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Rabbinical Profiles(1)
Orthodox

Surnames B

Rabbi Abraham Moses Babad
(1909 - 31 March 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 Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.44.)

Rev. J. Bachrach

See Rev. J. Blachman.

Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Baddiel
(8 March 1930 - 22 April 2019)

Gateshead-born Rabbi Baddiel (m. Leila nee Wolfsonn) studied at yeshiva in Staines, Middlesex, and Gateshead Talmudic College. His first communal position was at the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue), where he served as second reader (1952-1957). He then moved to Ireland to become the last minister of the Cork Hebrew Congregation (c.1957-1963). Returning to England, he was appointed additional reader, shochet and teacher for the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1963-c.1968). 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 Obituary 6 June 2019.)

Rev. S.I. Balanow

Rev. Balanow served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, from about 1953 until about 1960. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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 rebbetzin 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. Abraham Barnett

Rev. Abraham Barnett was minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1829-c.1832) and later served as reader (chazan) of. Hambro' Synagogue, London (about 1850s) and as first reader of the New Synagogue, London (c.1859-c.1884) (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.83.)

Rev. Arthur Barnett

Rev. Barnett was chaplain to H.M Forces during World War I (including, for a period, senior Jewish chaplain to the British Expeditionary Force in France). He later served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1920-1924) and the Western Synagogue, London (1924-1954). A Rev. Arthur Barnett also served as second reader of Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1914-c.1918) and it is unknown whether this the same person. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.98. The Western Synagogue through Two Centuries by Rev. A. Barnett, 1961 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S.D. Barnett

Rev. Barnett was reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1908-c.1931). (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.)

Rabbi Shalom Barron
(1916 - 9 September 2002)
London-born Rev. (later Rabbi) Barron (m. Annie nee Goldberg of Liverpool) was born into a chassidic family and studied at Liverpool Yeshiva. He served as minister and reader of Nusach Sfard Russell Street Congregation, Liverpool (to 1939), and for a while was also a teacher in Southport. He was then appointed as chazan, shochet and teacher of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (c.1939-1944), and minister to the Stockport Hebrew Congregation, Cheshire. In 1952 Rev. Barron moved to the Irish Republic to become minister and shochet to the Cork Hebrew Congregation (1952-1955). In 1956 he was appointed minister of the Harrismith Hebrew Congregation, South Africa and he served communities at Witbank and Bokburg. Obtaining semicha, Rabbi Barron returned to London in the 1980s and in the 1990s was honorary rabbi to the Machzike Hadass Synagogue in Dublin. Rabbi Shalom Barron retired to Manchester where he died. He was the father of Rabbi Moshe Barron, who was rabbi at the Richmond Synagogue, London. (Jewish Chronicle press reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Lipa Naftali Baum
(b. 6 April 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. A. Behrman

Rev. Behrman served as minister of York Synagogue from about 1910 until about 1911. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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.)

Rev. Joseph Benjamin (Theomin)
(d. 11 February 1880)

Rev. Joseph Benjamin (previously Joseph Benjamin Theomin) (m. Esther nee Braham) came to Britain from Frandtadt, Prussia. He served as Reader (chazan) and shochett of Sheerness Synagogue, Kent (1837-1844) and second reader of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1844-1880). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.86.)

Rev. Salvador Benzaquen
(b. c.1943)

Rev. Salvadore Benzaquen (also referred to as I., J. or Y. Benzaquen), born in Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the North African coast, studied for some eleven years at the Sunderland Talmudical College and the Yeshiva Etz Chaim, London. He served as assistant minister of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1969-1972), after which he moved to Belgium upon his marriage. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Yaacov Benzaquen

Rabbi Benzaquen, born in Caracas, Venezuela, obtained an 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 (m. served as minister, reader and secretary of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London from about 1938 until at least 1940. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Danny Bergson

Manchester-born rabbi, singer and musician, Rabbi Bergson (m. Anna in Hale, Cheshire, 2000) graduated from Manchester University with a degree in computer science. He and his wife were engaged in outreach to young Jewish professionals and students in Manchester for the Lubavitch movement, and then as director of a charity called Ignite the Soul. He served as rabbi of Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow (2008-2011) and Pinner United Synagogue, London (2011-2018) before becoming rabbi of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (2018 to present - December 2020) and also works for the University Jewish chaplaincy service with responsibility for five universities in and around Manchester. (Jewish Chronicle reports.).

