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, and is also Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music at Yeshiva University. (Jewish Virtual Library and Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Bentzi Mann

Jerusalem-born Rabbi Mann has a BA in Education from Orot Israel College in Rechovot and MA in Business from the Hebrew University. After studying at Kerem b'Yavneh yeshiva, he studied for his semicha from the Straus-Amiel Institute, Ohr Torah Stone. He and his wife, Michal, are the part-time rabbinical couple at the recently-formed and growing Mill Hill East Jewish Community, London, from October 2018 present (July 2021). (Press reports and congregation's website)

Rev. David Mann

Rev. D. Mann was originally from Oodtshoorn, in Cape Colony, South Africa, and entered Jews' College, London in 1898. He was Hollier Hebrew scholar at London University, and graduated BA when he was only 19. He then took an MA in Semitics. Rev. Mann was visiting minister at the Aldershot Synagogue, Hampshire for nearly two years (dates unknown, but prior to 1906) and took services at a number of provincial synagogues on a short term temporary basis. (Jewish Chronicle 17 August 1906)

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 awarded an MBE in 2015 for Holocaust education and the fostering of dialogue and building bridges with Poland. (Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

Rev. Jacob Marks
(d. September 1920)

Russian-born Rev. Marks came to the UK in the 1870s. By 1873 he was chazan and shochet to the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation and officiated at the opening of its new Brentnall Street synagogue there. He also assisted the community at nearby Stockton-on-Tees. Still living in Middlesbrough in 1875, he was sued by the congregation for his seat rental while he was no longer an officer of the congregation. In 1878 he was charged with acting as a pawnbroker without a licence. By 1878 he had moved to Birmingham where he served the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers Hill, as a senior shochet. He authored a detailed pamphlet in defence of shechita. About 1890 he retired as a shochtet and undertook a business career with his sons. As a lay leader he was instrumental in establishing an independent shechita board serving the whole of Birmingham Jewry and a superannuation fund for retiring officials and their dependants. According to a colleague: "he endeavoured to improve the dire position of the Shochetim. He was their protector, guide, counsellor and friend." For a decade he presided over Wrottesley Street Beth Hamedrash, Birmingham (Jewish Chronicle obituary and tributes, 17 September 1920; "The Jewish Communities of North East England" by L. Olsover, 1980: and Press reports for Stockton.)

Rev. Simon Marks
(c.1839 - 11 November 1903)

Rev. Marks was reader and shochet to the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation (c.1876) and at Pontypridd, south Wales (dates unknown). He served as chazan to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation and assistant minister to Rev. Dr Chotzner until c.1882. Rev. Marks then settled in the East End of London. Until a few weeks before his death he was shomer at the Matza Bakery of Messrs. Levy Brothers in Widegate Street. He is buried at Plashet cemetery, East Ham, London. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 13 November 1903.)

Rev. Eliezer Hillel Matthews
(d. 1929)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Matthews (m. Sarah - d.1909) was minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation (1905-1909). Following the death of his wife, Rev. Matthews emigrated to South Africa and as Rabbi Matthews he served congregations at Krugersdorp, Transvaal (now in Gauteng province) and Kroonstad, the Free State. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018; Jewish Chronicle report 5 November 1909; Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG - Rabbis and Cantors.)

Rev. Sandor Meisels
(b. 1910)

Rev, Meisels (m. Najovits or Majovits) was educated at the yeshivah and Conservatoire of Music in Lemberg (today, Lviv in the Ukraine) and Vienna school of chazanim. He served as a chazan in Vienna, Sahy (today in Slovakia) and Debreczen, Hungary. Coming to the UK before World War II, he served as first reader of the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1937-1940) and Higher Broughton Synagogue, Manchester (from 1940). ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.674.)

Haham Rabbi Raphael Meldola
(1754 - 1 June 1828)

Rabbi Meldoza (m. Stella Bolaffi (Abulafia)) was born in Leghorn, the elder son of Moses Hezekiah Meldola, and the grandson of the Haham of Pisa. He received a thorough university training, both theological and secular, and, when only fifteen years old he took his seat in rabbinical college. For some years he was preacher in Leghorn and obtained semicha in 1803. In 1805, Meldola was appointed Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese community in London and rabbi of the Bevis Marks Synagogue. From the time of his appointment, he was a dominant factor in British Jewry and remained so until his death. He had four sons and four daughters, one of whom, Rebecca, married Hazan David de Sola. (Jewish Encyclopedia article on "Raphael Meldola" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 14, pp.201-217.)

