Rabbinical Profiles(1)

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Rev. H.L. Haber

Rev. H. Haber (or C. Haber) served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1957-c.1963). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch

Rabbi Hackenbroch (m. Gila nee Elevitsky), who has a law degree from London Guildhall University, studied at in Israel in several Yeshivot including Gush Etzion and Mir obtaining semicha as well graduating in practical rabbinics. He served as minister of Newton Mearns Synagogue Glasgow (2003-2008) and Woodside Park Synagogue, London (November 2008 to present - August 2020). (See Profile on Woodside Park congregation's website.)

Rev. D. Hacker

Rev. Hacker served as reader of Barking & Becontree (Affiliated) Synagogue, London (c.1994-c.1999). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Asher Haindwitz

Rev. Haindwitz served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware United Synagogue, London from about 1974 to about 1976. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Ilan Halberstadt

British-born Rabbi Halberstadt (m. Ruthie) holds a psychology degree from University College, London. He served as rabbi of the Nefesh Hatorah congregation, Edgware, London (2015-2018) and then as rabbi of Machzike Hadath Synagogue, Golders Green, London (2018 until present - May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website and Machzike Hadath website.)

Rev. D. Halpern

Rev. Halpern served as reader and hon. secretary to the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1911-c.1913). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Yaacov Hamer

Rabbi Hamer (m. Yael nee Deutsch), who grew up in the USA, studied at a number of Yeshivot in Israel, including ten years at Mir, and achieved Semicha under Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He and Canadian-born Rebbetzen Yael served as rabbinic couple at Finchley Central Synagogue, London (2007-2019) and the Bridge Lane Beth Hamedrash (BLBH), Golders Green, London (2019 to present -July 2020). (For additional background, see Profile on BLBH website.)

Rabbi Cyril Kitchener Harris, OBE
(19 Sep 1936-13 Sep 2005)

Glasgow-born Rabbi Harris, BA, MPhil, who studied at Jews' College, received his rabbinical semicha in c.1968. He served as minister of Kenton Synagogue, London (1958-72), National Director of the Hillel Foundation (1972-1975), minister of Edgware United Synagogue, London (1975-1979) and minister of St John's Wood Synagogue, London (1979-87), as well as senior chaplain to H.M. Armed Forces (1966-1971), before becoming Chief Rabbi of South Africa (1987-2004). He was awarded an OBE in 2005, shortly before his untimely death from cancer. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.396/7 and Orbituary of Rabbi Harris on The Guardian website, 16 September 2005.)

Mr. F. Harris

Mr. Harris served as (lay) minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, (Northern) Ireland (at least 1896 to c.1900). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev Raphael Harris
(d. 1911)

Rev. Harris served as second reader and secretary of Bayswater Synagogue, London, from 1863 until 1910  From about 1903, both he and person performing the function of first reader were described as "ministers", presumably as the description of the rabbi had been changed from "minister" to "preacher".. (The Story of Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1938 by C. Roth and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Aaron Hart

Regarded as the first Britain's Chief Rabbi. Rabbi Hart (born Uri Phoebus in Breslau, Germany) was the son of Hartwig (Naphtali Hertz) Moses, formerly of Hamburg. He studied at a yeshiva in Poland and married the daughter of Rev. Samuel ben Phoebus of Fürth. Aaron's younger brother, Moses Hart, came to England in 1697, where a wealthy close relative, Benjamin Levy, had founded what became known as London's Great Synagogue. Rabbi Hart joined his brother in London, who had amassed a fortune as a broker, partly through the assistance of Benjamin Levy, and was also now very influential in the synagogue. Largely due to the influence of Moses, Rabbi Hart was appointed rabbi of the synagogue (1705-1756). As his authority grew, he was gradually recognised by Ashkanazi congregations that were springing up in provincial towns throughout Britain and is regarded as the nation's first Chief Rabbi. He died in office in London. ("History of the Great Synagogue", by Cecil Roth (1950); "British Chief Rabbis" 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, "Jewish Encyclopedia" online articles on Aaron Hart and Moses Hart.)

Rev. Moshe Haschel

Argentinian-born Rev. Haschel served as chazan (cantor) of Finchley Synagogue, London (1988-c.1993) and St John's Wood Synagogue, London (1996-2015). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Simon Hass

Polish-born Rev. Hass served as chazan (cantor) of Central Synagogue, London (1951-1993). (Jewish Year Book listings and congregation's website.)

