Rabbi Adrian Michael Schell is a congregational rabbi in Johannesburg, serving the Progressive Jewish congregation Bet David. In addition to his pulpit at Bet David, he supports Netzer South Africa as their national Netzer-Rabbi and is a member of the SA Zionist Federation ManCom. Rabbi Schell was ordained from the Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam/Berlin in Germany.
Born and raised in Germany, he worked as a bookseller and key account manager in Munich, before deciding on a career change to the rabbinate. Having worked in a number of 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 his move to Johannesburg.
Rabbi Schell earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish and Religious Studies, and a Masters degree in Jewish Studies. His thesis dealt with the issue of adoption of children in the Hebrew Bible, and in the context of religious law (Halacha).
Rabbi Schell is a member of the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis (SAAPR), the Central Conference of American Rabbis and is 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.