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Rabbinical Profiles(1)
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Surnames N & O

Rev. Nemeth

A Rev. Nemeth from Gateshead served as the first minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England (mid-1920s to 1930s). He is not the same person as Rev. E. Nemeth, who served a number of London congregations, but they were probably related. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.261)

Rev. Emil Nemeth
(c.1911 - 1 October 1968)

Hungarian born Rabbi Nemeth (m. Masie Cohen), was the son of Rev Joseph Nemeth, a shochet in Leeds. He came to England in 1921 and studied at Etz Chaim yeshiva, Jews' College and obtained a BA from London University. He assisted the ministers at Bayswater Synagogue and Hampstead Synagogue, and from 1940-c.1946 was acting minister at the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street, while Rev Philip Cohen was chaplain to the Forces. He was closely associated with welfare work for those made homeless during the blitz and during his term at Central, the synagogue building was destroyed by bombing in 1941. Rev. Nemeth, who obtained semicha from Jews' College in 1963, served as minister of Highgate Synagogue, north London from 1947 until his death 21 years later on Kol Nidre night, in hospital. Over 400 attended the memorial service at the Highgate synagogue. He was the brother of Rabbi Morris Nemeth of Liverpool and New West End synagogue and the father of Michael Nemeth, part time officiant at Highgate Synagogue. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 11 October 1968, tribute 1 November 1968; The Lost Synagogues of London by Peter Renton, p.7; various Jewish Chronicle reports; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shmuel Neuman

Rev. Neuman served as chazan at Western Marble Arch Synagogue, London, and then at Hendon Synagogue, London (1981 to 2006). In 1996 he obtained semicha from Jews' College, London. Subsequently, Rabbi Neuman is a Jewish studies teacher at the Jewish educational charity Kisharon (2006 to present - December 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Abraham Newman
(d. 26 March 1945)

Rev. Newman (m. Adeline Atlshuler in Leeds in 1891) was educated at yeshiva in Vilnius and came to England in the 1880s. He lived in Leeds working as a Hebrew teacher and in 1898 he was appointed as minister and shochet to the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation. He then served as minister of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation from 1905 until his retirement in 1939, being the longest serving minister in the history of the congregation, and even following his retirement, he continued to serve in an emeritus capacity. He died in Leicester in 1945. He was the founder and then Hon Life President of Leicester Zionist Society. (Jewish Chronicle reports and profile on the Leicester Jewish Gilroes website.)

Rev. Gary Newman

Southport-born Rev. Newman was chazan (cantor) at the Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, Manchester before moving south to become assistant minister and chazan at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1994-2000). He then served as minister of Newbury Park Synagogue, London (c.2000-December 2014) and, following the merger of that congregation, he was appointed community welfare minister of the new entity, Redbridge United Synagogue, London (January 2015-May 2019). Following yet a further merger, he became community welfare minister of Cranbrook United Synagogue, Ilford, London (May 2019 to present - March 2021). (Jewish Year Book listings, Cranbrook United Synagogue website and press reports.)

Rabbi Isaac Newman
Rabbi Isaac Newman
Courtesy Prof. David Newman

 

Rabbi Isaac Newman
(3 April 1924 - 20 July 2011)

London-born Rabbi I. Newman, M.Phil. (m. Rita Rubin) had served as headmaster of Notting Hill Synagogue Hebrew Classes (where his father, Rabbi Julius Newman, was minister) before becoming minister of Kingsbury District Synagogue, London (c.1948-c.1950). He subsequently served as chaplain to the Royal Air Force (1950-1956), minister of St Albans Hebrew Congregation, Hertfordshire (1956-1958), Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (from 1958 until the synagogue's closure in 1967) and Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (from 1969 until his retirement in 1989). He had also served as a senior lecturer (Judaica) and chaplain at Middlesex Polytechnic, Trent Park, honorary secretary of the Rabbinical Council and United Synagogue Chaplain to the R.A.F. Following his retirement, he settled in Jerusalem in 1989, where he was one of the founders of human rights organisation, Rabbis for Human Rights. In 2000, he received the Knesset Award for Human Rights, presented by the then Speaker of the Knesset, Shevach Weiss.  (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries and information provided by Rabbi Newman's son, Prof. David Newman, OBE.)

Rabbi J. Newman

Rabbi Newman, who was born in Pressburg, Czechoslovakia (now Bratislava, Slovakia), came to Britain as a refugee in 1939 and spent some time as a lecturer and researcher on Juvenile Delinquency at the University of Liverpool. The results of his investigations were published under the title, "Youthful Lawbreakers". He also published a book on semicha: Semikhah (ordination); a study of its origin, history, and function in Rabbinic literature (Manchester University press, 1950). He served as minister to the war time community at Penrith, Keswick and District Hebrew Congregation, Cumbria, and later became Rabbi of the newly-formed Addiscombe and District Synagogue, Croydon (1947-1951). In 1952 Rabbi Newman was appointed Regional Rabbi to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. (Jewish Chronicle profile 9 February 1951 and various reports.)

