Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames H

Rev. Chaim (or Haim) L. Haber
(c.1917 - 27 August 1988)

Born in Gyongyos, Hungary, Rev. Haber (m. Nediva Ida - Duci) began studying music and chazanut when he was 20. He also studied at yeshivot in Hungary. During World War II he spent six months in a Russian labour camp. After the war Rev. Haber was chazan at the Great Synagogue, Ramat Gan, Israel. In 1957 he came to England to serve as reader at the Old Hebrew Congregation, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle (1957-1963). In 1963 he was inducted chazan at the Central Synagogue, Manchester, which he served for some 15 years. Rev. Haber died a few hours after conducting Shabbat services at that synagogue. He is buried at Holon in Israel. (Jewish Chronicle report 7 June 1963 and obituary 2 September 1988.)

Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch

Rabbi Hackenbroch (m. Gila 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 - May 2021). (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

Jerusalem-born Rev. Hainovitz studied chazanut under Shelomo Zalman Rivlin and at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music. He later received the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in London. He was cantor in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), and for the Pretoria United Hebrew Congregation, South Africa. In about 1974 Rev. Hainowitz became chazan at Edgware United Synagogue, London, where he served until 1976 and became chazan at St John's Wood Synagogue, London. He then returned to Israel to become chazan at the Central Yeshurun Synagogue in Jerusalem. Chazan Hainowitz is a celebrated performer and recorder of liturgical and Yiddish songs in Israel and internationally. (Jewish Year Book listings; profile oj encyclopedia.com.)

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. H. Haldinsky

See Rev. Hyman Holdinsky.

Rev. David Lewis Halpern
(c.1885 - 18 June 1926)

Rev. Halpern's first known post is as minister of Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland, from at least 1909 to 1911. In 1911 he became minister and secretary at the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (1911-1913) where he was Jewish visitor at the Convict Prison in Peterhead. Rev. Halpern then became minister and chazan to the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (1913-c.1926). During World War I, he provided services for Jewish prisoners at Dorchester camp (one of the largest prisoner of war camps in the country). Rev. Halpern died in a nursing home in Margate, Kent, aged only 41, leaving a widow and four young children, and is buried at Edmonton cemetery, London. (Jewish Chronicle obituary of 25 June 1926; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Yaacov Hamer

Rabbi Hamer (m. Yael 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 - May 2021). (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 Synagogue Hebrew Classes before being appointed to serve as the minister (reader and shochet) of the St. Annes 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 (1946-1982), becoming emeritus minister on his retirement, committing himself to 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, (m. Ann) 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. Rabbi Harris was the author of For Heaven's Sake: The Chief Rabbi's Diary (2001). He was the father of Rabbi Michael Harris. (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. Jacob (Jay) Simon Harris
(c.1916 - 13 July 1991)

Rev. J.S. Harris (m. Annie Pressman, 1939), the son of Rev. P. Harris of Liverpool, served as the minister (reader and shochet) of the St. Annes Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1936-1938). He later served as minister of the Pride of Israel Synagogue, Liverpool (1940s). He died in London but was buried in Allerton (Springwood) Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool (next to his wife, who died in 1980). (Jewish Year Book listings and research by Hilary Thomas.)

Rabbi Dr. Michael Harris
(b. 1964)

London-born Rabbi Harris, the son of Rabbi Cyril Harris, studied at three yeshivot in Israel and holds semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from other prominent Israeli rabbis. Rabbi Harris obtained his first degree in philosophy from Cambridge University, a masters degree in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and, in 2001, Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Rabbi Harris served as senior minister of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1992-1995) and Hampstead Synagogue (from 1995 to present - February 2021). Rabbi Harris's scholarly works includes Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives (2003) and he has taught on BA and MA programmes at King's College, London, and is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge (Profile on Hampstead Synagogue website and Cambridge University online biography.)

