Chief Executive Officer
Sophie Dunoff is Chief Executive Officer for University Jewish Chaplaincy, the premier Jewish organisation on campuses across the UK working with Jewish students and universities to enhance the Jewish student experience and safeguard Jewish university life. She manages UJC's 19 Rabbis and Rabbinic couples and leads operations across the organisation. She previously served as public and parliamentary affairs officer for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, focusing on concerns relating to the Jewish community including such issues as shechita and antisemitism and has a wealth of experience working and volunteering within the UK Jewish community. Sophie graduated in Sociology with first-class honours from City University, London. She has one daughter and is a devoted subscriber to Netflix.
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
Chief Strategist and Rabbinic Head
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski, senior consultant of the independent Aitzah Ltd., provides services as Chief Rabbinic Consultant enhancing the strategic vision and leadership of UJC. The senior rabbi of Golders Green Synagogue, he has semichah - ordination from Gateshead Yeshiva and holds degrees in mathematics (MA – Oxford), organisational psychology (MSc – City University, London) and hermeneutics (PhD – University of London). He is principal of Rimon Jewish Primary School, the rav of Kisharon and a faculty member of the Senior Faith in Leadership Programme. Author of or contributor to several books and hundreds of articles, he broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 2 and occasionally on Radio 4.
Development and Projects Manager
Since graduating from the Northern Film School in 2012, Josh has held several positions in the community. He was a production assistant at Legacy-Live films, working to preserve Holocaust survivor testimony through film. Following this, he took up the post of Head of Media Products at Immanuel College, Bushey, where he worked to enhance and standardise the Immanuel College brand so that it was more distinguishable to the wider community. As part of his role at Immanuel, Josh taught and assisted AS and A Level students with their Media qualifications. Most recently, in 2015, Josh founded his own film production company, Aubergine Media, where he has produced films and websites, both for corporate and non-profit clients. Outside of work, Josh loves walking his dog and is a long-suffering but avid supporter of Arsenal!
Grants and Trusts Associate
Having been a student on campus for 9 years, benefiting from the work UJC does, Michelle is passionate about supporting current students on campuses around the country and improving their experience at university.
After graduation with a PhD, Michelle worked in head office as our operations administrator and continued working as a part time consultant as our grants and trusts associate.
In her day job Michelle works in Cambridge as a geologist, travelling the world exploring and doing research.
Marketing, PR and Writing
Rachel Stafler is a copywriter for charities and business in the UK and US. She crafts content, brochures, blogs, websites and more. She also advises on strategic marketing and PR, helping charities raise their profile and raise money.
Rachel runs copywriting workshops to help charity communications teams improve their branding and marketing materials.
She started her career as a journalist with NBC News in New York and moved to London in 2007. Rachel has covered a range of issues for American news outlets, including immigration, the Olympic Games in Athens and Torino, and several royal weddings and babies.
Rabbi Nicky Liss
An experienced and admired rabbinic leader, Rabbi Liss is rabbi of Highgate Synagogue, the chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue and the lead for the United Synagogue on rabbinic careers issues. He also recently completed a Master's degree in Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education.