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Rabbinical Profiles(1)
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Rabbi Michael Laitner

Rabbi Laitner serves as assistant rabbi at Finchley Synagogue, London (2013 to present - August 2020) and from 2013 to 2014 was acting chief minister of the congregation. (Finchley congregation's website.)

Rabbi Benji Landau

Rabbi Landau (m. Aviva) served as assistant communal rabbi of Stanmore & Canons Park Synagogue, London (2011-2014) and associate rabbi of Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London and Director of Mesila UK (both 2016 until present - May 2020). (Yeshurun Synagogue website.)

Rev. Michael Landau

Rev. Landau served as reader of the South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham, from about 1936 until about 1946. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr Samuel Landau

British-born Rabbi Landau (m. Shoshana), who holds professional doctorate in clinical psychology, studied at the Jerusalem Kollel of Rav Yitzchak Berkovitz. He and Australian-born Rebbetzen (Ma'ayan) Shoshana served as rabbinic couple at Kingston, Surbiton & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (2013-2019) and Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (April 2019 to present - October 2020). (For additional background, see Rabbi Landau's profile on Barnet Synagogue's website.)

Rev. Samuel Landeshut
(c.1825 - 26 Nov 1877)

Rev. Landeshut was born in Sifra, Prussia and came to Britain in 1846. He served as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1855-1858) and then moved to Manchester to take up the position of reader of Manchester Old Hebrew Congregation (1858-c.1869) and was instrumental in establishing the Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor in Manchester, of which he became secretary. Moving to London in 1869 to became secretary of the London-based Jewish Board of Guardians, he was appointed as the first minister of the newly formed St John's Wood Synagogue in 1876 but his health was already failing and he died the following year. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.87 and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.546.)

Rev. D.L. Landy

Rev. Landy served as reader of the South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham, from about 1945 until about 1950. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. H. Landy

Rev. Landy served as minister of the Elm Park Synagogue, Hornchurch, London, from about 1976 until about 1985. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Maurice Landy
(31 May 1913 - 12 May 1996)

Llanelli-born Rabbi Landy (m.1939 Rachel nee Factor (d.1964) and m.1966 Eve ne Levene (d.1997)) studied at Manchester Yeshiva and Liverpool Talmudic College and later received semicha from Jews' College, London in 1947. He served as acting minister of Hendon Synagogue, London and minister of Russell Street Synagogue, Liverpool, Southport Hebrew Congregation, Aberavon and Port Talbot Synagogue (1936-1942), St Albans United Syngoague Membership Group (1942-1944) and Cricklewood Synagogue, London (1947-1978) and was Hon. Priincipal of North West Jewish Day School from 1951 until his death in 1996. (North West Celebrates 60 by Marian Lebor (2006) pp. 41/3, Jewish Year Books Who's Who listings and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.547.)

Rabbi Benzion (Benzel) Lapian

Rabbi Lapian (m. Lotte) was a son of HaRav Elyahu Lopian ("Reb Elya"). He served as minister of Ohel Shem Synagogue, Willesden, London (mid 1950s to c.1964) and Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London (c.1965-c.1970). He then moved to Israel and later became minister of the Ohel Leah Synagogue, Hong Kong (early 1990s). (Jewish Year Book listings and information provided by family mamber.)

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Lawrence (m. Mandy), holds an MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from St Catherine’s College, Oxford University and attended Yeshivath Knesseth Beth Eliezer and Yeshivat Hamivtar in Jerusalem, where he received semicha. He served as Senior Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation (1997-2004) and as chief minister of The Great Synagogue, Sydney (2005-2014) before his appointment as senior rabbi of Finchley Synagogue, London (2014 to present - August 2020). (See online Biography.)