Rev. M. Berkowitz

Rev. Berkowitz served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1906-c.1908). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Myer Berman, MBE
(2 January 1909 - May 1985)

Rabbi M. Berman, MBE, MA was the long-serving minister of the Wembley Synagogue, London (1934-1974) and was subsequently its emeritus minister. He was the father of Rabbi Vivian Berman. (Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who.)

Rabbi Vivian Berman
(b. 24 January 1939)

Rabbi V. Berman, MA (m. Anne nee Levy), the son of Rabbi Myer Berman, was educated at Cambridge University. He obtained semicha in Israel in 1967, shortly following his appointment as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1967-1971). He then served as minister of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, Street Lane Gardens, Leeds (1971-1980), emigrating to Israel in 1980. (Research by Steven Jaffe and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Barnett (Berman) Berliner
(1848 - 15 January 1913)

London-born Rev. Berliner (m. Helen nee Benjamin, 1875) graduated from Jews' College, London, and became headmaster of the Borough Jewish Schools, London, concurrently serving as reader of the German Synagogue, Broad Street, London. He subsequently served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1871-1878) and St John's Wood Synagogue (1878-1912). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, pp.89/90, and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.82.)

Rabbi Isaac Joel Bernstein
(12 November 1939 - 19 August 1994)

Dublin-born Rabbi Bernstein, MA (m. Ruth nee Gilbert, 1966) served as minister of Dublin's Terenure Hebrew Congregation (1966-70), Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London (1972-77), the Jewish Center in New York (1977-c.1980) and Finchley Synagogue, London (1981-1994). (See online Obituary in The Independent.)

Rev. Emanuel Berry
(d. 31 July 1944)

Rev. Berry (m. Fanny) was the first and longest-serving minister of Llandudno Hebrew Congregation, North Wales from possibly as early as 1909 until his death in 1944. Two gaps in his tenure were in 1913-1914 when he was briefly minister at Pontypridd Synagogue, South Wales and from about 1924 to about 1925. In 1940 Rev. Berry was appointed assistant chaplain to Jewish soldiers in North Wales in addition to his ministerial duties. His Jewish Chronicle obituary states he served at Llandudno for 35 years. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle obituary and reports.)

Rev. Michael Binstock, MBE

Rev. Binstock (m. Edith) was educated at the Yesodey Hatorah and Avigdor schools, London and studied at Etz Chaim Yeshiva. He served as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue (c.1967-c.1968) and of Brixton Synagogue, South London (c.1968-1973) where he also served as chaplain to Brixton and Wandsworth prisons. In 1970 he obtained the chazanut diploma of Jews' College, London. From 1974 he served as chazan at Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue, London. In September 1981 he took on full-timeteaching at the newly established Sinai (Michael Sobell) School in Kenton and became headmaster of St John's Wood Synagogue's Hebrew classes. He was also part-time chazan of the Golders Green Synagogue (c.1983-1990). Rev. Binstock served on the Board of Religious Education for the United Synagogue. He was part-time minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1997-2008). He is also director of the United Synagogue Jewish Prison Chaplaincy Services from 2003 and Jewish Faith Advisor to the HM Prison Service and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to prison chaplaincy. (Jewish Chronicle report 9 November 1973 and profile 4 October 1985, Jewish Year Book listings, information from a former member of Staines synagogue.)

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.)

Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum

Rabbi Birnbaum LLB (Hons) MA (m. Elisheva), who grew up in London, studied at the world-renowned Ponovezh Yeshiva in Israel and received his semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and former Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu, as well as completing advanced rabbinical training with the Ner L’Elef Institute in Jerusalem. He obtained his LLB from the Open University and his MA (in Jewish Studies) from University College, London. He served as rabbi of the Hadley Wood Jewish Community (2010-2020) and was subsequently appointed as rabbi of Toras Chaim Synagogue, Hendon, London, from 2020. (Profile on the United Synagogue website and Rabbi Birnbaum's twitter account.)