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

London-born Rabbi Melinek obtained a BA in Semitics 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 continued to serve the wider Jewish community as a lecturer at Jews' College, as an educationalist and as editor of L'Eylah, journal of the Chief Rabbi's office and Jews' College London. (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 2021). (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. (later Rabbi and Dayan) Louis Mendelsohn
(c.1867 - 13 October 1948)

London-born Rev. Louis Mendelsohn (also spelled Lewis Mendelssohn) studied at Jews' College and obtained a B.A. degree with first-class honours in Mathematics and English Literature from the University of London. He helped establish Kadima, one of the first Jewish literary societies in the east end of London. Rev. Mendelsohn's first public appointment was as headmaster of the West and East Melbourne Hebrew Schools, Australia (1888-1890). Returning to Britain, he served as minister at the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1891-1894), the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1894-1895) and the Dublin Hebrew Congregation (1895-1900), where he was Minister at the Adelaide Road synagogue and head teacher at its schools. In 1903 Rev. Mendelsohn was appointed Burial Minister for the United Synagogue, London, and part-time minister of the West Ham Hebrew Congregation (later West Ham District Synagogue), east London, which he served for over 30 years (1903-1934). Having obtained semicha at Jews' College in 1913, the following year he became the first British-born rabbi to sit on the London Bet Din as an assistant Dayan. Dayan Mendelsohn retired in 1934 due to ill health and settled in Eastbourne where he died after a long illness. He is buried at Willesden cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 22 October 1948; "The Jews of Ireland" by Louis Hyman, pp 199, 349; "Service and Scandal" (2013) by Daniel Appleby; and Bristol Hebrew Congregation.)

Rev. Meyer Mendelssohn
(c.1832 - 1 May 1889)

Rev. M. Mendelssohn was born at Wronke, Szamotuły County, Posen, (today Wronki, in west central Poland) and came to Britain in 1850. He served as minister of Exeter Hebrew Congregation (1854-1867) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1867-1878). Rev Mendelssohn left for South Africa to become minister of Griqualand West Congregation (today in the Northern Cape Province). He died at Kimberley, Diamandveld, Northern Cape. He was the father of Sidney Mendelssohn (1860-1917), African bibliographer and scholar. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.89; and internet research.)

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 Joseph Barnett Menkin
(b. 1861)

Rev. Menkin (or Menken), born in Riga, was the great grandson of the Vilna Gaon (1720-1797). As a child he was sent to study at Vienna and then at Breslau for 11 years. He came to Britain in 1883 and after a short stay in London he took up posts in Manchester. In 1898 he was authorised to serve as marriage secretary for the Beth Aaron Synagogue in Manchester. He was the author of several Hebrew novels, including one entitled Megillot York. In 1899, he was appointed as the first resident minister of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation (1899-c.1902). By 1903 Rev. Menkin was briefly minister at the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation, where he moved a resolution in support of Dr Herzl's leadership of the Zionist movement. Later that year he was appointed minister, lecturer, and headmaster of the Talmud Torah School, connected with the newly consecrated Ohel Joffe Synagogue in the mining town of Krugersdorp, South Africa. Before 1909 he had moved to teach at Oudtshoorn, in the western Cape. By 1912 he had returned to Manchester and by 1914 Rev. Menkin was in Glasgow as headmaster of the city's Talmud Torah. His lectures to the Glasgow community attracted over 300 people. In 1916 Rev. Menkin emigrated to USA. (Jewish Chronicle report 24 February 1899; Second City Jews by Kenneth Collins.)

Haham Rabbi Moses Gomez de Mesquita
(1688 - 8 May 1751)

Rabbi de Mesquita was appointed Haham of the London Sephardi community and rabbi of the Bevis Marks Synagogue in 1744, following the resignation of Isaac Nieto. He was te father-in-law of Haham Rabbi Moses Cohen Dazevedo Ferme and died in office in London in 1751. (Jewish Encyclopedia article on "Moses Gomez de Mesquita" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 9, pp.115-134.)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Solomon Mestel, MA
(1886 - 21 September 1966)

