Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames H

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 in Israel at 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 Hainowitz

Rev. Hainowitz 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.)

Rev. Leslie Henry Hardman, MBE
(18 February 1913 - 7 October 2008)

Rev. Hardman (m. Josi, 1936), born in Glynneath, South Wales, studied at yeshivot in Liverpool and Manchester and the University of Leeds, where he earned an MA in Hebrew and Semitics. He began his career as second reader of Shaw Street Synagogue, Liverpool, and headmaster of the Bootle Hebrew Classes before being appointed to serve as the minister (reader and shochet) of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (c.1934-1936). He was then appointed reader, later minister, of Chapeltown Hebrew Congregation, Leeds (1936-early 1940s) and served as chaplain of Wakefield Prison (1939-1941). In 1942, Rev. Hardman enlisted in the Army Chaplains' Department, being stationed initially in Hertfordshire and from autumn 1944 in the Netherlands, where he became aware of the atrocities perpetrated against the Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, and subsequently in Germany, where he became the Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Forces. In April 1945, Rev. Hardman entered the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, just two days after its liberation by the British Army, and was the first Jewish chaplain at the site. On arriving at the camp he tried to bring some comfort to the survivors and recited Kaddish over the dead. In all, he supervised the burial of an estimated 20,000 victims, "giving them the dignity in death of which they had been robbed in life". Following the war, Rev. Hardman served as the long serving minister of Hendon Synagogue, London (1947-1982), becoming emeritus minister on his retirement, busying himself with Holocaust education. In 1998 he was appointed MBE for his services to the Jewish community. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.395, obituaries in The Guardian and The Times and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Cyril Kitchener Harris, OBE
(19 September 1936-13 September 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), p.396/7 and Obituary 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. J.S. Harris

Rev. Harris served as the minister (reader and shochet) of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (c.1936-c.1939). (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 attendant rabbi at the Finchley Persian Sephardi Minyan at Finchley Synagogue, London (from at least 2010 to present - January 2021). (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.)

Rev. Joseph Herman
(c.1899 - 24 April 1967)

Leeds-born Rev. Herman (m Lieba nee Lipschitz) was educated for five years at Manchester Yeshiva under Rabbi M.I. Segal and then at Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London. His first post was at Chester Hebrew Congregation until 1920. He served at Wolverhampton Synagogue for five years until 1925 and was minister to Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent (1925-1929). Rev. Herman then became supervisor of Hebrew classes and Minister at Hendon Hebrew Congregation, London at its Brent Street synagogue, for seven years and conducted the service of the laying of the foundation stone for the growing community's new synagogue at Raleigh Close, Hendon. From 1936 he was Welfare Minister in charge of the Jewish Institute (Free Advisory Centre), at Mulberry Street, London and in the late 1940s he was styled the United Synagogue's Welfare Minister. During some of this period, Rev. Herman also served the Poplar Associate Synagogue. In 1940 Rev. Herman founded the pioneering friendship club, Zekeinim, for elderly men and women who were left behind in London during the blitz. From 1953 to 1964 he served as Kabronim minister to the United Synagogue, whose duties included to take funerals and stone settings when required, and to check headstone inscriptions. Later he also served as part-time reader at Cockfosters and N. Southgate District Synagogue until his retirement in 1964. (Jewish Chronicle articles and obituary dated 5 May 1967.)

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. M.D. Herschman

Rev Herschman (m. Clara) served the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (at least 1891 to 1897) and Newport Synagogue, Monmouthshire (at least 1899 to 1906). He was minister of Blackburn Hebrew Congregation (1911-1912) and appointed chazan, teacher and mohel of the Durham Hebrew Congregation in 1912. In 1915, Rev Hershman went to Ireland to become chazan, shochet and teacher to the short-lived "Cork Hebrew Congregation" which worshipped at 15 Union Quay, Cork, a break-away from the established congregation of the same name. By at least 1919 he was serving in Sheffield and in 1920 he was conducting services at the Woolwich and Plumstead Synagogue, London (Jewish Chronicle, various reports.)

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 December 1888 - 25 June 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), pp.422/3.)

Rabbi Joel Leib Herzog
(6 September 1865 - 4 October 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, becoming the communal 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), pp.422/3.)

Rabbi Jacob (Yaacov) Heshel
(18 March 1903 - 31 December 1970)

Minsk-born Rabbi Heshel (m. 1st Sarah a daughter of the Czortkover Rebbe, d. 1965; 2nd Lusia d. 1970) was the son of Rabbi Moses Mordecai, rabbi of Pelcovizna, Warsaw. He came to London as a refugee in 1939 and became an education officer with the Board of Orthodox Jewish Education and head of the yeshiva college of the Jewish Secondary Schools Movement. Rabbi Heshel served as rabbi of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London from 1947 until his death in 1970, and he was a district inspector to the London shechita board. Both he and his first wife Sarah claimed direct descent from the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidism. His brother was Rabbi Dr Abraham Joshua Heschel, who became the leading philosopher and theologian of Conservative Judaism in USA. (Jewish Chronicle obituary for Sarah Heshel 29 October 1965 and Jacob Heshel 8 January 1971, History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Rabbi Adam S. Hill
(b. 1967)

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 June 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), 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 become 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 - January 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), 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 from 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 September 1862 - 9 June 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 permanent 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), 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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