Rabbi Abraham Sheftel Birzansky
(c.1851 - August 1907)

Russian-born Rabbi Birzansky served as the minister of the Remnant of Israel Synagogue, Cork from its establishment in the early 1880s until the early 1900s. (The Jews of Ireland from Earliest Times to the Year 1910 by L. Hyman, Jewish Chronicle report 23 August 1907, census of Ireland return, 1901.)

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. J. Blachman

Rev. J. Blachman (or Bachrach) served as reader of Lurgan Hebrew Congregation, Northern Ireland (c.1909-c.1915). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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. Sidney Black
(23 September 1913 - June 1996)

Rev. S. Black, BA, was born in Kalisz, Poland. He served as war-time temporary minister of Bayswater Synagogue, London, (1940-1946) and as minister of St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1946-1952) and Ilford Synagogue, London (1952-c.1980). He was the father of Rabbi Yehuda Black. (Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who entry.)

Rabbi Yehuda L. Black
(b. 1963)

Rabbi Y.L. Black (m. Yehudit), the son of Rev. Sidney Black, studied at yeshivot in UK, Israel, USA and Canada, and initially served as the first full-time minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1990-1995). He and French-born Rebbetzen Yehudit then served as rabbinic couple at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (1995-2004) and Kenton Synagogue, London (2004 to present - September 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Kenton Congregation's website.)

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. M. Bloch

A Rev. M. Bloch served as minister of the short-lived Lincoln Hebrew Congregation in and around 1940 and as temporary minister of Finchley District Synagogue, London (1945-1947), although it is uncertain as to whether they were the same person. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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.)

Rev. Eli Bloom
(c.1871 - June 1939)

Rev. Bloom (m. Sarah, sister of rabbi Harris Levin, Manchester) was educated at yeshivot in his native Lithuania and Manchester. He served briefly as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1896-1897) and was then appointed minister to the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (1898-c.1901). After he left Cork, he was appointed reader, teacher, shochet and mohel of Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation, South Wales, in 1902 and, apart from a very short stint as reader and shochet of Portsmouth Hebrew Congregation (1908), Rev Bloom served the Merthyr community for approximately 37 years and died there in office. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 16 June 1939 and reports, and census of Ireland return, 1901.)

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 Simcha Blum

Rabbi Blum served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue in 2020. (Congregation's website.)

Rev. B. Bogdanski

Rev. Bogdanski served as reader of Rhyl and District Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1899-c.1904). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rabbi Leonard Book
(b. 1943)

Sunderland-born Rabbi Book (m. Margaret) obtained semicha in 1976 having already commenced serving his first term as minister of St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1973-1978). He then served as associate rabbi to two Jewish communities in South Africa, in Port Elizabeth and in Durban. Returning to Britain, he was appointed senior minister at Cardiff United Synagogue (1982-1987), followed by his appointment as the first rabbi to serve the Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1987-1988), while also working for the Joint Shechita Authority in London. There followed his appointment as senior minister to the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation (1989-1995). In 1996, Rabbi Book moved to Sweden to serve the Jewish community in Malmo. He subsequently returned to serve a second term as minister of the St Anne's Hebrew Congregation (2003-2011). He made aliyah in 2011, continuing to serve as a rabbi, as well as a researcher and a kashrut representative in Israel, Vancouver and the Far East. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports, Linked-In account, Jewish Year Book listings and Potters Bar Synagogue website.)

Rev. Matthias Bookman

Rev. Bookman (previously Buchhalter) (m. Jane) from Zhogor (now Zagare, Lithuania) served as chazan to the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, from 1898. By at least 1907 where he became chazan of the Lennox Street Synagogue, Dublin. One of his sons, Louis, was an Irish football and cricket international and the first Jew to play in the English Football League First Division. (Jewish Chronicle reports and various on-line profiles of Louis Bookman.)

