Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames R

Rev. Rabinovitch

Lithuanian-born Rev. Rabinovitch (formerly Pruss) served as a chazan of the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation in about 1908 and later served the Birmingham community. He was the father of leading civil servant, scholar and writer Chaim Raphael (originally Rabinovitch) (1908-1994), who was born in Middlesbrough. (Jewish Chronicle obituary of Chaim Raphael of 21 October 1994.)

Rabbi Dr. Joseph Rabbinowitz
(18 June 1892 - 11 December 1975)

London-born Rabbi Joseph Rabbinowitz (m. Ruth Beatrice Landau in 1926), the son of Rabbi M. Rabbinowitz of Dalston, London, studied at Jews' College, London and University College London. His first ministerial post was at Bradford Hebrew Congregation, West Yorkshire (1917-c.1919). Two years later he was appointed minister of Higher Broughton Synagogue, Manchester (1919-1924), where he gave special attention to the congregation's religion classes and in 1923 he organised consecration classes for girls (considered a significant innovation at the time). He was hon. secretary of Manchester Beth Din (1921-1925). He then returned to London to become minister and second reader of the Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (1925-1958), receiving his doctorate in about 1930 and semicha in 1952 from Jews' College. He was a lecturer in the faculty for the training of teachers under the auspices of Jews' College and the London Board of Jewish Religious Education. Rabbi Rabbinowitz was also a noted rabbinic scholar and a published author, editor and translator. (Jewish Year Books listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 19 December 1975 and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.777.)

Rev. D. Rabinovitz

Rev. Rabinovitz served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, from about 1914 until about 1920. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi S.J. Rabinow
(d. April 1963)

Lithuanian-born Rabbi Rabinow came from a rabbinical family that claimed descent from the Vilna Gaon. At the age of nine he left his home to go to Radin to learn from the Chofetz Chaim. From the age of 17, he held positions at Vilna, then Lubeck, Germany, where he became Rav, and Hamburg, where he held the joint position of Rav and Rosh Yeshivah. In 1937 he was appointed Rav of the Machzike Hadath in Antwerp. In 1940 Rabbi Rabbinow came to London where he became minister of the Stamford Hill Beth Hamedrash in Lampard Grove, North London, popularly known as Grove Lane, from 1942 until his retirement in 1960. In addition he was life president of the Law of Life College and Synagogue, Slough, (later referred to as Slough Hebrew Congregation, or simply the Jewish Theological College), from at least 1945 until at least 1953. One of the leading Talmud scholars in Britain, his home in Cazenove Road, north London, became a centre to which scholars came to seek advice, encouragement and learning. He was president of the Yesodey HaTorah schools in London. In 1963 Rabbi Rabinow died in Israel. Kollel Rabinow established in 1964 in his memory, remains an active charity for the advancement of Orthodox Jewish religious education and the maintenance of an Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 26 April 1963 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Harry Rabinowicz
(8 July 1919 - 25 January 2002)

Warsaw-born Rabbi Rabinowicz, BA, PhD, son of Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowicz, the Biale Rabbi, studied at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, University College London and Jews' College, London. He served as assistant minister of St John's Wood Synagogue, London (1945-1947) and minister of St Albans Hebrew Congregation (1947-1949), Ilford District Synagogue, London (1949-1951), Dollis Hill Synagogue, London (1951-1978) and ultimately as a United Synagogue regional minister serving both Cricklewood Synagogue and Willesden and Brondesbury Synagogue, London (1978-1991). Rabbi Rabinowicz's love of his Hasidic lineage and roots was evident in his research and the books he published, including A Guide to Hasidism, A World Apart: The Story of the Chasidism in Britain, and a Hasidic story book for children. He was also an adviser to Barbara Streisand for her 1983 film "Yentl". (Jewish Chronicle obituary 15 February 2002; Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), pp.778/9; and Jewish Year Book Who's Who entries.)

Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz

Newcastle-born Rabbi Rabinowitz, BA, M.Phil, the son of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz, served as minister of Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (1973-1976), minister of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (1976-1981), succeeding his father, and minister of Edgware Synagogue, London (1981-2007). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries.)

