Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames D & E

Rabbi Hirsch (Zvi) Dainow
(c.1831 - 6 March 1877)

Rabbi Hirsch Dainow was born in Slutsk, Russia and, in light of his considerable charisma and oratorical powes, became known as the Slutsk Magid. He came to London in 1874 and was closely associated with the Chevrat Ain Ya'akov, Zetland Hall, Mansell Street. He was the brother of Rabbi Israel Dainow. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, pp.193/4.)

Rev. Hyam Jacob Dainow
(1865 - 7 May 1951)

Russian-born Rev. Hyam Dainow (2nd m. Deborah nee Cotton of Birmingham) was the son of Rabbi Israel Dainow. He was minister and chazan to the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation (from 1885) and minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1889-1896) prior to his appointment as second reader to the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers Hill (c.1896-c.1921), where he served for over 25 years, for much of the time as a colleague of the Rev. J. Fink. Deborah Dainow was a founder and first President of the Women's Zionist Association in Birmingham. (Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker, Jewish Chronicle obituary 11 May 1951 and reports, and internet research.)

Rabbi Israel Dainow
(c.1834 - 13 May 1922)

Russian-born Rev. I. Dainow arrived in London in 1877 to preach at various East End Chevrot, eventually serving as rabbi of the Great Ali Street Synagogue (the "Kaliscger Shul") for over 35 years. He was the brother of Rabbi Hirsch (Zvi) Dainow and the father of Rev. Hyam Jacob Dainow. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.194.)

Rabbi Mark Daniels

Rabbi Daniels, educated at Carmel College and Jews College, London, later obtained semicha from the London Semicha Programme, based at London’s Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation in Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale. He served as minister at Croydon & District (Federation) Synagogue (2001-c.2009) and was lay reader and part-time chazan at Norwich Hebrew Congregation. He subsequently served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (2014-c.2016) and was also for a time course director of the Judith Lady Montefiore College, London. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle reports and Bristol congregation's website.)

Rabbi Steven Dansky

Rabbi Dansky studied at the Ateres Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem, was awarded a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a MA in Organisational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and received rabbinic semicha following study at the Kollel of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. In 2019, he was appointed senior rabbi of the recently merged Cranbrook United Synagogue, London (2019 to present - April 2020). (Cranbrook United Synagogue website.)

Rev. J. Davidson

Rev Davidson served from about 1935 as reader of the Wellington Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, North London, remaining with the congregation on its move (in about 1951) to West Hackney, where it was initially known as the Rutzon Tov Synagogue until about 1957, when it became the West Hackney Synagogue. He retired in 1971 and was appointed emeritus minister. (Jewish Year books and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Hyman (Hymie) Davies
(1913 - 1991)

Llanelli-born Rev. Davies (m. Bessie) was educated at Manchester Yeshiva. He held a post in Birmingham and served the Ayr Hebrew Congregation, Southwest Scotland for some twelve years (c.1936-c.1948) before being appointed as reader (chazan) of the Hull Western Synagogue (from 1948 until his retirement in 1985), acting also as shochet, mohel and cheder teacher. Following his formal retirement, he continued to serve the Hull community, as well as the Grimsby Jewish community, until his death. (Jewish Chronicle obituary of 8 November 1991 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Moshe Davis

Rabbi Davis has served as rabbi of the Ahavas Torah Congregation, Edgware, London from at least March 2018 until the present (May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Leo Dee

Rabbi Dee (m. Lucy) served as assistant minister of Hendon Synagogue, London (2009-2011) and minister of Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2011-2014), following which he returned to Israel. (Press reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Eli Denderowicz

Rabbi Denderowicz (m. Sorele) has served as part-time minister at the Hull Hebrew Congregation from 2019 until the present (January 2021). (Hull Hebrew Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
(1892 - 30 December 1953)

Rabbi Dessler (m. Bluma nee Sieff) was the son of Rabbi Reuben Dov and descended from Rabbi Salanter, founder of the Mussar movement. He was the youngest student at the Talmud Torah at Kelm (today in north west Lithuania). He arrived in Britain in about 1928 and served as rabbi of the Artillery Lane Synagogue, in London's East End, (c.1929-c.1935), before becoming Rabbi at the Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, North London (from about 1935 to at least 1938 and possibly to 1941). He was private tutor to the Sassoon family. In 1941 Rabbi Dessler responded favourably to a proposal to establish a kollel at Gateshead for advanced learning by post yeshiva and mostly married students. He moved there for part of each week, lecturing and teaching as well as undertaking administrative work for the kollel. For the remainder of the week he taught at Letchworth, London and Manchester - preparing his lessons on the train - and he fundraised for the kollel. A central figure in the development of Gateshead as a centre of Jewish learning. In 1948 he became mashgiach - spiritual director - at the Ponivezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak, Israel. Collections of his writings were published posthumously. Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits stated: "The future historian of Anglo-Jewry may well accord to Rabbi Dessler pride of place among its most powerful and distinguished religious pioneers." (Jewish Chronicle tribute 8 January 1954; The Kelmer Talmud Torah article available online; Gateshead, its community, its personalities, its institutions, by Miriam Dansky, chapter on Rabbi Dessler pp.122-133.)

