Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames A

Rabbi Monty Aaronberg
(c.1936 - 2012)

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), teaching also at King David High School, Liverpool. After serving at Woolwich Synagogue, south east London, in 1970 he was inducted minister at the Shepherd's Bush, Fulham and District Synagogue. In 1980 Rabbi Aaronberg became rabbi at the West End Great Synagogue, Dean Street, Soho and then at Yavneh Synagogue, South Hackney (1984-1985). Rabbi Aaronberg was for many years religious supervisor and honorary rabbi for the synagogue at the Ella Ridley Jewish Care home in Hendon, and following his death, the synagogue at the home was named in his honour. Since the home's closure, the Rabbi Aaronberg synagogue meets at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon. (Jewish Chronicle reports, including 2 March 1962 and Jewish Year Book listngs.)

Rev. Isaac Aarons

Rev. Isaac 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. Not to be confused with his contemporary, Rev. Isaac Aarons who served in Sheffield and a number of other congregations. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Isaac Aarons

Rev. Isaac Aarons served the Sheffield community, Wolverhampton Synagogue, Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation and West Ham Synagogue, London. Not to be confused with his contemporary, Rev. Isaac Aarons who served as reader to a number of congregations in Hull. (Jewish Chronicle report of 4 June 1926.)

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. Shulamit), son of Rabbi Dr Yehuda Abel, holds bachelor's degrees in Semitics (University of Manchester) and Law (University of Central Lancashire) and masters degrees in Education (University of Liverpool), Research (University of Manchester) and Law. In 1998, he was awarded semicha through the Shehebar Sephardic Center in Jerusalem. He served as minister of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation, Princes Road (1999-2002 and part-time from 2015 to present - April 2021), the Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, London (2002-2005) and Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2005-2010). (Rabbi Abel's biography formerly on Princes Road Synagogue website and Jewish Telegraph interview of 2017.)

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

Rev. Abelson was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, the son of local minister Rev. Abraham Abelson, and was 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). He was the author of The Immanence of God in Rabbinical Literature (1912) and Jewish Mysticism (1913). He also assisted Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz in the editing of Hertz's Commentary on the Pentateuch, published in 1929–36. (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.)

Haham Rabbi Jacob Abendana
(1630 - 1685)

Rabbi Abendana (m. Sara) was born in Morocco or Spain, grew up in Germany and attended yeshiva in Rotterdam. He was appointed Haham to the Amsterdam community (1665-1681). He subsequently accepted the appointment as Haham to the London Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community and rabbi of the Creechurch Lane Synagogue (1681-1685) and died in office. Like his younger brother, Isaac Abendana, who taught Hebrew and rabbinics at both Cambridge and Oxford (although he was not a formal member of university staff as such a position was banned to Jews), he was celebrated author, Hebraist and translator. (Jewish Encyclopedia articles on "Jacob Abendana" and "Isaac Abendana" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 5, pp.57-64.)

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. M. Abrahams, BA

Rev. M. Abrahams of Leeds served as visiting minister to Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from 1896 to 1899. (Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. Hermann Abrahams
(c.1877 - 3 February 1940)

Born in Slonim, Grodno region (today in Belarus), Rev. H. Abrahams (m. Zelah Freedman) held the post of chazan / shochet first at the Norwich Hebrew Congregation (c.1911), then at the Aberavon and Port Talbot Synagogue, south Wales. In 1918 Rev. Abrahams was appointed chazan / shochet to the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire. In 1928 he retired due to ill health but went on to serve as minister to the smaller Stockport Hebrew Congregation, then in Cheshire,(c.1927-1933). He died in Southport. (Jewish Year Book listings; "Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.607, Jewish Chronicle obituary 9 February 1940 and various reports.)

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.)

Rabbi Ivor L. Abrams
(c.1936 - 6 February 1981)

Manchester born Rabbi Abrams (m. Madeline) attended Manchester Jews' School, Manchester yeshiva and then the chazanut class at Jews' College, London. Still in his teens he was appointed reader of the Sale and District Hebrew Congregation and Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation and was appointed part-time minister of the the Mill Hill & District Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1953-c.1958). From 1958 to 1970 he was minister of Shepherd's Bush, Fulham and District Synagogue which he left to become minister of the Ahavath Shalom Synagogue, Neasden (1970-1974). Rabbi Abrams was minister at Wembley Synagogue from 1974 until his death aged 45. A special memorial service for Rabbi Abrams was held at Wormwood Scrubs prison, where he had been Jewish chaplain for 15 years. (History of the Mill Hill congregation, on its website, Jewish Chronicle obituary 13 February 1981 and various reports.)