Rabbi E.S. Rabinowitz
Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz
circa 1955

Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz
(28 January 1913 - 17 August 1986)

Edinburgh-born Rabbi Rabinowitz was a member of a distinguished rabbinical family - a son of Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz, the brother of Rabbi Louis Isaac Rabinowitz and the father of Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz. His ministerial career began as the first minister of Kingsbury Hebrew Congregation, London (1934-1938), where his tireless efforts successfully gave the newly-form congregation a firm basis for the future and were well appreciated (see also Letter of Reference from the congregation).
In 1938, Rabbi Rabinowitz moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to take up the post as minister of the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1938-1945) and, at the same time, enrolling in the Territorial Army (see Newcastle press cuttings, including Evening Chronicle report of 28 March 1938). However, at the end of 1945, he retired from the ministry to publish a weekly newspaper, The Watchman, serving the Jewish communities in the North East of England.
In 1953, Rabbi Rabinowitz left Newcastle (see Jewish Chronicle report 23 January 1953 with tribute to Rabbi Rabinowitz), moving to Hull to serve initially as minister of the Western Synagogue (1953-1956) and then as the first communal rabbi for Hull (1956-1959) (see Jewish Chronicle report of 14 September 1956 on the installation ceremony by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie).
Rabbi Rabinowitz then became minister of the Green & Seapoint Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, South Africa (1959-1965) and was later appointed Dayan to the Beth Din in Cape Town (see press report of his appointment). On returning to the UK, he was appointed minister of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (1965-1976) (see letter of 28 August 1964). On his "retirement" in 1976, he was succceded by his son, Benjamin.
Rabbi Rabinowitz was, however, persuaded to come out of retirement and accepted the position of part-time minister of Bayswater & Maida Vale Synagogue, London, (see letter of appointment of 15 March 1976), remaining for only a couple of month (April and May 1976) before returning to retirement in Gatley, after having made certain proposals for improvement of services which were rejected. In 1980, he again came out of retirement, following a call (see letter of 15 May 1980) to serve as minister of Hale & District Hebrew Congregation, Greater Manchester (1980-1982). (Research by Rabbi Rabinowitz's son, Dr. Ian Rabinowitz. Additional information can be found on the pages for the congregations served by Rabbi Rabinowitz.)

Rev. I. Rabinowitz

Rev. I. Rabinowitz served as a minister of Limerick Synagogue (c.1914-c.1919) (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Jacob Rabinowotz 
Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz
Courtesy David Newman

Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz
(1869 - 25 December 1932)

Rabbi Rabinowitz, born Gmina Kolno, Poland, was the son of Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer Simhah Rabinowitz of Lomza (today in north east Poland) and the grandson of Rabbi Mendel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of Kovno. He came to Britain in 1900 and served as temporary rabbi of Machzike Hadath Synagogue, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, East London (c.1900) and then as minister of the Edinburgh New Hebrew Congregation / Richmond Street Synagogue, Edinburgh (c.1900-1918). He then moved to London to become minister and rab of Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston (1918-1932), until his death. Rabbi Rabinowitz was the author of several rabbinic works including a Commentary on the Passover Haggadah. He was the father of ten, including two distinquished rabbis, Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz and Rabbi Louis Isaac Rabinowitz, and three daughters who qualified as medical doctors, one of whom was the wife of Rabbi Dr Julius Newman. He is also the great grandfather of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz. Click HERE for photographs. (Jewish Year Books listings and Jewish Chronicle Obituary, December 1932.)

Rabbi Dr. Joseph Rabbinowitz
(18 June 1892 - 11 December 1975)

London-born Rabbi Joseph Rabbinowitz, the son of Rabbi M. Rabbinowitz of Dalston, London, studied at Jews' College, London and University College London. He served as a minister in Manchester (1919-1924) and was then appointed as minister of Dalston Synagogue, London (c.1925-1958), receiving his doctorate in about 1930 and semicha in 1952. (Jewish Year Books listings and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.777.)

Rabbi Dr. Louis Isaac Rabinowitz (Chief Rabbi, South Africa)
(24 May 1906 - 6 August 1984)

Edinburgh-born Rabbi Rabinowitz, the son of Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz and brother of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz, received a PhD from the University of London (in 1934). He served as preacher of Shepherd's Bush Synagogue, London (1920s) and as minister of South Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue (1928-1932) and Cricklewood Synagogue, London (1932-1939). During World War II, he was senior Jewish chaplain in the British Army, serving in North Africa and Normandy. Following the War, he served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in South Africa (1945-1961), becoming known for his outspoken views, in particular his opposition to apartheid and his support for Zionist Revisionism. In 1961, he moved to Israel, becoming Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (1975-1977) (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.779.)