Rev. David Isaac Devons
(c.1882 - 13 December 1926)

Lithuanian-born Rev. Devons (whose name derives from his Lithuanian town of origin, Devoniske) was educated at Yeshivot in Wilna and Eishishok, Russia and came to the UK in 1902. He served as minister of York Synagogue (1902-1909), Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1909-1911), Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1911-1918), Coventry Hebrew Congregation (1918-1922) and Hanley Hebrew Congregation, Stoke-on-Trent (1922-1926), where he died in office, aged 44. On his death Chief Rabbi Hertz launched an appeal on behalf of his widow and six children. He was a nephew of the eminent Rabbi Israel Chaiym Daiches of Leeds and the father of the distinguished physicist and science historian, Prof. Samuel Devons (1914-2006). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Mr. E. de Winter

Mr. de Winter served as first reader and chazan of South Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue (1881-c.1883). (The History of Hackney Synagogue appearing in its 50th Jubilee Commemorative Booklet.)

Rev. A. Domb

Rev. Domb was second reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1946-c.1948). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Isaac (or M.) Domnitz
(15 March 1881 - 18 October 1942)

Minsk-born Rev. Domnitz (m. Sophia nee Pearlman also from Minsk), after arriving in Britain, initially served a number of Jewish congregations in South Wales, including Tonypandy Synagogue (reader c.1907), Abertillery Hebrew Congregation (teacher, shochet and reader from 1908), Bridgend Synagogue (minister c.1910-c.1912) and Aberdare Synagogue (minister c.1912-c.1914). He later moved to England and was appointed minister of Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue, (c.1915). Subsequently Rev. Domnitz moved to what is now Northern Ireland and was appointed minister to Londonderry Hebrew Congregation (c.1917-c.1933) becoming its longest-serving minister. He was the father of Myer Domnitz who was headmaster of Amhurst Park Day School, London, an educationalist and pioneer of inter-group relations. Rev Domnitz died in Stoke Newington, London. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports, Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle obituary 23 October 1942.)

Rev. Moshe (Maurice) J. Dubiner

London-born Rev. Dubiner studied at Etz Chaim yeshiva and at Jews' College, London. From his teens he officiated at the Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, in the City of London and served as cantor for two years at the Great Garden Street Synagogue, in London's East End. He served as chazan of Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1963-c.1967), Cricklewood Synagogue, London (c.1977-c.1979). From 1979 he was part-time chazan at the Western Synagogue, London until its merger with Marble Arch Synagogue in 1991. Subsequently, he has served in a part-time or honorary capacity as cantor for various communities in the United Kingdom (including Central Synagogue, London from c.1993 to c.1994), France, Israel and the United States. Rev Dubiner has also pursued a business career in London. (Jewish Year Book listings, various Jewish Chronicle reports and a profile on the Jewish Music Institute website.)

Rev. Duboff
(c.1875 - 3 November 1958)

Rev. Duboff was from Odessa, Ukraine, where he served as a choir boy. After arriving in Britain he was at one time choirmaster of the Brondesbury Synagogue, London, and later the chazan of the Vine Court Synagogue in London's East End. He is described as an existing member of the congregation when appointed chazan of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London, which he served from least 1941 until 1954. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Rabbi Josef Hirsch Dunner
(4 January 1913 - 1 April 2007)

Cologne-born Rabbi Dunner (m. Ida nee Frayhan) studied at a number of yeshivot, most notably the famous Hildesheimer yeshiva in Berlin. Shortly after he obtained semicha, he was appointed in 1936, communal rabbi head in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Germany. Following the Kristallnacht pogroms of November 1938, he and his wife ansd son were able to obtain refuge in Britain, largely through the efforts of Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld. He was initially appointed rabbi of the Westcliff Jewish Community, but in 1940, in common with many other refugees from Nazi-controlled Europe, he was interned on the Isle of Man. After he was released in about 1941, he moved to Leicester where he led the Leicester Beit Hamedrash, a group, principally of more orthodox refugees and evacuees, who held services separately from main congregation. Rabbi Dunner moved to London in 1947 and worked closely with Rabbi Schonfeld within the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. He was later appointed Rabbi of the Union from 1960 to 2007. He also served as the rabbi of the Adath Yisroel Synagogue, set up the London Beis Yaakov Seminary and was the European President of Agudath Yisroel. (Online profiles)

Rabbi Michael Duschinsky

Israel-born Rabbi Duschinsky served as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1977-1979). He subsequently moved to Praque, serving as a cantor, educator and performer. (Jewish Year Book listings and online profile.)

Rev. J. Edelstein

Rev. Edelstein served as minister and shochet of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1930-c.1933). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. (Jona) Ernst Ehrenstreu
(12 May 1896 - 11 November 1981)

Munich-born Rabbi Ehrenstreu (also referred to Ernest (Jona) Ehrenstreu), served as rav and Av Beth Din of Munich and district (1927-1939) before escaping to Britain. He was then interned by the British authorities in the early 1940s and sent to Australia. In Australia, he served as rav of Beth David Congregation, Carlton, Melbourne ((1942-1943) and Machzikai Hatorah, St. Kilda, Melbourne ( 1943-1947) and was a member of the Melbourne Beth Din (1943-1947). He returned to Britain and became founder and rav of Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Golders Green, London (1947-1970) and then of Kehal Adath Yeshurun, Golders Green (1970-1981). (Jewish Year Book Who's Who entry.)

