Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames K

Rev. J. Kahan

Rev. J. Kahan served as reader of Rhyl Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1898-1899). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Jacob Kahan
(9 October 1910 - 1 August 2004)

Manchester-born, Rev. (later Rabbi) Kahan (also known as Kahnovitch or Kahn) (m. Doris) was a shochet and bodek - kashrut inspector - for Jewish communities around the United Kingdom. The son of a Manchester kosher butcher, he studied for six years at Manchester yeshivah under Rabbi M. Segal, and then at the Telzer yeshivah in Lithuania, from where he received a certificate of high standard in Rabbinics and Kabbalah and a certificate for shechita. Rev. Kahan served for three years as second reader to the Holy Law Congregation, Manchester, and hon. organiser and lecturer to the Young Men's Hebrew Association of Manchester. For the next 57 years he worked in Southport (1932-1933), as minister and shochet of Bolton Hebrew Congregation (1934-1937), as minister of the Canning Town Synagogue, east London (1937-c.1939), Belfast, Sunderland, as reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle, (second reader c.1949-c.1951, first reader c.1951-c.1954), Bournemouth and Tottenham (North London). For many of the communities he served he added the roles of chazan, mohel, teacher and rabbi to his core functions. On retirement he worked in the kashrut division of the London Beth Din until aged 80. After eight years of serving as supervisor of both kashrut and the synagogue at the Ella and Ridley Jacobs House in Hendon, North-West London, in 1990 he and his wife then moved to a retirement hotel in Netanya, Israel. Described as an outgoing and larger-than-life personality, he attracted many pupils and friends. (Jewish Chronicle report of 1937 and obituary of 24 September 2004; Bolton Synagogue and its Ministers by H. Thomas; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Refoel Kahan
(b. c.1937)

Gateshead-born Rabbi Kahan had studied at yeshivot in Gateshead and Ponevezh and had been a teacher at schools in Manchester and Sunderland as well as Hasmonean High School. He served as minister of Sutton Affiliated Synagogue, London, before becoming rav of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London (1972-1988). A teacher at Hasmonean Boys SchoolHendon, London, in 1990, Rabbi Kahan became the first headmaster of the Torah Temimah Primary school in Golders Green, London. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Marks Kahn

Russian-born Marks Kahn appeared as minister of the Huddersfield congregation in 1896/7. He was later listed as the congregation's shochet and teacher (c.1905-c.1920) and president (c.1926-c.1929). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. David Kale

Rev. Kale acted as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (2008-2018), having previously undertaken a number of communal and educational roles in Bournemouth, and subsequently served as minister of the Belfast Jewish Community (2018 to present - October 2020) (Jewish Year Book listings and information provided by a former member of the Staines community.)

Rev. Zevi Hirsch Kalisch

See Isaac Collish

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Leeds-born Rabbi Kanterovitz (m. Bianca), son of Rabbi Michael Kanterovitz, was raised in Israel and studied at yeshivot in Israel. He obtained a BA in Psychology and International Politics and an MA in Jewish Studies. After a period in in East London, South Africa, he returned to England and served as minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1998-c.2001) and Kenton Synagogue, London (c.2001-c.2003) before becoming minister of the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gateley, Greater Manchester (c.2004-2013). He was subsequently senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2013-2018) and from 2019 senior rabbinic international educator at the Ohr Torah Stone institute, Israel. (Jewish Year Books listings, Jewish Chronicle press reports and Ohr Torah Stone website)

Rabbi Doniel Karp

London-born Rabbi Karp (m. Nechamah) studied the Mercaz Hatorah and Mir Yeshivot in Israel. He returned to Britain in 2004 and became one of the founding members of Dayan Ehrentreu’s Edgware Kollel and received semicha from the late Dayan Lopian. In 2008, Rabbi Karp became Rabbi of the new Sephardi minyan set up in Edgware which in 2011 became part of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London (Profile on Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation's website.)

