Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames C

Rev. Israel Candleshine
(d. 28 January 1949)

Russian-born Rev. Candleshine served as minister of Coventry Hebrew Congregation (c.1916-c.1918). He later became a lay leader of the Birmingham Jewish community, serving on the city's shechita board and was chairman of the Birmingham Talmud Torah. (Harry Levine, The Jews of Coventry 1970, p.44; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Daniel Caplan
(c.1879 - 20 February 1959)

Born in Slonim (today in Belarus) Rev. D. Caplan (m. Miriam Harris of Abertillery) lived for a while in Australia. In Britain from the 1890s, he served in Pontypridd and Abertillery, south Wales and from 1901 the Coventry Hebrew Congregation. He served the Bedford Hebrew Congregation from 1904, and later at Exeter Synagogue (from at least 1906 to 1908). From about 1908 Rev. Caplan was minister, chazan, shochet and teacher of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation until 1920, stepping down briefly from the post of minister from c.1918 to c.1919. He moved to serve the Jewish community at Riversdale, near Cape Town, South Africa in 1920. However, he returned to Blackpool as early as 1923, when his wife opened "a high class Orthodox boarding house" in the seaside town. Rev. Caplan served as minister to the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation (c.1924-c.1928) and at Preston Hebrew Congregation (c.1926-1939) where he officiated at the opening of the Preston Synagogue in 1932. In about 1937, he was again appointed to serve the Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation, initially as reader and from about 1938 as second reader and officially retired in May 1947, but continued serving the community after then and also appears to have served as a visiting minister to the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation. He also served a second term at Barrow-in-Furness (1954-1959). He is buried in Blackpool Jewish cemetery and his portrait was displayed in the synagogue hall in commemoration of "50 years service". (Jewish Chronicle various reports and obituary of Daniel Caplan 27 February 1959; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Herschel Caplan
(1921 - 30 April 2005)

Gateshead born Rev. H. Caplan (m Irene Stamm in 1953) was educated at Manchester yeshiva. He served as second reader of St Annes Hebrew Congregation (1952-1958), as first reader to the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation (1959-1964) and as second reader at the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1964-1966). He then moved to South Africa to serve as chazan to the Jewish community at Muizenberg, Western Cape (1966-1967), followed by serving as second reader to the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation (1967-1975). On his return to England, Rev. Caplan was first reader of Hull Old Hebrew Congregation (1975-1978). He moved again to South Africa to serve as minister of the Witbank Hebrew Congregation, Transvaal (now Emalahleni, Mpumalanga) (1978-1981) and then back in to serve as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1981-1986), Margate Hebrew Congregation (1986-1988), Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (c.1990-c.1996) and Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation (c.1997-c.2004). He died in Manchester. (Information from family, various Jewish Chronicle reports, and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Alexander Carlebach
(1908 - 1992)

Cologne-born Rabbi Carlebach (m. Marga 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 School. 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.)

Rev. Henry Chait
(1948 - 7 May 2021)

Son of Rev. Abraham Chait, a shochet in London, Rev. H. Chait (m. Helena) was educated at Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London, and entered Jews' College in 1968. He was appointed chazan of the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (1973-1975) and from 1975 to 1998 he was chazan to Liverpool's Greenbank Drive Synagogue, during which period he undertook additional ministerial and administrative duties as the synagogue was without a rabbi. Rev. Chait retired in 1998 due to ill health. He was the father of Rev. Albert Sebastian Chait, minister of the United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds. (Jewish Chronicle, various reports; recording of Rev. Chait)

Rabbi Isaac Chait (formerly Chaitowitz)
(1906 - October 1972)

Possibly the only rabbi to be born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Rev. I. Chaitowitz (later Rabbi Chait) (m. Sarah) was the son of Rev. Solomon Chaitowitz. He studied at Etz Chaim Yeshiva, Jews' College, London and obtained an MA from Oxford University in Semitic studies. As Rev Chaitowitz his first post was at the Brymawr Hebrew Congregation, south Wales. In October 1926 he accepted a call from neighbouring Pontypridd Hebrew Congregation where he served for ten years. He then became minister of Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue, London from 1936 until 1951 (during which period he obtained semicha and also served as a chaplain to the Armed Forces during the war) and he finally served the United Sheffield Hebrew Congregation from 1951 until his death in 1972 while on vacation in Portugal. He was the brother of Rabbi Avrom Chaitowitz (Jewish Chronicle obituary 3 November 1972.)