Born in Brody, Galicia (now in western Ukraine), Rev. Mestel (m. Rachel Brodetsky, sister of Zionist and communal leader, Selig Brodetsky) came to England in 1908. A student at Jews' College, London, he was awarded a BA in Hebrew and Aramaic from London University in about 1914, and an MA in about 1919. Rev. Mestel was minister at Wandsworth & Balham Synagogue (which later became South West London Synagogue) (c.1916), Richmond Associate Synagogue, south west London (c.1918-1919), the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1919-1920) and at the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1920-1923). Rev. Mestel emigrated to Australia in 1923 and became minister of East Melbourne Synagogue. He was granted leave to visit London in 1926 to receive semicha. Rabbi Mestel returned to London in 1930 and was rabbi at West Ham District Synagogue, east London, and became welfare minister of the United Synagogue. He retired to Ilford in north east London, where he gave shiurim and compiled a number of English translations of scholarly rabbinic works. He is buried at East Ham cemetery. He was the father of Leon Mestel (1927-2017) a British-Australian astronomer and astrophysicist. (Article by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple referring to Rev Mastel's influence on the development of Orthodox Judaism in Australia; Jewish Year Book listings; and various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. S. Michaelson

Rev. S. Michaelson was the son of Rabbi Michelson of Plonsk and a great-grandson of the Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschell. He briefly served as minister / reader of the Boston Hebrew Congregation, Lincolnshire, in 1908, which he left to take up a post at the Dunfermline Hebrew Congregation, Scotland. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

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

Middlesbrough-born Rev. Michelson, B.A. (m. Lizzie Hart, 1900), 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 and served as the temporary war time minister at the Central Synagogue, London (from 1915). He was for many years welfare minister of the United Synagogue and remained active in the Zionist movement well into retirement. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; Jewish Chronicle tributes May and June 1957; 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.)

Rev H. Miller

Rev. H. Miller served as reader and shochet of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from about 1823 to 1925. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi L. Miller
(c.1895 - 16 June 1951)

London-born Rabbi Miller (m. Bessie), who studied at Etz Chaim yeshiva, London, was minister of Grimsby Hebrew Congregation, then minister of the Hull Western Synagogue and headmaster of its Talmud Torah (1920 until 1930). He was appointed President of Hull Young Zionists in 1920 and in 1924 was referred to as the congregation's only minister. From 1930 until his death in 1951 he was minister of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation and officiated at the consecration of the new synagogue there in 1938. He also provided assistance to the nearby Stockton Jewish community. (Jewish Chronicle tributes 6 July 1951, Jewish Year Book listings and tributes on the Kehilla Middlesbrough website.)

Rev. Mordechai (Martin) Miloslawer
(c.1902 - 21 March 1989)

Born in Posen, Germany (today Poznan in Poland) Rev. Miloslawer (m. Vera, daughter of Rabbi Dr Jehudah Lewin of Germany), studied under Rabbi Moses Hoffman and Rabbi Immanuel Carlebach. He served as minister in Koenigsburg, East Prussia, Germany (today Kaliningrad, Russia), where his synagogue was destroyed during the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. After being imprisoned by the Nazis, he came to England in 1939. He served as minister at the Watford and District Hebrew Congregation, Hertfordshire, (1947-1950). Although still resident in Watford in 1953, he served as minister at High Wycombe Affiliated Synagogue, Buckinghamshire, about 30 miles away (c.1950-c.1954) and subsequently as minister at Wanstead and Woodford Affiliated Synagogue, east London, (c. 1954-c.1959), officiating when that congregation consecrated its new synagogue in 1954, and at Slough and Windsor Affiliated Synagogue, to the west of London (1959-1963). He later served as minister at the Kilburn and Brondesbury Chevra Torah, northwest London, (c.1965-c.1969) and in 1987, at the age of 85, he was helping lead High Holy day services at Willesden and Brondesbury Synagogue, northwest London. Rev. Miloslawer was chaplain at Central Middlesex Hospital for 17 years. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle obituary 31 March 1989 and press reports.)

Cantor Moses Mirsky
(30 May 1894 - 21 August 1945)

Born in Bialystok (Western Russia, now Poland), the eldest son of Rev. Simon Mirsky, Cantor Moses Mirsky (m. Jenny Hyman) was the "boy chazan" known as the "Wunderkind", a favourite in the East End of London. He came to London in 1904 and reputedly from the age of six (or more likely eight) he gave concerts across Britain accompanied by his father. In September 1908 the Jewish Chronicle announced: Moses Mirsky "left England last week for New York on a twenty weeks' engagement at a salary of 40 a week. Mr. Stoll has booked Master Mirsky for a forty eight weeks' tour in England at the conclusion of his American engagements." He also sang to Jewish communities and at concert halls across Europe. In 1919 (after his voice broke) hundreds came to hear him sing again in London, accompanied on the piano by Jenny Hyman (his future wife). Also in 1919, he won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London as a baritone and later became a Professor of Singing there. Moses Mirsky died, aged 51, in Stanmore, northwest London, in August 1945, only five months after the death of his father - despite his early fame and large following as a child, there appears to have been no death notice or obituary to Moses in the Jewish Chronicle. Online  are his rendering of Hashkeveinu and two other religious songs recorded in 1909. (Online profile of Moses Mirsky.)

