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 powers, 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 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 Alie Street Synagogue (the "Kalischer 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 - March 2021). (Cranbrook United Synagogue website.)

Haham Rabbi Joshua (Yehoshua) da Silva

Amsterdam-born Rabbi da Silva (m. Sara) was the second Haham of the Spanish and Portugese Jewish Community in London and rabbi of the Creechurch Street Synagogue (1670-1679) and died in office. (British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 4, pp.46-56.)

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, west of 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.)

Rev. Marks E. Davies
(d. June 1921)

London-born Rev. Davies was educated at University College London and Jews' College. He served as minister of Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (1888-1912), conducting the service at the opening of the Brentnall Street synagogue and was head teacher of the children's classes which by 1908 had some 90 children. (Jewish Year Book listings; "The Jewish Communities of North East England" by L. Olsover, 1980.)

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 2021). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Daniel d'Azevedo (or Dazevedo)

Daniel d'Azevedo, the son of Haham Rabbi Moses Cohen d'Azevedo, was the chazan of the Bevis Marks Synagogue from 1782 to 1812.
(British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 11, pp.150-164.)

Haham Rabbi Moses Cohen d'Azevedo (or Dazevedo)
(1720 - 1784)

Amsterdam-born Rabbi d'Azevedo was the son of Rabbi Daniel Cohen D'Azevedo, Haham of Amsterdam. He emigrated to London in his youth, joining the staff of tthe Bevis Marks Synagogue. In 1749, he married the daughter of the then Haham, Rabbi de Mesquita, succeeding him as Haham in 1761, ten years after his death, having earlier (in 1757) been appointed a Dayan in the London Beth Din. (This appointment precipitated the resignation from the Beth Din of a former Haham, Isaac Nieto.) He died in office in London in 1784. He was the father of Daniel d'Azevado(Jewish Encyclopedia article on " Moses Cohen d'Azevedo" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 11, pp.150-164.)

Rabbi Leo Dee

Rabbi Dee (m. Lucy) served as assistant minister of Hendon United 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 (February 2021). (Hull Hebrew Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
(1892 - 30 December 1953)

Rabbi Dessler (m. Bluma 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) (m. Edith nee Edelstein from Belfast) 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) and Eli Devons, professor of Commerce at the London School of Economics. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018, including biography, p.131; 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. L. Dimpson, BA

Rev. Dimpson was a student at Jews' College, London, prior to World War II. In 1940-1941, he undertook ministerial duties and conducted services for the evacuee community at Taunton, Somerset. From 1942 until 1945 he was minister to another Jewish evacuee community, the Gerrards Cross and District United Synagogue Membership Group, responsible for religious, educational and welfare activities in the Gerrards Cross, Denham, and Chalfont St Peter. His post war career is currently unknown. (Jewish Chronicle, various reports; Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rev. Zechariah Dimson (formerly Dimovitch)
(1884 - 2 January 1924)

Rev. Dimson, born Dimovitch (also spelled Dimovitz) (m. Rachel Frumkin, d. 1954, daughter of Rav. Aryeh Leib Frumkin, 1906) was born in Schuchin, near Graivo, Poland and studied at Lomza and Mir Yeshivot, qualifying as a shochet and possibly receiving semicha at the former. He served as a shochet in Paris before moving to Britain where he was appointed as minister of the Stroud Jewish Congregation, also having responsibility encompassing Cheltenham and Gloucester, from August 1904 (although one source gives an earlier date) until April 1905. Following his marriage in 1906, he worked in his wife's family wine merchants business in Commercial Road, in London's East End, although in 1916, he was appointed minister of Artillery Lane Synagogue, also in the East End, He was an active and ardent Zionist and was twice elected, on behalf of Mizrahi, to be a delegate at Zionist Congresses, in Marienbad in 1920 and Carlsbad in 1923. During a visit to Palestine, working as vice chairman of the Jewish National Fund on a survey of Jewish settlements and visiting his parents (who had emigrated there in 1919), he contracted a typhoid infection and died in Jerusalem, aged 39. He is buried on the Mount of Olives. ("The Hebrew Community of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud", by Brian Torode, 1989, pp.62-63; "Palestine & Kosher Wine - The Story of Rachel Dimson", narrated by David Dimson (Rev. Dimson's son), 2004, pp.15-26; Jewish Chronicle article about Rev. Dimson by Shalva Weil.)