Rev. H. Karwan

Rev. Karwan studied at yeshivot in Liverpool, Manchester and London and served as minister of Kingsbury Hebrew Congregation, London from at least 1945 until about 1948. In 1950 he was appointed minister to the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, Kenya and in 1953 was inducted as minister to the Strand Hebrew Congregation, Cape Province, South Africa. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Shmueli Kass
(1977 - 2007)

Israel-born Rabbi Kass and his wife Batsheva served as (part-time) rabbinic couple at Shenley United Synagogue (2004-2007), Rabbi Kass tragically dying in office from cancer. (Congregation's website)

Rabbi David Katanka
(27 December 1950 - 10 February  2014)

London-born Rabbi Katanka (m. Marilyn), the son of Rev. Morris Katanka, studied at Liverpool Yeshiva and Jews' College. He was awarded an M.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of London and, in 1990, he received semicha from the London Beth Din following study at Manchester Kollel. He served as chazan (cantor) at Chiswick and District Affiliated Synagogue, London (1970-1972), Bayswater and Maida Vale Synagogue, London (1972-1975, in the latter period also fulfilling the function of minister) and Brixton Synagogue, London (1975-1978) and United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds (1978-1985, chazan rishon). He was then appointed minister of United Sheffield Hebrew Congregation (1985-90) followed by his service at Golders Green Synagogue, London (1990-2000), initially as chazan but subsequently as minister. Rabbi Kanter then had a short break from congregational ministerial duties, during which time he served as religious advisor to the Nightingale Home for the Elderly, South London. He subsequently served as minister of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation (2002-2003), Portsmouth & Southsea Hebrew Congregation (2004-2011) and finally St Annes Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (2013-2014), where he died in office. He is buried at Enfield Cemetery, London. ("Kol Dodi" (2015) - Selection of articles by Rabbi David Katanka edited by Moshe Borach Katanka, "Golders Green Synagogue" (2016) by Helen Fry, pp.55/56 and Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Joel Kenigsberg

Rabbi Kenigsberg (m. Sarah) grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequently made aliyah to Israel. He studied at various yeshivot, including Yeshivat HaKotel and Eretz Hemdah, received semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and obtained a B.Ed degree from Lifshitz College of Education and M.Sc. degree in Science and Halacha from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbi and Rebbetzen Kenigsberg came to Britain in 2018 as shlichim of Mizrachi UK. They served for five months as the scholar-in-residence Rabbi and Rebbetzin at Tsur Yisrael (Gibraltar Minyan), Hendon, London, following which they were appointed as the rabbinic couple at Magen Avot, Hendon (from 2019 to present - June 2020). (Magan Avot congregation's website.)

Rabbi Daniel S. Kerbel

Rabbi Kerbel served as minister of the Hackney & East London Synagogue (c.1995-c.1997) and as minister (jointly with Rabbi Dr. Alan Unterman) of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gateley, Greater Manchester (c.1999-c.2001). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Kertzman

Rev. Kertzman served as second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1929-c.1936). ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Bernard Kersh
(27 January 1915 - 6 February 1997)

Sunderland-born Rev. Kersh (m. Sally) was educated at the local Talmud Torah and yeshivot in Gateshead and London. Still in his teens he held brief appointments as reader and teacher to the Whitley Bay Hebrew Congregation; first reader at the Vilna Synagogue, Leeds; and reader at the North West London Synagogue, Kentish Town. In 1935, at the age of 20, he was appointed minister of the Derby Hebrew Congregation (1935-1937). Rev. Kersh was then appointed minister, first reader, mohel and teacher to the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, (1937-1952). He subsequently became the last and longest serving minister in the history of Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (1952-1989), also acting as headmaster, mohel and shochet, retiring to Bournemouth after 37 years' service. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 21 March 1997.)

Rabbi Nick Kett

Rabbi Kett and his wife, Shira, serve as the assistant rabbinic couple at Bushey United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2017 to present - July 2020). (profile on Bushey Synagogue website.)

