Rabbinical Profiles(1)

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Rev. Daniel Caplan

Rev. D. Caplan served as minister, chazan and shochet of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1908-1920). He then moved to South Africa but returned to Blackpool by 1924. He later served to reader (chazan) of the Blackpool congregation from at least 1937 and probably through World War II until about 1946. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Herschel Caplan
(d. 30 Apr 2005)

Rev. H. Caplan served as (reader) chazan of Hull Old Hebrew Congregation (c.1976-c.1978), Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation and in Mulzenberg, South Africa and as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1981-1986), Margate Hebrew Congregation (1986-c.1989), Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (c.1990-c.1996) and Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation (c.1997-c.2004). (Information provided by former members of the Staines community and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Alexander Carlebach
(1908 - 1992)

Cologne-born Rabbi Carlebach (m. Marga nee Lowenstein), the son of Rabbi Emanuel Carlebach, studied at Slobodka Yeshiva, Lithuania and at Universities in Cologne, Leipzig, Paris and Strasbourg and enrolled as a student on the rabbinical course at Jews' College, London in 1933. He served as assistant minister at Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (1938-1947) and as principal of its Hebrew schoool. In about 1945, Carlebach served with the Jewish Relief Unit in Germany. By 1947 he was education officer at the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC), London and served as minister of the then newly-formed North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London (c.1947-c.1955). In 1954 he accepted the call to become rabbi to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1954-1965). In 1965, Rabbi Carlebach emigrated to Israel where he was actively involved in various religious and educational projects. He died in Jerusalem. In 1955. Carlebach was awarded a doctorate in law from the University of Strasbourg. He authored Adass Yeshuron of Cologne (Belfast, 1964) and Men and Ideas: Selected Writings 1935-80 (Jerusalem, 1982). (Jewish Year Book listings and research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rabbi Avrom Simon Chaitowitz
(17 Feb. 1921 - 1992)

London-born Rabbi Chaitowitz, BA, served briefly as minister of St Albans Affiliated Synagogue (c.1955) before becoming minister of Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (c.1955-1986). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries.)

Rabbi Mordechai Chalk

London-born Rabbi Chalk (m. Shira), who has a bachelors degree in social psychology, spent eleven years in Israel during which he studied at Bais Yisroel Yeshiva, Mir and and taught at Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion. He and Rebbetzen Shira returned to Britain in 2018 and have served as part-time rabbinic couple at Watford & District Synagogue from May 2020 to present (July 2020). (Watford congregation's website.)

Rabbi Alex Chapper

Rabbi Chapper (m. Eva) studied at London School of Jewish Studies (obtaing semicha and a London University degree in Jewish Studies) and yeshivot Mir and Darchei Noam in Israel. He served as minister of Hammersmith & West Kensington Synagogue, London, Reading Hebrew Congregation and Ilford Federation Synagogue, London (2002-2017). In 2017, he joined Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue (BES), Hertfordshire, initially as community rabbi (and rabbi of the synagogue's Yavneh minyan), becoming senior rabbi in 2019 until present (June 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Rabbi Chapper's profile on BES's website.)

M. Chatow

Mr. Chatow served as reader of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London (c.1927-c.1929). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Dr. Joseph Chotzner
(11 May 1844 - 30 Apr 1914)

Krakow-born Rev. Chotzner (m. Helen nee Banasch of Breslau, 1872) was educated in Breslau Rabbinical Seminary and University of Breslau. He served as the first minister to the newly-formed Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1869-1880). He then left Belfast to become a Hebrew tutor and keeper of a house for Jewish pupils at Harrow School, Middlesex (known as Beeleigh House). In 1893, Rev. Chotzner returned to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation and served as its minister for a second term (1893-1897). In 1897, he became senior scholar in residence at the Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate until 1905, when he retired to London. Died in Harrogate. A scholar and translator, he published books in Hebrew, German and English, particularly on the subject of humour in the Hebrew Bible. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.155; and Research by Steven Jaffe, including Joseph Chotzner in Men and Ideas: Selected Writings 1935-1980 by Rabbi Alexander Carlebach, Koren publishers, 1983 and Jewish Chronicle articles.)

Rabbi Abraham Citron
(b. 22 Jun 1976)

Los Angeles-born Rabbi Citron (m. Devorah Leah nee Kagan), the son of Rabbi Chaim Zev Citron, studied at yeshivot in Jerusalem, Melbourne, and New York, where he obtained semicha. He served as minister of the Belfast Jewish Community (2002- 2007) and subsequently as rabbi of Walford Road Synagogue, London, (2007 to present - October 2020) a position he has combined with being a special needs teacher at Kisharon since 2010 and teacher of Jewish Studies at LSGS (Lubavitch Senior Girls School). (Jewish Year Book listings; research by Steven Jaffe including Belfast Jewish Record; and data provided by Rabbi Citron.)

Rev. Moses Claff

Rev Claff served as reader at the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (Sepember 1884-1886) and at London's Princes Street Synagogue (later known as Princelet Street Synagogue), Spitalfields (from 1886). ("Sevice and Scandel" by Daniel Appleby, 2013.)