Rev. Michael Dinerstein
(d. 17 January 1952)

Rev. Dinerstein or Dinnerstein (m. Miriam Leah Klein) was minister and secretary of the Derby Hebrew Congregation from 1907 until about 1912. He was subsequently a senior shochet in Manchester. (Jewish Year Book listing and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Israel Dobkin
(1864 - 21 February 1941)

Russian-born Rev. Dobkin (m. Lena) is the only known minister of the Barnsley Synagogue (from when the congregation was established in 1903 until an unknown date). He is also considered to have been the only known minister of the very small Dewsbury Hebrew Congregation, about 15 miles from Barnsley. In April 1906, he first officiated to the Dewsbury congregation, which had only recently been established, delivering sermons on the last two days of the Passover festival. He appears to have become a resident of Dewsbury and later in the year conducted the Yom Kippur service there with a choir. In 1907 he was described as the secretary of the Hebrew Benevolent Fund in Dewsbury, and a son was born there. The 1911 census indicates Rev. Dobkin was living in Barnsley and was a picture framer in the town. Rev. Dobkin later moved to Leeds where he died and is buried at New Farnley Cemetery. (JHSE's History of the Jews of Barnsley - which includes a photograph of Rev. Dobkin's identity document; Harold Pollins history of the Jews of Dewsbury; Jewish Chronicle reports and death notices.)

Rev. W. I. Dobkin

Rev. Dobkin served as chazan / minister of the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation (then in Lancashire) from 1900 until at least 1902. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

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 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. H. Dorfman

Rev. Dorfman served as reader of the Greenock Hebrew Congregation, Scotland, from about 1902 and subsequently as minister Bolton Hebrew Congregation, until 1905, when he departed for America. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Abraham Dove
(c.1873 - 15 January 1943)

Rev. Dove (m. Annie Isaacs of Glasgow in 1912) came to Britain in 1903. He was the first known minister at Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland. He had left Ayr by 1905. He was minister and Hebrew teacher at Stockport Hebrew Congregation, then in Cheshire, from about 1908 until 1918. He then moved to Manchester where he worked for the Shechita Board. He was for some years president of the Agudas Hashochetim in the city and warden of Higher Crumpsall Hebrew Congregation. He features colourfully, although is not named, as the minister and Hebrew teacher in the childhood memoirs of Harry Bernstein who grew up in Stockport before and during World War I. In Bernstein's memoirs (written when he was 96) the minister's son became a Communist, returned to Russia, was killed in the Russian revolution or civil war, and this resulted in the minister suffering a mental collapse and leaving the town - none of this has been verified from other sources and the memoirs have a definite stylized quality. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle obituary 2 July 1943 and various other reports, "The Invisible Wall" by Harry Bernstein, 2007.)

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 at 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 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 and 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, Scotland, (c.1930-c.1931) and the Doncaster United Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, (c.1931-1936). He then moved to Reading, Berkshire, where he served as minister and secretary of the Reading Hebrew Congregation (1936-1938). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Abraham Isaac Edlin
(c.1876 - 21 December 1932)

Rev. Edlin (also spelled Eidlin) (m. Bertha - d. 1942) had served as chazan of Tiktin (today Tykocin, north eastern Poland) before coming to Britain. In 1905, he conducted High Holyday services for the Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland, and is believed to have held ministerial office there. In 1906 he was minister to the Dundee Hebrew congregation and office holder and lecturer to the Dorshei Zion association. Rev. Edlin settled in Glasgow. He served the Chevra Kadisha Synagogue, Buchan Street, until 1920 when he was appointed chazan for the Poale Zedek Synagogue. At the time of his death he was described as officiating minister of the Chevra Kadisha Synagogue as well as the Poale Zedek Synagogue. He was a practising mohel. He is buried at Sandymount Cemetery, Glasgow. (Jewish Chronicle report of death 13 January 1933.)

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.)

Rev. Ehrlich

Rev. Ehrlich officiated at the Chanuka service in Stockport in December 1920. (Jewish Chronicle report of 24 December 1920.)

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). Rabbi Ehrman was a noted scholar, who published a pioneering English translation and commentary of various parts of the Talmud (Talmud El Am). (Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who.)

Rev. Abraham Isaac Eidlin

See Rev. Abraham Isaac Edlin.

Rabbi Ephraim Ferdinand Einhorn
(c.1919 - 15 September 2021)

Viennese born Rev Einhorn (also known as Eisenhorn) (m. Ruth Weinberg in 1953) studied at the Yeshivot in Pressburg (now Bratislava, Slovakia), in Fiume, Italy (now Rijeka, Croatia), Heide (near Antwerp, Belgium) and at the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in London for about four years. During the Holocaust, both his parents were murdered at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. For five years he was lecturer and preacher to the Synagogue Council of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. He was founding minister to the largely evacuee community that became the Kettering United Synagogue Membership Group, Northamptonshire (1940-1941), residing in nearby Northampton, where he was teacher for the Joint Emergency Committee, lecturer for the Central Jewish Lecture Committee and was appointed liaison officer by the Central Evacuation Committee of the Board of Deputies. He was chairman of the Northampton Zionist Society, a founder of the Northampton Youth Club, and was in charge of Habonim in the county. He was minister at the Bishop Auckland Hebrew Congregation, County Durham from 1941. Rev. Einhorn became minister at West Ham District Synagogue, east London (1942-1945) and National Organiser of the World Jewish Congress. In 1948 he was appointed minister of Goel Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Canada, which had previously transitioned from an Orthodox to a Reform congregation. He later served congregations in Pennsylvania, Detroit, and Los Angeles, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East. From 1975 he ministered to the small Jewish community in Taiwan and was associated with Taiwan's efforts to secure diplomatic relations with other countries. In 2009 the Austrian government awarded Rabbi Einhorn the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. In February 2021, he was reported enjoying a Purim service with the Jewish community in Taipei, Taiwan - aged 102, and he died in Taiwan on Erev Yom Kippur 2021 - aged 103.  (Jewish Chronicle reports 18 April 1941 and 31 December 1948 and internet research.)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Meier S. Eisemann
(d. 2010)

