Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames K

Rev. Jacob Kahan

Rev. Kahan (also Kahn) served as reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (second reader c1949-c.1951, first reader c.1951-c.1954). (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 Mancheser 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). (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

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) served as minister of Kenton Synagogue, London (c.2001-c.2003) and the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gateley, Greater Manchester (c.2004-2013) and senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2013-2018). (Jewish Year Books listings and press reports)

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 Ehrentreuís Edgware Kollel and received semicha from the late Dayan Lopian. In 2008, Rabbi Karp became Rabbi of the new Sephardi minyam 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 served as minister of Kingsbury Hebrew Congregation, London from at least 1945 until about 1948. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shmueli Kass

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 Dec 1950-10 Feb 2014)

London-born Rabbi Katanka, 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 Affilaited 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 Nightingal 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 Anne's 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 make 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.)

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. 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. 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. 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 had, since about 1967, served as part time minister to various synagogues in the Federation of Synagogues, 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 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. Bernd Koschland, MBE
(b. Jan-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. Chaim Kowalski

Rev. Kowalski 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 in 1953. (The History of the Hackney Synagogue appearing in its Centenary Commemorative Booklet 1897-1997 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Kugel

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

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). (Biograppy on Pinner synagogue website.)

Rabbi Julius Kyanski
(b. c.1872)

London-born Rabbi Kyanski 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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  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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