Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt
Rabbi Akiva was born in Liverpool but moved to NW London shortly thereafter - he is still, however, an avid LFC fan!
He studied for many years in the world’s leading Yeshivot: Sunderland, Heichal Hatorah Betzion and The Jerusalem Kollel, receiving his first rabbinic ordination aged 23.
In 2018, he joined the Rabbinic Training Academy, a prestigious, UK-based, 18 month leadership programme which focuses on enhancing and developing the skills of newly qualified rabbinic couples; providing them with more insight and understanding into the challenges of managing the sensitivities of a modern Jewish community in Britain; and teaching them how to maintain their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
From 2018 until joining HWJC in 2020, he was the Assistant Rabbi at Woodside Park United Synagogue.
He is also a trained chazzan and particularly enjoys singing at Jewish wedding ceremonies.
During the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, he served on the Chaplaincy team of the London Nightingale Hospital.
Rebbetzin Batya Rosenblatt
Rebbetzin Batya originates from Manchester. She studied at the Jewish Teachers Training College in Gateshead for three years and subsequently taught Jewish studies at Broughton Jewish Primary School.
After marrying Rabbi Akiva and moving to Israel, she studied at the Shelem College of Complementary Medicine in Jerusalem and qualified as a massage therapist and reflexologist and set up her own successful massage salon in Jerusalem.
Batya feels very fortunate to have learned more about the human experience by delving deep into the ‘Three Principles’ understanding of mental wellbeing: which points to the health, resilience and creativity inside every human being no matter what their current circumstances or their past. She was mentored by leading American clinical psychologist Dr. George Pransky.
From 2018 until joining HWJC in 2020, she was the Assistant Rebbetzin at Woodside Park United Synagogue.
In March 2020, together with Rabbi Akiva, she graduated from the Rabbinic Training Academy.
During the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, she served on the Chaplaincy team of the London Nightingale Hospital.