Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames F

Rev. M.I. Fabritz

Rev. Fabritz served as reader of Norwich Hebrew Congregation, for over twenty years, and of South Shields Synagogue (1950-1951) and as minister of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1951-1959). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. J.N. Fagan

Rev. Fagan served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware Synagogue, London, from about 1945 to about 1966 (the position being temporary until about 1947). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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

Warsaw-born Rev. Faigenblum (m Fanny (Feiga) nee 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 on-line biography by Rev. 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, Scotland. 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 nee 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 Sidney, 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 nee 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

Rev. Fay's first ministry was at Hull Old Hebrew Congregation, where he served as preacher and headmaster. He then served as minister of Bristol Synagogue (1880-1884) and minister and secretary of the Central Synagogue, London (mid-1880s to c.1902) (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p91 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. Anne's Hebrew Congregation (c.1947-1973), became the longest-serving official in the history of the congregation, serving as reader and headmaster of the Hebrew school for over thirty years. He retired to Israel where he died in Bnei Brak. The St Anne's Hebrew congregation dedicated a study room at Ponevezh Yeshiva, Bnei Brak, in his memory (Jewish Chronicle article 15 March 1968, obituary 25 May 1979 and profile by Rev. 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 - July 2020). (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.)

Rabbi Daniel Fine

Rabbi Fine (m. Janine) served as assistant rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (2016 to present - January 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. Edelstein served as minister and shochet of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1935-c.1936). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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 (June 2020). Rabbi Chapper's profile on BES's website.)

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 nee 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 nee 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. Anne's 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 (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 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 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.)

Rev. M. Frank

Rev. Frank served as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation in and about 1914. (Jewish Chronicle press report.)

B. Frankel

B. Franlkel 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. 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. A. Freedman

A Rev. A. Freedman served as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1944-1955) and as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1958-1969), and it is believed that these were the same person. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, Jewish Chronicle press report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. D.A. Freedman

Rev. Freedman served as minister of the Belmont Synagogue, London from about 1973 until about 1988. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

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

Manchester-born Rev. H. Freedman (m. Esther nee Nachimowicz) was living in Vilna, Poland in the 1920s. Briefly returning to Manchester, he served as minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, Northern Ireland (c.1933-c.1946). He returned to Manchester after the war but he may be the Rev H Freedman who was reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1955-c.1957). He died in Manchester. (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. 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. Samuel Friedeberg
See under Rev. Samuel Frampton.

Rev. M. Fried

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

Rabbi A. Friedman

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

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

Rabbi Frydman (m. Gertrude (Gertie) nee Frumkin, 1939) was born in Chechnowitzh, Poland. 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 and held a number of senior executive positions with the Federation of Synagogues and the Mizrahi Federation. (Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

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