Rev. S. Ehrenstreu

Rev. Ehrenstreu served as minister and secretary of Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Golders Green, London (c.1948-c.1956). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi J. Ehrenstrew

Rev. Ehrenstrew served as minister of Chesham Hebrew Congregation, Buckinghamshire, during the mid 1940s. It is possible that he may be Rabbi Dr. (Jona) Ernst Ehrenstreu, although the dates are difficult to reconcile as, according to other sources, he was in Australia from 1942 and did not return to Britain until 1947. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Arnost Zvi Ehrman
(22 April 1914 - December 1976)

Rabbi Dr. Ehrman was born in Kralovsky-Chlmec, Slovakia, and studied at Yeshivot in Kleinwardein, Hungary, and Baden, Germany and then at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He came to Britain after World War II and obtained semicha from Jews' College, London, in 1947. He then moved to Israel, where he qualified as a lawyer. He later served as minister of Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, Kenya (1953-59), Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1959-61), Streatham District Synagogue (1970-76) and Watford Affiliated Synagogue (1976). (Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who.)

Rev. Abraham H. Eisenberg
(c.1836 - 1921)

Polish-born Rev. Eisenberg (m. Rebecca) served the Canterbury Jewish Community, Kent, and for a short time the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation. He later  served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation from 1880 to 1883 and then joined the breakaway congregation, Bristol Bridge Street Hebrew Congregation, serving as its minister from 1893 until 1896. He subsequent served again as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1897-1902). Retiring to London, he was one of the founders and chief organisers of the Kilburn, Brondesbury and Hampstead Talmud Torah. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997 and various Jewish Chronicle reports including obituary 21 May 1920.)

Rev. M. Eisenberg

Rev. Eisenberg served as minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation sometime between 1879 and 1882. (Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker.)

Rev. Sidney Ellis

Rev. Ellis served as reader, secretary and Hebrew Class teacher of Watford and Bushey Hebrew Congregation, Hertfordshire from 1918 until an unknown date. (Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rabbi Getzel Ellison

Rabbi Ellis, who came from Gateshead, had served as youth rabbi at Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's), London before his appointments as rabbi of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London (1958-1964). (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, on the congregation's website, p.37.)

Rev. Myer Elyan
(c.1844 - 4 February 1928)

Rev. Elyan (or Eljan) (m. Sarah) was born in Zodick (possibly today Zidikai in Lithuania) according to the 1911 census, but elsewhere is described as from Zhogger (Zagare in Lithuania), where he qualified as a shochet. He arrived in Cork, Ireland, in 1881 and, with the sanction of the Chief Rabbi, he was appointed reader, shochet and mohel (and effectively the first minister) of the newly-established Cork Hebrew Congregation, combining such communal service with door to door pedaling. At some stage (in or prior to 1903), based upon Jewish Year Book listings, he joined the rival Cork congregation, the Remnant of Israel Synagogue, and served as its minister until the congregations were reunited in about 1913. He died in Cork. (Jewish Year Book listings, The Jews of Ireland from Earliest Times to the Year 1910 by L. Hyman and Jewish Chronicle obituary 10 February 1928. Rev. Elyan is profiled by his grandson, Larry Elyan: From Zhogger to Cork. An Irish story, Jewish Chronicle Colour Magazine, 26 September 1980. Census of Ireland returns, 1901 and 1911.)

Rev. Michael Engelman

Rev. Engelman served as minister, reader and secretary of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London (c.1935-c.1938) and as minister of South-West London District Synagogue, Wandsworth, London (1938 to at least c.1940). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Aron Engelmeyer

Rev. Aron Engelmeyer served as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1997-2002). (Research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rev Solomon Raphael Evans
(21 March 1913 - 12 April 2002)

Belfast-born Rev. Evans (m. Gladys nee Smith, 1938) was educated and taught at yeshiva in Manchester. Rev. Evans first post in a synagogue career that lasted over six decades, was as minister, reader, shochet and headmaster to the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1939-c.1940). In 1941 he took up a similar position with the Weston-Super-Mare Hebrew Congregation, North Somerset, where a number of Jewish evacuees had settled, and his responsibilities as a teacher to evacuee children extended from Bristol to Taunton. He was also officiating chaplain to HM forces. Rev. Evans served as minister, reader, shochet and head teacher to the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation (1945-1953). By 1953 he had moved to Leeds. Rev. Evans was described, towards the end of his career, as having "served in one capacity or another almost every synagogue in Leeds," and was also a shochet and Bar Mitzvah teacher, both privately and at Leeds Talmud Torah. He also served the Harrogate community and in 1998, aged 85, he was minister of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation. He died in Leeds. (Jewish Chronicle, various reports and obituary to Gladys Evans, 1 March 2002 and to Rev. Solomon Evans, 7 June 2002 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

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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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