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Rabbinical Profiles(1)
Orthodox

Surnames F

Rev. Maurice Isaac Fabritz
(d. 18 October 1959)

Rev. Fabritz (m. Gertie Koslovsky - d.1982) was reader of Norwich Hebrew Congregation, for almost thirty years (1921-1950) During World War II, he served in the ARP in Norwich, witnessing the destruction of the synagogue by enemy action, and assisted American chaplains conduct seders for over 1,600 Jewish soldiers based in East Anglia. Rev Fabritz was minister of South Shields Synagogue (1950-1951) and of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1951-1959). He is buried at Bushey cemetery, Hertfordshire. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 20 November 1959; online history of Norwich Hebrew Congregation; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Jeremiah (Jerry) Nathan Fagan
(16 July 1916 - 22 March 1966)

London-born Rev. Fagan (m. Margaret, 1942) attended Etz Chaim yeshiva and Jews' College and was a leader in the Zionist youth movement, Habonim. He received training in chazanut from Rev. H. Mayerowitsch and his friend, choirmaster and composer, Samuel Alman, and studied voice production at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 1940, he was appointed as temporary part-time chazan (and Hebrew classes teacher) at Edgware Synagogue, London, and in 1946 was inducted by Dayan Lazarus as the congregation's chazan, serving in such position until his death in 1966, aged 49. He was also secretary of the congregation from 1942 to 1944. Rev. Fagan served as president and treasurer of the Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain. (Communication from Rev. Fagan's son, Stephen; Jewish Chronicle obituary 25 March 1966.)

Rev. Pinchas Chaim E. Faigenblum
(1909 - 1984)

Warsaw-born Rev. Faigenblum (m Fanny (Feiga) Zakon in 1937) served as cantor at the Rue de Langlangtiere Synagogue, Brussels, Belgium (1936-c.1939). He then served as chazan at the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue, London for five years (c.1939-c.1944) and from there he went to Leeds New Central Synagogue, Wintown Street, Leeds, where he served for two years (c.1944-1946). He subsequently served as first chazan of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1946-c.1948) and as chazan of Willesden Synagogue, London (1948-1959) and the neighbouring Cricklewood Synagogue (1959-c.1976). Rev Faigenblum often performed as chazan-soloist for the London Jewish Male Choir and in 1975 he recorded nine items of chazanut with the choir (available on Youtube). Following his resignation from Cricklewood synagogue, he retired to Netanya, Israel where he died. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituaries, 6 April and 4 May 1984 and online biography by Rabbi Geoffrey L. Shisler).

Rabbi Leib Aisak Falk
(c.1889 - 6 May 1957)

Latvian-born Rev. (later Rabbi) Falk was a nephew of Rev. J.L. Hilkowitz of Glasgow. His first post was with the small Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland (1911-c.1912). He was briefly minister at the equally small, Inverness Hebrew Congregation (c.1912-1913) and then of Dundee Hebrew Congregation (1913-1915), where he met and married Fanny Rosen, daughter of the community's president. In 1915 Rev. Falk was appointed minister of the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation. In 1917 the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, part of what became known as the Jewish Legion, or the Judeans, was stationed in Plymouth. Rev. Falk was appointed battalion chaplain and left Plymouth to conduct chaplaincy services in Alexandria, Egypt. His record at the front in Palestine was the subject of laudatory letters in The Jewish Chronicle (11 July 1919 and 18 July 1919), including by Lt. Vladimir Jabotinsky. He returned to the UK from British Mandate Palestine in 1921. As Rabbi Falk he served as minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, from 1923 until his death and was also senior Jewish chaplain, Australian Forces. He was President of the Revisionist Zionist Party in Australia (Jabotinsky's party). The first Jewish library in Sydney, at the Great Synagogue, was named after Rabbi Falk. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 10 May 1957 and reports.