Rev. H. Khan

Rev. H. Khan served as minister and reader of Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, from about 1922 to about 1927 and thereafter as the congregation's shochet and assistant reader until about 1930. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Khan

Rev. Khan served as minister of the New Hackney Synagogue (which became the Walford Road Synagogue), London, from at least 1918 until about 1921. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Israel Joshua Kibel
(d. July/August 1976)

Rev. I.J. Kibel was the son of a renowned Polish chazan, Moshe Aron (Grodzisker). At an early age he occupied cantoral posts in Germany before coming to Britain in 1924. For some time he was at the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill, London, and during the war years he served the Oxford Jewish Congregation. He was for a long period in the service of the London Board for Shechita. A musician of considerable talent, he composed many items of liturgical music. He was the father of Rev. Maurice A. Kibel. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Maurice A. Kibel
(b. c.1943)

Rev. M.A. Kibel, the son of Rev Israel Joshua Kibel, studied at Yeshiva Etz Chaim and Jews' College, London. He served as reader at the Upton Park Synagogue and Streatham Synagogues and taught at the Ilford Synagogue Hebrew classes. He was later appointed as assistant minister of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1972-1973), after which he became minister of Swansea Hebrew Congregation from 1973 until at least 1980, and was serving there on a part time basis until at least 1995. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Dr. Alan A. Kimche
(b. 1952)

London-born Rabbi Kimche (m. Via, from Amsterdam) studied in yeshivot in Jerusalem under senior rabbis. After receiving semicha, he returned to London in 1983 to direct a series of adult learning programmes known as Da'at and in 1984 became the part-time rav of a fledgling new congregation, the Ner Yisrael Community, in Hendon, which initially brought together about 15 to 30 families but grew rapidly into one of the leading and largest modern orthodox orientated synagogues in London. Rabbi Kimche was instrumental in the setting up of the NW London eruv in 2003. He obtained a PhD from London University entitled: “Kavod Habriyot: Human Dignity in Talmudic Law”. He is an adult educator with a particular interest in Jewish philosophy and halakha. Rebbetzen Via Kimche has a degree in psychology and education, is an educator and counsellor, and ran a voluntary organisation to help women through childbirth. In 2019 Rabbi Kimche was appointed emeritus rabbi at Ner Yisrael and the couple returned to Jerusalem. (Congregation's website and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. S. King

Rev. King served as reader of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1911-c.1912 and c.1914-c.1917) and as minister of Dundee Hebrew Congregation, Scotland (c.1912-c.1913). (Jewish Year Book listings Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev David Klein

Rev. D. Klein, who came from a family of chazanim (his father was a chazan in Warsaw and his brother was Rev. I. Henry Klein), served as second reader and secretary of Bayswater Synagogue, London, from 1910 until about 1914 and as first reader and secretary from about 1914 until 1934. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Israel Henry Klein
(c.1883 - 19 April 1960)

Warsaw-born Rev. I. H. Klein (generally known as Rev. Henry Klein) (m. Sadie or Sarah, nee Lang) was a chazan, choir master, chorister and for a while an opera singer with the D'Oyly Carte opera company. From a family of chazanim (his father was a chazan in Warsaw and his brother was chazan Rev. David Klein), he arrived in the UK in 1904. His first post was as choir master at the Great Synagogue, Manchester. He was for a time chazan to the Fieldgate Street Synagogue, London, before serving at the Cathedral Road Synagogue, Cardiff, Wales (c.1911-c.1913), and as minister, hon. secretary and superintendent of classes for the Woolwich and Plumstead Synagogue, London (until 1915). Rev Klein was appointed first reader and headmaster of the Hebrew and religion classes at the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (1915-1920), serving, for at least some of the time, as minister of the congregation. In September 1920 he returned to London as chazan to the Borough Synagogue, where he served for 33 years until retirement in 1953. He was President of the Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain and died in London. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 29 April 1960 and various reports.)

