Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames P & Q

Rev. H. Pakman

Rev. Pakman served as reader (chazan) of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1927-c.1930). (Jewish Year Book listings, 1928 through 1930.)

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.)

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 congregation, 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 nee 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 (January 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

Rabbi Plancey (m. Miriam) was the long-serving minister of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire, from about 1977 until his retirement in 2007, being granted the status of emeritus minister in 2008. Following his retirement, he served briefly as temporary spiritual leader of Northwood Synagogue, London (2007-2009). Rabbi Plancey has been actively involved with local government for some years and in 2019 was elected Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. Abraham Plaskow

Rev. Plaskow served as minister of Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1920-1923) and at the same time acted as minister of South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham. ("The History of the Sunderland Jewish Community 1755-1955" by A. Levy, 1953,  and Jewish Year Book listings .)

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.)

Rev. S. Polakoff

Rev. Polakoff was first reader for the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1931-c.1948). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Joel N. Portnoy

Rabbi Portnoy (m. Ruthie) served as minister of the Hale and District Hebrew Congregation, South Manchester, from about 1986 until 2019. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle report.)

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

Jerusalem-born Rabbi Porusch (m. Berta nee 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.)

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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.

Other Orthodox Rabbinical Profiles:

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L;    M;    N & O;    R;    S;    T to V;    W to Z.

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