Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames M

Rev. M.H. Malis

Rev. Malis served as minister of Boreham Wood, Elstree & District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (c.1959-c.1960). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Joseph Malovany, LSRM, FRCM

Tel-Aviv-born Rev. Malovany, a world famous cantor, served as chazan (cantor) at the Bilu Synagogue in Tel Aviv and in the Israel Defence Forces before taking up the position of chazan of the Yeoville Synagogue, Johannesburg, South Africa ((1963-1968). He then served as chazan of Edgware United Synagogue, London (1968-1973) and from 1973 has served as chief chazan of the Ateret Zevi Congregation (Fifth Avenue Synagogue), New York. (Jewish Virtual Library and Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Bentzi Mann

Israel- born Rabbi Mann and his wife, Michal, are the part-time rabbinical couple at Mill Hill East Jewish Community, London, from October 2018 present (April 2020). (Press reports and congregation's website)

Rabbi Barry Marcus, MBE

Johannesburg-born Rabbi Marcus served as rabbi of Waverley Hebrew Congregation, Johannesburg and congregations in Israel before his appointment as minister of the Central Synagogue, London (1995-2018). He was awared an MBE in 2015 for Holocaust education and the fostering of dialogue and building bridges with Poland. (Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

Rabbi Dr. Alfred Melinek
(15 September 1912 - 2005)

London-born Rabbi Melinek obtained a BA in Semetics from University College London (and a PhD in 1944). He studied at Jews' College, London, obtaining a minister's diploma in 1939, and was a lecturer there for some 60 years. He served as acting minister of Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue (c.1940-c.1945), while the regular minister, Rev. Dr. Joseph, was on chaplaincy duty with H.M. Armed Forces during World War II). Subsequently, he served as minister of Stoke Newington Synagogue, London (c.1947-c.1951), Brondesbury Synagogue, London (c.1951-1969) and Willesden Synagogue, London (1969-1977). He retired in 1977 but continue to serve the wider Jewish community as a lecturer at Jews' College, editor of the prestigious journal, L'Eylah, and educationist. (Jewish Year Book listings and History of Hackney Synagogue.)

Rabbi Israel Mellul

Rabbi Mellul was the rabbi at Ohr Hachayim Synagogue (Edgware Sephardi Community), London, from at least 2015 until 2018. (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Yonatan Menachem

Rabbi Menachem has served the rabbi at Ohr Hachayim Synagogue (Edgware Sephardi Community), London, from 2018 until present (May 2020). (Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Nir Menashe

Israel-born Rabbi Menashe (m. Jennifer) was raised in London and received semicha at the London School of Jewish Studies (Jews' College). He served as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1995-1997). He subsequently returned to Israel and in 2010 became a rabbi in the Tzohar movement and a public relations manager for the Israel Supreme Court (LinkedIn profile and information provided by a former member of the Staines community.)

Rev. Lewis Mendelssohn

Rev. L. Mendelssohn, B.A., formerly of East Melbourne, served as the minister of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1891-1894) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1894-1895), before leaving for Dublin. ("Service and Scandal" (2013) by Daniel Appleby and Bristol Hebrew Congregation.)

Rev. Meyer Mendelssohn

German-born Rev. M. Mendelssohn came to Britain in 1850. He served as minister of Exeter Hebrew Congregation (1854-1867) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1867-1878) before leaving for South Africa to become minister of Griqualand West Congregation. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.89.)

Rev. I.P. Mendoza
Rev. Mendoza was chazan of the Sephardi Mildmay Park Synagogue, Canonbury, London (c.1913-c.1921). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Mestel, MA

Rev. Mestel served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1919-c.1820). (Jewish Year Book listings, 1920 and 1921.)