Rev. Harry Bornstein
(1908 - December 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 (later Dayan) Braceiner served as the last rav of the Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, North London (1953-c.1962) and as rav of Finchley Central Synagogue, London (c.1962-1983). He 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 and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

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 Menachem (Mendy) Brackman

Rabbi M. Brackman (m. Ruth) studied at Lubavitch yeshivot in Manchester and New York and obtained semicha in Kiriat Malachi, Israel. He served as minister of the Belfast Jewish Community (2008-2012) and then moved to London, where he and his wife serve as co-directors of Chabad South East London, in Bromley. (Research by Steven Jaffe including Belfast Jewish Records.)

Rabbi Zalmy Brackman

Rabbi Z. Brackman (m. Chaia) served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue (2017-2020). He would made a nine mile walk from and back to his home in Stamford Hill to conduct Shabbat services at the synagogue, which initially struggled to get a minyan. (Congregation's website and press report.)

Rev. Yisroel Moshe Braier
(10 December1918 - 7 October 1996)

London-born Rev Braier (m. Elka) studied at Gateshead Yeshivah and Etz Chaim, London. Appointed reader and teacher at the West End Great Synagogue, Dean Street, London. During World War II, he was minister of the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, the synagogue having reopened as a result of the large number of Jewish evacuees that had moved to the town. He then served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue (1947-1974). He also taught at the London Board of Jewish Religious Education's withdrawal classes in state schools. In the late 1950s Rev Braier joined the administrative staff of the Federation of Synagogues in a part-time capacity, becoming assistant secretary and clerk to its Beth Din. According to a colleague at the Federation, "The 1960s and 1970s were an era of turbulence and development in sections of London's Orthodox community...Rev Braier's intimate knowledge of the community, its rabbis and lay leaders proved of inestimable value in containing the situation". (Jewish Chronicle Obituary 25 October 1996.)

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 April 1924 - 7 March 1980)

Liverpool-born Rev. Braslavsky (m. Stella) assisted with services at Greenbank Drive Synagogue, Liverpool, before his appointment as minister to the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation (1946-c.1949). He later served as minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1950-1972) and Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1972-1980), where he died in office. He was recognised for his inter-faith work and designed the small synagogue at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, which was consecrated after his death. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 14 March 1980 and Eight Hundred Years - The Story of Nottingham's Jews by N. Fisher.)

Rev. A. Joseph Braunold

Rev. Braunold served as reader and later minister of Sunderland Hebrew Congregation, Ryhope Road (c.1958-c.1984). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi David Braunold

Glasgow-born Rabbi Braunold (m. Helen) grew up in Sunderland, where his father, Rev A. Joseph Braunold, was the local minister, and studied at Gateshead Yeshiva. He served as minister to the Newport Hebrew Congregation, Wales (c.1975-c.1980) and Bradford Hebrew Congregation (c.1980-c.1985) before becoming the last, and longest-serving, minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1985-2010). He then became minister of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (2010-c.2013), having obtained semicha in 2005 from Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu. Following his retirement he moved to Israel, where he died. (Jewish Year Book listings  and Jewish Chronicle report, 22 July 2005.).

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 Gavin Broder
(b. 1963)

Cape Town-born Rabbi G. Broder (m. Daniella) is the son of Rabbi Irvin Broder and served as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1988-1990) while still studying at Jews' College, London, and subsequently served as minister of Newbury Park Synagogue, Ilford (1990-1996). He was then appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland, serving from 1996 until 2000. He resigned to became University Jewish Chaplain for London and the South East. He is the brother of Rabbi Ronen Broder. (Jewish Year Book listings and information provided by a former member of the Staines community.)

Rabbi Irvin Broder
(15 August 1930 - 13 August 2017)

London-born Rabbi I. 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.1983-1996). On his retirement from Ilford, Rabbi Broder served as minister to the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1996-2002). He was the father of Rabbi Gavin Broder and Rabbi Ronen Broder. (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Ronen Broder

Rabbi R. Broder is the son of Rabbi Irvin Broder and serves as deputy headteacher and school rav (previously head of kodesh from 1996) at North West London Jewish Day School. He is the brother of Rabbi Gavin Broder. (North West Celebrates 60 (2006.)

H. Brookfield

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

Rev. J.M. Brooks

Rev. Brooks served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1905). (Jewish Chronicle report.)

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. A. Brysh

Rev. Brysh served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, in about 1950 /1951. (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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