Rabbi Dr Alan Kimche was born in Melbourne in 1952 and came to London with his parents in 1958, where he was educated at the Avigdor and Hasmonean schools. He went on to yeshiva in Jerusalem, first at Yeshivat Kol Torah for three years, where he learned under the guidance of HaGaon R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, who became his lifelong mentor.
He continued his yeshiva studies at the Mir Yeshiva for a further five years under the guidance of Hagaon R. Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l. He received his first rabbinic Semicha from R. Yaakov Fink zt”l, the Av Beit Din of Haifa, and later continued his halakhic studies with Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth shlita, (author of “Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata”) from whom he received an advanced Semicha.
In 1976 he married Via Evers from Amsterdam with whom he has seven children. Via is a qualified educator in her own right and fully involved as the Rebbetzen of the Ner Yisrael Community.
After his marriage, Rabbi Kimche continued for a further two years in the kollel of the Mir Yeshiva and then from 1980-1984 taught in Darche Noam Yeshiva (Shappels) and at Michalala College for Women. In 1984 he came to London and began two new initiatives. One was the very successful adult education Da’at programme, involving several weekly lunch-time shiurim for businessmen and women in the City and West End of London.
At the same time, he launched a new minyan in Hendon together with a small group of dedicated individuals, which continues to grow and develop under his leadership into the vibrant community that Ner Yisrael is today.