Rabbinical Profiles(1)

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Rev. Daniel Caplan

Rev. 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.)

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. 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.)

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.)

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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