have recently joined the community choir, and now l am Honorary Secretary. I love this community; the warmth, wonderful music and traditions and look forward to my new role as an Honorary Officer. The role l relish most, however, is that of wife to Tom and mother to Adam and Aimee.”