Rev. Joel Klein

Rev. Klein (m. Malka) served as the last full-time reader/chazan of Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue from c.1959 until his retirement in 1979. He and his wife subsequently moved to Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. W.L. Klein

Rev. Klein served as minister of York Synagogue from about 1899 until about 1903. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Eli Kohn
(b. 1946)

Jerusalem-born Rev. Kohn served as part time minister to various synagogues in the Federation of Synagogues from about 1967, including the former Tottenham Hebrew Congregation, London and the East London Central Synagogue, Stepney. In 1990 he was appointed minister to the Sheffield Jewish Congregation, Yorkshire but in 1991 returned to the East London Central Synagogue. From 1995 to 1996 he served as non-resident minister to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation. (Research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rabbi Abraham Israel Kon
(1892 - May 1968)

Lodz-born Rabbi Kon, who received semicha in Poland in 1914, served a rabbi of the Adath Yisrael Community in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland) (1924-1938) and managed to make his way to Britain in 1939. During the war he established a hostel in Ely, Cambridgeshire, for Jewish refugee boys and also worked as an honorary chaplain to the British Armed Forces. He later managed another refugee hostel in Stoke Newington, London, while working as a shochet, and served as honorary minister at the local Rutzon Tov Synagogue (later known as West Hackney Synagogue), North London (c.1951-1954), before being appointed as the congregation's rabbi (1954-c.1957). He also became vice-president of the British Mizrahi Association. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.531; Jewish Chronicle report of 20 August 1954 and Jewish Year Book listngs.)

Rabbi Ephraim Konigshofers

Rabbi Konigshofers escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna with the assistance of Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, presiding Rabbi of the UOHC, who obtained visas from the British authorities for young rabbis, on the grounds that a number of British synagogues were in need of spiritual leaders. Rabbi Konigshofer was chosen to served as the first rav of the newly founded, UOHC-assisted, Edgware Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London (1940-1942), he subsequently moved first to Stamford Hill and then joined the recently-launched Gateshead Kollel. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Rev. L. Korn

Rev. L. Korn served as minister to the Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales, from about 1933 until at the latest 1934. His letter to the Jewish Chronicle in September 1933, accusing his congregants (or former congregants) of hypocrisy for running to make up a yahrzeit minyan but not attending synagogue on the Sabbath, received a strong rebuke from the congregation's president, Mr. A. M. Levy, in a subsequent edition. There were then 14 adult males who were members of the congregation. In September 1934, Rev. Korn, described as being of Bangor and London, was appointed minister,teacher and shochet to the Derby Hebrew Congregation. Possibly he is the Leopold Korn who was a shochet in east London. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Moshe M. Korn
(1926 - 23 October 1985)

Cologne-born Rev. M. Korn (m. Hannah) had left Germany for Palestine in 1934. In 1957, he returned to Germany to take up a post as chazan in Frankfurt and later in Cologne. He then came to Britain and served as chazan at the Hendon Synagogue from 1960 until his death in 1985. (Jewish Chronicle obituary dated 1 November 1985; and Profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler.)

Rev. Bernd Koschland, MBE
(b. January 1931)

Rabbi Koschland, BA was born in Fuerth, near Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany and escaped to Britain on the Kindertransport in March 1939. He served as minister of a number of congregations, including Kingston, Surbiton & District Affiliated Synagogue, London, North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (c.1961-c.1964) and Barnet and District Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1965-c.1969). He also became a full-time teacher, working at JFS and the City of London School for Girls, before retiring in 1995. He was awarded the MBE in 2017 for his work in Holocaust education. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. David Koussevitzky
(1911 - 1985)

Cantor David Koussevitzky (also Kucewicki or Kusevitsky) was the youngest of four brothers, all born in Smorgan (now Belarus) and all of whom became well-known cantors in the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa. The other brothers were Moshe, the eldest, who did not serve any congregation in the United Kingdom, Jacob and Simcha. David became choir leader under Jacob at Kremenetz (today in the Ukraine) and then under another brother, Simcha, at Rovno (also today in Ukraine). When Simcha left to take up a post in Glasgow, Scotland, David left for Army service, on completion of which he returned to Rovno where he was appointed chazan. In 1937 he too came to Britain on his appointment as chazan of Hendon Synagogue, London, which he served until 1949 when he accepted a "call" to as first cantor of Temple Emanuel, Brooklyn, New York city. He combined his duties as reader with teaching as professor of chazanut at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary. He noted that his ministerial duties in America were less onerous than those in Hendon, and this enabled him to broadcast frequently, to give concerts and to make gramophone records. Temple Emanu-El in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, was a block away from Temple Beth-El, where his brother Moshe was cantor. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 9 August 1985, Profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler.)

