Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames G

Rabbi J. Galas

Rabbi Galas served as a founder and minister of the Maidenhead Hebrew Congregation from about July 1940 until at least 1941. (Press reports.)

Rev. Yechiel Gallas

Rev. Gallas served as minister of the Bridge Lane Beth Hamedrash (BLBH), Golders Green, London (c.1971-1979). (History on BLBH website.)

Rev. David Garb
(b. c.1910)

Warsaw-born Rev. Garb (formerly Garbarz) studied music in Brussels and at the London College of Music and obtained an ALCM. He served as minister of Lennox Street Synagogue, Dublin (to-c.1934), Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1934-1939), Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1939-c.1946) and Witbank Hebrew Congregation, Transvaal, South Africa (1949-1956). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Alan Garber

Rabbi Garber (m. Tanya) holds a degree in human geography from Leeds University and received semicha at Gateshead Yeshiva in 2007. He was Jewish university chaplain at Leeds University and served as associate rabbi of The Great Synagogue, Sydney. He and rebbetzin Tanya serve as rabbinic couple at Shenley United Synagogue (2010 to present - July 2020). (For further background see on-line profile.)

Rev. S. Garber
(d. c.1916)

Rev. Garber (or Garbar) served as reader and shochet at the Falkirk Hebrew Congregation from about 1907 and as minister of the Inverness Hebrew Congregation. (1913-c.1915). In November 1915 he wrote to the chief rabbi requesting assistance to be placed in a Jewish home as he was terminally ill and a single man. (Online research and Jewish Chronicle listing.)

Rev. M. Garlick

Rev. Garlick served as reader of the Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, North London (c.1927-c.1933). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Raphy Garson

Manchester-born Rabbi Garson (m. Deborah), who was brought up in Gibraltar, holds a degree in computer science and management from Kings College (University of London) and obtained semicha under the auspices of the former Chief Rabbi of Israel – Harav Mordechai Eliyahu z"l. He and rebbetzin Deborah have served as the rabbinic couple at Ohr Yisrael Synagogue, Borehamwood & Elstree, Hertfordshire (2005 to present - July 2020). (For further background, see The Garsons' profiles on Ohr Yisrael's website.)

Rabbi Ephraim-Levy Gastwirth
(9 September 1920 - 4 September 2006)

London-born Rabbi Gastwirth was educated at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, Jews' College and the Universities of London and Durham. He lived in Israel from 1945 to 1955. Returning to Britain, he served as minister of Regents Park and Belsize Park Synagogue (now South Hampstead Synagogue), London (1956-1960) and Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1960-1964). He was then appointed Director of Hebrew at Carmel College (1964-1966) and principal of Judith Lady Montefiore College (1968-1974). He subsequently served as minister of Bayswater and Maida Vale Synagogue, London (1973-1975), Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1976-1979) and Sale & District Hebrew Congregation, Greater Manchester (c.1980-c.1983) (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.314 and Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who entries.)

Rabbi Dr. Benjamin J. Gelles
(2 November 1916 - October 2000)

Rabbi Gelles, was born in Lissa, Posen (now Leszno, Poland), son of Rabbi Siegfried Gelles, rabbi of Lissa and later of Mönchengladbach, Rhineland (m. Annette nee Broza). He came to the UK in 1939 with his family as refugees from Nazi Germany. Educated at Hildesheimer seminary, Germany, he continued yeshiva studies in Liverpool, Manchester and London, obtaining semicha from Rabbi Nachman Greenspan of Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London. He was awarded an MA by Manchester University in 1946 and a Doctorate from University College London in 1974. He served as minister of Manchester Great Synagogue (1944-1946) and Finchley Synagogue, London (1948-1981). Following his retirement from Finchley, he served as rabbi in Cologne, Germany and university lecturer at Heidelberg, before making aliyah in 1990. Died in Jerusalem, Israel. (Jewish Year Book Who's Who, Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary 17 November 2000.)

Rev. M. Gewirtz

Rev. Gewirtz served as a minister of Limerick Synagogue (c.1932-c.1939). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. A, Ginsburg

Rev. A Ginsburg served as minister of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire and was subsequently, in 1947, appointed chaplain to H.M. Forces on a three year short service commission. (Jewish Chronicle report dated 6 June 1947.)

