Rabbi Adrian Michael Schell was ordained from the Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam/Berlin on April 2013. Born and raised in Germany, he worked 12 years as a bookseller and key account manager in Munich, before deciding on a career change to the rabbinate. Having worked in a number of Liberal congregations in Germany and abroad during his rabbinic training, which included a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he worked as well as the national youth director (Rosh Netzer Germany) for the progressive Jewish movement in Germany (UpJ). Rabbi Schell earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish and Religious Studies, and a Masters degree in Jewish Studies. His thesis dealt with the issue of adoption of children in the Hebrew Bible in the context of religious law (Halacha). He served the Jewish congregation in Hamelin, Germany as Rabbi, before he has decided to move to Johannesburg. He has been appointed the new Rabbi of Bet David, being one of four progressive Rabbis in the Gauteng region. Rabbi Schell is a member of the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis (SAAPR), the German General Rabbinical Conference and of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and he is a founding member of arzenu Germany and Beth Hillel Potsdam (Hillel).