Sandy, together with her husband Dr Bunim Weinbaum, founded the Jewish Family Centre in 2000 as a culturally appropriate place for Jewish families to meet and thrive. It quickly became obvious that there were gaps in the provision available for the most vulnerable in the community, and the Centre stepped in to fill this gap. The mother of a large family with a great deal of life experience, Sandy is the Centre’s Volunteer Director. A qualified teacher, she has based her life around the principles of ‘Ahavas Yisroel’ (love for one’s fellow Jew) and over the years has worked to expand the Jewish Family Centre’s team of professionals to ensure the continued and developing provision of strong support for the community.
Family Support Service Manager
Miriam is a Consultant Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience supporting children and families in both statutory and voluntary settings. She is particularly skilled in working with the culturally specific needs of the Orthodox and wider Jewish community. Miriam has expertise in providing supervision and consultancy for Local Authority social work services. At the Jewish Family Centre, Miriam manages all of our Family Support and Therapeutic services.
Senior Social Worker and Psychotherapist
Jo is a Psychotherapist and Senior Social Worker, working with children and families. For over 20 years, Jo has been employed in school, statutory and voluntary settings. She works therapeutically with children of all ages and enjoys working with parents to facilitate improvements in their relationships with their children. Jo is currently the Children’s Therapist at the Jewish Family Centre.
Hannah is a qualified mediator and legal advocate, known for her child-focused approach and the ability to use her skills in dispute resolution to arbitrate some of the most complicated cases. Outside of Family law, Hannah has more recently completed her training in Education and Care law and works to ensure fair provision for children and young people.
Hannah sits on the Safeguarding Board of her Local Authority and has recently undertaken a research project for the North-West Framework on how to improve the Attainment Grades of ‘looked after’ children.
Outside of work, Hannah is a mum and foster carer and enjoys outdoor pursuits as well as reading.
Dr Bunim Weinbaum
Chair of Trustees
Dr Weinbaum recently retired after a 47-year career in general Dental Practice. During those years,
he has always been actively involved in youth and community activities, with a special focus on
Chabad outreach work.
Together with Tova Mordechai, he produced the Lamdeni Hebrew reader and continues to teach
adults and children Hebrew reading via Zoom, all over the world.
Annette is a global leadership consultant and motivational speaker who qualified as a dentist, before
managing multi-million pound businesses in the corporate world.
Annette is passionate about empowering people to communicate effectively, manage relationships
collaboratively and help people be who they want to be. Annette is also the Chair of ORT UK, a
charity which impacts lives through education.
Stuart is a practicing solicitor with over five decades of experience, including ten years sitting as a
Deputy Judge. He has also worked as a lay inspector at Pentonville Prison and sat on one of the main
London Medical Ethics Committees. Recently retired as the chair of governors of Mathilda Marks-
Kennedy Primary School, Stuart’s interests include moral philosophy and ethics, modern European
literature and theatre.