Rev. G. Glausiusz
(1894 - 1967)

Rev. Glausiusz served as minister of Cricklewood Synagogue, London (c.1990-c.2000). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Dr. L. Glinert

Dr. Glinert served as minister of Watford Affiliated Synagogue (c.1980-c.1984). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Herschel Gluck, OBE

London-born Rabbi Gluck, son of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchok Gluck, studied at Yeshivos in France (including eight years at Brunoy, Paris), Canada and the USA. He was a teacher at Lubavitch school, Stamford Hill, and was appointed rabbi of the independent Walford Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, London (1986-c.2007) (after previous support for the community) and served there alongside performing a number of other public, private and charitable roles. Rabbi Gluck is reported to have revived the flagging congregation and in 1993 introduced Sunday morning classes for children. In 1991 he spoke out at the wider Jewish community's neglect of social and economic deprivation of Jews who live outside of "bourgeois" and "Becky" north west London. Rabbi Gluck was director of Lubavitch Eastern Europe, set up to support the revival of Jewish life there. In 1994 he visited Europe and North Africa approximately 150 times to support small and isolated communities, and also ran a business alongside his duties at Walford Road. He is chairman and founder of the Hackney Muslim Jewish forum. He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to interfaith understanding. From 2015 he has been President of North London Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighbourhood safety group. (Jewish Chronicle, various reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. N. Gluck

Rev. Gluck served as chazan (cantor) of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (c.1996-c.2010). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Refoel Godlewsky

Rabbi Godlesky served the rabbi at the Edgware Torah Centre, London from at least 2006 until at least about 2018. (Internet reports.)

Rev. Sidney Gold
(6 December 1919 - 2012)

London East End-born Rev. Gold, B.A., was educated at Aria College, Portsea and Jews' College, London, where he was awarded a B.A. in Semitics. He served as minister of Highgate Synagogue, London, Regents Park & Belsize Park Synagogue, London, and Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1951-1960) before being appointed chief minister of Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers' Hill (1960-87). (Obituary in Jewish Chronicle, 6 April 2012)

H. Goldberg

H. Goldberg served as minister of Hastings and St Leonards Hebrew Congregation (from 1928 until date unknown). (National Jewish Heritage Trails website for Hastings.)

Rev. Marcus M. Goldberg

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rabbi M.M. Goldberg in Non-Orthodox section.

Rabbi Percy Selvyn Goldberg

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rabbi P.S. Goldberg in Non-Orthodox section.

Rev. Wilfred Goldberg
(14 May 1914 - 13 September 1970)

Sunderland-born Rev. Goldberg (m. Rose nee Frumkin, 1939) served as joint minister of the Seven Sisters Road Hebrew Congregation, London (often referred to as the "Frumkin Shul") from at least 1945 to about 1948. He was also very active in Cricklewood Synagogue (as a lay officer) and was one of the principal founders of the North West London Jewish Day School. (Jewish Year Book listings and North West Celebrates 60 by Marian Lebor, 2006.)

Rev. M. Goldman

Rev. Goldman served as chazan (reader) of Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue, (c.1987-c.1990). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Michael Goldman
(b. 1945)

Welsh-born Rabbi Goldman was educated in Birmingham and obtained semicha from Jews' College in 1971. He was the first minister of Newbury Park Synagogue, London (c.1969-c.1973) and was briefly Jewish chaplain to southern Universities in England. He then served as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1973-1974). (Research by Steven Jaffe and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Goldsmidt

Rev. Goldsmidt served as second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle from 1899. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204.)

Rev. A. Goldstein

Rev. Goldstein served as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1930-c.1932). (Jewish Year Book listings, 1931 and 1932.)

Rev. I.J. Goldston

Rev. Goldston served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, from about 1923 until about 1933. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. J. Goldstone

Rev. J. Goldstone (or possibly I.J. Goldstone) served as minister of Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, from about 1904 to about 1915. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Prof. Sir Hermann Gollancz
(30 November 1852 - 15 October 1930)

Bremen-born Rabbi Gollancz, the son of Rev. Marcus (Samuel) Gollancz, was educated at Jews' College, London and University College London. He was awarded semicha in 1897 in Galicia and this led to a long and bitter dispute with Chief Rabbi Adler over use of the title "Rabbi" (at the time the Chief Rabbi refused to sanction anyone other than himself to use such title) and the need to create additional British rabbis. He served as minister of Dalston Synagogue, London (1885-1892) London and then as minister/preacher of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1892-1922), where he had also served as assistant preacher and preacher from 1872. From 1902 to 1924, he served as Professor of Hebrew at the University College and was the first Jew to earn a doctorate of literature degree (from the same university, at which he was responsible for establishing the Mocatto Library). In 1923 he became the first rabbi to receive a British knighthood. (Reference to Rabbi Gollancz in "Story of Bayswater Synagogue" by C. Roth and "The Dalston Synagogue - An Historical Sketch" by Rev. D. Wasserzug (1910), pp.10/13.)