Rev. Benjamin Nathan Michaelson
(23 August 1873 1 May 1957)

Middlesbrough-born Rev. Michaelson, B.A., was educated at Stockton High School, Aria College (Portsea) and Portsmouth Grammar School. He gained an open mathematical scholarship for Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and subsequently studied at Jews' College, London and graduated from the University of London in 1891. He was Jewish chaplain at Wormwood Scrubs Prison and served as minister of Newport Synagogue (1899-1902) and was visiting minister at Tredegar Synagogue, South Wales (c.1901). He then left for Australia and served as minister of the Brisbane Synagogue (1902-1903), leaving somewhat dissatisfied and returning to Britain. He was then appointed minister of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1905-c.1909) and from 1909 he was minister of the North-West London Synagogue, Kentish Town. He was also welfare minister to the United Synagogue. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books and data provided by Michael Jolles.)

Rev. A. Miller

Rev. Miller served as second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1912-1916). ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi L. Miller

Rabbi Miller served as minister of the Hull Western Synagogue (1920 until c.1930) and Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (c.1930 until at least 1939). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. D. Milosawer

Rev. Milosawer served as minister of Watford and District Hebrew Congregation (1947-1950). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Yitzchak Mirvis
(b. 1956)

Johannesburg-born Chief Rabbi Mirvis (m. Valerie nee Kaplan) studied at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavne and Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and received semicha from Machon Ariel in 1980. He also earned a BA in Education and Classical Hebrew from the University of South Africa. He served as minister of Dublin's Adelaide Road Synagogue (1982-1984), Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1984-1992), minister of Western Marble Arch Synagogue, London (1992-1996) and senior minister of Finchley Synagogue, London (1996-2013) prior to his appointment as Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 1 September 2013. (See online Biography on the website of the Office of the Chief Rabbi.)

Rev. L. Mockton

Rev. Mockton served as minister of Barking & Becontree Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1956-c.1958). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Max Moddel
(c.1909 - 19 January 1992)

Rev. Moddel (also spelled Modell and Model) (m. Ruth) was born in Posen (then in Germany, now Poznan, Poland), studied at teachers seminary in Cologne and qualified as a shochet. In 1938 he left Nazi Germany to come to Britain. He served as second reader at Chapeltown United Synagogue, Leeds, and acted as shochet in Leeds and Bradford. He then served as minister of Llandudno Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1953-c.1962) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1962-1987), in later years in a semi-retired capacity. Rev Moddel retired to the Hannah Levy Home in Bournemouth where he still conducted services. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, plaque at Bristol Synagogue, Jewish Chronicle obituary and reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Moher

Rev. Moher served as minister of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1932-c.1938). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. W. Morein

Rev. Morein, BA, served as minister, reader and secretary of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London (c.1929-c.1931). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. J. Morgraff

Rev. Morgraff served as chazan (cantor) of Central Synagogue, London (c.1997-c.2003). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Morris

Rev. B. Morris served as minister and reader of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1927-c.1928). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Emmanuel Morris
(1914 - c.1996)
Rabbi E. Morris  (m. Lilly nee Clein of Pontypridd, 1938) studied at the Manchester Yeshiva and his first post was at Pontypridd Synagogue, South Wales. He then served as minister to the Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent (1946-c.1947) and the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation and was subsequently inducted as minister at Swansea Hebrew Congregation in 1948. He was then appointed minister and reader of the Mile End and Bow District Synagogue, Harley Grove, East London (1950-1953) followed by the Stoke Newington Synagogue, Shacklewell Lane, London (1953-1976), which he served as minister for over 22 years. His final post was as part-time minister of Walford Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, London (1976-1986). (Jewish Chronicle reports and photo, 19 May 1950 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Michael Morris

Rabbi M. Morris served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1990-1992). (Jewish Year Book listings and information from the congregation.)