Rev. Philip Fassenfeld
(1870 - 25 May 1938)

Rev. Fassenfeld (m. Sarah Cohen), born in Krosnewitz, near Warsaw, impressed his teachers at the Bet Hamidrash at Krosnewitz with the clarity and quality of his voice that they encouraged him to study as a chazan. He followed his profession in several Russian towns and came to Britain in 1890, where he filled the office of chazan at the Plotzker Synagogue, London, for two years. He subsequently accepted the post of chazan of the Princelet Street Synagogue, London. He was active on the Committee of Workers among the Jewish Poor and at the time of his appointment as chazan of the Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London in early 1907, he was vice-chairman and one of the founders of the Chazanim Choral Association. He served at Dalston for almost thirty years (possibly with a short break in the early 1920s) until his retirement in June 1936. He was praised for being a rare example of a chazan "who not only renders the service melodiously but also adheres zealously to the traditional tunes of Anglo-Jewry". (Jewish Chronicle profile 14 December 1906, obituary and tributes 27 May and 3 June 1938 and various reports.)

Rev. David Fay
(12 April 1854 - 10 March 1907)

Rev. Fay (m. Minnie, a daughter of  Rev. David Joseph, of the Maiden Lane Synagogue, and a sister of the Rev. Morris Joseph) was educated at Jews' Free School, Spitalfields, London and was Hollier scholar in Hebrew at University of London. For some years he taught at his former school. His first ministry from 1877 was at Hull Old Hebrew Congregation, where he served as preacher and headmaster. He then served as minister of Bristol Synagogue (1880-1884) - the training ground of many prominent Jewish ministers -  and became minister and secretary of the Central Synagogue, London (1884 to 1902). He organised the first special services for girls and established the congregation's Hebrew and religion classes. He was hon secretary to the Ministers Visitation Committee to the East End poor and for 18 years Hon Secretary to the Jewish Religious Education Board, which grew considerably during this period and became responsible for the education of 8,000 children. Due to ill health he retired in 1902 to Westcliff on Sea where he died. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997 p.91, Jewish Chronicle obituary 15 March 1907, various reports and tributes and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Emmanuel Feldinger
(c.1913 - May 1979)

Menachem Mendel (Emmanuel) Feldinger (m. Bertha (Bracha)) was born in Muncaz (today Mukachevo, in a region known as Subcarpathian Ruthenia, which had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, then became the most easternly part of Czechoslovakia, then Hungarian, before being annexed by the Soviet Union and is now part of the Ukraine). He studied voice production in Budapest and was appointed chazan in Muncaz and in Freistadt, Czechoslovakia. In 1939, he escaped Hungary, travelling with his wife and sister through Nazi-occupied Europe, narrowly avoiding arrest, arriving in London destitute. Rev. Feldinger served as reader at the Notting Hill Synagogue, London (1939-1946). He then joined the St. Annes Hebrew Congregation (1946-1974), became the longest-serving official in the history of the congregation, serving as reader, shochet and headmaster of the Hebrew school for over thirty years. He retired to Israel where he died in Bnei Brak. The St Annes Hebrew congregation dedicated a study room at Ponevezh Yeshiva, Bnei Brak, in his memory (Jewish Chronicle article 15 March 1968, obituary 25 May 1979; communication fromHilary Thomas; and profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler.)

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman

New York born Rabbi Feldman, BA, (m. Jacqueline) received semicha in Israel in 2011. He and rebbetzen Jacqueline served as the rabbinic couple at Belmont Synagogue, London (c.2011-2016) and Bushey United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2016 to present - June 2021). (Jewish Year Book listings and profile on Bushey Synagogue website.)

Rabbi Chaim I. Feldman
(1932 - 25 February 2020)

Llanelli-born Rabbi Feldman studied and received semicha at Gateshead Yeshiva and continued his learning with a number of learned rabbis in Israel. He returned to Britain to continue studying at Gateshead Kollel and in 1963 he joined the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash (Munk's Shul), London, as assistant rabbi, becoming its rav in 1968 unti his retirement in about 2007. (Hamodia online obituary 27 February 2020.)