Rev. Marcus (Samuel) Gollancz
(c.1819 - 7 May 1900)

Rev. Gollancz was a native of Witkowo, Posen, and served congregations in Bromberg and Bremen before moving to Britain, where he served as minister of the Hambro' Synagogue, London (1855-1899). He was the father of Rabbi Prof. Sir Hermann Gollancz. ("Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History" (2011), p.348.)

Dayan Rabbi Mark Gollop
(10 July 1888 - 4 August 1950)

Russian-born Dayan Gollop, M.A., studied at Jews' College and University College London (where he received a B.A.). He was appointed minister of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1913-23) and also served as a Jewish chaplain in the H.M. Forces from 1917. He was awarded semicha in 1923 and served as minister of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1923-1930) and Hampstead Synagogue, London (1930-44). In 1929, he became a dayan of the London Beth Din (1929-1944) and was also appointed senior chaplain of Her Majesty's Forces (1926-42). ("The Hampstead Synagogue 1862-1967" by Raymond Apple, 1967 and "Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History" (2011), pp.349/350.)

Rev. Maurice Joseph Golomb
(28 September 1931 - 27 May 1997)

Brisbane-born Rev. Golomb served as minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, London (1967-1991) and Hammersmith & West Kensington Synagogue, London (1991-1997). (Jewish Year Book listings Jewish News report.)

Rev. Elias Goodman

Rev. E. Goodman, son of a senior shochet and itinerant preacher (maggid) in Romania, attended the Leeds College of Music while serving at the New Central Synagogue, Leeds (1926-1927). He then served as minister/reader of the Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue, Co Durham (c.1928-c.1930) and as reader to the Cyprus Road Synagogue of the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (c.1931-c.1940). He was subsequently appointed minister, reader, shochet and headmaster at the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation (1941-c.1946). In 1946, he became a Jewish chaplain to British troops in London. He was the brother of Rev. Emanuel Goodman. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Hyman Goodman

Rev. H. Goodman served as minister of Hanley Synagogue, Stoke-on-Trent (1905-1907) and the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1907-1916). (Bristol community and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Emanuel (Manny) Goodman
(c.1897 - 17 March 1959)

Rev. Emanuel Goodman, son of a senior shochet and itinerant preacher (maggid) in Romania, was in the Medical Corps of the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I and served as a chazan in Paris before coming to Britain. He served as the last professional chazan to the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation (1933-1959), dying in office, and acted as mohel to the Plymouth community. During World War II, he was Jewish chaplain to the Armed Forces in Southwest England. Jewish He was the brother of Rev. Elias Goodman. (The Jews of Plymouth by H. Fry (2015), pp. 47/8.)

Rev. C.H. Gordon

Rev. C.H. Gordon served as minister of Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue from about 1939 until at least 1940. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Gordon

Rev. M. Gordon served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, from about 1913 until about 1914. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Samuel Gordon

Rev. S. Gordon served as reader of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, from at least 1891 to at least 1892. (Jewish Chronicle press report and 1891 Census.)

Rev. Avram Gotloib (also spelled Gotlieb)
(c.1892 - 12 December 1958)

Rev. Gotloib (m. ? nee Littenberg) was chazan for the Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, North London (c.1935-1958) for almost 25 years and served also for a time as secretary to the congregation. He was chairman and, from 1943, president of the Association of Chazanim of Federated Synagogues. Rev. Gotleib was chairman of the Zionist Association of Dalston and North London and chairman of the East London branch of the World Jewish Congress British Section. A hall at the Beth Hamedrash was named after him. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary of 19 December 1958 and various reports.)

Rev. B. Gottlieb

Rev. B. Gottlieb served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1923-c.1931). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. I. Gottlieb

Rev. I. Gottlieb (or Y. Gottlieb) served as the second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1926-c.1929). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Nathan Granevitz
(d. 2000)

Rabbi Granevitz (m. Zipporah) was born in Bnei Brak during the British Mandate of Palestine and obtained semicha at a Bnei Brak Yeshiva in 1957. He also qualified in law at Bar Ilan University and practiced in the Rabbinical courts in Israel, as well as working as a journalist and religious educator.  He moved to Britain and served as rabbi to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1983-1988). In 1988 he returned to Israel where he died in Petach Tikvah. (Research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rev. C. Graniewitz

Rev. Graniewitz served as chazan (cantor) at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (c.1973-c.1995). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. J. Grant

Rev. Grant served as reader (cantor) of Kingsbury District Synagogue, London, from about 1953 until about 1973, and thereafter held the title emeritus reader until about 1993. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Aaron Levy Green
(August 1821 - 11 March 1883)

Rev. Green (m. Phoebe nee Levy, 1944), who was born in London's East End, was educated in the Talmud Torah section of London's Jews' Free School. He served as minister of Bristol Synagogue (1838-1851) and then as second reader of the Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, London (1851-1854). Following the establishment by the Great Synagogue of a branch synagogue in the London's West End, which became the Central Synagogue, Rev. Green was appointed as its second reader in 1854 and was elected reader and preacher the following year. At the time the principal Jewish spiritual leader of a congregation was generally referred to as a reader rather than a minister, although Rev. Green was later referred to as minister, and was the first minister of the Central Synagogue, serving until his death in 1883. (The Lost Synagogues of London by Peter Renton, pp.73/6.)

