Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames P & Q

Rev. Aaron Harry Pakman
(c.1908 - 1985)

Rev. Pakman (m. Mary Nyman in 1930) served as reader (chazan) of the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1927-c.1930) and was the brother-in-law of Rabbi Harris Swift, who at the time was the minister of the Bristol congregation. In 1930 he was living in Liverpool having left the ministry. In 1950 he moved to Southport, worked as a wholesale merchant, and was a council member of Southport Hebrew Congregation. (Jewish Year Book listings, 1928 through 1930; Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community by John Cowell p.681.)

Rev. Bernard (Barnett) Paletz
(c.1893 - 6 January 1971)

Lithuanian-born Rev. Paletz studied at the local yeshiva and chazanut at Vilna under Chazan Sirota. He came to England in 1904 and completed his musical studies at the Guildhall School of Music. He served as minister and reader of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (1905-1907) and as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1907-1919) and Hammersmith and West Kensington Synagogue (1919-1955, and thereafter emeritus) He held honorary office in the Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain. (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997, p.98, Jewish Chronicle obituary and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr Yaakov Pearlman

Manchester-born Rabbi Pearlman (m. Sheila) studied at Manchester yeshiva where he obtained semicha aged 20, and then pursued advanced religious studies at Lakewood, New Jersey. He later obtained a MA at Hofstra University, New York, and a PhD in educational administration from the University of California, San Diego. For over 40 years Rabbi Pearlman pursued a rabbinic career with congregations in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Congregation Beth Joseph Center and Congregation Light of Israel Sephardic Center, both in Rochester, New York. He also taught at yeshiva and was principal and teacher at Jewish day schools. From 2001 to 2008 he was Chief Rabbi of Ireland, serving the congregational and wider needs of the Jewish community in the Republic of Ireland, returning to the USA in 2008. (internet research.)

Rev. Pearlson

Rev. Pearlson (or Perlsohn) served as first reader at the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) from the establishment of the congregation in 1880 until 1882, having previously served as reader at one of the congregation's predecessor congregations, probably Newcastle's Temple Street Synagogue (from about 1875). ("Service and Scandal" by Daniel Appleby, 2013.)

Rev. A. Pekorsky

Rev. Pekorsky served as minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, (Northern) Ireland (c.1902-c.1906). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Moshe Perez
(b. 1958)

Casablanca-born Rabbi Perez (m. Iris in Israel) was educated at yeshivot in Morocco, New York, Manchester and Israel. He qualified as a shochet in Israel. He was working as shochet and assistant minister to the Dublin Jewish Community before his appointment as minister to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1988-1990). He later served as minister of the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1990-2018), obtaining semicha from Jews' College, London in 1995. (Research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rev. Dr. G. Pfingst

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rev. G. Pfingst in Non-Orthodox section.

Rev. Jacobs Phillips

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rev. Jacobs Phillips in Non-Orthodox section.

Rabbi Shmueli Pink

Manchester-born Rabbi Pink (m. Rivkie Weinbaum) studied at Yeshivot in Israel, South Africa and in New York, where he obtained semicha in 1998. He held early posts in South Africa, the USA, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as well as elsewhere in England, before his appointment as minister of Leicester Hebrew congregation in 2001 until present (June 2021). He and his wife are also directors of Chabad of Leicester. He is the brother of another Midlands community rabbi, Yehuda Pink of Solihull. (Profile Chabad of Leicester website and internet research.)

Rabbi Avroham Pinter
(21 January 1949 - 13 April 2020)

Rabbi Pinter, born in Stamford Hill, London and a leader of the British Charedi community, was principal of Yesodey Hatorah Schools (1994-2020) and a treasurer / director of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation. He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News reports.)

Rev. Joseph Pipernono

Rev. Pipernono served as the reader of the Bryanston Road Synagogue, Central London, (a branch of the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation of Bevis Marks), being listed in the Jewish Directory for 1874.

Rabbi Alan Plancey
(b. 1941)

Glasgow-born Rabbi Plancey (m. Miriam) obtained semicha from Gateshead yeshiva in August 1965 and the following month was appointed rabbi of the Luton Hebrew Congregation, Bedfordshire, and principal of the Hebrew classes (1965-1970). He was then youth minister at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, north west London. From 1976 until his retirement in 2007 Rabbi Plancey was minister at the fast growing Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire, (and appointed emeritus rabbi in 2008). A leading activist in the Soviet Jewry campaign, he was Chaplain to the police for over 30 years, and Chaplain to Luton Airport. Since his retirement, Rabbi Plancey served in a temporary capacity as spiritual leader of Northwood Synagogue, London (2007-2009). A Conservative Councillor he was elected Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council 2019-2020 and accepted the post again in 2020 following the death of his successor. (Internet research and various Jewish Chronicle reports including report of 2008.)