Rabbi Avrom Simon Chaitowitz
(17 February 1921 - 1992)

Rabbi Chaitowitz, BA, (m. Judith in 1949), the son of Rev. Solomon Chaitowitz, was born in Notting Hill, London, and educated at Etz Chaim Yeshiva and at Jews College, London, from where he obtained semicha in 1956. He served as minister of St Albans Affiliated Synagogue (c.1949-1952), followed by Finsbury Park Synagogue (1952-1954). He was then appointed minister of Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (1954-1986), a congregation that saw a four fold increase in its membership during his term of office, after which he retired to Jerusalem, where he died. He was the brother of Rabbi Isaac Chait (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries; and various Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary, 27 November 1992.)

Rev. Solomon Chaitowitz
(14 February 1880 - 15 May 1966)

Lithuanian-born, Rev. Chaitowitz (m. Jane Israelovitch in 1905 in London) settled in Boston, Lincolnshire, where he was minister from about 1906 to about 1908 of the small and short-lived Boston Hebrew Congregation. He subsequently emigrated to Argentina and served as a minister in Buenos Aires. Rev. Chaitowitz returned to Britain, taking a post with the London Board for Shechita. He continued to live in London after his retirement. He was the father of two ministers who served congregations in the United Kingdom, Rabbi Isaac Chait and Rabbi Avrom Simon Chaitowitz. (Jewish Chronicle obituary May 20 1966 and internet research.)

Rabbi Mordechai Chalk

London-born Rabbi Chalk (m. Shira), who has a bachelor's degree in social psychology, spent eleven years in Israel during which he studied at Bais Yisroel Yeshiva, Mir 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 (December 2020). (Watford congregation's website.)

Rabbi Alex Chapper

Rabbi Chapper (m. Eva) studied at London School of Jewish Studies (obtaining 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 (August 2021). (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. L. Chiswell, BA

Rev. Chiswell served as minister of Llandudno Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1964-c.1965). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Simon Chassim
(b. c.1871)

Rev. Chassim (also spelled Chassen), born in Turetz (today in Belarus), was appointed minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, in April 1897. In 1898 he left Blackburn to serve the Hull Central Synagogue. Rev Chassen then spent some years in Birmingham before he emigrated to the USA in 1913. (Blackburn Hebrew Congregation and its ministers by Hilary Thomas.)

Rev. J. Chazan

Rev. Chazan reportedly served the Falkirk Hebrew Congregation, Scotland, in and about September 1916. (Jewish Chronical report of 14 January 1916.)

Rev. Philip Chazan
(c.1887 - 16 February 1961)

Rev. Chazan (m. 1920 Millie Levine of Glasgow, a singing artist who performed on local BBC radio in Scotland and the northeast of England) from Edinburgh, was elected reader and shochet of the newly-established Doncaster United Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, in March 1913 serving until about 1916. He was then minister to the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation, in the northeast of England, for some 17 years (c.1916-c.1933). Rev. Chazan represented the community at a northern conference of the English Zionist Federation in 1923. There is no evidence that Rev. Chazan continued his ministerial career after leaving West Hartlepool. He died in Glasgow and is buried at Cathcart cemetery. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle reports; and online research.)

Rev. Irving Chazen
Rev. I. Chazen
Courtesy H. Balkin z"l

Rev. Irving (or Israel) Chazen
(d. 17 February 1975)

Newcastle born Rev. Chazen, also spelled Chazan, (m. Rita Tomback - d.2003) studied at Manchester University and Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London. While a student he was second reader and baal koreh at the South Hackney Synagogue and then studied shechita in Leeds. He served as minister, reader and shochet of the Doncaster United Hebrew Congregation (1937-1942). He then served served, a few months only, in Northampton (1942), followed by Macclesfield United Synagogue Membership Group (1942-1946); Torquay (1947?-1948); Grimsby (February 1948-1949); and Oxford (from January 1950) where he was appointed officiating chaplain to the forces in Oxfordshire. Rev. Chazen was minister of the Tottenham Hebrew Congregation (from latest 1952). In 1967 he became United Synagogue Visitation Committee chaplain for patients at mental hospitals, including Friern Hospital. After his death, the room for patients comfort at the Friern Hospital was named the Chazen Room in his memory. He was described as a dedicated worker for Israel and many Zionist causes and spoke extensively to non-Jewish audiences throughout his career. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 21 February 1975, profile 13 January 1950 and various reports; Jewish Year Book listings; Macclesfield's Jews in World War Two by Basil Jeuda.)