Rev. M.J. Heibron

Rev. Heibron served as reader and secretary of South Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue (1883-1899). (The History of the Hackney Synagogue appearing in its 50th Jubilee Commemorative Booklet.)

Rabbi Leibush Heller

United States-born Rabbi Heller (m. Dini, 1999) served as the attendent rabbi at the Finchley Persian Sephardi Minyan at Finchley Synagogue, London (from at least 2010 to present - August 2020). (Congregation's website.)

Rabbi A.F. Herling

Rabbi Herling served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, in the 1970s. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.262.)

Rabbi Malcolm Herman

Rabbi Herman, who holds a law degree from the London School of Economics, served five years as the Community Director of the Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Manchester and is a senior member of the rabbinical team at seed (2001 to present - May 2020). (Seed website.)

Rabbi Dr. S. Hermon

Rabbi Hermon, BA, served as minister of Barking & Becontree Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1973-c.1975). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Naftali Herstik

Hungarian-born Rev. Herstik, who served as chazan (cantor) of Finchley Synagogue, London (c.1972-c.1978), was to became one of Israel's leading and best-known chazanim and served as chief chazan of Jerusalem's Great Synagogue (1981-2008). (Jewish Year Book listings and online profiles.)

Chief Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog
(3 Dec 1888 - 25 Jun 1959)

Rabbi I. Herzog was born in Lomza, Poland, the son of Rabbi Joel Leib Herzog, the family settling in Leeds, England, in 1898. He studied at the Sorbonne University, Paris and University College London, where he was awarded a Doctorate (DLitt). His wife, Sarah nee Hillman, whom he married in London in 1917, was the sister of Rabbi Samuel Isaac Hillman. Rabbi Herzog served as minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1916-1919), moving to Dublin in 1919 to take up the post of rabbi of the Dublin Hebrew Congregation. In 1922, he was also appointed as the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland (with jurisdiction solely throughout the then recently establishment of the Irish Free State). He held both posts until 1936, when he left for the British Mandate in Palestine having been appointed Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine. Following Israel's independence in 1948, he became the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. His many books include Main Institutions of Jewish Law. He was awarded the Israel Prize in Rabbinical Literature in 1958 and died in office in Jerusalem. His Belfast-born son, Chaim Herzog (1918-1997), became the sixth President of the State of Israel (1983-1993). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.422/3.)

Rabbi Joel Leib Herzog
(6 Sep 1865 - 4 Oct 1934)

Rabbi J. Herzog was born in Lomza, Poland, and studied in Slobadk, Eishishok and Kovno. In 1898, after leaving Poland, he served for a short period as rabbi in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA and then settled with his family in Leeds, England, becaming the communual rabbi and accordingly spiritual leader of four congregations - New Briggate Synagogue, Byron Street Congregation (later known as Louise Street Synagogue), Regent Street Beth Hamedrash and Chevra Tehillim). In 1911, he moved to Paris and headed the Union of Orthodox Synagogues (Agudas Hakehillos) (1911-1934). He was the father of Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.422/3.)

Rabbi Jacob Heshel
(18 Mar 1903 - 31 Dec 1970)

Polish-born Rabbi Hershel, who came to London in 1939, served as rabbi of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London from 1947 until his death in 1970. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Rabbi Adam S. Hill

Rabbi Hill (m. Shoshana) studied at Jews' College, London (being awarded semicha and a BA (hons) in Jewish Studies) and Yeshiva HaMivta. He served as associate minister of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1991-1993) and as minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1993-1998), Birmingham Central Synagogue (1998-2005) and Potters Bar and Brookmans Park United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2005 to present - July 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Rabbi Hill's LinkedIn profile.)

Dayan Samuel Isaac Hillman
(c.1868 - 1 Jun 1953)

Dayan Hillman was born in Kovno province in the Russian Empire and served as rabbi in Beresino in the Minsk district before emigrating to Britain. He was communal rabbi for Glasgow (1908-1914), based at Glasgow's South Portland Street Synagogue. In 1914, he was appointed Dayan at the London Beth Din and became president of Yeshivah Etz Chaim. Upon his retirement in 1934, he moved to Jerusalem. His sister, Sarah, married Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog, (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.425/6.)