Rev. Aaron Plaskow
(1890 - 3 June 1972)

Born in Spitalfields, London, Rev. Plaskow (m. Gertie - d.1942) studied at Jews' College, London, and gained a BA degree from the University of London. He was visiting minister to the Aldershot Synagogue, Hampshire, (1912-1916) and in 1915, the War Office officially granted him recognition as the officiating clergyman to Jewish troops of the Aldershot Command. He then served as minister at Queens Park Synagogue, Glasgow (from 1916) and was minister of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation, Moor Street (1920-1923) coupled with acting as a visiting minister to South Shields Synagogue and Durham Synagogue. Rev. Plaskow was then minister at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation for almost three decades (1923-1951). He also served as chaplain to the nearby Shoebury Barracks in World War II. He is buried at East Ham Cemetery. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle obituary of 9 June 1972 and various reports; and "The History of the Sunderland Jewish Community 1755-1955" by A. Levy, 1953*.)
*A. Levy inaccurately gives Rev. Plaskow's first name as Abraham.

Rev. Abraham Plaskow
(c.1916 - 1944)

Rev. Abraham Plaskow, a former chairman of the North London Torah Va'Avodah, served for several years as chazan at the Springfield Synagogue, Upper Clapton, north London, and was a prominent member of the Mizrachi Movement, until his tragic death in 1944, aged 28, as a result of enemy action. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 7 July 1944.)

Rev. Michael Plaskow, MBE

Tel-Aviv born Rev. Plaskow was brought up in Wales and Stamford Hill, London. He studied chazanut at Jews' College, London and served as chazan (cantor) at Woodside Park Synagogue, London from 1956 until 2000, and was thereafter emeritus chazan. He was awarded an MBE in 1998. (See Biography on Woodside Park congregation's webpage.)

Jonah Podhorzer
(15 September 1908 - 29 September 1996)

Jonah Podhorzer (or Pedahzur, later John Leyton) (m. Henrietta), who was born in Safed in Ottoman Palestine, where his father was the first Jewish Mayor, came to England in 1936 to study social science at Liverpool University. He was briefly headmaster of the religion schools for the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire in 1937. He returned to Israel (1948-1955) and was municipal secretary to the Histadrut in Tel Aviv. Returning to the UK he became Midlands Area Director of the Zionist Federation and known to many as "Pod" he was associated with other Zionist and community organisations in Birmingham. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.683 and Jewish Chronicle obituary, 29 November 1996.)

Rev. Saul Polakoff
(d. 4 June 1974)

Hungarian-born Rev. Polakoff (m. Leonia - d. 1967) was first reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1931-c.1948). Rev. Polakoff moved to London where he is assumed to be Rev. S. Polakoff, a well-known mohel and resident of Edgware. He is buried at Bushey cemetery. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Joel N. Portnoy
(b. c.1959)

Rev. Portnoy ARCM (m. Ruthie) qualified in voice production and chazanut, was reader at the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, for three years (c.1977-1980) and in 1980 became the first reader appointed by the Kingston, Surbiton & District Affiliated Synagogue, south west London. Rev. Portnoy also worked with the Jewish Youth Study Group movement and as education director of the London Board of Jewish Education. In 1985 he became full time student chaplain in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. For over 30 years he served as minister and rabbi of the Hale and District Hebrew Congregation, South Manchester, from about 1986 until 2019. He is the father of Rabbi Zvi Portnoy. (Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rabbi Zvi Portnoy

Rabbi Z. Portnoy (m. Orly Lopian) is the son of Rabbi Joel Portnoy. He obtained semicha at yeshivot in Jerusalem and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and counselling and a master's degree in Jewish education. He served as minister of Loughton, Chigwell and District Synagogue, Essex (2013-2019). From 2019 until present (March 2021), he and rebbetzin Orly have served as associate rabbinic couple at Hendon United Synagogue. (Report on United Synagogue website and press reports; Video of Rabbi Zvi Portnoy at his induction ceremony at Loughton Synagogue in 2014)

Rabbi Dr. Israel Porusch, OBE
(16 July 1907 - 22 May 1991)

Jerusalem-born Rabbi Porusch (m. Berta Link, 1934), studied at Etz Chaim Yeshiva, then in Germany at University of Berlin, as well as rabbinics at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary, Berlin. He earned a PhD in 1933 from the University of Marburg and received semicha in 1934. In view of the rise of Hitler, he moved to Britain, teaching at Jews' College and serving as minister of Finchley District Synagogue, London (1934-1938). He subsequently accepted the position as senior minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia (1940-1973), being awarded an OBE in 1966. (See Biography by Suzanne D. Rutland on Australian Dictionary of Biography website.)

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.

Other Orthodox Rabbinical Profiles:

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