Rev. Eli Abt
(b. May 1929)

Berlin-born Rev. Abt (m. Muriel, 1959) survived the kristallnacht pogroms as a child in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) and was accepted onto the kindertransport to Britain. After spending six traumatic months in a boys' refugee hostel in Hove, he later, aged 10, proceeded with other family members, who had independently escaped Germany, to South Africa. He returned to Britain and served as chazan of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London, from about 1956 until about 1964. He pursued a career in architecture and planning consultancy and, now retired, is a writer and speaker on Medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts. (Jewish Year Book listings and article on his youth.)

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

Rabbi Hermann (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). In 1909 he was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO). (British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007; Hermann Adler: The King's Chief Rabbi by Derek Taylor, 2020)

Rev. J. Adler

Rev. J. Adler was minister for the Canning Town Synagogue, east London (c.1932-c.1933). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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

Born in Spitalfields in London East End, Rev. Adler (m. 1st Sophie Eckersdorf, d.1912; 2nd Bertha), the son of a Polish tailor, was educated at Jews' College, London and was a Hollier Hebrew scholar at University College, London. Aged only 22, he was appointed minister, reader and secretary at the new Hammersmith Synagogue, London (1890-1903), initially on a three year temporary contract. In 1895 he was retained on a part time basis and became a senior master in Hebrew at Jews' Free School. In 1899 a reader was appointed to assist him. Rev Adler was then appointed as minister of the Central Synagogue, London (1903-1934). In 1904 Rev. Adler became a commissioned chaplain to the British army. in 1914/15, he was from time to time visiting minister / chaplain at the Aldershot Military Synagogue, Hampshire. He was the first Jewish chaplain to be granted permission to visit the Western Front in January 1915 and initially served as the only Jewish chaplain there. He worked to develop the chaplaincy provision for Jewish soldiers: securing permission for additional chaplains; authoring with the Chief Rabbi a special prayer book; raising funds for chaplaincy; obtaining permission for grave stones for Jewish soldiers to be marked by the Star of David; and writing to the families of the fallen, injured and others he met. In the summer of 1918 his health broke, he returned to England and was awarded the DSO for his war-time service. Rev. Adler published books for class work in Hebrew grammar and scholarly works, including a history of the Jews of Medieval England. He was President of the Jewish Historical Society of England (1934-1936) and also edited the British Jewry Book of Honour, the definitive record of 50,000 British and Dominion Jews who served during the Great War (published in 1922). (Various Jewish Chronicle reports; 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. Pesach (Philip) Agdeshman
(c.1873 - June 1934)

Russian-born Rev. Agdeshman (variant spellings include Agdishman, Akdishman) (m. Rebecca Binstock) was a well known religious and communal leader in the East End of London. He is described as the founder of six synagogues there - possibly including the Sons of Britchan Synagogue (B'nai Britchan) (which he represented for a time on the Board of Deputies). He was minister at the Canning Town Synagogue (1929-1932), which while in East London was outside the main area of Jewish settlement. In 1934, following his death, (and stated to be his last wish) a sepher torah was consecrated in his name at the Philpot Street Sphardish Synagogue in the East End. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 29 June 1934 and various other reports; Jewish Year Book listings; and internet research.)

Rev. Shmuel Aharoni
(c.1908 - August 1983)

Born in Petach Tikva, in Ottoman Palestine, the son and grandson of chazanim in Petach Tikva and Jerusalem, Rev. Aharoni (m. Bessie in London in 1937) studied chazanut in Germany in the early 1930s but declined the offer of a career there due to rising antisemitism. He was chazan at the New Central Synagogue, Glasgow (c.1939-1959) and then chazan to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1959-1975) retiring due to ill health, but continuing to help conduct services when needed. Rev. Aharoni died in Belfast . (Jewish Chronicle obituary 5 August 1983; 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.)

Meyer Ahronsha

Meyer Ahronsha (or Ahrons) was shochet to the Aldershot Jewish Community, Hampshire, from July 1864 until December 1865. (The foundation of the Aldershot Synagogue, by Malcolm Slowe, (1972).)

