Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies, Raphael is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows programme at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel and has an MA in Adult Education at the Institute of Education in London, along with a PhD in Theoretical Physics. A leading Jewish educator in the UK he was the first Head of Faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini School UK. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in UK Jewry.