Rev. Jacob Koussevitzky
(1903 - 1959)

Cantor Jacob Koussevitzky (or Kucewicki) was the second eldest of four brothers, all born in Smorgan (now Belarus) and all of whom became well-known cantors in the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa. The other brothers were Moshe, the eldest, who did not serve any congregation in the United Kingdom, Simcha and David. Jacob was the tenor soloist in the choir when his eldest brother Moshe was chazan in the Vilna State Synagogue, shortly after World War I. Shortly afterwards, Jacob was appointed chazan himself in Kremenetze (today in the Ukraine), where his younger brother David served as his choirmaster. Some years later they worked together in Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine). In 1936 Jacob came to London, where he was appointed to chazan of the Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (c.1936-c.1948) followed by the Western Synagogue, London (c.1948-1951). He then moved to North America. He was chazan of the Congregation Rosh Pinah in Winnipeg, Canada for two years and in 1953 he became chazan at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills in New York until his death six years later. (Profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler.)

Rev. Simcha Koussevitzky
(1905 - 1998)

Cantor Simcha Koussevitzky (or Kucewicki) was the third eldest of four brothers, all born in Smorgan (now Belarus) and all of whom became well-known cantors in the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa. The other brothers were Moshe, the eldest, who did not serve any congregation in the United Kingdom, Jacob and David. Simcha was the chazan (cantor) at Rovno (today in Ukraine) before coming to Britain to take a post in Glasgow and subsequently with the Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, London. (Article by Cantor Elihu Feldman)

Rev. Chaim Kowalski
(c.1894 - 1 March 1953)

Rev. Kowalski (m Shana nee Epstein in Lubien, Poland, 1917) served as reader of Central Hackney Synagogue, London from c.1932 until that synagogue's merger with South Hackney Synagogue in 1935 to form the Hackney Synagogue (now the Hackney & East London Synagogue) and served the new merged congregation as minister until his death. (The History of the Hackney Synagogue appearing in its Centenary Commemorative Booklet 1897-1997 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Newman Jacob Kowalski

Rev. Kowalski served as lay reader or the first known minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation, in the 1870s. (Jewish Directory of 1874 and Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker.)

Rev. S. Kugel

Rev. Kugel served as minister of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London in about 1965. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. David Kurnoff

Rev. Kurnoff, who was educated at yeshivot in Liverpool, London and Gateshead, was assistant minister at Childwall Synagogue, Liverpool for 15 years until 1962. He then became the last resident minister at Stockport Hebrew Congregation (1962-1964). In 1964 Rev Kumoff was appointed minister of Sale and District Hebrew Congregation, South Manchester, where he officiated at the consecration of the new synagogue in 1966. When he retired in 1974 the congregation had more than doubled its size. In retirement he lived at Heathlands, Manchester. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Ben Kurzer

New York-born Rabbi Kurzer (m. Abi) was awarded a BA in Jewish History and obtained rabbinic semicha when living in New York before coming to Britain. He served as assistant minister of Edgware United Synagogue, London (2014-2019) and as minister of Pinner Synagogue, London (1919 to present - May 2020). (Biography on Pinner synagogue website.)

Cantors Kusevitsky - David, Jacob and Simcha

See under Koussevitsky above.

Rev. Louis Kushell

Rev. Kushell served as minister of Colwyn Bay Hebrew Congregation, North Wales, North Wales (c.1948-1967). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Julius Kyanski
(c.1872 - February 1954)

London-born Rabbi Kyanski (m. Johanna, daughter of Rabbi B. Gelles of Korotoshen, Posen) served as minister of the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1916-c.1920) and the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation, Leazes Park Road (1921-1938). ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; 1911 UK census; and Nottingham Daily Express report of 10 July 1916.)

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