Rev.Simon Mirsky
(1867 - 11 March 1945)

Born in Pinsk (in the district of Brest, today in Belarus), Rev. Mirsky (formerly Mirski) (m Rosa - Raisel, Steinberg) served as chazan in Tiflis (Tbilisi) and came to London in or before 1904. Only a relatively brief ministerial career can currently be traced. According to various different sources he served as reader at the Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, London (c.1911-c.1913), Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Synagogue, south London and Fieldgate Street Synagogue in the London East End and was then appointed reader, shochet, and head teacher at Woolwich and Plumstead Synagogue in November 1915, where he was a founder and secretary to the Geulat Zion Zionist society formed in 1918. By 1919 he was head of the Talmud Torah, and possibly minister, of the Canning Town Synagogue, east London, and where in June 1920 he conducted the service and gave an address to celebrate the granting of the Mandate of Palestine to Great Britain. (See photograph of him together with the pupils of the Canning Town Talmud Torah.) Rev. Mirsky was the father of Moses Mirsky, the "boy chazan", known as the "Wunderkind", and would accompany his son on his tours. He died in Glasgow (where he had family) in March 1945, predeceasing his son by only a few months. (Jewish Chronicle various reports and internet research.)

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Yitzchak Mirvis
(b. 1956)

Johannesburg-born Chief Rabbi Mirvis (m. Valerie 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 (1985-1992), 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.)

Rabbi Arnold Mishcon
(1880 - 1935)

Rabbi Mishcon (m. Queenie Orler, daughter of Rev. Samuel Orler) was born in Slonim, Poland (today in Belarus). His first post in Britain was as reader and secretary of the Derby Hebrew Congregation (1902-1906), where the community president remarked on the astonishing rapidity in which he learnt the English language and literature. At Derby, Rev. Mishcon advocated with MPs and the local press on Jewish concerns over the Aliens Bill. He was also visiting minister at Burton-on-Trent. In late 1906 he moved to Brixton, South London, where he is credited with founding the community which was then in its infancy. He was formally appointed minister, reader and secretary of Brixton Synagogue in 1914. He obtained semicha both from Slonim, in 1923, and from the London Beth Din, in 1924 (the recognition of foreign smichot being a matter of much controversy particularly with the Chief Rabbi's office in London). Rabbi Mishcon was president of Brixton Zionist society, he was a scholar and an authority on Jewish liturgy, and he was one of the compilers of the English translation of the Babylonian Talmud published shortly before his death. On his duties as synagogue secretary, he once quipped that when being asked by a fellow scholar if he was writing anything, he responded, "yes, the half yearly accounts of my members". He visited Brixton prison twice a week to minister to Jewish prisoners and support their rehabilitation. He was the father of Victor, Baron Mishcon, a leading London solicitor and Labour politician. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 7 June 1935, reports and internet research.)

Rev. Leslie Mockton
(5 August 1928 - 11 June 2020)

Born in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, Rev. Mockton (m. Ray Jaswon in 1959) attended Manchester yeshiva where in 1946 he passed exams arranged by Jews' College, London. In 1949 he was secretary and treasurer to the newly established Manchester branch of the Hebrew Teachers Union. After periods as minister of Romford and District Affiliated Synagogue and Ruislip and District Synagogue, both in London, Rev Mockton returned to Manchester and took charge of the religious classes at the Stockport Hebrew Congregation, and also taught in the Southport Hebrew Congregation. In 1954 he was the first minister to be appointed at Kenton Affiliated Synagogue, northwest London (1954). He was briefly at Chelmsford, Essex, and then Barking & Becontree Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1956-c.1958), before being appointed assistant minister at the West End Great Synagogue in Soho (1958-1965). Rev. Mockton was then minister to the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire (1965-1969). Back in London, for almost two decades he served at the Highams Park and Chingford Synagogue, northeast London (1969-1988). Rev Mockton's final post was at neighbouring Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation (1988-1997). He was chaplain to Whipps Cross and Claybury psychiatric hospitals. Rev Mockton retired to Golders Green and conducted services and provided pastoral care to the Nightingale Home in south London. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle obituary 14 August 2020 and various reports.)