Rabbi Jarachmiel Cofnas
(1912 - 19 May 2010)

Rabbi J. Cofnas, born Deksnia, Poland, was as one of the last living students of the famous Chofetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan). He served as minister of Birmingham New Synagogue (1938-c.1988) and was the was the father of Rabbi Lionel Cofna. (Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

Rabbi Lionel (Mordechai Lev) Cofnas
(9 Dec 1943 - Apr. 2020)

Rabbi L. Cofnas, the son of Rabbi Jarachmiel Cofnas, served as minister of Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1971-1975), as chief minister of Cardiff United Synagogue (c.1975-c.1980) and as minister of Childwall Synagogue, Liverpool (c.1980-2011), until his retirement. He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Jewish Telegraph report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Cohen

Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Cohen, BA, M.Phil, AJC, PhD, (m. Gloria née Goldberg) studied at Gateshead Yeshivah and Jews' College, London. He served as assistant rabbi of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London (1963-1967) and then as Director of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Education at the King David Schools, Manchester (1967-1970). He subsequently served as minister of Newton Mearns Synagogue, Glasgow (1970-c.1980), Kenton Synagogue, London (1980-1986) and finally Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, London (1986-2006), followed by semi-retirement in Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries and Rabbi Dr. Cohen's website.)

Rev. Harris Cohen

Rev. Cohen served as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue from June 1902 until about 1906. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Israel Cohen
Rev. Cohen served as reader and shochet of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1947-1950) and of Portsmouth & Southsea Hebrew Congregation (from 1950). (Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Morris Cohen

Rev.Cohen served as minister of Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1896-c.1903). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Philip Cohen

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rev. P. Cohen in Non-Orthodox section.

Rabbi Zvi Cohen

London-born Rabbi Cohen (m. Rivky) has served as part-time minister of Kingsbury Synagogue, London from 2004 to present (March 2020). He studied at Gateshead Yeshiva from where he received his semicha in 1994. He moved back to London in 1997 and since 2002 has taught at local Jewish primary schools. (Congregation's website.)

Rev. Edwin Hyman Simeon (Henry) Collins
(1858 - 8 Jun 1936)

London-born Rev. Collins (m. Ada nee Stanford, formerly of Northampton, 1892 in Brighton) was a Hollier Hebrew scholar at University College London and also studied at the Universities of Marburg and Paris. He served as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1882-c.1887) and briefly as minister of the Dublin Hebrew Congregation (c.1887-c.1888). In 1891, he described himself as author, journalist, Jewish clergyman, poet, teacher of Hebrew and of French, German and English literature. His work as literary collaborator with Sun Yatsen, later first president of the Republic of China, has been the subject of academic research. Between 1911 to 1913 Rev. Collins was headmaster of Annandale House School, Bedford. He died while on a visit to Clayton, Staffordshire and is buried at the Stoke-on-Trent Jewish Cemetery. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.177; and Research by Steven Jaffe, including The Lost book of Sun Yatsen and Edwin Collins, Patrick Anderson, Routledge, 2017 and Jewish Chronicle obituary.)

Rev. Isaac Collish (Zevi Hirsch Kalisch)

Isaac Collish was the first known minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1765-1785). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997.)

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Joshua Cooper
(9 Aug. 1917 - Dec. 1999)

London-born Rabbi Cooper, M.A., Ph.D., served as minister to Catford Synagogue, London (1937-45) before being appointed as principal of Aria College, Southsea (1945-51) and then served as minister of Kingsbury District Synagogue, London (1951-1957). He subsequently went to Australia and served as minister of Adelaide Hebrew Congregation (1958-1959). Returning to the UK, he moved to Hull, initially as the communty's Communal Rabbi (from about 1960 until at least 1977), and later as minister of the Hull Old Hebrew Congregation (from at least 1982 until 1993). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries and "The History of Hull's Orthodox Synagogues" by E. Oppel, 2000.)

Rabbi Alby Copeland
Rabbi Copeland served as minister (and first ever rabbi) of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1976-1980) and as minister of Pollokshields Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow (from 1980). (Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rabbi Stanley Coten

Rabbi Coten (m. Rosalind), who has an MA in Hebrew & Jewish Studies; a First in Politics; and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, studied at Sunderland and Ohr Sameach (Jerusalem) Yeshivot, and received semicha at Jews College, London. He served as minister of Shepherd's Bush, Fulham & District Synagogue, London (c.1987-c.1988), Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1988-1990), Kingston Surbitan & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1990-2002) and Ruislip Synagogue, London (c.2004 to present - July 2020). (Profile on Ruislip Synagogue website and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Stephen Cotsen

Served both Orthodox and Masorti congregations. See under Stephen Cotsen in Non-Orthodox section.

Rev. Shimon Craimer

Rev. Craimer served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware United Synagogue, London from about 2002 to about 2003. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shlomo P. Cutler
(b.21 Dec. 1927)

Liverpool-born Rabbi Cutler (m. Judith) served as assistant minister and secretary of Luton Synagogue (c.1952-1959), as minister of Mill Hill Synagogue, London (1959-1993) and as rabbi of Kol Yaacov Beth Hamedrash, Edgware, London (1997-2001). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries.)

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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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