Rev. Raphael Harris
(14 January 1835 - 6 June 1911)

London born Rev. Harris (m. 1st Julia Solomon d.c.1860s; 2nd Sarah Joseph of Plymouth d.1923) was educated at Jews' Free school, privately and also trained in chazanut. In 1860 he was appointed to Princess Road Synagogue, Liverpool. In 1863 Rev. Harris was appointed reader and secretary to the new Bayswater Synagogue, London, and served there for 47 years until his retirement in 1910 (he was second reader alongside first reader Rev. Isaac Samuel). During this period the synagogue also had a third official, first Dr Hermann Adler, and then Rabbi Dr Professor Hermann Gollancz, whose duties were that of Lecturer or preacher. Rev. Harris acted for many years as Hon. Secretary of the Bayswater Jewish Schools and was one of the Jewish Visitors to the London Hospital. He was the father of Rev. John Harris, who also served at the Princess Road Synagogue, Liverpool. He is buried at Willesden cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle obituary and tributes 9 June 1911, various reports and internet research.)

Rabbi Simon Harris

Rabbi Harris read Hebrew at SOAS, University of London, followed by six years studying in Jerusalem, Israel, where he received semicha, He subsequently obtained an MA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University. Rabbi Harris has as minister of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (1990-1993), Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1993-1994), director of education at Yakar, Hendon, rabbi at Western Marble Arch Synagogue (to June 1998) and six years as senior minister at the Great Synagogue, Cape Town. He subsequently became minister of Wembley United Synagogue (2007 to present, February 2021). Rabbi Harris worked as a Honorary Research Fellow on "Literary & Linguistic Analysis of Zoharic Aramaic" based at University College London and undertakes post graduate research on the Redaction of the Babylonian Talmud. (United Synagogue profile, various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Chief Rabbi Aaron Hart

Regarded as Britain's first 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

Argentina-born Cantor Moshe Haschel made aliyah with his family in 1969. He learnt at yeshivot in Israel and is a graduate of the Israeli Institute for Cantorial Art in Jerusalem. He was chazan in Givataim, Israel and then at the Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation in Capetown, South Africa. In 1988 Moshe Haschel came to London as chazan of Finchley Synagogue (1988-1993). In 1997 he became chazan of St John's Wood Synagogue, London, and for a time he commuted regularly between Israel and London but he retired on health grounds in 2015. There are a number of videos on Youtube of Rev Haschel singing in London with the Neimah Singers. (Jewish Chronicle reports and internet research.)

Rev. Simon Hass

Rev. Hass (m Elaine) was born in Yaroslav Poland, and is considered one of the leading exponents of cantoral, Yiddish and Hebrew folk-music. Following Nazi occupation of Poland, the family fled east and was deported by the Soviet authorities to a Siberian labour camp, where a sister died in the harsh conditions. Following a short period as a temporary chazan at the Hendon Synagogue, London in 1949 or 1950, Rev. Hass was appointed chazan at Central Synagogue, London in February 1951. From 1963 he and a choir led annual midnight selichot services which attracted support from across London. Rev. Hass made a number of LP recordings. He retired in 1993. Brother of Cantor David Hass of Bat Yam, Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle profile 5 March 1993; Central Synagogue's website; and "The History of the Hendon Synagogue", by Geoffrey Alderman, p.9.)

Rev. Myer J. Heilbron
(c.1848-November 1935)

Rev. Heilbron (m. Diana) served as reader and secretary of South Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue (1883-1899). He was for many years a master at his former school, Jews' Free School, with which he was associated for approximately 50 years as a pupil, teacher and senior master. Rev. Heilbron retired to Hove in around 1914 and in 1920 with his brother Solomon J Heilborn (former headmaster of the Bayswater Jewish Schools), he conducted Rosh Hashana services at the Town Hall, Hove. At the age of 81 he was elected President of the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation. Rev. Heilborn acted as a guide to Southdown College in Hove, a boarding school for girls, which was owned and directed by his daughters. He died in Hove. (The History of the Hackney Synagogue appearing in its 50th Jubilee Commemorative Booklet; Jewish Chronicle obituary 1 November 1935.)