Rabbi Hershel Rader

Rabbi Rader (m. Perla, 1980) studied in France, Israel and the United States, and received semicha in 1978. In 1981 he obtained an advanced qualification as a Rabbinic Judge. In 1982 he became Director of Education for the fledgling Jewish community in Solihull, West Midlands, and became the first rabbi to Solihull and District Hebrew Congregation (1984-1993), while also undertaking educational work for Chabad across Birmingham. Rabbi Rader then became rabbi of Woodside Park and North Finchley Synagogue, London (1994-2007), introduced the LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) Adult Education Programme, and served as chairman of the synagogue Nursery. He subsequently became rabbi of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation (2009 to present - August 2021).  (Profile on Sussex Jewish Representative Council website; various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi A. Rappaport

Rabbi Rappaport served as rabbi of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London from about 1947 until about 1948. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr Izaak Rapaport, OBE
(b. 29 December 1909)

Rev. (later Rabbi) Rapaport, PhD, (m. Minnie Simons of Amersham), who was born in Yasle (Jasło), Poland, graduated from a Hebrew high school in Lodz and later studied at the Ger yeshiva in Warsaw. He received his master’s degree from the University of Warsaw and his doctoral degree from the University of London. He became minister and secretary of Amersham United Synagogue Membership Group, an evacuee community in Buckinghamshire, from 1941. He was a chaplain to the British Forces, serving in Greece in 1945 and in London and Rome in 1946. He was subsequently appointed minister to the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1947-1950) and from 1952 served as the chief rabbi of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Australia and was to sit on, and chair, the Melbourne Bet Din. He was author of scholarly works and journalism in English and Yiddish and was awarded an OBE in 1973 for services to his religion and to the Jewish community. (Jewish Chronicle reports, internet research and The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.34.)

Rev. Joseph Rees

Rev. Rees served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, north Wales (c.1898-c.1899). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Dayan Yehuda Yaakov Refson
(1946 - 22 March 2020)

Sunderland-born Dayan Refson, the son of Rabbi Avrohom Abba Refson, studied at Gateshead Yeshiva, the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Brooklyn, New York (where he received rabbinical semicha) and Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Brunoy, France and also received semicha from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. He served as rabbi and minister of Shomrei Hadass Synagogue), Leeds (1976-2002) and as the head of the regional Beth Din of Leeds (1976-2020). He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Chabad News Obituary 23 March 2020.)

Rev. Moses Reichman
(c.1846 - September 1888)

Rev. M. Reichman served as reader of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, in 1888, dying shortly after he took office. He was buried in Middlesbrough. (Jewish Chronicle press report.)

Rev. Ya'akov Reichman

Rev. Y. Reichman served as chazan (cantor) of Central Synagogue, London (c.1994-c.1995). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Abraham I. Reiss
(c.1885 - 15 July 1947)

Rev. Reiss was born near Bialystock (now in Poland). His first post was at Preston Synagogue, Lancashire, where he served for eight years. He then served the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, as reader (1912-c.1923). In 1931 he was elected as reader of the Psalms of David Synagogue in Leeds. He was later for fourteen years reader at the Great Synagogue, Leeds, until his death in 1947. Rev. Reiss was a qualified mohel. He is buried in the UHC Cemetery, Gildersome, Leeds. (Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle obituary 1 August 1947.)

Rev. Reuven Restan
(c.1912 - May 1958)

Liverpool-born Rev Reuben Restan was educated at the local yeshiva and the Central Technical College. He then studied for four years at Gateshead yeshiva. He was a teacher at the Hebrew classes in Sunderland and then at Ravensworth Talmud Torah, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His first ministerial post was as minister, chazan and shochet at the Wolverhampton Hebrew Congregation. He served as minister (and later also secretary) to the Derby Hebrew Congregation (1937-1946) and during World War II, alongside his congregational duties, he was chaplain to the forces. He served at Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1946-c.1949) as second reader, shochet, teacher and secretary, then as minister of Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1949-1952) and Barking & Becontree Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1952-c.1953). Rev. Restan became minister at Southampton Hebrew Congregation, Albion Place, in April 1953 where in addition to serving the local community he provided "cellophane covered kosher meat" bearing his seal for the ocean liners. He also greeted visiting Jewish dignitaries (such as the Satmar Rebbe) on their arrival and departure from the port. He died at the age of 46 leaving a widow and two children. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 23 May 1958 and reports.)

