Keynote address to Liverpool Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
With the Late Rabbi Lord Sacks on his visit to Hong Kong in 2009

Rabbi Dr Martin van den Bergh

I am an Orthodox Rabbi who has special expertise in pastoral and spiritual care. Six years ago I completed a PhD at Leeds Beckett University, on patient-centred spiritual care. My academic journey also includes a B.Ed and an MA with Merit, in healthcare chaplaincy from Leeds University. 


I have been a congregational rabbi having served four communities over 36 years, having been the first to receive Semicha from the Shehebar Sephardic Center in the Old City of Jerusalem. My last posting was in Liverpool at Childwall Synagogue, I also have a very keen interest in Jewish continuity coming from a family that were very fortunate to have survived the Holocaust. Although I did not grow up in a religious home, I knew at an early age that I wanted to go into the Rabbinate. I fully subscribe to Orthodox Judaism, which is meaningful and welcoming. 

I had the great privilege of knowing the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs and learnt a lot from him. I was a member of his Chief Rabbi's Cabinet and hosted him and Lady Elaine in our home both in London and Hong Kong. He is indeed a great loss to World Jewry, but his influence lives on. 


The following areas are of special interest to me:


  • Pastoral care issues

  • Healthcare spirituality

  • Individuals developing their own interest in their Jewish heritage

  • Developing communities

  • Initiating and building new projects

  • Israel Advocacy

  • Multi-Faith issues

  • Community and personal conflict resolution. 

I am happy to be a scholar-in-residence; be a speaker in your community; provide and advise of pastoral-spiritual care training; or provide confidential counselling, in person as well as via ZOOM.