Rev. Adolph Treitel Chodowski
(1862 - 1926)

Rev. Chodowski (m. Fanny Philips from London) was the son of Rabbi Isaac Jacob Chodowski of Berlin, brother of Rev. A.D. Chowdoski of Sheffield and Rabbi Dr. S. Chodowski of Oels, Germany (now in Poland). He was a graduate of Jews' College, London and was minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation(1887-1889). From 1890 he served various communities in New Zealand and Australia: including Christchurch, New Zealand (1890-1896), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (1896-1898), Dunedin New Zealand (1898-c.1910), Carlton, Victoria, Australia and Newtown, New South Wales, Australia. In 1922 he was the founder and first editor of the Sidney-based pro-Zionist Australian Jewish Chronicle, a position he held until his death (the newspaper folded in the early 1930s due to the depression). (Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary of Fanny Chodowski, 20 October 1933.)

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

Krakow-born Rev. Chotzner (m. Helen 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 (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), 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.)

Rev. Jacob Mendes Chumaceiro
(c.1844 - 18 December 1912)

Amsterdam-born Rev. Chumaceiro (m. Henrietta de la Bella) came from a Dutch family of dayanim and rabbis, prominent in Sephardi communities both of Amsterdam and Curacao in the former Netherlands Antilles. He was described by the Jewish Chronicle as of "a class which has by now almost disappeared in Anglo-Jewry, that of the Minister who combines a secular calling with his sacred vocation". A diamond broker, he served as the chazan of the private Sephardi Andrade Synagogue, Islington, London (from at least 1877 until its closure in 1884) and then of the Sephardi Mildmay Park Synagogue, Canonbury, London (from its opening in about 1885 until his death in late 1912), also officiating at the services held in a private home during the interim period. (Jewish Chronicle tributes 3 January 1913 and internet research.)

Rabbi Abraham Citron
(b. 22 June 1976)

Los Angeles-born Rabbi Citron (m. Devorah Leah 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, Stoke Newington, London (2007 to present - December 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
(c.1847 - 28 October 1903)

Rev. Claff, born in Siauliai (Shavel), Lithuania (m. 1st Esther, died at Stoke on Trent in 1884; 2nd Miriam Neuman) was minister at Hanley Synagogue, Stoke-on-Trent, where in 1883 he conducted the service at the opening of the synagogue at Burslem described as the"minister of the United congregations". He then served as reader at the the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (September 1884-1886). The remainder of Rev. Claff's career was spent in London: at Princes Street Synagogue (later known as Princelet Street Synagogue), Spitalfields (from 1886); elected Reader of New Dalston Synagogue in February 1893; and at New Road Synagogue, Whitechapel (c.1889-1903), serving for over 14 years until his death. (Jewish Chronicle, various reports, "Service and Scandal" by Daniel Appleby, 2013, and internet research.)

Rabbi Jarachmiel Cofnas
(1912 - 19 May 2010)

Rabbi J. Cofnas (m. Bertha Sternberg in 1943), born Deksnia, Poland, was one of the last living students of the famous Chofetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan). His father was a rabbi and shochet and his grandfather, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Freedman, came to Manchester at the turn of the twentieth century (but returned to Poland). Rabbi Cofnas came to Birmingham to assist his brother who served as minister of Birmingham New Synagogue where he himself was to serve for approximately fifty years (1938-c.1988). He was a qualified shochet and mohel. He retired to Manchester in 1988, where he continued to lecture at strictly Orthodox yeshivot and schools, and died in Salford and over 600 people attended the funeral. He was the father of Rabbi Lionel Cofnas. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary and press reports. Interview - accessed 5 January 2021.)