Rev. H. Rich

Rev. Rich served as reader (chazan) of Finchley Central Synagogue, London (c.1971-c.1976). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. I. Richards

Rev. Richards served as minister of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1934-c.1938). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Montague (Monty) Richardson

London-born Rev. Richardson was educated at Redmans Road Talmud Torah and Raines Foundation School, and studied economics and Hebrew at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1938-41). He was president of the Cambridge University Jewish Society and chairman of the Inter University Jewish Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1941 he was appointed minister of the Gerrards Cross and District United Synagogue Membership Group. Rev. Richardson was responsible for religious, educational and welfare activities in the Gerrards Cross, Denham, and Chalfont St Peter areas where many Jewish evacuees and residents were living. He may have left within a year or so of his appointment. After the war he was engaged in welfare and youth work with the United Synagogue, was chair of the Brady Boy's club, a prison chaplain and chair of a Social Security Appeal Tribunal, amongst other roles within and outside the Jewish community. ("Gown and Tallith. Fifty Years of Cambridge University Jewish Society" (1989) pp. 268-9.)

Rabbi Benjamin Rickman

Rabbi Rickman (m. Emily), who studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, served as the first (part-time) minister of Shenley United Synagogue (prior to 2004), during which time he was a teacher at the Jewish Free School, London. He was subsequently appointed Head of Jewish Studies, King David High School, Manchester (January 2006 to present) and served as interim rabbi of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (2013-2014) and assistant rabbi of Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (June 2017 to present - July 2020). (Rabbi Rickman's linkedIn profile.)

Rev. Emanuel Ritblatt

Rev. Ritblatt served as assistant minister of the breakaway congregation in Bristol, the Bridge Street Hebrew Congregation (1993-1896) and later served as a reader of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1897-1927) (Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997.)

Rabbi Dovid Roberts

Sunderland-born Rabbi Roberts studied in Gateshead and lived in Gibraltar on getting married, returning to the UK to take up position as rabbi of Netzach Israel Synagogue, Edgware (2001-2019)' He then accepted the position of rabbi of Berlin's Kahal Adass Yisroel Community (2019 to present - May 2020). (Netzach Israel website and Internet reports.)

Rev. Stephen Robins, ARCM

Rev. Robins served as chazan of Edgware United Synagogue, London (c.1986-c.1998) and of Woodside Park Synagogue, London (c.2000-c.2012). He is a freelance chazan and his recordings include the Taste of Shabbat and the Singing Haggadah. (Jewish Year Book listings and online research.)

Rabbi Shaul Robinson
(b. 1967)

Glasgow-born Rabbi Robinson, BA, MBA, (m. Sarah, 1992) attended Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Joseph Straus Rabbinic Seminary in Efrat, being awarded semicha at the latter. He was appointed the first ever full-time rabbi for Jewish Students at Cambridge University, England, serving for three years. He and his wife then served as rabbinic couple at Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (his position being part time 1998-1989, full time 1989-2005). Rabbi Robinson was then appointed as senior rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York (September 2005 to present - June 2020). For additional background, see (Rabbi Robinson's profile formerly on the Torah in Motion website.)

Rev. Nathan Herzl Rockman

Rev. Rockman served New Central Synagogue, Leeds (dates unknown) and was second reader of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1950-c.1964) and was a visiting minister to the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation. He served as minister of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation (1964-1971) after which he lived in Bournemouth. In 1975 he was installed as minister to the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, serving there until 1977. A Rev. Rockman also served as temporary minister of the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation (c.1952-c.1954), who could have been the same person in light of the proximity of Barrow to Blackpool. (Harry Levine, The Jews of Coventry 1970 p.46; Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Isaac Roeg
(c.1912 - 1987)

Amsterdam born Rev. Roeg studied at the Hebrew Seminary and received his musical education at the Conservatoire of Music, Amsterdam. He served as chazan in the Netherlands and Belgium before coming to Britain in 1937. He served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1938-c.1945). He became reader at the Dollis Hill Synagogue, north London (1945-1950) and then took up the post of oberkantor in Basel, Switzerland. In 1952 Rev. Roeg was inducted as chazan at the Western Synagogue, Crawford Place, London. He retired in 1962 due to illness. He is buried in Amsterdam. (Jewish Chronicle profile 4 April 1952; obituary 14 August 1987; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Meir Rogosnitsky