Rev. Marks Fenton
(mid/late 1860s - 26 January 1919)

Warsaw-born Rev. Fenton (m. Clara) lived in the Birmingham area in the 1890s. He was appointed shochet, mohel and teacher to the Dudley community in January 1902 and served as minister of the Magnus Memorial Synagogue, Chatham, Kent, from 1903 until 1919. (Jolles's Encyclopaedia; A Fitting Memorial, a brief history of Chatham Synagogue by Irina Fridman; Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Eliezer Jacob (Jack) Ferber
(July 1909 - 3 April 1998)

Born in Zager, today Zagare, in Lithuania, Rev. later Rabbi Ferber (m. Sylvia - d.2005), the son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Ferber, was three months old when he was brought to England. He studied at the Etz Chaim yeshivah, in London's East End. He served as reader of Bloomsbury Synagogue, London until mid-1941. In 1941 he was briefly minister to the evacuee community at Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Rev. Ferber left in 1942 for the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, Gloucestershire, where he served as minister for the remainder of the War and as chaplain to the forces. In 1946 he was appointed the first minister of the newly-established Hounslow Synagogue, west London, and became Officiating Chaplain to the R.A.F. (Uxbridge and Ruislip Stations). In 1952 the East Ham, Manor Park and Ilford District Synagogue, east London, appointed him their minister. He gained semichah in 1957. In 1959 Rabbi Ferber became the minister of the newly established Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue, in northeast London, serving there until he retired in 1974. He published a volume entitled "Studies in Halachah" (1939). He was brother in law to Rabbi Morris Davidson of South West London synagogue. He is buried at Waltham Abbey cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 22 May 1998; Studies in Halacha and profile on Jewish Miscellanies website; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Ferber
(18 September 1878 - 1966)

Kovno-born Rabbi Hirsh Ferber (m. Annie) came to Britain in about 1909 to take up the position of the first head of Manchester yeshivah. He later served as minister of the West End Great Synagogue, Soho, London. . He was the father of Rabbi Eliezer Jacob Ferber. (Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Daniel Fine

Rabbi Fine (m. Annie) studied at yeshivot in Israel for nine years, has a degree in Law and Management from the London School of Economics and is a trained counsellor. He served as assistant rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (2016 to present - May 2021). (Congregation's website.)

Rev. Meyer Fine
(2 December 1919 - 8 October 1996)

Llanelli-born Rev. Fine (m. Hilda) was educated at Manchester yeshiva. During World War II, Rev. Fine joined the Welsh Guards and saw active service in France, Belgium and Holland, before being transferred to the Intelligence Corps. His first ministerial positions after the war were at the Swansea Hebrew Congregation and the Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation, South Wales. In 1961, he was appointed as minister to the Cardiff United Synagogue and as shochet and mohel serving the wider community in South Wales. Rev. Fine served as minister of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation, from 1974 until his retirement in 1986. Afterwards he continued to serve the Leicester community as emeritus minister until his death. He was the father of Rabbi Yisroel Fine of Wembley and then Cockfosters and N. Southgate Synagogue. (Jewish Chronicle obituary and reports.)

Rev. M. Fineberg

Rev. Fineberg served as minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation from about 1882 to 1886. He apparently then moved to Derby (Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. B. Fink

Rev. Fink served as minister and shochet of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1935-c.1936). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Finkelstein

Russian-born Rev. B. Finkelstein served congregations in Manchester and the Falkirk Hebrew Congregation, Scotland, prior to being elected reader and teacher at Langside Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, in September 1914. (Jewish Chronical report of 11 September 1914.)

Rabbi Beresh (Yissochor Dov) Finklestein
(1887 - 28 September 1977)

Rabbi Finklestein was born in Radom, Poland in 1887 to a family of Izbice-Radzin chasidim. He was an outstanding scholar in the field of rabbinic literature, kabbalah and chasidic thought. After receiving semicha at a very early age, he became Rabbi in Novozivkov, Russia. On returning to Poland he became president of the Jewish community of Chelm-Lubelski and of its yeshiva. Aware of the rise of Hitler and Nazism in the 1930s he brought his family to Britain in 1935 having first spoken publicly imploring others to do the same. He was Rabbi in Gateshead, Leeds and Carlisle before, in 1947, establishing a shtiebl in Cricklewood, London, called Keser Torah D'Radzin Synagoue - Cricklewood Beth Hamedrash (known as the Rebbe Finklestein Minyan) which functioned until several years after his death during Succot in 1977. As a protagonist of the Izbice-Radzin chasidic school he was one of the very few men in England to wear the techelet, cord of blue, in his ritual fringes. He left copious hand-written divrei torah and sermons some of which were published in 2021 under the title, Yad Hama'ayan based on the Chumash. He is buried at the Adath Yisroel Cemetery, Enfield. (Jewish Chronicle obituary of 7 October 1977; Rav Finklestein's profile "A World Apart, The Story of Chasidism in Britain", by Harry Rabinowicz; communication with a family member.)

