The Landaus

Rabbi Samuel and Shoshana Landau

July 2015: Samuel Landau is the Rabbi of Kingston, Surbiton & District United Synagogue and a clinical psychologist in training at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology. Rabbi Landau and his wife Shoshana jointly lead the Kingston community.

Rabbi Samuel and Shoshana Landau

Rabbi Samuel, Shoshana and Yiska Landau

Rabbi Landau was brought up in Elstree and attended City of London School. He developed interests in theatre, music (flute and singing) and water sports.

After school Rabbi Landau studied at Yeshivat Kerem b’Yavneh in Israel. On his return to England he continued his Jewish education at Kollel Beis Aaron in Edgware, receiving semicha from Dayan Gershon Lopian. He completed a BSc in Psychology at University College London with First Class Honours and a commendation to the Dean’s List.

Shoshana hails from further afield – Sydney, Australia. An avid sportswoman, she represented her school in the debate and chess teams and was a MENSA competitor. Shoshana studied for two years at Darchei Binah, a seminary in Jerusalem. After settling in London, she worked in the construction and property sectors for several years.

After marrying in 2010, Shoshana and Rabbi Landau have been significantly involved in the community, first as youth directors and then as youth rabbinic couple in Northwood United Synagogue and in Kehillas Netzach Yisrael, Edgware. In these roles they were responsible for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the youth and their families.

Rabbi Landau and Shoshana have jointly led the Kingston, Surbiton & District congregation for the past two years.

Induction of Rabbi Samuel Landau

Induction of Rabbi Samuel Landau

 

They have revitalised the community with a range of initiatives designed to communicate the meaning of Judaism in a modern and relevant manner. This communication ethos fuses theatre, spirituality and an openness to ideas to inject a dynamic energy to sermons, events and programming.

Both Rabbi Landau and Shoshana regularly deliver lectures and write articles on a range of topics and in a variety of venues. They contribute to Inter-Faith Work in the area, with a particular focus on Holocaust Memorial Day and school educational visits. Alongside his rabbinic role, Rabbi Landau is training to become a doctor of clinical psychology. He currently works with clients experiencing psychosis, depression and anxiety disorders. His research interests include mindfulness practice and the neuroscience of free will.

Shoshana and Rabbi Landau were blessed in 2014 with the arrival of their first child, Yiska. They enjoy bike rides, arts and crafts and country walks.

Contact Information
Rabbi Samuel Landau: rabbi@ksds.org.uk
Rebbetzin Shoshana Landau: rebbetzin@ksds.org.uk