Rabbinical Profiles(1)

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Rabbi M. Aaronberg
(b. c.1935)

Rabbi Aaronberg, who studied at Gateshead Yeshiva, received semicha from Rabbi N. S. Greenspan, principal of the Yeshiva Etz Chaim, London. He served as minister at the West Hackney Synagogue, North London (c.1961-1962) and Birkenhead Hebrew Congregation (1962-c.1964). (Jewish Chronicle report of 2 March 1962 and Jewish Year Book listngs.)

Rev. Isaac Aarons

Rev. I, Aarons served as shochet (c.1909-c.1915) and as reader (c.1914-c.1926) of the Hull Western Synagogue and then as reader of Hull Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (c.1928) and the Hull New Hebrew Congregation. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Simon Aarons

Rev. S. Aarons served as minister of the Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1894). (Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rabbi Ariel Abel

Rabbi Abel (m. Shalamit) holds bachelor's degrees in Semetics (University of Manchester) and Law (University of Central Lancashire) and masters degrees in Education (University of Liverpool) and Research (university of Manchester) and was awarded semicha in 1998 through the Shehebar Sephardic Center in Jerusalem. He served as minister of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation, Princes Road (1999-2002 and from 2015 to present - June 2020), the Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, London (2002-2005) and Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2005-2010). (Rabbi Abel's biography on Princes Road Synagogue website.)

Rev. Dr. Joshua (Joseph) Abelson, MA, D.Litt
(1873 - December 1940)

Rev. Abelson was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and educated at Jews' College London and University College London. He served as minister of the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation (1895-1899) and the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1899-1906). He was then appointed principal of Aria College, Portsmouth (1907-1920), returning to the pulpit to serve as minister of Leeds Great Synagogue (1920-c.1938). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.),  pp.2/3 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Dayan Yonason Abraham

London-born Dayan Abraham studied at Yeshivot in Gateshead and Lakewood (New Jersey) before moving to Australia in 1985. He also later briefly attended Brisk Yeshiva, Jerusalem. During his stay in Australia he served as rabbi of Caulfield Hebrew Congregation, Melbourne (1995-2001) and became a member of the Melbourne Beth Din (1997-2001). He returned to Britain in 2001 and at the age of 37 became a member of the London Beth Din. He was rabbi of Toras Chaim Synagogue, Hendon, London, from 2006 until 2019, when he also resigned from the Beth Din. ("Who's Who" entry in Jewish Year Books and press reports.)

Rev. Abrahams

Rev. Abrahams served as reader of Leicester Hebrew Congregation from 1920 to 1930. (Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker.)

Rev. L. Abrahamson

Rev. Abrahamson served as minister of Oxford Synagogue (c.1900-c.1901), a visiting minister to Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (in 1900 and 1901) and as reader of Rhyl and District Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1901-c.1904). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. I.L. Abrams

Rev. Abrams served as part-time minister of the Mill Hill & District Hebrew Congregation, London (1953-1958/9). (History of the congregation, on its website.)

Rev. Eli Abt

South African-born Rev. Abt served as chazan (cantor) of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London from about 1956 until about 1964. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Hermann Adler
(30 May 1839 - 18 July 1911)

Rabbi Herman (Naphtali) Adler was the son of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler. He was born in Hanover, brought up in London, received semicha in Prague and a PhD. from Leipzig. He became principal of Jews College in 1862 and then served as minister (initially referred to as lecturer or preacher) of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1864-1891). From 1879, he deputized as delegate chief rabbi due to his father's failing health and, in 1891, was elected to succeed him as Chief Rabbi (1891-1911). (British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007.)

Rev. Michael Adler
(17 July 1868 - 30 September 1944)

London-born Rev. Adler was educated at Jews' College, London and UCL. He served as minister of Hammersmith Synagogue, London (1890-1903) prior to being appointed minister of the Central Synagogue, London (1903-1934). He was also Chaplain to the British Armed Forces (having been appointed in 1904 and serving throughout World War I). (The History of the Hammersmith Synagogue by Rev. Adler. See also A chaplain in the trenches on Jewish Military Museum website and entry on London Jews in First World War website.)

Rev. S. Aharoni

Rev. Aharoni was reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1959-c.1975). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Doron Ahiel

Rabbi Ahiel serves as rabbi of the Netzach Israel Synagogue, Golders Green, London, from at least 2005 until present (June 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Federation of Synagogues website.)