Rabbi Lionel (Mordechai Lev) Cofnas
(9 December 1943 - April 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 had been described as "the backbone of Liverpool's religious infrastructure for more than 30 years" and died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Jewish Telegraph report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Cohen

Rev. Cohen served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1927-c.1929). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Benjamin Cohen
(d. c.1914/6)

Rev. Benjamin Cohen, a graduate of Jews' College, London, served as minister at Stockton-on-Tees Hebrew Congregations from at least 1886 and head of the Hebrew classes and he held his post there for some 30 years. He participated at the consecration of the new synagogue in 1906 and his silver wedding anniversary was celebrated by the congregation in 1913. He died sometime between 1914 and 1916.  (Jewish Chronicle press reports, including 24 November 1916.)

Rev. F. Cohen

Rev. F. Cohen served as minister of Birkenhead Synagogue, on Merseyside, from about 1917 until about 1921. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Francis Lyon Cohen
(14 November 1862 - April 1934)

Born in Aldershot, Hampshire, Rabbi Cohen (m. 1886 Rose, daughter of Rev. M. Hast of the Great Synagogue), was educated at Sussex House School, Brighton, Jews' College and University College, London. He was superintendent of the classes of the Jewish Association for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge, and became preacher, reader and teacher to the South Hackney Synagogue, London, (c.1880) and for a short time, on the retirement of the late Rev. M. Kaizer, assistant reader at the Great Synagogue, Duke Street, London. Briefly minister to the Dublin Hebrew Congregation (1885-1886), he returned to London and became preacher, reader and secretary of the Borough Synagogue, London (1886-1904). Here he came "more closely into touch with the problems of life in one of the poorest and most crowded boroughs of London", and took an increasingly active part in social and educational work: as chaplain at Brixton prison and to various asylums and hospitals in south London; chairman of the Education Committee and resident manager of the South London Jewish Schools; and examiner for the Jewish boys in Industrial Schools. Rabbi Cohen had long taken an interest in the welfare of Jewish servicemen, and in 1892 he was instrumental in initiating chaplaincy services to Jewish soldiers, and was officially appointed an Honorary Officiating Chaplain to the Forces. For several years he held regular services for the Jewish soldiers at Aldershot, and also organised many of the Chanucah military services. He retained his interest in this work until he emigrated to Australia Rabbi Cohen advocated setting up a Jewish Lads Brigade in the UK and served as the new organisation's chaplain. For some years a teacher at Jews College, he was a scholar of Jewish music and liturgy, and made popular new arrangements for traditional Hebrew songs. In 1904 Rabbi Cohen left England for Australia becoming chief minister of the Sydney Hebrew Congregation and he died in that office thirty years later having made a significant contribution to the development of the Jewish and wider community in Australia. Over 4,000 attended his funeral. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 4 May 1934)

Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Cohen

Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Cohen, BA, M.Phil, AJC, PhD, (m. Gloria 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. He is the author of a number of books including Torah for Teens: Growing up Spiritually with the Weekly Sidrah, Prayer and Penitence: A Commentary to the High Holy Day Machzor and a new poetic translation of the Book of Psalms (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries and Rabbi Dr. Cohen's website.)

Rev. Harris Cohen*

Rev. Harris Cohen served as minister at Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, from 1896 to about 1897 and had the honour of welcoming the Chief Rabbi to the town. He was then resident in Manchester and was later appointed briefly as minister of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, in about 1900. He as reader of the Hull Western Synagogue from June 1902 until about 1906. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018; Jewish Year Book listings.)
(*Not to be confused with the Rev. (later Rabbi) Harris Cohen who during the same period was serving at congregations in Nottingham and Stoke Newington, London.)

Rev. I. Cohen

Rev. i. Cohen served as minister of Greenock Hebrew Congregation, Scotland (c.1909-c.1913) (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. I.J. Cohen

(c.1818 - 22 December 1898)
Rev. Cohen was a licensed shochet and a resident in Oxford from before 1851 where he traded as a jeweller. In 1858 he succeeded Rev. Nathan Jacobs in serving the Oxford Hebrew Congregation, and he described himself as "shochet and examiner here in Oxford." Rev. Cohen was a regular user of the Bodleian library and may have been working as a librarian of its Hebrew collections. He left Oxford for Aldershot in 1866 where he served as shochet until 1888. He died in Sunderland. (Jewish Chronicle death notice and tribute 30 December 1898; Jews of Oxford by Lewis p.20.)