Rabbi Chaim Leib Heilpern
(1901 - August 1974)

From a rabbinical dynasty, Rabbi Heilpern's father was Rabbi Shmuel Pesach Halperin of Gateshead. As minister of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (c.1928-1946), during the World War II he extended hospitality to American Jewish servicemen who were stationed in the area. An ardent Zionist, he was sent by Chief Rabbi Hertz to Cyprus in 1946 to investigate the plight of Jewish refugees, Holocaust victims hoping to reach Palestine by boat but who had been stopped and interned in camps in Cyprus by the British Government. He emigrated to the United States and in 1950 took up up a post in Florida and was later in North Carolina. Fom 1956 to 1957 he was at the Tifereth Israel Temple in Newcastle, Pennsylvania and became the first rabbi of a conservative congregation in Palo Alto, California. He is buried in San Diego, California. (Profile by his nephew David Romney; Jewish Chronicle reports; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

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 Aaron Fischel Herling
(1914 - January 1990)

Born in Romania, where his parents and two of his brothers were murdered during the war, Rabbi Herling (m. Betty - d.1985) studied at yeshivot there and at the Vishnitzer and Lublin yeshivot in Poland. He also studied for a while in Israel and taught at the central Yeshiva in Jerusalem (founded by Rav Kook). Rabbi Herling came to London in the early 1950s and was minister of the Chevra Shass Synagogue in London's East End. He later served the Lombard Street Synagogue, Dublin, for nine years until that synagogue closed. He was minister of the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation (1960-1964), then of the Chevra Kadisha-Beth Jacob Synagogue in Glasgow (1964-1972) and Whitley Bay Synagogue, northeast England, (1972-1979). By 1979 Rabbi Herling was back in the East End of London, serving the East London Central Synagogue, Nelson Street. In 1981 he was interviewed by journalist Monty Modlyn for the Jewish Chronicle about life in the East End of London where he was one of the last remaining resident rabbis. He died in office in 1990 and is buried at Rainham cemetery. He was the author of a Talmudic work, Beis Yisroel. (Jewish Chronicle article, 31 March 1972; interview by Monty Modlyn 3 April 1981. 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 Lipschitz) was educated at Manchester yeshiva under Rabbi MI Segal and at Etz Chaim yeshiva, London. His first post was at Chester Hebrew Congregation (until 1920). He served at Wolverhampton Synagogue (1920-1925) and was minister to Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent (1925-1929). Rev. Herman then became supervisor of Hebrew classes and minister at what was then called the Hendon Hebrew Congregation, London at its Brent Street synagogue, for seven years. Together with Dayan Dr. Asher Feldman, he conducted the consecration service in 1935 of 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 the United Synagogue's Welfare Minister in the 1940s - directing and overseeing a wide range of social welfare activities and dealing with individual cases of hardship and need. Rev. Herman also served the Poplar Associate Synagogue in a part-time capacity. In 1940 Rev Herman founded Zekeinim, a pioneering friendship club for the elderly in London. From 1953 to 1964 he served as the United Synagogue's Kabronim minister, whose duties included taking funerals and stone settings when required, and checking 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 June 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.)

Rev. Simon Herman

See Dayan Dr. Simon Hermon.

Dayan Dr. Simon Hermon
(1920 - 28 May 2011)

London-born Rabbi Herman, also known as Herman, (m. Johanna or Hannah Nelkin, a refugee from Germany) obtained a BA from University College London. His first known post is as headmaster, second reader and ba'al koreh at the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1950-1951). He was then minister at Harrow District Synagogue, northwest London, for some ten years (much of the 1950s). Having received semicha, he spent three years as rabbi at the St Kilda Congregation, Melbourne, Australia (1959-1961). After his return to the UK he was briefly at the West End Great Synagogue, London and became director of Jewish studies at the King David Schools, Liverpool. He was minister of the Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue, Glasgow (1965-1967) during which time he became the father to triplets. He was subsequently briefly at the Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Manchester and at New Central Vilna Synagogue, Leeds (c.1972). He returned to London to become the minister at Barking & Becontree Affiliated Synagogue, northeast London (1973-1975) and then served the Ahavath Shalom Synagogue, Neasden, northwest London. He was appointed a Dayan to the Federation Bet Din and in 1981 was director of education at the London Talmud Torah. He was the father of Rabbi Michael Herman of the Whitefield kolel. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle report of 9 May 1975; Profile by Rabbi Raymond Apple.)

Rev. M.D. Hershman

Rev. Hershman (or Herschman) (m. Clara) served the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, (at least 1891 to 1897) and Newport Synagogue, Monmouthshire (at least 1899 to 1906). He was minister of Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (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 was minister of Derby Hebrew Congregation (c.1919-c.1920). In 1920 he was conducting services at the Woolwich and Plumstead Synagogue, London. (Various Jewish Chronicle 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. Recording of Rev. Herstik in London in 1977.)