Rev. S. Finkelstein

Rev. S. Finkelstein served as reader of the breakway congregation from the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from at least 1896 to 1900 and was later the teacher at the Bradford Hebrew Day School (c.1900-c.1902). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Simon (or H.) Finklestein (later Stein)
(c.1870 - 20 May 1928)

Rev. Finklestein (also spelled Finkelstein) served Birkenhead Synagogue, on Merseyside, from about 1903 until about 1924, initially as minister and reader and later (from about 1910) as reader. At the time of his death the Birkenhead congregation paid tribute to Rev. Finklestein who had faithfully served as their minister for 21 years. He died in Tottenham, north London, and, as Rev. Simon Stein, is buried at Edmonton cemetery. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle report of 11 September 1914.)

Rev. J.H.Finn

Rev. Finn served as minister of Llandudno Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1945-c.1946). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Yaacov Finn

Israel-born Rabbi Finn grew up in Borehamwood and studied at Netiv Aryeh Yeshiva in Jerusalem, UCL (earning a degree in Psychology), Montefiore College (awarded semicha) and UCL and Kings College London (an MSc in Health Psychology). He served as interim minister of Shenley Synagogue, Hertfordshire, during his training as a rabbi and subsequently was appointed as assistant (part-time) minister of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue (BES), Hertfordshire, (2013 to present (August 2021). Rabbi Chapper's profile on BES's website.)

Rabbi Dr. Solomon Fisch
(c.1889 - 31 August 1985)

Polish born Rabbi Fisch (m. Rebecca Swift, sister of Rabbi Harris Swift, Rabbi Isaac Swift and Dayan Moshe Swift) studied at Frankfurt yeshiva. He taught in both Frankfurt and Nuremburg before coming to Britain in 1922. He served at the Birmingham New Synagogue prior to becoming minister of the Sheffield Central Hebrew Congregation (1926-1946). While in Sheffield he enrolled at Leeds University where he obtained a master's degree and later a PhD. From 1946 he was rabbi at the Leeds New Central Synagogue, which in 1955 merged with the Vilna Synagogue, Leeds, to form the Leeds New Central Vilna Synagogue, and he continued to serve the merged congregation until 1958. He brought a claim for wrongful dismissal against the synagogue authorities which was settled out of court in 1961. He was Dayan on the Leeds Beth Din. In retirement Rabbi Fisch lived both in Leeds and Jerusalem where he is buried. A noted Hebrew scholar, his works include editing the Book of Ezekiel for the Soncino Books of the Bible series and editing the rabbinic commentary, Midrash Haggodol, on the Book of Numbers. Both his son, Professor Harold Fisch, rector of Bar Ilan University, and his grandson, David Harel, a leading computer scientist, were recipients of the Israel Prize. (Sheffield Jewry by Armin Krausz (1980); Jewish Chronicle obituary 13 September 1985; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Emanuel Fischer
(1916 - 14 May 2018)

Viennese born Rev Fischer (m. Betty (Bertha) Mayer in 1949) came to England in 1938 under Rabbi Dr S. Schonfeld's European Child rescue scheme (part of the kindertransport programme). He served Mile End and Bow District Synagogue, east London, and Cardiff United Hebrew Congregation and then was for seven years second reader, secretary and Hebrew school teacher to Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1957-1964). Rev Fischer then took up a position as reader and youth minister with the Perth Hebrew Congregation, Western Australia. He later relocated to Jerusalem where, as Rabbi Fischer, he was head of the religious affairs department at the JNF and chair of the British Settlers' Association (Hitachdut Olei Britannia). He died in Jerusalem. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. E. Fisher

Rev. Fisher was reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1948-c.1950). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Dayan Michoel Fisher
(c.1910 - 7 January 2004)