Rev Hyman Isidor Alexander BA
(7 May 1908 - 20 September 2006)

Rev. H.I. Alexander (m. Annie Blumberg BA of Banbridge, Northern Ireland), son of Rev. A Nemtsov of Manchester, obtained a BA at Jews' College. He was minister and secretary of Willesden Green Federation Synagogue and Hebrew classes, north London, when the synagogue opened for services in 1934. He was then briefly assistant minister at Brondesbury Synagogue. In 1935 he was appointed minister of Portsmouth Hebrew Congregation and in 1936 conducted the consecration service of the new synagogue at Elm Grove, Southsea. He was active with other community members in setting up a Truth society in Portsmouth to counter local Fascist activity. He then served as minister at Hendon Synagogue, London (1937-1943). In 1941 he was commissioned as a chaplain to the Armed Forces (and although he remained minister at Hendon, Rev. A. Berman was appointed as temporary minister in his absence). Based initially in Aldershot and then in Scotland, Rev. Alexander in 1941 conducted Rosh Hashanah services on the Orkney Islands, as well as what was believed to be the first ever Yom Kippur services on the Shetland Islands. He resigned his commission in 1943 due to ill health. From 1944 until his retirement in 1968, Rev. Alexander was a member of the teaching staff at Dulwich College (and a regular correspondent to the Jewish Chronicle on diverse topics, writing from "the Common Room, Dulwich"). He taught French and took Jewish pupils for prayers, but will also be remembered for this long association with fencing, producing a succession of individual fencers and teams who achieved considerable success. In addition, he encouraged many pupil to take up chess. He died in France. (Jewish Chronicle various reports, Alleyn Club (Dulwich College Old Boys) Newsletter 2006 and memories of a former pupil of Dulwich College.)

Rabbi Michael Asher Alony
(1946- 2016)

Dublin-born Rabbi Alony, the son of Dayan Z.J. Alony of Dublin (later head of the Federation of Synagogues Beth Din, London), received semicha from Hebron Yeshiva. Rabbi Michael Alony (m. Shirley Lopian in 1968) was rabbi of Southport Hebrew Congregation (1967-1976). He then emigrated to Australia and became chief minister at Central Synagogue, Bondi Junction, Sydney (1976-1984). Rabbi Alony then lived in Israel until 1990 when he became a rabbi in Helsinki, Finland. In 1996 he became rabbi at Beth Shalom Congregation, Modesto, California, but left shortly after his appointment. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.593; internet research.)

Rev. B.M. Alperovitz

Rev. Alperovitz served as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue from about 1906 until about 1914, when he became assistant reader of the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers Hill. He served in Birmingham until the 1920s. Later reports indicate he was conducting services at the Beth Hamidrash, Wrottesley Street, Birmingham (later known as Birmingham Central Synagogue). (Jewish Year Book listings and various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Benzion Alperowitz

Bournemouth-born Rabbi B. Alperowitz (m. Chanchi from New York), the son of Rabbi Yossie Alperowitz, studied at yeshivot in Manchester, Israel and at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. He received semicha in 2013 at the Central Chabad Yeshiva in New York. Since 2016 Rabbi Bentzion Alperowitz, assisted by Chanchi, has served as assistant rabbi at Chabad Lubavitch of Bournemouth (until present - July 2021), where his father is senior rabbi, and lecturer at Chabad adult education programmes. Rabbi Bentzion also runs events and classes for the Jewish students at the Bournemouth universities. (Chabad of Bournemouth website.)

Rabbi Yossie (Yosef) Alperowitz
(b. 1965)

New York born Rabbi Y. Alperowitz (m. Chanie Sudak, b.1966, daughter of Rabbi Nachman Sudak, principal of the Lubavitch Foundation of Great Britain) was educated at the Central Lubavitch Yeshivah, New York. As a rabbinical student, he was sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe with a group of students to study and train at the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand. He received semicha in 1987 from Central Lubavitch yeshiva in New York and taught Jewish Law and Chassidic Philosophy at Machon Chana Women's Institute for Higher Learning. In 1989, Rabbi Alperowitz, together with Chanie, came to Bournemouth and established the Lubavitch Centre (now Chabad Lubavitch of Bournemouth), offering principally adult education, a youth programme and social events and he remains its rabbi (and co-director with Chanie) until the present (July 2021). In 1995, the Alperowitz's opened a seminary for religious girls from around the world. Over the years, Rabbi Alperowitz assisted various ministers at the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and for some time acted as headmaster of its religious classes. In about May 2005, he was appointed as the congregation's acting minister but resigned in November 2005 amidst media reports of division in the community regarding offering him a permanent position. Rabbi Alperowitz is the author of five volumes of Or Ha Tefillah, an anthology of explanations on prayer from chassidic teachings. He is the father of Rabbi Benzion Alperowitz. (Jewish Chronicle profile 28 December 2007 and various other reports; Chabad of Bournemouth website.)

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.)