Rabbi Dr. Isaac Cohen
(26 July 1914 - 30 November 2007)

Llanelli-born Rabbi Cohen (m. Fanny Weisfogel in 1939) was educated at Aria College, Portsmouth, Jews' College and University College, London, graduating in 1935. His first posts were at Harrow and Kenton Synagogue (later Harrow District Synagogue), north London (1935-1939), and then Leeds United Hebrew Congregation, as additional minister with special responsibility for the Moortown district. During the war he deputised for the congregation's senior minister (who became a forces chaplain) and established an advisory service to assist evacuees. After the war, he obtained semicha in London, was elected rabbi to the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation (c.1947-1959), and obtained a doctorate in 1956 from Edinburgh University. Having been born in Wales and served in England and Scotland, in 1959 Rabbi Cohen was appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland, where, in addition to representing the Irish Jewish community in public life, he undertook more mundane congregational duties, and was prominent in the Conference of European Rabbis. He retired to Jerusalem in 1979, engaged in further rabbinic studies and completed a book, Acts of the Mind in Jewish Ritual Law: An Insight into Rabbinic Psychology, only weeks before he died. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 25 January 2008.)

Rev. Israel Cohen
(4 April 1917 - 8 June 1999)

Leeds-born Rev. Cohen (m. Freda Hofstadter) was educated at Manchester yeshiva. He served as reader and shochet of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1947-1950), where he was active in Zionism, the JNF and as officiating chaplain to Jewish troops at Catterick camp. In 1950 he was elected chazan, shochet and teacher of the Portsmouth & Southsea Hebrew Congregation and served there for 18 years. Rev Cohen moved along the south coast to the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation in 1968 and after his retirement in 1985 he continued to conduct services as emeritus chazan. He was noted for his pastoral work and larger than life personality. (Jewish Chronicle profile 17 August 1979, obituary 9 July 1999 and various other reports.)

Rev. J. Cohen

Rev. J. Cohen served as reader of Rhyl and District Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (from c.1905 until reportedly c.1929, although he may have left some years earlier). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Cohen

Rev M. Cohen served the Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent, from at least 1932 until 1940 when the congregation's activities were suspended because of the war emergency. Rev. Cohen and his wife then became Master and Matron of the Hostel for Refugee children in Brighton and Hove, having previously been active in a similar hostel for refugee boys in Margate. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Cohen

A Rev. M. Cohen, previously from Glasgow, served as chazan and shochet (and effectively as minister) of Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, from 1901 to 1903, and then left Cork for South Africa. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rev. M. M. Cohen
(c.1856 - 12 October 1938)

Rev. M. M. Cohen (m. Juliet) was born in Kinsin, Poland, to a rabbinical family and was related to Dayan H M Lazarus (London), Rabbi B I Cohen (Sheffield), Rabbi Harris Cohen (London) and Rabbi Dr S M Lehrman (Liverpool). He served as minister with Manchester New Synagogue, Leicester Hebrew Congregation(1896-1903) and Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. He later served the South Broughton Synagogue, Manchester, for 18 years and was described as an ardent Zionist. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 21 October 1938.)

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.

Rev. Shalom Cohen
(c.1873 - 1928)

Rev. S. Cohen served as reader to the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation (at least 1906-c.1909) and the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (c.1909-1917) and was then elected chazan, teacher, and shochet of nearby Stockton-on-Tees Hebrew Congregation where he served for over ten years (1917-1927). He died in a London nursing home, leaving a wife and six children. A memorial service, led by Revs. J. Silverstone and S. Turtledove of Middlesbrough, was attended by the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle, obituary and tributes 10 February 1928, and press reports of the Stockton community.)

Rev. Solomon Cohen

Rev. S. Cohen was a minister of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation. In 1869 the Chief Rabbi urged the congregation to form Hebrew classes for the children rather than have Rev. Cohen teach at individual homes. By 1885 Rev. Cohen was still in office but was prohibited to act as a shochet because of his advanced age. This may be the same Rev. Cohen ("from Coventry") who took services at Finsbury Park Synagogue, London in 1890. (Jewish Chronicle various reports, Harry Levine, The Jews of Coventry 1970 p.39.)