Dayan Fisher (m. Sarah Miriam Wloski of Lomza, 1937) was one of the supreme Talmudists of his generation with complete mental mastery of the entire Talmud. He was born in Grodno (then in Imperial Russia, today in Belarus) into a rabbinical family of 14 children. He attended various prestigious yeshivot, including Grodno Yeshiva, Kamenetz Yeshiva, Radin Yeshiva, Bialystok Yeshiva and Mir Yeshiva, studying under some of the most illustrious figures of his time. In 1936 he was first appointed rabbi of a small synagogue in Warsaw, Poland, but managed to came to England in 1937, largely due to the rescue efforts of Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld, thus escaping the Holocaust in which his entire immediate family were murdered apart from his father and a younger brother, Rabbi Reuben Fisher. Following his arrival in England, he was appointed rabbi of the Great Alie Street Synagogue in London's East End (1939-1940) and thereafter rabbi of Yavne Synagogue, Hackney, London (1940-1970). Dayan Fisher was a member of the Beis Din of the Federation of Synagogues, which he was instrumental in forming in 1966, and in 1969 he became the "Rav Rashi" of the Federation of Synagogues, following Rabbi Dr Eliezer Kirzner, becoming Rav Rashi Emeritus on his retirement in 1980. (Various on-line articles and obituary.)

Rabbi Reuben Fisher
(1927 - 24 October 2006)

Rabbi Fisher (m. Sarah Silver, 1956 in Glasgow) was born in Grodno (then in Lithuania, today in Belarus) into a rabbinical family of 14 children. He was educated at Grodno Yeshiva (where his father served as a professional fundraiser) and other yeshivot in Lithuania up to the time of the Soviet and Nazi invasions. Rabbi Fisher survived World War II amongst partisans, having earlier been shot by a German sniper. His father, who happened to be in England at the onset of the war, and his older brother, later Dayan Michoel Fisher, were the only survivors amongst his immediate family. He was brought to England from a displaced persons camp in Stuttgart, then in the American sector of Germany, to join his father in Manchester. His first synagogue position was in the East End of London. He then served the Queens Park Synagogue, Glasgow. In August 1964, Rabbi Fisher took up a post as reader and headteacher to the Newport Synagogue, Monmouthshire (1964-1974, a copy of his service agreement may be viewed here). He then went to Australia where he sat on the Sydney Bet Din. His last post was as minister to the St. Annes Hebrew Congregation (1978-1991). Rabbi Fisher made aliyah in 1991 but returned to the UK from Israel some years later owing to ill health and died in London. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 10 November 2006.)

Rev. Dan Fleishman
See under Rev. Dan Levy.

Rev. Solomon Fogelnest
Rev. Solomon Fogelnest

Rev. Solomon (Charles) Fogelnest

Rev. Fogelnest's first known post was at Aberavon, South Wales (1904-c.1906), where he taught the Hebrew classes. He later served as chazan, shochet and teacher to the Reading Hebrew Congregation (1906-1913), where he founded a "Hebrew Juvenile Society". He was appointed as reader/minister and shochet at the Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent, from 1913 until about 1918, being the congregation's first minister following the decision to form the congregation in 1910. He sought to supplement his income by teaching Jewish boys attending non-Jewish colleges locally and his wife offered to provide motherly care "to one or two delicate boys." However, as a result of the hardships caused to the town by World War I, the Jewish community had dwindled considerably to the extent that it was impossible for the congregation to meet its financial obligation, and the services of Rev. Fogelnest had to be dispensed with. By March 1918 he was appointed minister of the recently-formed Surbiton and Kingston Congregation where he conducted Hebrew classes and lead a dedicatory service for the community's new synagogue. He was later to serve the Reading Hebrew Congregation (1923-1933) for a second term as chazan, teacher and shochet and for a time as minister and secretary. He then retired in the early 1930s and for most of that decade Rev. Fogelnest ran a guest house at Boscombe, near Bournemouth, where he conducted religious services for guests. He was also active in Bournemouth's chevra kadisha. (Isle of Thanet Gazette article of 16 June 1928, Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Samuel Forscher
Rev. Samuel Forscher