Rev. Simon Anekstein
(c.1893 - 31 January 1944)

Warsaw-born, Rev. Anekstein (m. Dora Gilbert of London in 1910) was elected chazan, shochet, mohel and baal koreh of Sheffield Synagogue in 1912 (aged only 19), the Edinburgh New Hebrew Congregation in 1914 and then he briefly served at the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Synagogue, south London. Rev. Anekstein was then appointed as shochet and teacher (and later chazan) of the Southend and Wescliff Hebrew Congregation (1917-1926) before becoming the first minister at the newly-formed Hove Hebrew Congregation, leading the consecration service for the new synagogue in Holland Road in 1928. During World War II, Rev. Anekstein ministered for a time to Jewish internees on the Isle of Man. His son, Squadron Leader Cyril Anekstein, who had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, was killed on an RAF mission over Germany in August 1943. Rev. Anekstein died in Hove five months after his son was killed (although his fate then was presumably uncertain as Cyril's name is mentioned in the Jewish Chronicle death notice for Rev Anekstein). The Anekstein cup in Maccabi Football is named in honour of Cyril Anekstein. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports, Jewish Year Book listings and Cyril Anekstein's profile.)

Rev H. Angel

Rev. Angel conducted the services, directed the Hebrew school and was a shochet for the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from about 1896 until 1900 (and until April 1899 he was the only resident minister or reader). In 1896, he led the service at the opening of the congregation's new synagogue at Houghton Place. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. A. Apolin - see Rev. Abraham Opolion.

Rabbi Raymond Apple, AO
(b. 27 December 1935)

Melbourne-born Rabbi Apple studied at the University of Melbourne, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law, then at the University of New England in Australia, gaining a Master of Literature degree. At Jews' College, London, he received a teaching diploma and semicha. 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). He was a dayan and registrar on the Sydney Beth Din and a recipient of the award of Officer of the Order of Australia. He retired to Israel. (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, 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 2021). (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 Moses Athias

Rabbi Athias was rabbi or chazan in about 1660 of the Creechurch Street (Spanish & Portuguese) Synagogue, the first synagogue to be established in England following the readmission of Jews in 1665. (British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, p.21.)

Rabbi Michael Atkins
(b. c.1946)

Rabbi Atkins was educated at Jews' College, London. As Rev. Atkins, he served as head of the Hebrew classes at Plymouth Synagogue and later as minister of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation (1972-1975). He moved to London in 1975 to facilitate his rabbinical studies at Jews' College and briefly became minister of the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, Essex, before moving to Croydon and District Synagogue, south London. He served as minister in Nottingham Hebrew Congregation for seven years, also holding educational programmes in Derby, until his contract was terminated in 1987 by the Nottingham congregation. He was appointed part-time minister at West Ham and Upton Park Synagogue, east London, in 1989 (having assisted at the community for several months) and at Chelsea Affiliated Synagogue, west London.

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, (now Gqeberha), 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)

Haham Rabbi Solomon Ayllon
(1660s - 10 April 1728)

Rabbi Ayllon was born, probably in Solonika, in 1664 (or possibly 1660). He was somewhat of a controversial figure as regards his personal relationships and the fact that had been a follower of Sabbatai Tzevi. He travelled quite widely in Europe and the Near East before visiting London, where he the offer to became Haham to the London Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community and rabbi of the Creechurch Lane Synagogue (1689-1700). His stay in London was not a happy one and he was attacked vigorously by a member of the congregation who had heard something of Ayllon's past. After leaving London in 1700, he became associate rabbi in Amsterdam, where his lot was no happier and he remained the centre of controversy. He died in Amsterdam. (Jewish Encyclopedia articles on "Solomon ben Jacob Ayllon" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 6, pp.65-79.)

Rev. Haim Joseph David Azulay
(c.1900 - 27 January 1984)

Rev. Haim Joseph David Azulay was born in Hebron in Ottoman Palestine in 1900 and was named after his illustrious forefather (known as the "Hida", the acronym of his name), the Jerusalem-born rabbi, philosopher, traveller and author (1724-1806). He obtained semicha in 1923 signed by, amongst others, Harav Kook in Jerusalem (although he did not appear to use the title Rabbi during his communal career). His first post in Britain was to the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation. In 1928 he was called to be shochet, teacher and mohel for the Southend and Wescliff Hebrew Congregation and, together with his wife, Fanny (nee Maslin from Dublin), served the congregation in many capacities: as rosh hashochtim and with responsibility for kashrut in the town; as headmaster to the cheder which at times had more than 140 children; responsible for the chevra kadisha; and for many years he organised the youth club. He retired in 1967 and is buried in Marlow Road Cemetery, East Ham, London. (With thanks to Dr Arnold Azulay for providing assistance with this biography, Jewish Chronicle obituary 17 February 1984 and various reports. )


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