Rev. Eisemann (m. Naomi Rokach of London in 1945) was the son of the noted book seller and collector Heinrich Eisemann of London, and as a young man was a promoter of Jewish and classical music in London. He served was headmaster of the religious classes at the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1951-1953). In 1953 he emigrated to the USA, serving the Jewish community at Bangor, Maine, and later Fargo, North Dakota, and became founder and principal of the Torah Academy day school of Minneapolis in 1955. In 1973 he moved to Netanya, Israel, where as Rabbi Eisemann he was a founder, director and fundraiser of the Laniado Hospital. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.634, and a family video tribute to Rev Eisemann.)

Rev. Abraham H. Eisenberg
(c.1836 - 1920)

Polish-born Rev. Eisenberg (m. Rebecca) served the Canterbury Jewish Community, Kent, and for a short time the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (late 1870s or in 1880). He later served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation from 1880 to 1893 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. C.A. Eker

Rev. Eker was headmaster of Hebrew classes at Nottingham Hebrew Congregation for five years prior to his apointment as headmaster of the Hebrew and religious classes at Southampton Hebrew Congregation from 1912 until about 1926. (Jewish Chronicle report of 21 January 1912 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Moses Eker
(c.1865 - 1924)

Russian-born Rev. Eker (m. Sarah nee Rosen, d.1940) came to England in 1888. He briefly served the Wigan Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (1888) and a congregation in Hull (c.1892), followed by the York Hebrew Congregation. In November 1894 he was appointed minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (1894-1895), and the following year he was minister of the Chester Hebrew Congregation. By 1901 Rev. Eker was a Hebrew teacher in Manchester and in 1911 his occupation was that of a Hebrew bookseller residing on the Cheetham Hill Road. He died in Salford. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018, including biography, pp.132/3.)

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
(c.1930 - November 1988)

Rabbi Ellison, 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). After leaving Edgware, Rabbi Ellison moved to Israel and was killed in a road accident in Eilat in November 1988. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, on the congregation's website, p.37; Jewish Chronicle report of 30 December 1988)

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. Rev. Elyan died in Cork. He was the great grandfather of Rabbi Eddie Jackson. (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). (Belfast Jewish Records available on line.)

Rev. P. England

Rev. P. England served as minister of the Addiscombe and District Synagogue, Croydon (c.1953-1954). (Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rabbi Dr Ezekiel Isidore Epstein
(1894 - 13 April 1962)

Rabbi Epstein was born in Kovno, Lithuania and came with his family to London in 1902 via Paris. Educated first at Old Castle street school and the Raines and Whitechapel foundations, London, he studied at yeshivot in Pressburg and Waitzen, Hungary. In 1914 he received his first semicha from Isaiah Silberstein, Gaon of Waitzen. In 1919 he graduated from Jews' College, London with a first-class B.A Honours Degree in Semitics. He obtained rabbinical diplomas from Rabbi Israel Daiches of Leeds and from Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook, Chief Rabbi of the Holy Land, then in London. Rabbi Epstein (m. 1st Jennie Hurwitz of Belfast in 1921 - she died Feb. 1924; m. 2nd Gertrude Joseph in 1925) was appointed minister of the the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (1920-1928). In 1924, he rejected a call from the Liverpool New Hebrew Conhregation (Hope Street Synagogue), Liverpool. While at Middlesbrough, Rabbi Epstein was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1923 and a D.Lit degree in 1926 (both from the University of London, dealing with Rabbinic responsa). In 1928 he was appointed as lecturer in Semitic languages and later also as librarian of Jews' College, until 1945. He published both academic and popular books on Judaism, addressed to Jewish and wider audiences. Rabbi Dr Epstein's most substantial academic work was as editor of the first complete translation into English of the Babylonian Talmud, with notes, glossary and indices (35 volumes published between 1935 and 1952). In 1945 he was appointed director of studies at Jews' College and three years later he became its principal, a position he held until shortly before his death. (Profile by Jack Epstein, his son, on the Kehilla Middlesbrough website, Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary of 20 April 1962.)

Cantor Yitzchak Eshel
See Rev. Emerich I. Friedlander.

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

Belfast-born Rev. Evans (m. Gladys 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. Annes Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1938-1942). 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, Yorkshire.  He died in Leeds. (Research by Hilary Thomas; 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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