Rev. Steven Leas

Cantor Leas has served as chazan (cantor) of Central Synagogue, London from about 2003 until present - August 2020. (Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Dr. Sidney Benzion Leperer
(4 Aug 1922 - 5 Dec 1995)

London-born Rabbi Leperer, BA, PhD, who attended the University of London, obtained his doctorate in 1977. He studied at Gateshead Yeshiva, Yeshiva Etz Chaim and Jews' College. London and was granted semicha in 1956. He served as minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue, London, Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London and North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (1956-1960). He then taught at Carmel College (1961-1969), returning to the pulpit to become minister of Hove Hebrew Congregation (1970-1974), before returing to teaching as a lecturer at Jews' College. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.565 and Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Barry Lerer

USA-born Rabbi Lerer (m. Naomi), who has a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in Jewish education, studied at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem and was awarded semicha in 2000 from Jews' College, London. He and Rebbetzen Naomi served as rabbinic couple at Watford & District Synagogue, London (2006-2019), Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (2006-2019) and Central Synagogue, London (February 2019 to present - August 2020). (Includes information personally provided by Rabbi Lerer. For additional background, see Rabbi Lerer's profile on Central Synagogue's website.)

Rev. Harold Lerner

Rev. Lerner served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1949-1955). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Lester

Rev. Lester, MA, MSC served as chazan (reader) of Hackney & East London Synagogue, (c.1990-c.1994). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. H. Lev

Rev. Lev served as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1932-c.1937). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. A.M. Lev

Rev. Lev served as chazan (cantor) of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (c.1973-c.1996). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Marc Doron Levene

British-born Rabbi Levene (m. Lisa), who was awarded a BA (Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University, studied at Darche Noam Yeshiva (Shapell's) in Israel. He served as assistant rabbi at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synogogue, London (c.2011-2017) and then as minister of Belmont Synagogue, London (2017 to present - May 2020). (Belmont Conngregation's website.)

Rabbi J. Lever

Rabbi J. Lever served as minister of the Hull Western Synagogue from about 1985 until about 1992. (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Elias Bere Levin
(1862 - 1936)

Rev. E. Levin, a native of Tels, Lithuania, reveived semicha in his teens and initially served as a rabbi in Vilna. He settled in Limerick in 1882 and served as a minister and reader of the Limerick Synagogue until 1911. He was the minister of the congregation during the infamous boycott of the Jewish community (1904 to 1906), which caused economic devastation to the Jewish community and for some two thirds of them to abandon the town. He later moved to Leeds where he was appointed rabbi and reader of the Central Synagogue and later of the Great Synagogue, Belgrave Street. (The Jews of Ireland by L. Hyman, pp.201-217 and 346.)

Rabbi Hirsch Levin

Rabbi Levin served as a minister of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation in the early twentieth century. No further information is currently known.

Rev Walter Levin

Rev. Levin served as minister (1930-1938) and secretary (1935-1938) of Bayswater Synagogue, London He was also listed in Jewish Year Books as secretary of the congregation, was also hon. president of the Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London, during the 1930s. (Jewish Year Book listings and Reference to Rev. Levin in Roth's Short History of the Bayswater Synagogue.)

Rabbi Ephraim Levine

London-born Rabbi Levine (m. Rochel) served as minister at West Ham and Upton Park Synagogue, London (2000-2004) and Watford & District Synagogue (2006-c.2019). (Profile formerly on the Watford congregation's website.)

Rev. A. Levinson

Rev. Levinson served as a minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1894-1899). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997.)

Rev. Dan Levy (formerly Fleishman)

Rev. Levy (m. Sharon) served as minister of Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1996-c.2000) and Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue (c.2000-c.2001). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Elkan Levy

Preston-born Rev. Levy, BA (Hons) (m. Celia née Fisher), a practicing solicitor, held several senior communal postions, including Chairman of the United Synagogue Burial Society (1992-1996), President of the United Synagogue and Chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Council (1996-1999), Director of the Office of Small Communities (2004-2010) and Editor of the Jewish Year Book (2010-2015). He also acted as a minister, generally on an interim basis, for ceratin United Synagogue congregations, including Belmont & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (1969-1973 and 1991-1992) and Radlett united Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2005 and 2010-2011). (Jewish Year Book Who's Who listing.)