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 Hillman, whom he married in London in 1917, was the daughter 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 position of chief rabbi of Dublin, a newly created post of which he was the first and only occupant, generally embrassing six congregations in the city. 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) and in June 2021, his grandson, Isaac Herzog, was elected as Israel's eleventh President. (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 daughter, Sarah, married Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog, (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), pp.425/6.)

Rev. David Hirsch
(c.1885 - 17 January 1950)

London-born Rev. Hirsch, BA, JP, HCF, the son of Dr. S. A. Hirsch, Tutor in Theology at Jews' College, London, studied at that College and took a BA degree from the University of London. In 1913 he was appointed Assistant Visiting Minister in East London. in 1916, he was the visiting minister at the Aldershot Military Synagogue, Hampshire and in 1917 to 1919 served in France and Germany as Chaplain to the Forces. In 1919 he returned to London as principal East London Visiting Minister. He was minister of the Adelaide Synagogue, Australia (1924-1931) and was appointed chaplain to Commonwealth forces. He returned to England in 1931 to become minister at Hull Western Synagogue where he served until his death in 1950. He was President of the Duveen Section of the British Legion; Hon. President of the Zionist Society; Chairman of the Hull Jewish Clergy; and Treasurer of the Hull Board of Guardians. He published scholarly works on, for example, the Pesach Haggadah and the Apocrypha. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 20 January 1950; "Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; The History of Hull's Orthodox Synagogues (2000) by Elliot Oppel, p. 12.)

Rev. I. Hirsch, BA

Rev. Hirsch served as visiting minister for the Stockton-on-Tees Hebrew Congregation (c.1918-c.1921). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Julius M Hirsch

Rev. Hirsch was the son of Professor Samuel Abraham Hirsch of Jews' College. He officiated at the overflow services at the Hampstead Synagogue, preached at several other London synagogues and he and his wife (whose maiden name was Groenwould) taught at the classes at St Johns Wood and Hampstead synagogues, respectively. However, his only known ministerial position was his subsequent appointment as minister of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (August 1924-1927). Rev Hirsch's departure from Bournemouth resulted in a Beth Din hearing, his Rosh Hashana sermon reportedly split the congregation when he described Judaism in Bournemouth as near bankrupt and decried Shabbat desecration. At a subsequent service the congregation's president endeavoured to prevent the minister from participating in the service. (Jewish Chronicle report of Bet Din judgment 21 January 1927; various other reports; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Woolf Hirsch (formerly Hirschowitz)
(1884 - 1976)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Hirsch (formerly known as Hirschowitz, also spelled Hirshowitz, until about 1915) was trained at Jews' College and graduated at London University in 1918, taking first-class honours in Oriental Languages. He served as minister of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (1913-20) and visiting minister to the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation during that period. In 1920 he obtained semicha at Jews' College, and went out to help organise the new Ohel Rachel Synagogue that had been built in Shanghai. He founded several institutions in Shanghai, including the Jewish library, a Young Men's Hebrew Association and a girls' club. He edited a local magazine, the Jewish Recorder, and wrote regularly for the North China Daily News on Jewish subjects. In 1924 Rabbi Hirsch took up the post of rabbi of the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation, South Africa. He obtained a Doctorate from the University of London in 1946 and was the author of Rabbinic Psychology (1947) and Selected Sermons and Addresses (1948). He died in Haifa, Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle interview with Rabbi Hirsch on Jews in the Far East, 14 March 1924, profile 4 October 1946.)

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 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.)

Rev. Armin Hofstadter

Budapest born Rev. A. Hofstadter was the last resident minister at Stockton-on-Tees Hebrew Congregation (1948-1951). He left for Canada in 1951 and pursued a career as a cantor in Toronto. It is unclear whether he was related to Rev. Morris Hofstadter. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle report 10 December 1948 and 23 June 1972)

Rev. Morris Hofstadter

Rev. M. Hofstadter came to Britain from Czechoslovakia shortly before World War II, and served congregations in Leeds and Harrogate. It is unclear whether he was related to Rev. Armin Hofstadter. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Hyman Holdinsky