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). He is assumed to be Mr B Moher later of Dublin, who was active in the Dublin Chevra Gemorrah and father of Rabbi Maurice Moher. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Wolf Morein
(1908 - September 1941)

Born at Gateshead, northeast England, and educated there, Rev. Morein (m. Gertrude Kutchinsky - d.1991) went to Jews' College, London, in 1924, obtaining the Henry Franklin Scholarship at the Entrance Examination. He gained the Hollier Scholarship in Hebrew at University College London and graduated BA with first class honours in Semitics in 1927. He was appointed minister of the Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, east London, (1929-c.1931) and was subsequently elected minister and second reader of the North London Synagogue, Islington (1931-1941). He was President of the Jewish Traders' Mutual Aid Society and was visiting minister to Pentonville Prison and the London Hospital. In 1941 Rev Morein joined the Forces as chaplain but died only three months later following an operation, aged 33. He is buried at Willesden cemetery. Special tributes were paid to him at the High Holy day services for troops in Wiltshire that year which he had organised and intended to lead. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 26 September 1941; 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 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.)

Rev. M. Morris

Rev. M. Morris served as minister of the Greenock Hebrew Congregation, Scotland from about 1914 until possibly the early 1920s. Not to be confused with his contemporary Rev. M. Morris, reader of Brixton Synagogue. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Michael Lloyd Morris

Rabbi M.L. Morris was from Harrogate, Yorkshire, and educated at Rugby school and at Manchester University. He studied at yeshiva in Jerusalem c.1984-1990. He then became minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1990-1992). In 1992 Rabbi Morris returned to Israel. (The Recorder, journal of the Bristol Hebrew Congregation, February 1990; Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. J. Bogdanski Morrison

Rev. Morrison served as minister of Southampton Hebrew Congregation (c.1908-c.1912). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Chaim Moscovits
(21 January 1912 - 27 May 1998)

Rev. C. Moscovits (also spelled Moscovitz) (m. Sarah Deborah Nussbaum in Belgium) was born in a village close to Ungvar (now Uzhhororod, Ukraine) and came to Britain in May 1940. He served as chazan (cantor) of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash ("Munk's Shul"), London (August 1943-1973). (Jewish Year Book listings and data provided by Michael Jolles.)

Rev. A. Moscowitz

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) and is described as rabbi in the 1911 census. (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 Koenigsberg (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 Marburg, 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.)

Rev. Jonathan Murgraff

Rev. Murgraff qualified as a dentist at King's College London in 1991 where he was awarded the BDS and LDSRCS and subsequently earned an MSc in Endodontics at Kings College. He served as chazan of Central Synagogue, London (c.1997-c.2003) and has then served Hendon United Synagogue. He practices as a specialist dentist in north London. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Lazarus Jacob Muscat
(c.1871 - 9 December 1929)

Born in Dvinsk (today Daugavpils in Latvia), Rev. Muscat (m. Ellen) arrived in England in 1894. He briefly served as minister to the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (May 1895-c.April 1896) and then as secretary to the Manchester New Synagogue (1896-1897). In 1897 he became chazan-shochet and mohel of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation and served there for over 30 years (except for a six-month period in 1923-1924, when he served as reader to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation), until his death in office. In 1910, Rev Muscat published "Ancient Hebrew Melodies", a collection of music to be used in synagogue services. He is buried in the Sunderland Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018, including biography, p.171; The History of the Sunderland Jewish Community 1755-1955, by Arnold Levy, 1950; Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary 13 December 1929.)

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 youth minister and Youth Leader of the St. Annes Hebrew Congregation (1952-late 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 (or Samuel or Simon) Myerowitz
(1855 - 3 May 1927)

Born in Ribewe, Lithuania, Rev. Myerowitz (2nd m. Ann Yach also of Ribewe) was chazan for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1880s-1927). He died in Belfast and is buried at Carnmoney cemetery. (Stuart Rosenblatt "The A-Z DNA of Belfast & Northern Irish Jewry" vol 12/2011 edition.)

