Adrian Michael Schell

Rabbi Adrian Michael Schell joined the Wimbledon Synagogue as our congregational rabbi in November 2020.  Rabbi Schell received is rabbinic ordination from the Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam/Berlin in Germany.

Rabbi Schell shares Wimbledon Synagogue’s commitment to the community by ensuring the shul is a Jewish home for everyone. Alongside the congregation, he ensures the shul provides a space for families, singles, seniors and students, people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and those who feel comfortable in a traditional Jewish setting. His beliefs in value-based non-judgmental Judaism, which expresses itself in social action – tikkun olam, life-long learning, and an open dialogue between all members of the community and society.

Born and raised in Germany, Rabbi Schell worked as a bookseller and key account manager in Munich, before deciding on a career change to the rabbinate. Having worked in several Progressive congregations in Germany and abroad during his rabbinic training, which included a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he worked as well as the national youth director (Rosh Netzer Germany) for the Progressive Jewish movement in Germany (UpJ) and served the Progressive Jewish congregation in Hamelin, Germany as Rabbi. Before he moved to London, he served the Progressive Jewish Congregation Bet David in Johannesburg, South Africa as their senior rabbi from 2014 to 2020.

Rabbi Schell earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish and Religious Studies, and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies. His rabbinic thesis discussed the issue of adoption of children in the Hebrew Bible, and in the context of religious law (Halacha).

Rabbi Schell is a board member of the EUPJ Rabbinic Assembly, a member of the Rabbinic Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors in the UK, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and an associated member of the German General Rabbinical Conference. Rabbi Schell is a founding member of Arzenu Germany and Hillel in Germany (Hillel International). He is married.

To contact Rabbi Adrian Schell, please send an email to rabbi@wimshul.org