Our Patron – Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler

Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler retired in 2014 as Rabbi of the historic New West End Synagogue in London, UK, where he occupied the pulpit from 2000. Prior to that he was Rabbi to the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, on the south coast of England for seven years, and before that he served the Kenton Synagogue as Chazan/Minister for twenty years.

Rabbi Shisler commenced his career as Cantor of the famous New Synagogue, Egerton Road, Stamford Hill London N.16 where, among his predecessors, were the illustrious Jacob Goldstein and Ephrayim Rosenberg.

As Cantor, Geoffrey Shisler has conducted services throughout the Metropolis and although now retired, his services are still in demand.

In 2009 the Cantors’ Assembly of Montreal published his first book of compositions of synagogue music, ‘Shiru Lo Shir Chadash’ and some two years later he published Book 2 in London. The launch of this book took place at the New West End synagogue in which, to the delight of Rabbi Shisler, the London Cantorial Singers participated. His publication ‘T’nu Kavod LaTorah’ (‘Give Honour to the Torah’), a handbook containing numerous prayers relating to being called to the Torah, is in widespread use in many Synagogues around the world.

Having qualified, as a young man, as a state-school teacher, Rabbi Shisler has been a passionate educator throughout his career. He taught Jewish Studies at all levels and for some eleven years he taught Cantorial music and Nusach Hatefillah at Jews’ College, London. He has also trained many people privately.

He served as an inspector for Pikuach, the organisation that inspects the Jewish education in Jewish Schools, and was also a judge for the National Teaching Awards for a number of years.

He also served as a Justice of the Peace.

Geoffrey Shisler is an Associate member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star.  The only Rabbi in the society!

Rabbi Shisler is married to Anne and they have two children and four grandchildren.