Rev. Emanuel Myers
(c.1807 - 20 January 1885)

London-born Rev. E. Myers (m. Anne Levy) was educated principally by his father Rabbi Henry Henoch Myers. From 1833 he was minister of Ramsgate Synagogue, Kent and domestic chaplain to Sir Moses Montefiore (initially serving in this role alongside his brother Isaac). He accompanied Sir Moses and Lady Judith Montefiore on visits to the Land of Israel and wrote an unpublished diary of these travels. Rev. Myers died at Ramsgate only months before the death of Sir Moses, also at Ramsgate, where he is buried. He was father of Rev Joseph Emanuel Myers and the brother of fellow Anglo-Jewish ministers, Rev. Moses Henry Myers, Rev. Michael Henry Myers and Rev. Isaac Henry Myers. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 23 January 1885.)

Rev. Michael Henry Myers
(d. 1885)

Rev. M. H. Myers was a son of Rabbi Henry Henoch Myers and 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. He was the brother of fellow Anglo-Jewish ministers, Rev. Emanuel Myers, Rev. Moses Henry Myers and Rev. Isaac Henry Myers. (The Dalston Synagogue - An Historical Sketch by Rev. D. Wasserzug, 1910.)

Rev. Joseph Emanuel Myers
(1836 - 1910)

Ramsgate-born Rev. Myers (first marriage: Esther Henry, 1865 in Sydney, who died 1891; second marriage: Eda 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.)

Rev. Stuart Myers
(b. c.1952)

Rev. S. Myers, who was born in Stepney, in London's East End, and brought up in north west London, was a teacher with the London Board of Jewish education. He graduated BA from Jews' College London. He served as minister of the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from 1974 until 1979, when he and his wife and family made aliyah. He worked in Israel and Australia. Rev. Myers subsequently returned to Britain and became teacher of Jewish studies at Ilford Jewish Primary School from about 1992. In 1998, he was inducted as minister of Newbury Park Synagogue, Ilford, north east London and was there until December 1999. He spent ten years as the minister at the Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, east London, until the congregation merged with the Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue in November 2014. In April 2017, Rev. Myers became minister at South London Synagogue, Streatham, serving until the closure of the synagogue in December 2021. (Jewish Chronicle various reports, United Synagogue website.)

Rev. Alec Myerson
(1905* - 8 December 1963)

Polish-born Rev. A. Myerson came to the UK with his family in 1908 and was educated at the local Hebrew School and Talmudical College in Liverpool. In 1926, he succeeded his father, Rev. M.M. Myerson, as minister of the Birkenhead Synagogue, following his father's death. As a commissioned chaplain to the armed forces from 1941, Rev. A. Myerson was mentioned in dispatches for gallant and distinguished service in N.W. Europe. In 1945 he conducted seder services for over 2,000 men over two nights at Brussels in recently liberated Belgium. In 1950 Mr. Myerson retired as minister in Birkenhead to go into business, stating that a cause of the shortage of ministers in Anglo-Jewry was "the lack of appreciation and of co-operation for those features of a minister's work which could not be made public". However, he returned from time to time to the post (presumably during periods the community did not have a minister) and in 1963 the congregation held a reception to mark the end of his many years of service. He is buried at Rice Lane cemetery, Liverpool ("From Poland to Paradise Lane" by Hilary Thomas, pp.84 & 172; Jewish Chronicle reports of 5 February 1926, 23 June 1950 and 23 August 1963; Jewish Year Book listings; and Liverpool Jewish burial records.)
*The 1905 year of birth is based upon his age in 1911 census and Hilary Thomas's reference to his barmitzvah in August 1918. However, his gravestone gives his age at death as 55, which would have meant a 1908 year of birth.

Rev. Moshe Mordechai (Maurice or Morris) Myerson
(c.1874 - 13 January 1926)

A native of Poland, Rev. M.M. Myerson, (m. Berta Zemeka) came to the UK in 1908 and initially settled in Liverpool before moving to Blackburn in 1912, where he is reported to have briefly served at the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation in around 1914. He later moved to Birkenhead and died in 1926 in office as minister of Birkenhead Synagogue, Merseyside, having served the congregation only for a short time. He was succeeded there by his son, Rev. Alec Myerson and is buried at Rice Lane cemetery, Liverpool. ("From Poland to Paradise Lane" by Hilary Thomas, pp.84 & 172; Liverpool Jewish burial records; and Jewish Chronicle reports , including obituary of 22 January 1926 and end of Jewish year review in 1926.)

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