Rev. Hyman Huldinsky served as minister of Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire (c. 1898-c.1900) and is believed to be the same person as the Rev. H. Holdinsky (also spelled Haldinsky and Holonisky), who served as minister of Southampton Hebrew Congregation (c.1900-c.1908). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Moses Hirsch Hollander
(c.1809 - 11 August 1899)

Russian-born Rev. Hollander is the first known minister and chazan to the Coventry Hebrew Congregation (c.1854-1856). In 1856 he was appointed second reader to the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation at its new Singer's Hill synagogue, and he served that community for about 30 years (until he retired in 1885). He died in Birmingham in his 90th year and is buried at Witton cemetery. Over 400 people attended a memorial service for Rev. Hollander. Both his son, David Hollander, and grandson, E.P. Hollander JP, were presidents of the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, and a great grandson, J.M. Hollander, was a synagogue council member. (Jewish Chronicle various reports; Harry Levine, The Jews of Coventry 1970 p.44.)

Rabbi Maurice Hool
(b. c.1927)

Dublin-born Rabbi Hool was a student at Dublin Talmud Torah, Trinity College, Dublin, and Gateshead Yeshiva, and he studied for a year at the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He obtained semicha in Israel in 1952. He undertook postgraduate Bible studies at Manchester University. In 1955 he was appointed rabbi at Portsmouth Hebrew Congregation. Rabbi Hool served as minister of Kingsbury Synagogue, London for some 45 years (1955-2004). He helped establish the United Synagogue mikvah on the synagogue premises and hosted the first SEED educational programme at a UK synagogue (which pairs community members with yeshiva graduates for one to one learning). Following his retirement, the short close leading to Kingsbury synagogue (previously known as Woodland Close) was renamed Hool Close in his honour and a Rabbi Hool Bursary Fund was established to assist young people to attend yeshiva or seminary. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle various reports and Kingsbury congregation's website.)

Rabbi David (Dov Zvi) Hoppenstein
(c.1864 - 8 September 1944)

Lithuanian born Rev. Hoppenstein (m. Sophia Wittenberg) son of Rabbi Aaron Hoppenstein, arrived in Edinburgh in the early 1880s. Although a qualified rabbi he initially worked as a pedlar. By 1894 he was described as both a Hebrew teacher and hawker of jewellery, and was president of Dalry Road Synagogue, Edinburgh. He assisted services at the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, Graham Street, in 1900, and by 1907 he was preaching and conducting services at the Leith Central Synagogue, Edinburgh. He later served briefly the Dundee Hebrew Congregation (1911-1912) and the Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland, (c.1912-1913). In 1913 he was headmaster of the Govanhill Hebrew classes, Glasgow, and was also a private teacher. In 1938 he retired from the Glasgow Board of Shechita. Rabbi Hoppenstein died in Glasgow and is buried at Glenduffhill cemetery. His headstone describes him as a rabbinical scholar, preacher and teacher. The family of Rabbi Hoppenstein and his wife and their descendants over five generations are the subject of a doctoral thesis in oral history by Flora Frank, University of Strathclyde, 2012. (Paper based on the thesis, available online, is entitled ‘My solemn desire is not to burden themselves with religious duties’: Researching 100 Years of a Scottish Jewish Family Through the Archives, and appeared in Scottish Archives 2016, Volume 22; other sources - various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

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 United Synagogue, London (2011-2013), minister of Richmond Synagogue (2013-2015), London, and minister of Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2015 to present - October 2021). (Rabbi Hughes's profile on United Synagogue website.)

Rev. Hyman Huldinsky

See Rev. Hyman Holdinsky.

Rev. Bernard Hyams
(c.1868 - 16 March 1949)

Rev. Hyams served as minister of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1914-1931). He continued to live in Darlington after his retirement and died there. The Bernard Hyams Lodge of Bnei Brit in Darlington was named after him. A Rev. Hyams also served the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation, leaving in February 1914, and it is uncertain whether this is the same person. (Jewish Chronicle report of his retirement 25 March 1932. See photograph of the kiddush cup presented to Rev. Hyams on his retirement (courtesy Ian Rubinstein of Calgary.)

Rabbi Dr. Moses Hyamson
(3 September 1862 - 9 June 1949)

Rabbi Hyamson (m. Sara 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 - May 2021). (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 - October 2021). (Profiles on former Ilford United Synagogue and SWHC websites.)

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