Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames B

Rabbi Abraham Moses Babad
(1909 - 31 Mar 1966)

Rabbi Babad was born in Mukulince, Poland (now in Ukraine) and emigrated to London in 1936. He became minister of the small Ahavat Emet Synagogue in London's East End (about 1937) and later joint prinicipal of Yeshivah Or Yisroel in Stamford Hill (1937-1943), consisting of 20 boys rescued from Nazi-occupied Europe by Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, presiding Rabbi of the UOHC. He served as minister of Edgware Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London (1943-1947) before moving to Sunderland to become minister of the Sunderland Beth Hemedresh (1947-1965). (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website and The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History p.44.)

Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Baddiel
(8 Mar 1930 - 22 Apr 2019)

Gateshead-born Rabbi Baddiel's first communal position was at the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congredation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue), where he served as second reader (from 1953) and then as assistant minister (c.1954-c.1957). He then moved to Ireland to take up the postion of minister of the Cork Hebrew Congregation (c.1957-1963). Returning to England, he was appointed reader for the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1963-1969). In 1969, he received and accepted a "call" from Newcastle upon Tyne to become minister of the Gosforth and Kenton Hebrew Congregation (1969-1973) and, whilst there, received his rabbinical semicha at the age of 40. In 1973, when a merger was effected of Newcastle's Orthodox congregations, Rabbi Baddiel served as minister of the new Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (1973-1995) until his retirement at the age of 65.  ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books and Jewish Chronicle Orbituary 6 June 2019.)

Rabbi Greg Bank

Rabbi Bank (m. Hannah), who grew up in South Africa, studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, Israel, where he received his semicha while completing bachelors degree in education at Herzog College. He was appointed Youth Rabbi of the Linksfield Senderwood Synagogue, Johannesburg (from 2016) and later he and rebbetzen Hannah served as rabbinic couple at Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (from November 2019 to present - July 2020). (For additional background, see Profile on Yeshurun's website.)

Rev Arthur Barnett

Rev. Barnett served as second reader of Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1914-c.1918). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi M. Barron

Rabbi Barron served as minister of Bayswater and Maida Vale Synagogue, London (c.1977-c.1984). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Shalom Barron
(b. 1916)
London-born Rev. Barron served as minister and reader of Nusach Sfard Russell Street Congregation, Liverpool (to 1939) and as reader and shochet of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (c.1939-1944) and (Jewish Chronicle press reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Lipa Naftali Baum
(b.6 Apr 1919)

Rabbi Baum, BA, born Korcyna, Poland, received semicha in about 1967 and served as minister of Regents Park and Belsize Park Synagogue, London, Pollokshields Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, Luton Hebrew Congregation and North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (1965-c.1984). (Jewish Year Book Who's Who and listings.)

Rabbi Gary Bazak

Rabbi Bazak (m. Tanya), who has a BSc Hons in Chemistry with Physics, is a senior member of the rabbinical team at seed (at least 2015 to present - May 2020). (Seed website.)

Rev. Philipp Bender
(1832 - 1901)

German-born Rev Bender, a distinguished headmaster, served the Hull Jewish community (from 1851) and Dublin (1863-1881). He moved to St. Leonards, Sussex in 1881, where he established Beaufort College, St. John's Road, of which he served as principal (1881-1895). He also founded there the first known Jewish congregation in Hastings, for students, local residents and visitors, serving as its minister and president (1881-1895). (National Jewish Heritage Trails website for Hastings.)

Rabbi Yaacov Benzaquen

Rabbi Benzaquen, born in Caracus, Venezuela, obtained engineering degree from Columbia University in New York. He subsequently studied in Yeshiva and Kollel Medrash Shmuel for seven years. Rabbi Benzaquen (frequently known simply as Rabbi B) moved to London in 2008. He served as rabbi of Tsur Yisrael (Gibraltar Minyan), Hendon, London (2009-2016) and Tiferet Eyal Synagogue, Hendon, London (2017 to 2019). (Biography on Federation of Synagogues website and LinkedIn account.)

Rabbi Jeff Berger

Rabbi Berger (m. Michie) obtained semicha from Montefiore College, London. Although Ashkanazi, he and Rebbetzen Michie served as the rabbinic couple of Rambam Sephardi Synagogue, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire (2011-2018). (Congregation's website.)

Rev. N. Bergerman

Rev. Bergerman served as minister, reader and secretary of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London from about 1938 until at least 1940. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M.A. Binstock

Rev. Binstock served as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue (c.1967-c.1969). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Yisroel Binstock

Rabbi Binstock (m. Leanne) is the son of Dayan Ivan Binstock. He served as associate rabbi of Hendon Synagogue (c.2013-2019), following which he was appointed minister of the Hale and District Hebrew Congregation, South Manchester (2019 to present - April 2020). (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Dov Birnbaum

Rabbi Birnbaum (m. Tehilla) is a senior member of the rabbinical team at seed, primarily focusing on developing the community at the seed shul (2017 to present - May 2020). (Seed website and Uniquely Edgware.)

Rev. Blachman

Rev. Blachman (or Blackman) served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1901-c.1905). (Jewish Year Book listings and The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204.)

Rev. S. Blachman

Rev. S. Blachman served as reader of Fieldgate Street Synagogue, London prior to being appointed to serve as reader of Hackney & East London Synagogue in 1898 until his retirement in 1935. (The History of the Hackney Synagogue appearing in its Centenary Commemorative Booklet 1897-1997.)