Rev Samuel Forscher
(25 February 1911 - 13 June 1983)

Rev. Forscher was born in Maehrish-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia, where his father, Rev. Abraham Moshe Forscher,  was a chazan-shochet. He received his rabbinic education and voice-training in chazanut at the Pressburg Yeshiva (today Bratislava, Slovakia). In 1939 he left for Israel and served with the Haganah during the 1948 War of Independence. For a number of years Rev. Forscher served as chazan at the Geula Synagogue and the Synagogue Har HaCarmel, both in Haifa, before coming to London to take up his post as reader at Hammersmith and West Kensington Synagogue in 1954. He served there for 22 years, retiring in 1976, whereupon he was appointed emeritus reader. He was the twin brother of Rev. Solomon Forscher. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 24 June 1983; Retirement Address in The Brook no 52 , Memorial Addressin The Brook no 59.)

Rev. Samuel Frampton (formerly Rev. Samuel Friedeberg)
(1862 - 9 July 1943)

Rev. Frampton, B.A., was born in Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, and trained for the Jewish ministry at Aria College, Portsea. In 1916 he changed his surname from Friedeberg to Frampton. He served as minister of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (generally known as Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1886-1891), whilst at the same time studying for an external degree from the University of London. Subsequently he served as minister of Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (Princes Road Synagogue) (1891-1932). ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), pp.288/9.)

B. Frankel

B. Frankel served as minister of La Synagogue Française de Londres (from at least 1991 until at about 1994). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. J. Frankenthal

Rev. Frankenthal served as reader of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1914-c.1924). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Franklin

Rev. Franklin served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1906-c.1923). (Jewish Year Book listings and The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204.)

Rev. Max (Menachem Mendel) Franks
(1869 - 30 September 1948)

The first-known post of Rev. Franks (m. Cherry) was as chazan at Crown Street Synagogue, Liverpool (1912). He subsequently served as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, County Durham (c.1914) and as minister of the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation, then in Lancashire, (1914-c.1920) and its secretary (1916-c.1920). He was then minister of the Chester Hebrew Congregation (c.1920) and the Bangor Hebrew Congregation, north Wales (1921-c.1922). From about 1922 Rev. Franks served the Dundee Hebrew Congregation, described in 1938 as its long-serving minister. He was the father of the actor, and later Irish TV personality, Dennis Franks. Rev. Franks died in Liverpool and is buried at Rice Lane cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle various reports, JCR-UK Liverpool burial record, Jewish Year Book listings.).

Rev. Joshua Freedberg
(d. 1971)

Polish-born Rev. Freedberg received his early cantorial training at the Great Synagogue, Lodz, Poland where his father-in-law was reader. He briefly served at the Holy Law & Beth Aaron Synagogue and Beth Hamedrash, Manchester before becoming the long-serving reader of the Hull Western Synagogue from July 1928 until his retirement in 1967, and thereafter in an emeritus capacity. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle obituary, 20 August 1971.)

Rev. Solomon Freedberg
(c.1889 - 22 August 1955)

Poland-born Rev. Freedberg (m. (1) Rachel nee Warmon, d. 1942; (2) Nellie nee Curlender, 1945) served the Great Yarmouth Jewish Community, Norfolk, in 1914, followed by his service as minister of the Aberdare Synagogue, south Wales (1915-1919). He was minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, from early 1920 until August 1921. He then became Reader at the United Synagogue, Manchester and served that congregation for approximately 35 years until his death in office. Rev. Freedberg served as a particularly conscientious chaplain and visitor to a number of hospitals and nursing homes and was a treasurer for the city's Hebrew Visitation Board. He was also for a time supervisor to the Hebrew classes at Heaton Park Hebrew congregation. He is buried at Phillips Park cemetery, Manchester. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018, including biography, p.138.; Jewish Chronicle obituary 2 September 1955.)