Rabbi Dr. Julis Newman
Rabbi Dr. Julius Newman
Courtesy Prof. David Newman

 

Rabbi Dr. Julius Newman
(1896 - 12 March 1950)

Leeds-born Rabbi J. Newman was the long serving minister of Notting Hill Synagogue, London (1920-c.1945). He was the father of Rabbi Isaac Newman. (Jewish Year listings and information provided by Rabbi Newman's grandson, Prof. David Newman, OBE.)

Haham Rabbi David Nieto
(1654 - 10 January 1728)

Rabbi D. Nieto (also spelled Nietto) (m. Sarah) was born in Venice, the son of Rabbi Phineas Nieto. He studied medicine in Padua and at the same time obtained semicha from a local rabbi. He graduated in Medicine and Philosophy in 1687 at the age of 33. Rabbi Nieto then moved to Leghorn, Italy to work as a physician and was appointed Dayan of the local Beth Din. There he wrote a number of works in which he dealt with the differences of calculation in the calendars of the Greek, Roman, and Jewish ecclisiastical authorities pointing out a number of errors which had crept into the Christian calendar. In 1702, Nieto was appointed Haham to the London Sephardi community, now in their recently completed Bevis Marks Synagogue. He died in office in London in 1728 and was succeeded by his son, Isaac Nieto. Nieto was one of the most accomplished Jews of his time and was equally distinguished in philosophy, physics, medicine, poetry, mathematics, astronomy and theology. (Jewish Encyclopedia article on "David Nieto" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 7, pp.80-99.)

Haham Rabbi Isaac Nieto
(1687 - 1773)

Rabbi I. Nieto (also spelled Nietto) (m.1. Rebecca Carion de Taiba; m.2. Leah Supino), who was born in Leghorn, Italy, succeeded his father, David Nieto, in 1733 as Haham of the London Sephardi community and rabbi of the Bevis Marks Synagogue, five years following his father's death. He resigned in 1741 and initially went to Leghorn. He returned to London in 1747 and took up the profession of a notary. In 1749, he travelled to Gibraltar and was appointed Gibraltar's first Rabbi, establishing the Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Gibraltar. Following the untimely death of his successor, Haham de Mesquita in 1851, he was appointed Ab Bet Din of the London Sephardi community, resigning in 1757 as a result of a violent dispute over the titles of the members of the Bet Din and the relationship of the members to one another. He died in London. (Jewish Encyclopedia article on "Isaac Nieto" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 9, pp.115-134.)

Rev. Martin (Mayer) Norden
(c.1911 - November 2010)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Norden (m. Ruth), who had served the Sheffield Jewish community, was appointed as reader, shochet and teacher to the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation from 1948 to 1951. He then moved to Canada and subsequently to the United States, where he obtained semicha under Rav Moshe Feinstein. In the 1970's Rabbi Norden made aliyah to Israel. He died in Jerusalem, aged 99. (Jewish Year listings and obituary on Kehilat Middlesbrough website.)

Rev. S. Olive
(d. 26 January 1928)

Rev. Olive, formerly known as Olwenstein, (m. Annie) served as minister, shochet, joint secretary and teacher of the Derby Hebrew Congregation (c.1912-c.1914), and then served the New Tredegar Hebrew Congregation, South Wales (1914 until at least 1916). He was later a shochet in London and died at Sandy's Row in London's East End. (Jewish Year Book listings and various Jewish Chronicle reports and death notice of 3 February 1928.)

Rev. H. Olivestone

Rev. Olivestone, who came to Britain in 1914, was with Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, before serving as minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1920-1924), Portsmouth Hebrew Congregation (1924-c.1926) and Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue, London (c.1926-c.1932). (Jewish Year listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Leslie Olsberg, MBE
(13 May 1922 - 26 July 2008)

Manchester-born Rev. Olsberg (m. Golda Landsberg from London) was an early pupil of the legendary Jonah Balkind and studied at Manchester Yeshiva. He was the founding (secular) head of Manchester and Salford Jewish Grammar School (now Mesivta High School) in 1947. Headmaster of Hebrew classes of the Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, Manchester, and briefly, in 1970, of the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, Rev Olsberg decided to enter the ministry in 1971, aged almost 50. For the next 36 years he was minister at Heaton Park Synagogue, Manchester, (1971-2008) and undertook duties in the wider community. He was chaplain to Heathlands Jewish home for the aged, to King David High School and to the Scouts and Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade in Manchester, as well as President of the Council of Christians and Jews. Up to the point he retired, aged 86, he was believed to be the oldest serving Jewish minister in the country. In 1994, a road, Olsberg Close, was named after him in Salford. He was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his over 60 years of service to the community. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 1 August 2008 and various reports.)