Rev. B.M. Alperovitz

Rev. Alperovitz served as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue from about 1906 until about 1914. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Saul Amias, MBE
(9 March 1907 - 1 December 2002)

London-born Rev. Amias, who studied at Yeshivah Etz Chaim and Jews' College, answered an advertisement for a Hebrew teacher for the then tiny Jewish community in Edgware which led to him being involved in the formation of the town's first Jewish congregation, serving as Edgware Synagogue's first minister from 1931 until his retirement in 1975, except for a break during World War II, when he served as an army chaplain. He was also instrumental in establishing the Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary School in 1956 and received an MBE in 1973. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.28 and Reminiscence of Rev. Saul Amias in "Our History" section of Rosh Pinah School website.)

Rabbi Nisan Andrews

Canadian-born Rabbi Andrews (m. Hannah) served as rabbi at a number of congregations in Canada and the United States and was associate rabbi of Finchley Synagogue, London (2017-2019), subsequently being appointed rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel, Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Congregation's website and press reports.)

Rabbi Raymond Apple

Melbourne-born Rabbi Apple served as minister of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1962-1965) and Hampstead Synagogue, London (1965-1972), before returning to Australia to take up the post of senior minister of the Great Synagogue of Sydney (1972-2005). (The Hampstead Synagogue 1892-1967 by Raymond Apple, 1967 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. David Applebaum
(1855 - 2 February 1907)

Rev Applebaum (m. Jeanette, or Shinah, née Martschin) was born in Dobrin, Poland (then part of the Rusian Empire). He moved to London in the late 1870s where was employed as reader of a synagogue (identity not known). He spent the early 1880s in Germany, in the town of Lautenburg, but returned to Britain and was appointed reader, shochet and mohel of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation, Leazes Park Road (1886-c.1894). He then appears to have served briefly as reader (chazan) of Sunderland Beth Hamedrash (c.1894-c.1895) before returning to London. In London, he was employed as reader of several small East End congregations, including Chevra Bikkur Cholim, Fashion Street (c.1895-c.1899), Great Alie Street Synagogue (c.1898-c.1902) and St Mary Street Synagogue (c.1904), while at the time practising as a freelance mohel, until his untimely death at the approximate age of 52. (Service and Scandal - the life and times of Rev. David Applebaum by Niel Appleby, 2013.)

Rev. Samuel Arkush
(1875 - 26 March 1946)

Rev. Arkush (m. Bella), born Kalisch, Poland, studied at yeshiva there for five years and taught at the Talmud Torah. He came to the UK in about 1903 and served as reader / minister for the Inverness Hebrew Congregation (c.1907-1908), the Dalry Road Synagogue, Edinburgh (1908-c.1909) and the Queen's Park Synagogue, Glasgow (c.1909-c.1914) before his appointment as first reader (chazan) of the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation (c.1914-1924). He subsequently served as minister, chazan and shochet of the Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1924-1938) until he retired due to ill health. He died in London. (Jewish Year Book listings and various Jewish Chronicle reports including photo of 16 December 1938 and obituary of 4 April 1947.)

Rabbi Yaakov Aronovitz

Rabbi Aronovitz serves as rabbi of the Kollel Beis Aharon (Ohel Avrohom Synagogue), Edgware, London (c.2019 until present - May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Meshulam Yissochor Dov Ashkenazi
(1905 - 6 November 1994)

Rabbi Meshulam Ashkenazi, from the Western Ukraine, came to London as a Holocaust survivor and became known as the Stanislav-Alesker Rebbe, or Stanislaver Rebbe of London, establishing the Stanislowa Beth Hamedrash, Stamford Hill, London. (The Yeshiva World report 26 March 2020.)

Rabbi Uri Ashkenazi
(c.1944 - 26 March 2020)

Rabbi Uri Ashkenazi was the son of Rabbi Meshulam Yissochor Dov Ashkenazi. In 1994, he succeeded his father as the Stanislaver Rebbe of London and rabbi of the Stanislowa Beth Hamedrash, Stamford Hill, London (1994-2020). He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (The Yeshiva World report 26 March 2020.)

Rabbi Chanan Atlas

Rabbi Atlas (m. Nechama) studied at the University of Salford as well as Har Etzyon Yeshiva in Israel and also served in an IDF combat unit. He was the rabbi for Port Elizabeth Hebrew Congregation, South Africa (2004-2007) and subsequently served as minister of the Birmingham Central Synagogue (2012-2014) and the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (2014-2019) before returning to Israel to serve as rabbi of Ohel Ari Synagogue, Ra'anana (from August 2019). (LinkedIn biography and Jewish Year Book listings)

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  1. Additional biographical information may be found in the source or sources shown in parenthesis following each profile. These were also the primary, but not necessarily the sole, source of the data provided in the profile.

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