Rev. I.A. Levy

Rev. Levy served as the first minister of the Hull Western Synagogue from about 1903 until about 1915. (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. I.M. Levy

Rev. Levy served as second reader of Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1918-c.1919). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Dr. Isaac (Harry) Levy, OBE
(14 Sep 1910 - 31 Mar 2005)

London-born Rev. Levy, OBE, PhD, TD, was educated at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, Jews' College, London, and University College London (where he earned a B.A. in 1932). Subsequently, in 1956, he obtained his PhD in Rabbinical History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He served as minister of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London (1936-38) and Bayswater Synagogue, London (1938-1939) He then volunteered for service in British armed forces, becoming Senior Jewish Chaplain (a post he held until 1966). Returning to ministerial life, he was appointed minister of Hampstead Synagogue, London (1946-1965). He was awarded an OBE in 1953. (Obituary in The Gardian, 18 May 2005, "The Hampstead Synagogue 1862-1967" by Raymond Apple, 1967 and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.579/580.)

Rev. Joseph Leonard Levy, BA, DD
(24 Nov 1865 - 26 Apr 1917)

London-born Rev. J.L. Levy (m. Henrietta nee Platnauer, 1889) studied at Jews' College, London and at University College, London, Bristol University and, later, the Western University of Pennsylvania. He served as a minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1885-1889) before leaving for the Unites States, where he served B'nei Israel Congregation, Sacramento, Philadelphia (1893-1901) and Rodeph Shalom Congregation, Pitttsburg (from 1901 until his death in 1917). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, pp.93/4.)

Rev. Moses Levy

Moses Levy was minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1798-1803). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997.)

Rabbi Natan Levy

US-born Rabbi Levy (m. Ariella) holds an MA in Jewish studies from King’s College, London, and received semicha from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Riskin in 2006. He was environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, interfaith consultant to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Jewish university chaplain for the West of England, based at Bristol University. He and rebbetzen Ariella served as rabbinic couple (part-time) at Shenley United Synagogue (2007-2010). (Congregation's website and on-line profile.)

Rev. Solomon Levy

Solomon Levy served as reader (or possibly minister) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1829-1830). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997.)

Rabbi Mendel Lew

Manchester-born Rabbi Lew (m. Rivky) studied at the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Tsfat, Israel and Hamline University, St Paul, MN and was awarded semicha in 1987. He served as minister of St Anne's Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1992-1996), Southend & Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1996-2006) and Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, London (2006 to present - June 2020). (LinkedIn account and "Stanmore Ahead of the Game" - article from "Jewish Weekly" 18 May 2017.)

Rev. Abraham I. Lewin

Rev. Lewin served as the first and founding minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill District Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1950-c.1961), having the title hon. minister from about 1953. (Jewish Year Book listings Jewish News report.)

Rabbi Alan Lewis

Rabbi Lewis (m. Miriam) was brought up in Manchester and gained his rabbinical semicha at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He has served as minister of Wanstead & Woodford Synagogue, London (1990-2006) and Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London (2006 until present - May 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Federation of Synagogue website.)

Dayan Yisroel Yaakov Lichtenstein

Dayan Lichtenstein grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and studied at a number of yeshivot in the Us and Israel before moving to Britain. He has served as Rosh Beis Din of the Federation of Synagogues and rav of the Hendon Beis Hamedrash, London from 1988 to present (July 2020). (Federation of Synagogues website.)

Rabbi Dr. Emil Lichtigfeld
(1894 - 1967)

Rabbi Lichtigfeld was born in Galicia and sought refuge Britain prior to World War II. He served as minister of Cricklewood Synagogue, London (1939-c.1946). He later served as rabbi in Frankfurt and Land Rabbi of Hessen (1954-1967). (The Lost Synagogues of London by . Renton, 2000, p 153.)