Rev. H. Moscovits

Rev. H. Moscovits served as chazan (cantor) of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (c.1948-c.1973). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. A. Rabinowitz

Rev. A. Moscowitz served as a minister of Limerick Synagogue (c.1913-c.1914) (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Barnett Moss

Rev. Moss served as reader and shochet of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1907-1913). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Abraham Muller

Rev. Muller served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1872-c.1879) and Exeter Hebrew Congregation (1885-?) (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.90 and the Jews of Exeter by H.Fry, 2013.)

Rabbi Dr. Eliahu Munk
(1899 - March 1978)

Rabbi Munk was born in Koeningsberg (then in Germany), son of Rabbi Ezra Munk, rabbi of a schismatic congregation in Koeningsberg and later rabbi of Adath Yisrael Congregation in Berlin. After receiving semicha, as well as a PhD in English Literature from the University of Marberg, he came to Britain in 1930. He was, for a short time, rabbinic head of Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations and, in 1934, founded and became rav of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash (1934-1968), which congregation is still generally referred to as "Munk's" in his honour. Following his retirement, Rabbi Munk moved to Israel and died in Jerusalem. (For further reading, see also Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.704.)

Rabbi Maurice Myerowitz
(1924 - 2004)

Rabbi Myerowitz (second m. to Catherine, 1989), born in Prescot, Lancashire, was educated at Bolton School and at Liverpool Yeshiva. He served as minister ("preacher") at Newport Synagogue, Monmouthshire (c.1946-c.1947), as youth minister at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunston Road, London, as minister of the St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation (1952-c.1953) and was later assisting the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1957-1962). He went to Australia in 1963, to become headmaster of the Hebrew School in Sydney and assistant rabbi of its Great Synagogue. In 1966 he moved to Canada, becoming Rabbi of the Hebrew Men of England Congregation, Toronto, and subsequently, in 1972, Senior Judaic Studies teacher at the Talmud Torah, Vancouver for more than twenty years. He wrote a book of poems "When Everything Was Nothing" (1983) a reminiscences of his life "As The Story Goes". ("An industrious minority: a history of the Bolton Jewish community" by Hilary Thomas and John Cowell pp. 225-6 and Jewish Chronicle reports).

Rev. Simcha Myerowitz

Rev. Myerowitz was chazan for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1880s-1927). (Research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rev. Emanuel Myers

Rev. E. Myers was minister of the Ramsgate Synagogue..

Rev. M.H. Myers
(d. 1885)

Rev. M. H. Myers was the first minister of the Dalston Synagogue, London (1874-1885). He initially gave his services, as minister and superintendent of the religious classes, without remuneration, but was elected permanently, with remuneration, on 27 April 1879. In 1885 he resigned from the office of preacher, second reader and secretary due to ill health and died shortly afterwards. (The Dalston Synagogue - An Historical Sketch by Rev. D. Wasserzug, 1910.)

Rev. Joseph Emanuel Myers
(1836 - 1910)

Ramsgate-born Rev. Myers (first marriage: Esther nee Henry, 1865 in Sydney, who died 1891; second marriage: Eda nee Budraizke, 1892 in Sheffield) was the son of Rev Emanuel Myers. He was minister to the Wellington Hebrew Congregation, New Zealand (1855-1859) and was then appointed Visiting Minister to Her Majesty's Gaols and Asylums in Sydney, Australia. In 1874 he was appointed Chief Hebrew and Religious Instructor at Stepney Jewish Schools, London and went on to organise Jewish schools in West Hartlepool, Cardiff, Nottingham, Hull and Grimsby. He served as minister of the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (1890-1898) and the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1898-1904) and during such ministries frequently acted as visiting minister to the smaller communities in Ireland, Limerick, Londonderry and Waterford. Rev. Myers was instrumental in opening national schools under Jewish management in Cork and in Belfast. He retired briefly to South Africa after which he became scholar-in-residence at the Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate, where he died. (Research by Steven Jaffe, Jewish Year Book listings and information from a descendant, Dr Danielle Sanderson. See also Jewish Chronicle obituary of 18 November 1910.)

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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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