Rev. Abraham Freedman
(d. November 1978)

Leeds-born Rev. A. Freedman (m. Celia - d. 2005) studied at Manchester yeshiva. His first known post was at Tredegar Synagogue, south Wales and from 1933 until 1944 he served as minister of Stockport Hebrew Congregation, then in Cheshire. He then served as reader of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1944-1955), was reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1955-1957) and served as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1958-1969, although according to some sources he remained in Darlington until 1971). Rev. Freedman was described as "the type of minister which is fast vanishing from the Anglo-Jewish scene, in that he served many communities as chazan, shochet, baal koreh and teacher". He died in Manchester and is buried at the UHC Gildersome cemetery in Leeds. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, Jewish Chronicle obituary 1 December 1978 press report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. D.A. Freedman

Rev. Freedman (m. Ruth) has a BA degree from the University of London. He was minister of Belmont Synagogue, north west London from about 1973 until April 1988, when he emigrated to Australia. He has served various congregations in Sydney and has obtained semicha. In 2009 Rabbi Freedman joined the Central Synagogue Sydney primarily to help in the area of pastoral care. He lectures in Medieval Jewish History at Sydney University and in Jewish Law at University of New South Wales. (Jewish Year Book listings and website of Central Synagogue Sidney.)

Rev. E. Freedman

Rev. E. Freedman served as minister of the short-lived Belfast New Congregation at Jackson Street, Belfast (c.1893). (Jewish Chronicle report of 4 August 1893.)

Rev. Heshel (Harris) Freedman
(1905 - c.1970)

Manchester-born Rev. H. Freedman (m. Esther Nachimowicz) was living in Vilna, Poland in the 1920s. Briefly returning to Manchester, he then served as minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, Northern Ireland (c.1933-c.1946). He died in Manchester, to where he had returned following the war. (Jewish Year Book listings; Stuart Rosenblatt, A - Z Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry and obituary to his son Lionel Freedman, Jewish Chronicle, 7 May 2010.)

Rev. M. Freedman

Rev. Freedman served as a minister of Limerick Synagogue (c.1920-c.1932) (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. P. Freedman
See under Rev. P. Friedman.

Rev. Ezekiel Freilich
(1900 - 1950)

Rev. Freilich (m. Lilly), was born the in Austro-Hungarian Empire, in what became Czechoslovakia and was the son of a rabbi. He served his first term as minister of the Bolton Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, from 1928 to 1933, and then served as minister of the Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation in northeast England (1933-1944). He then return to Bolton as minister from 1944 till 1950. During this period, he was also for a time visiting minister to the nearby Preston Synagogue and the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation. Rev Freilich died suddenly in Bolton in 1950. He was a teacher, Zionist activist and represented the Bolton congregation to the wider community. (Bolton Synagogue and its Ministers by Hilary Thomas (co-author with John Cowell of An Industrious Minority; "From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018; Jewish Chronicle obituary 5 May 1950.)

Rev. J.L. Freilich

Rev. Freilich served as chazan (cantor) at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (c.1967-c.1972). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Fried

Rev. Fried served as Reader (chazan) of Finchley District Synagogue, London (c.1937-1939). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Samuel Friedeberg
See under Rev. Samuel Frampton.

Rev. (later Rabbi) Elias Friedlander
(c.12 July 1846 - 22 February 1927)

Rev. Friedlander was born in Kovno, Lithuania and immigrated initially to Germany, where studied at the yeshiva in Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland). He then moved to England and served as reader of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1871-1878), where he introduced a choir consisting of six boys and four men. He was then appointed as the spiritual leader of the English and German congregation in Kingston, Jamaica (1879-1882). In 1884, he moved to North America and served as rabbi of a number of congregations, primarily reform, in Montreal (1884-1896), New York and Chicago (1896-1899), Montreal again (1899-1901), Winnipeg (1905-1907), Vancouver, New York again, and Victoria (1910 until retirement in 1912). He died in Victoria. (Arnold Levy, Sunderland Jewish Community pp.82/3; online biography on Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol.XV.)

Rev. Emerich I. Friedlander (later Cantor Yitzchak Eshel)
(1912 - 2006)

Rev. Friedlander (m. Hilda Stiel) was born in Debrecen, Hungary and studied at the Chatam Sofer Yeshivah in Pressburg (now Bratislava in Slovakia). At the age of 19 he was chief cantor in Munich, Germany where he also studied in the Conservatory. Before the World War II he served as cantor in Manchester, England and in Debrecen. In 1938 he was appointed cantor to the famous Nozyck Synagogue in Warsaw, but because of rising antisemitism he declined the position. He was chazan to the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1947-1949). In 1949 he emigrated to Israel, where he adopted the name Yitzchak Eshel, and was appointed the cantor for the Great Synagogue in Ramat Gan. He became well known throughout Israel, and worked later in Belgium and USA. A number of Chazan Eshel's recordings are available on Youtube. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.639 and online profile.)