Rabbi Elchonon Moshe Lieberman

Rabbi Lieberman serves as rabbi of the Nefesh Hatorah congregation, Edgware, London (c.2019 until present - May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Yehudah Boruch Lieberman

Rabbi Lieberman served as rabbi of the Kollel Beis Aharon (Ohel Avrohom Synagogue), Edgware, London from at least 2015 (and probably much earlier) until about 2019. (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Lieberman
(b. 1960)

Chicago-born Rabbi Liberman (m. Feigy) had studied at yeshivot in Philadelphia, Israel, New York and Montreal, where he received his rabbinic semicha. He moved to Britain in 1985 and served as minister of Kingston, Surbiton & District Affiliated Synagogue, London, before becoming rav of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London (1990 to present - May 2020). (Profile on Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation's website.)

Rabbi Naftali Lifschitz

Gateshead-born Rabbi Lifschitz studied at Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshivah and at Gateshead Yeshiva, where he received rabbinical semicha. He is a qualified therapist and has served as part-time minister at the Hull Hebrew Congregation (2012-2019) and Glasgow's Newton Mearns Synagogue (2019 to present - April 2020). (Jewish Chronicle reports, on-line professional profile and Newton Mearns website.)

Rev. A. Linden

Rev. Linden served as minister of North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (c.1955-c.1956). (Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rev. Jacob Lindiner
(b. c.1826)

Hunagarian-born Rev. Lindiner (aka Linder) was reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1851-1854). (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.87.)

Rev. Benjamin Lipkin

Rev. Lipkin served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham, from about 1890 until about 1900. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), pp.256-260 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi David Lister, MA

Manchester-born Rabbi Lister (m. Rachie) studied for rabbinical semicha in Sha'arei Torah Yeshiva in Manchester and Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and rceived his MA in Jewish Education from the University of London. He served as minister of Reading Hebrew Congregation (1997-2000), Muswell Hill Synagogue, London (2000-2007) and Edgware United Synagogue, London (2008 to present - May 2020). (Rabbi Lister's profile on Edgware Synagogue's website.)

Rev. I. Litovitz

Rev. I. (or possibly J.) Lipkin served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham, from about 1903 until about 1910, although he is believed to have been minister of the rival South Shields New Hebrew Congregation during the earlier part of this period, before the two congregations were reconciled. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), pp.256-260, Jewish Chronicle report and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Asher Littenberg

Rev. Littenberg served as second reader of Bayswater Synagogue, London (c.1919-c.1923). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. James Littman
(d. 1937)

Rev. Littman served as minister of Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (1893-c.1896) and Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (1890s). (Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and Jewish Chronicle obituary.)

Rev. Sam Lockner

Sam Lockner acted as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1958-1959). (Information provided by the congregation.)

Dayan Gershon Lopian
(1936 - 30 Jan. 2014)

Portmouth-born Dayan Lapian (m. Judy née Saberski) was the eldest son of Rav Leib Lopian, rosh yeshiva of the Gateshead Yeshiva, and a grandson of HaRav Elyahu Lopian ("Reb Elya"). Dayan Lopian studied at Gatehead Yeshiva, at Kfar Chassidim, Israel (under his grandfather), at the Chevron Yeshiva, Jerusalem and at the Sunderland Kollel; and received semichah from Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, as well as Rav Chanoich Henach Padwa and Rav Moshe Feinstein. He served as minister of Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London from 1976 until his retirement in 2006 and remained rav emeritus of the congregation until his death. (Jewish Year Book listings and obituary in Hamodia.)

Rev. J.D. Lorraine

Rev. Lorraine served as minister of Barking & Becontree Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1970-c.1973). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. A. Lubin

Rev. Lubin served as reader (chazan) of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1957-c.1958). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi J.D. Lurie

Rabbi Lurie served as the rabbi of the Hull Beth Hamedrash from about 1915 until about 1928. (Jewish Year Book listings)


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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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