RABBI ARIEL ABEL CF
Degrees: Law (first class, UCLAN 2016), Research (Masters, Manchester 2014); Education (Masters, Liverpool 2005), Semitics (first class, Manchester 1994).
Semicha: Midrash Sepharadi, Jerusalem 1998
Rabbi Ariel Abel is married to Shulamit who is of Colombian Spanish crypto-Jewish origin (Anusim). They have a daughter, Yasmin Alejandra and currently reside in Darwen, an old mill town in the county of Lancashire. Both Ariel and Shulamit have four children each from former marriages.
Ariel is rabbi of the historic Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation ("Princes Road" synagogue, Orthodox). Shulamit is active with the Chief Rabbi's enrichment programme for rabbis' wives and recently accompanied Chief Rebbetzen Valerie Mirvis and an international group of 40 rabbis wives' on a religious and cultural visit to Rome in May 2017. An article about the visit can be found here.
Rabbi Abel has previously served as the rabbi of London congregations (Waltham Forest and Radlett 2002-2010) and has accumulated almost a decade serving the Jewish community on Merseyside (1999-2002, 2012-current). From 2005-2010 he served as Director of the Montefiore Endowment Semicha Programme at Lauderdale Road.
Since May 2017 Rabbi Abel has held a Territorial Army Commission of Captain and serves as a Chaplain or "Padre" to HM Forces, serving Merseyside Army Cadet Force based at Altcar, North Liverpool. A selection of photos from his recent time spent ministering at cadet camp in Otterburn, in the presence of Outgoing Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead, can be seen at the bottom of this page.
He delivers his ecumenical ministry in the army and liaises with the Zionist worldwide Noahide organisation, Jerusalem and the Spanish & Portuguese-led Noahide centre and Jewish community in Rotterdam. In the wider community Rabbi Abel works with of ex-Christians and others of Jewish descent to advance the Noahide creed. Internationally, he is an active member of the Spanish & Portuguese rabbinic body "Obadyah Alliance".
Rabbi Abel still finds time for his "day job" in the legal world. He is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and has recently launched a company which served clients in the Gulf States.
If you wish to contact Rabbi Abel about any matter feel free to contact him by email here or by telephone on +44(0)7827 999168. Correspondence can also be sent to the synagogue office.
RABBI ABEL'S ARTICLES IN THE JEWISH PRESS
Click here to read a selection of articles in the Jewish News written by Rabbi Abel over the last couple of years.