Rabbi A. Friedman

Rabbi Friedman served as rabbi of Kol Yaacov Beth Hamedrash, Edgware, London (c.2001-c.2009). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. P. Friedman

Rev. Friedman (or Freedman), previously of Leeds, served as minister and shochet of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation (1914-1916) and as minister of the Newbridge Hebrew Congregation, Monmouthshire, (1916-c.1926). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Meyer Frydman
(27 December 1909 - 29 September 1994)

Rabbi Frydman (m. Gertrude (Gertie) Frumkin, granddaughter of Rav. Aryeh Leib Frumkin, in London in 1939) was born in Chechnowitzh, Poland (now Czernowitz, Ukraine). He studied at the yeshivot of Bialystok, Stedlitz and Grodno and came to England in 1935. He worked in his in-laws family wine merchants business in Commercial Road, in London's East End. He served as minister of the Seven Sisters Road Hebrew Congregation, London (often referred to as the "Frumkin Shul") from at least 1945 to about 1975 In the 1950s and  1960s he was an honorary officer of the Willesden Yeshivah and Redman's Road Talmud Torah. He served on the board of Etz Chaim Yeshivah when it moved from the East End to North-West London. Rabbi Frydman was later vice president of the Federation of Synagogues and also of the religious Zionist Mizrahi Federation. He lived in Willesden, northwest London and was active on the Board of Deputies. He died in Israel and is buried in Jerusalem. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 21 October 1994, Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

Rev. Jacob Furst
(c.1844 - 3 November 1918)

Rev. Furst was born at Polange, Courland (today Palanga, Lithuania). He served as a chazan initially in London and then in Hull from at latest 1871. He then served as chazan to the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (1874-1879). Subsequently, and for the remainder of his career, Rev. Furst was minister and chazan to the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, Scotland (1879-1918). In addition, he conducted the religion school, was a senior shochet, Masonic chaplain, hon. secretary to the Hebrew Benevolent Society, president of the Jewish Literary Society, and chief Jewish chaplain under the Scottish Prison commissioners. Rev Furst conducted the consecration service for the congregation's new synagogue at Graham Street in 1899. He retired in January 1918 and was appointed emeritus minister. He died later that year. (Jewish Chronicle obituaries of Mrs J. Furst of 15 November 1912 and of Rev J. Furst of 8 November 1918 and various other Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Simon Fyne

Rev S Fyne was born in Kovno (today Kaunas, Lithuania) and qualified as a teacher at Jews' College. He served the Bath Hebrew Congregation from 1881, the Southampton Hebrew Congregation from 1884, was briefly first minister, secretary and teacher at West End Talmud Torah, London and at the Newport Hebrew Congregation (1897-1898) His next ministry, at Swansea Hebrew Congregation (1899-1906), is the subject of an academic article (see foot of profile) which highlights the divisions between the established Jewish community of Swansea and the newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe. Unusually in 1905 Rev. Fyne was elected the treasurer of the congregation whilst serving as minister. He was also vice president of Swansea Zionist Society. In 1906 he moved to London and preached at a number of synagogues. By 1911 he was resident in Philidelphia, USA and was later rabbi of the Congregation of Adath Yeshurun in Ottowa, Canada (1912-1920). He was a frequent letter writer and contributor to the Jewish Chronicle, particularly on the festivals. In 1896 he advocated a break in the Yom Kippur services between musaph and mincha, to enable congregants to take fresh air and for crowded synagogues to be ventilated (apparently not yet an accepted practice in England.) (On-line abstract of "The ministry of the Reverend Simon Fyne in Swansea:1899-1906," by Leonard Mars, Jewish Social Studies, vol. 50 (Winter 1988-spring 1992) pp.83-98; various Jewish Chronicle reports; and online research.)


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