Rev. S. Olwenstein - see Rev. S. Olive.

Rev. Abraham Opolion

Rev. Opolion (m. Blanche or Bluma) served as reader of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1916-1920) and as a teacher at its Hebrew school, and as reader of the Tonypandy Hebrew Congregation (1921). From 1 January 1922, he served as minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, remaining there until late 1929, or more probably at least 1932, depending on source. He is also likely to be the Rev. A. Apolon who earlier served as minister of the Greenock Hebrew Congregation, Scotland (1913-1914). (Jewish Chronicle reports and online articles.)

Rev. Jonathan Ordman, JP
(b. 26 March 1952)

Manchester-born Rev. Ordman, the grandson of Rev. Menachem BenZion (Mendel) Ordman, trained at Jews' College, London and studied chazanut under under the aegis of Rev. Leo Brill at Jews' College, London. He served as second reader at the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1987-1988) and left to take up the post of minister of the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, Kenya. By 1989 he had returned to the UK and was chazan at South Manchester Synagogue (1990-2003). Rev. Ordman was chair of the public relations and media committee of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and served as a Justice of the Peace for 25 years. (Information provided by the family; Jewish Year Book listing and Jewish Chronicle, various reports. See BBC spot, in which Rev. Ordman explains the place of chazanut and song in the Jewish faith.)

Rev. M.B. Ordman
Rev. M.B. Ordman
Courtesy Michael Ordman

 

Rev. Menachem BenZion (Mendel) Ordman
(c.1889 - 28 May 1967)

Rev. Ordman (m. Molly Hinda Glickman) was born in Naveran (near Telz), Lithuania and attended the famous Telz Yeshiva until he was offered a post at Chevrah Tehillim Synagogue, Lombard Street West, Dublin, Ireland, around 1910, where he served as chazan, shochet and mohel. Moving to England, he served the Burnley Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, in about 1922, followed briefly by the Coventry Hebrew Congregation, and was elected chazan and shochet (and effectively minister) of the Stockport Hebrew Congregation, Cheshire (now Greater Manchester) in July 1924, where an additional duty was acting as Investigating Officer for the Benevolent Society. In about 1928, Rev. Ordman was appointed second reader, shochet and teacher to the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, where he served until retirement due to ill health in April 1947. Post retirement, he purchased a farm near Peebles in Scotland and was known locally as "Rabbie Ordman". He continued to assist congregations in Dublin and Scotland and, for a short time, acted as reader at Hounslow and District Affiliated Synagogue, West London, where his son lived. He died in Manchester. Click HERE for photographs.  (Jewish Chronicle obituary 9 June 1967 and various reports, internet research and information provided by his grandson, Michael Ordman.)

Rev. Samuel Orler
(c.1853 - 31 December 1923)

Polish-born Rev. Orler came to Britain in about 1873 or 1874, living initially in Stepney, London. His first known post is at Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Cornwall (1875-1880). In 1880 the Falmouth synagogue closed, following which Rev Orler was appointed chazan and shochet at Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire, as that congregation's first minister. In 1890 he returned to London and worked for the Shechita Board as a shochet and inspector. He was informally regarded as the spiritual head of the New Road Synagogue, Whitechapel, and for a number of years he conducted High Festival services in an honorary capacity at Redman's Road Talmud Torah, Stepney, London. His daughter Queenie married Rabbi Arnold Mishcon. ("The Hebrew Community of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud", 1989, by Brian Torode; Jewish Chronicle obituary 12 January 1924, various reports and internet research.)

Rabbi Shalom Osdoba

Rabbi Osdoba served the Hull Jewish community for 18 years, and was the community's last full-time minister, serving as minister of Hull Hebrew Congregation from 1995 until 2011. (Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. B. Ostroff

Rev. B. Ostroff served as reader and hon. secretary to the Barking Hebrew Congregation, London from at least 1928 to at least 1936. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Isaac Ostroff
(11 February 1880 - 6 February 1933)

Rev. I. Ostroff was born in Bauska, Latvia (m. Bluma or Bloomah Levy from Stroud, on 22 May 1904, and had 10 children). He served as reader, teacher and shochet at Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire (c.1902-c.1904), Aberdare Synagogue, south Wales (until at least 1906), and the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1909-c.1911). From 1911 he was resident in London where his posts included teacher at Kilburn and Brondesbury Talmud Torah. In 1913 he inaugurated the Hebrew and religion classes at Wandsworth and Balham Synagogue, south London. Active for the rest of his life in south and south west London, he was, at the time of his death, aged 52, chazan at South-West London Associate Synagogue (by which name Wandsworth and Balham Synagogue was then known). He was a noted worker for the South West London Aid Society (Home for Aged Jews) and President of the South West London Jewish Literary and Social Society. (Jewish Chronicle tributes 17 February 1933 and reports; Jewish Year Book listings.)


Footnotes    (returns to main text)

  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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