Rabbinical Profiles(1)

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Rev. E. Nemeth

A Rev. Nemeth from Gateshead served as the first minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England (mid-1920s to 1930s) and a Rev. E. Nemeth was the temporary minister of the Central Synagogue, London, during World War II until about 1947. It is presumed that these were the same person (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.261; The Lost Synagogues of London by Peter Renton, p.75 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Abraham Newman
(d. 26 March 1945)

Rev. Newman (m. Adeline nee 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 (serving for six years during the mid-1990s). 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 - April 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings, Cranbrook United Synagogue website and press reports.)

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

London-born Rabbi I. Newman, M.Phil. (m. Rita nee 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 Knesser 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 Dr. Julius Newman
(1896 - 12 March 1950)

Leeds-born Rabbi J. Newman was the long serving minister of Notting Hill Synagogue, London (c.1920 to 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.)

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 Abraham Opolion

Rev. Opolion served as reader of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1916-1920) and of the Tonypandy Hebrew Congregation (1921). From I 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. (Jewish Chronicle reports and online articles.)

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. I. Ostroff

Rev. I. Ostroff served as reader, taecher and mohel to the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1909-c.1911). (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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