Rev. H. Black

Rev. Black served as chazan (cantor) at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (c.1997-c.2011). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Black

Rev. Black served as temporary minister of Bayswater Synagogue, London, from at least 1945 (or possibly early during WWII) until about 1946. (Jewish Year Book listings.).

Rabbi A. Blackman

Rabbi Blackman served as minister of Watford and District Synagogue (c.1994-c.1996). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Blaser

Rev. Blaser served as assistant minister or reader of the South Shields Synagogue for a short period from 1890. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), pp.256-260.)

Rev. Sabastian (Sonnie) Morton Bloch

Rev. Bloch served as minister of Amersham United Synagogue Membership Group, Buckinghamshire, during the early 1940s. (The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.34.)

Dayan Ben Zion Blum

Dayan Blum is the son-in-law of Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Halberstam, the Third Bobover Rebbe (z'l), and serves as the rebbe of Kehal Chasidey Bobov Beth Hemedrash (Chasidey Bobov D'Ohel Naphtoli Beth Hemedrash), Stamford Hill, London, from at least 1983 to present (July 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Leonard Book

Rabbi Book (m. Margaret) served as minister of Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1987-1988), Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation (1988-c.1994) and St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (c.2003-c.2010). (Jewish Year Book listings and Potters Bar Synagogue website.)

Rev. Harry Bornstein
(1908 - Dec 1943)

London-born Rev. Bornstein studied at Yeshiva Etz Chayim and Jews' College, London and was awarded a scholarship to UCL and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He served as minister of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London (c.1929), North West London Synagogue, Kentish Town, London (1932-1934), South East London Synagogue, New Cross, London (1934-1938) and Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London (1938-1941). He was subsequently appointed as a Jewish chaplain in the British Armed Forces and died on active service. (The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History p.116.)

Rabbi Boruch Boudilovsky

Israel-born Rabbi Boudilovsky (m. Esther) grew up in Glasgow and New York but moved back to Israel to study at Yeshivat HaHesder Yerucham (completing IDF military service), Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem and a Brisk-style Kollel based in Jerusalem. He also earned B.Ed. in educational counseling and completed an MA at King’s College, London. He served as associate minister of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2010-2016), including, from 2013, leading the community's new branch congregation, the Yavneh Minyan. In 2016, Rabbi Boudilovsky moved back to Israel to become rabbi of the Young Israel Synagogue of North Netanya (to present - June 2020). (Rabbi Bouilovsky's profile on Young Israel's website.)

Dayan Pesach Braceiner
(May 1911 - 18 Jul 1997)

Rabbi Braceiner served as rav of Finchley Central Synagogue, London (c.1962-c.1984) and was appointed as a Dayan of the Beth Din of the Federation of Synagogues in about 1972 serving in such capacity until his death in 1997. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Levi Brackman

Rabbi L. Brackman served as minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, London (c.2002-c.2006). He later served as Chabad emissary until he resigned from Chabad in 2010. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Zalmy Brackman

Rabbi Z. Brackman served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue (2017-2020). (Congregation's website.)

Rev. I.M. Braier

Rev. Braier served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue (c.1948-1974). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Henri Brand

Rabbi Brand served as le grand rabbin of La Synagogue Française de Londres (from at least 1991 until at least 2014). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Cyril Braslavsky
(12 Apr 1924 - 8 Mar 1980)

Rev. Braslavsky served as minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1950-1972) and Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1972-1980). (Jewish Year Book listings and Eight Hundred Years - The Story of Nottingham's Jews by N. Fisher.)

Rabbi David Braunold

Rabbi Braunold served as minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1985-2010) and St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (2010-c.2013). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Naftali Brawer

Rabbi Brawer served as minister of Northwood Synagogue, London (1996-2007) and Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue (2007-2011). His wife, Dina, became the UK's first orthodox female rabbi in May 2018. (Jewish Year Book listings and Times of Israel pess report of 10 May 2018.)

Rev. H.V. Brazil

Rev. Brazil served as minister of the Maidenhead Hebrew Congregation, Berkshire, from at least 1945 until at least 1946. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. A. Bright

Rev. Bright served as reader (chazan) of Cricklewood Synagogue, London (c.1982-c.1987). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Irvin Broder
(b. 15 Aug 1930)

London-born Rabbi Broder served as rabbi to Brakpan Hebrew Institution, South Africa (c.1968-late 1970s) and the Beth-El Synagogue,Wellington, New Zealand (early 1980s). After returning to Britain, he became minister of the Hull Western Synagogue (c.1982-c.1983) and Ilford Synagogue (c.1983-c.1997). (Jewish Year Book listings)

H. Brookfield

Mr. Brookfield served as acting minister of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1945-c.1949). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Browne

Rev. Browne served as minister of the Hackney & East London Synagogue (c.1994-c.1995). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Leo Bryll

Rev. Bryll served as reader (chazan) of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1935-c.1955). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Gabriel Burns

Rev. Burns  (m. Batsheva) served as minister of Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1990-c.1996) and, some years later, as part-time minister of Portsmouth & Southsea Hebrew Congregation (c.2014/15). (Jewish Year Book listings and Potters Bar Synagogue website.)

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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.

Other Orthodox Rabbinical Profiles:

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