Rev. Alan Greenbat
(2 April 1929 - 18 April 2019)

London-born Rev. Greenbat, who studied for a ministerial diploma at Jews' College, London, held a number of senior positions in Anglo-Jewry. These included warden (director) of the Victoria Boy' & Girls' Club, Stamford Hill, London (mid-1950s to mid-1970s), vice-principal of the Jewish Orphanage at Norwood (1955-1961) and vice-president of the Association for Jewish Youth (1989-1996). He had a close relationship with the Hackney & East London Synagogue as a frequent visiting minister and serving (c.1997-c.1998) as its part-time minister. He was later appointed director of the Office of the Chief Rabbi (1990-1991) and served as its honorary consultant from 1995 to 2012. In 2000, he was awarded the OBE for services to interfaith dialogue and to young people. (For further background, see on-line obituary by Geoffrey Alderman.)

Rabbi Akiva Greenberg

Rabbi Greenberg served as minister at the West Hackney Synagogue, North London from about 1976 until about 1994. (Jewish Year Book listngs.)

Rev. H. Greenberg
(d. 1965)

Rev. Greenberg served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, from about 1960 until 1965. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Greenberg

Rabbi Greenberg serves as rav of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (2007 to present - August 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Greenstein

Rev. Greenstein served as minister of Barking & Becontree Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1950-c.1951). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. G. Greyewsky

Rev. Greyewsky (also spelled Grawesky) served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1917-c.1924) and Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1918-c.1920). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Samuel Gross, BA
(c.1892 - 31 May 1924)

Born in London's East End, Rev Gross (m. Millie nee Joseph) studied at Jews' College, London and was awarded a BA at London University in 1913, where he was Hollier Hebrew scholar. He served as minister of Hull Western Synagogue (1913-1920) and founded the Hull Zionist Association and Hull Young Zionist Society. In 1920 he was appointed minister at Dalston Synagogue, London. He obtained semicha in 1923 but died in office at Dalston the following year, aged 32. The very extensive tributes to Rabbi Gross in the Jewish press attest to his standing in the Orthodox community. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 6 June 1924 and various tributes.)

Rev. M.O. Grosskopf

Rev Grosskopf served as minister at the Thornton-Cleveleys Synagogue, Lancanshire, from 1941 until about 1947. (Jewish Chronicle report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi B. Grun

Rabbi Grun has served as the rabbi at the Tiferes Yisroel minyan, Edgware, London from at least 2015 until present (May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Joey Grunfeld

Rabbi Grunfeld is the founder and National Director of seed, London (2005 to present - May 2020). (Seed website.)

Rev. Hirsch or Herman (Harry) Grunis
(c. 1906 - 9 February 1963)

Rev. Grunis (m. Nora), son of Rabbi Asher Grunis of Cardiff, was educated at Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London. He served as minister, shochet and teacher at Tonypandy Synagogue, South Wales (from 1929) and then as minister and reader of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1931-c.1933). He then took up a position as a shochet in London. and later became a businessman in south London, At the time of his death was a prominent member of Brixton Synagogue. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports, including obituary 1 March 1963.

Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag

Manchester-born Rabbi E. Guttentag (m  Malki) was student chaplain for the Manchester region with the University Jewish Chaplaincy service. He was rabbi of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation (2014-2018). In August 2018, he and Rebbetzin Malki were appointed as community rabbi and rebbetzin at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London, serving until present (December 2020). (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag

Rabbi J. Guttentag served as the minister of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (c.1987 to September 2020). He is the father of Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Guttentag  (Jewish Year Book listings and personal communication.)

Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Guttentag

Rabbi Y. Guttentag is the son of Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag and a son-in-law of the Rosh Beis Din of the Federation of Synagogue, Dayan Yisroel Yaakov Lichtenstein. He studied at Gateshead Yeshiva and Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim and later learnt in kollel in Israel, where he received semicha. In July 2017, he joined the Federation’s kashrus department as Rabbinic Coordinator, with a focus on product certification in the United Kingdom and beyond. (Federation of Synagogues website.)

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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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