Rev. David Hirsch
(d. 1950)

London-born Rev. Hirsch, B.A., J.P., H.C.F. served as minister of Adelaide Synagogue, Rundle Street (1924-1931) before returning to Britain to became minister of Hull Western Synagogue (1931-1950), dying in office. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; The History of Hull's Orthodox Synagogues (2000) by Elliot Oppel, p. 12.)

Rev. A. Hirstovitz

Rev. Hirstovitz served as reader and shochet for the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1904-c.1907). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Chaim Hoch

Rabbi Hoch and his wife, Leah, serve as the shiluchim and rabbinic couple of Chabad of Borehamwood & Elstree, Hertfordshire (2011 to present - June 2020). (Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Zusman Hodes
(1870 - Jan 1961)

Lithuanian-born Rabbi Hodes (m. Sifre nee Yidelson, 1901 in Dublin) lived in Dublin from about 1901 to about 1906 and described himself as a commercial agent. In 1906, he was appointed as a rabbi to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1906-1916) principally serving the immigrant community in north Belfast. While in Belfast he published Studies in Sidoor: A History of the Jewish Ritual and Liturgy in the Ancient Temple and Modern Synagogues (1911). He subsequently served rabbi to Birmingham Beth Hamidrash (now known as Birmingham Central Synagogue) (1916-1942) and for over 30 years he was Kashrut supervisor at Rakusens Matzo factory in Leeds, Yorkshire where he died. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.432; and Research by Steven Jaffe, including Jewish Chronicle reports and The A - Z DNA of Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry by Stuart Rosenblatt.)

Rabbi M. Hool

Rabbi Hool served as minister of Kingsbury Synagogue, London for some 45 years (1955-2004) and, following his retirement, the short close leading to the synagogue (previously known as  Woodland Close) was renamed Hool Close in his honour. (Jewish Year Book listings and congregation's website.)

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes

Reading-born Rabbi Hughes (m. Chana) holds a law degree ifrom University College London and was awarded semicha following eight years of study at Midrash Shmuel, Jerusalem. He has served as associate rabbi of Hendon Synagogue (2011-2013), London, minister of Richmond Synagogue (2013-2015), London, and minister of Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2015 to present - June 2020). (Rabbi Hughes's profile on United Synagogue website.)

Rev. Bernard Hyams

Rev. Hyams served as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1914-1931). (Jewish Chronicle press report.)

Rabbi Dr. Moses Hyamson
(3 Sep. 1862 - 9 Jun. 1949)

Rabbi Hyamson (m. Sara nee Gordon, 1892), who was born in Suwalk, Russian Poland, and came with his family to Britain in 1864, earned a BA, an LLB and LLD from University College London. He studied with his father, Rabbi Nathan Haimsohn, and Dayan Jacob Reinowitz and at at Jews' College, London, and in 1899, was one of the first two individuals to receive semicha in England. He served briefly as preacher, secretary and teacher of the recently-established South Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue (c.1883) and later as minister of Swansea Hebrew Congregation (1884-1888), Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1890-1892) and Dalston Synagogue, London (1892-1902). In 1902 he was appointed as a dayan of the London Beth Din and from 1911-1913, as senior dayan, he served as acting Chief Rabbi, but was beaten in the contest for that permenent post by Rabbi Hertz. In 1913, he left Britain for the USA, being elected rabbi of Congregation Orach Chaim in New York (1913-1944), continuing to serve that congregation as emeritus rabbi until his death. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.445.)

Rabbi Eliyahu Hye

Rabbi Hye and his wife, Rebbetzen Hadassa, serve as the rabbinic couple of Rambam Sephardi Synagogue, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire (2019 to present - June 2020). (Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Israel Geoffrey Hyman

Belfast-born Rabbi Hyman, BA (Hons) (second wife: Michelle) studied at Chaye Olam Yeshiva, Gateshead Yeshiva and Jews’ College, London, where he received semicha in about 1982. He served as assistant minister of Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1974-1976), part-time minister of Streatham Synagogue (1980-1982), London, minister of Sutton Affiliated Synagogue, London (1982-1986), minister of Woodside Park Synagogue, London (1986-1992), minister of the Belmont Synagogue, London (1992-1996), part-time minister of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1998-2006); minister of Ilford Synagogue, London (2006-2018) and minister of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation - SWHC (2019 to present - May 2020). (Profiles on former Ilford United Synagogue and SWHC websites.)

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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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