Rabbi Zvi Cohen

London-born Rabbi Zvi Cohen and Rebbetzen Rivky Cohen have served as the (part-time) rabbinic couple at Kingsbury Synagogue, London from 2004 to present (May 2021). Rabbi Cohen 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 June 1936)

London-born Rev. Collins (m. Ada Stanford, formerly of Northampton, 1892 in Brighton), whose family was amongst the founders of the Western Synagogue, London, was a Hollier Hebrew scholar at University College London. He later 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 Yat-sen, later first president of the Republic of China, in the late 1890s, has been the subject of academic research. Between 1911 to 1913, Rev. Collins was headmaster of Annandale House School, Bedford. He was an educational reformer, known widely as "the apostle of the simple life of children", who advocated teaching children informally and out of doors. He was prosecuted in 1906 for neglecting to send his children to school. In 1913 Rev. Collins probably founded the short-lived Bromley Hebrew Congregation in Kent, and served as its secretary and presumably its minister, until about 1915. He lived at various times in St John's Wood, Northampton, Wallasey and Richmond. Rev. Collins was a translator and scholar of rabbinic works and he popularised Jewish literature to a non-Jewish readership. 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), p.177; and Research by Steven Jaffe, including The Lost book of Sun Yatsen and Edwin Collins, Patrick Anderson, Routledge, 2017; Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle obituary of 12 June 1936.)

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 August 1917 - December 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 community'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). He subsequently served as minister of Pollokshields Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow (1980-1984) and Queen's Park Synagogue, Glasgow (1984-1986), before being appointed as the executive director of a yeshiva in Manchester in 1986. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Philip Copperman
(1931 - 2010)

Dublin-born, Cantor Philip Copperman was educated at Gateshead Yeshiva and Jews' College, London, where he was a pupil of Chazan Salomo Pinkasowicz. At the age of 19 he served as chazan at the Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, London and while in London, he received voice training from the Italian maestro, Dino Borgioli. He served the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue, Leeds (1951-1955); the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1955-1959), the Giffnock & Newlands Synagogue, Glasgow (1959-1963), the Western Synagogue, London (1963-1966). In 1966 Rev Copperman was appointed Reader at South Manchester Synagogue and four years later he moved to the nearby Sale & District Hebrew Congregation. From 1972 he took posts in Southern Africa and North America before returning to Glasgow he served at the Garnethill Synagogue and finally the Newton Mearns Synagogue (from 1990 until his retirement in 2003). He retired to Netanya and died in Israel. A number of Rev Copperman's recordings are on Youtube. (Profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler.)

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 Surbiton & 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

London-born, Cantor Craimer studied at Londonís Trinity College of Music. He served as chazan of Edgware United Synagogue, London from about 2002 to about 2003. He conducted the Hendon Adath Yisroel Congregation choir and has served as a lay cantor at several orthodox synagogues in Greater London. He has performed in cantorial concerts throughout Great Britain and in Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shlomo P. Cutler

(b. 21 December 1927)

Liverpool-born Rabbi Cutler (m. Judith) studied at the Liverpool Yeshiva and subsequently under the private tutorship of Dayan Morris Swift and obtained semicha at Gateshead Yeshiva. He 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.)

Rabbi Rafael Wolf Cymberg
(31 August 1921 -6 May 1996)

Warsaw-born Rabbi Cymberg (m Mariette Merker, who survived the Nazi occupation of Belgium), the great-grandson of Rabbi Yoav Yehoshua Weingarten (d. 1923, one of the foremost halachic authorities of pre-war Poland), came to London as a refugee shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Rabbi Cymberg's large family in Poland was murdered in the Holocaust. He studied at Etz Chaim yeshiva and Jews' College, London, and served several congregations, including Ezras Chaim Synagogue, Heneage Street, in the London East End, Northwold Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, and the Addiscombe and District Synagogue, Croydon (1951-1952). He was then minister of the Notting Hill Synagogue, West London (1952-1958), obtained semicha in 1958 from Jews' College, and then minister at Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue (1958-1987). Rabbi Cymberg served as chaplain to numerous hospitals, to Holloway prison and to the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. From 1987 he provided temporary assistance to Brighton and Hove Synagogue which was without a minister. He died in London. In 1998, the Rafael Beit Hamidrash at the Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue was dedicated to his memory. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 17 May 1996 and various reports.)

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