Rabbi Meir Rogosnitsky was the son of Rabbi Mordechai Dov (Ber) Rogsnitsky. On his mother's side he is the grandson of Rabbi Atlas of Glasgow. Rabbi Rogosnitsky (m. Rachel, a social worker from Jerusalem) studied at Gateshead Yeshiva and Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York. He was Rosh Yeshiva at Liverpool Talmudical College (1968-1976) and Rabbi to the Liverpool shechita board. He then taught and undertook pastoral work in Amsterdam, Netherlands. From about 1982 until 1988 he was a headmaster and rabbi to a newly-established community in Johannesburg, South Africa. Returning to Britain, Rabbi Rogosnitsky was rabbi to the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1988-1999), before emigrating to the USA where one of his sons, Benjamin Rogosnitsky, was a chazan in Manhatten. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, pp.601-2; Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Mordechai Dov (Ber) Rogosnitsky

Rabbi Mordechai Rogosnitsky, communal rabbi of Cardiff (1950s), was the son of Rabbi Moses Rogosnitsky, rosh yeshiva and dayan in Heidelberg, later Leipzig, and also communal rabbi of Cardiff. His was the father of Rabbi Meir Rogonitsky. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, pp.601-2.)

Rabbi Jonny (Yonasan) Roodyn

Rabbi Roodyn (m. Yael) studied for two years at Yeshivat Kerem B`Yavneh in Israel, returning to Britain to study for a degree in Government at the London School of Economics. He the spent over five years at Yeshivas Mir and the Jerusalem Kollel. He served as rabbi of Aish Communal Synagogue, Hendon, London (c.2010 until at least 2014) and he and his wife were appointed rabbinic couple at Finchley Central ("Finchley Fed") Synagogue, London (January 2020 to present - June 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and on-line biography.)

Rabbi David Rose

Rabbi D. Rose (m. Talya) holds a degree in management and received semicha from the Jerusalem Kollel. From 2005, he was employed by the Ronald S Lauder Foundation, in building a young Orthodox community in Berlin for recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Returning to Britain in 2015, he served as assistant minister of Mill Hill United Synagogue, London from 2018 until present (October 2021). (Mill Hill congregation's website.)

Rabbi Maurice (Avraham Moshe) Rose
(7 September 1925 - 5 May 2009)

Birmingham-born Rabbi Rose (m. Cynthia Corman of Hendon in 1959) was educated at the local grammar school, in the city's Hebrew school system and privately. He volunteered as a "Bevin boy" in 1943 and after the war he did further national service in the army. His first ministerial post was as minister of the Derby Hebrew Congregation (1948-1952) and he also qualified as a shochet. He was minister of Sutton Affiliated Synagogue, Surrey, (1952-1962), during which period he studied at Jews College, obtained semicha and a BA and MA from the University of London. In 1962 Rabbi Rose became secretary of the Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie's office (and continued in that role for the next Chief Rabbi, Lord Jakobovits). In the same year he was appointed hon secretary (later executive director) of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) and was considered a guiding force in the development of that organisation and the reconstruction of Orthodox Jewish life in Europe. In 1973 he and his family made aliyah and in Israel he became an administrator and part-time lecturer at Dvar Yerushalayim yeshiva, directed the American-based Young Israel movement in Israel, and founded an organisation to provide for the religious needs of Russian immigrants. He also continued his unpaid work for the CER. He was described as a man "able to negotiate conflict by the sheer force of his good nature and equable temperament". (Jewish Chronicle obituary 25 May 2009 and various reports.)

Rabbi Daniel Roselaar

Rabbi Roselaar (m. Na'amah) spent eight years studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and received the semicha of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as well of Rav. Z.N.Goldberg and also has an MA degree in Jewish Education from the University of London. He served as minister of Watford & District Synagogue (c.1996-c.1997), Belmont Synagogue, London (1997-2010) and Alei Tzion Synagogue, Hendon, London (2010 to present - October 2021). (Profile of Rabbi Roselaar on Alei Tzion website and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi David Rosen CBE, KSE
(b. 1951)

Son of Rabbi Kopul Rosen and educated at the school he founded, Carmel College, Rabbi Rosen (m. Sharon Rothstein) was senior rabbi of the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, South Africa and served as a judge on the Cape Beth Din. He then served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979–1985). Based in Jerusalem, he serves as the American Jewish Committee's International Director of Interreligious Affairs and has led, directed and participated in a number of international interfaith and peace initiatives representing the Jewish people in its relationship with other world religions. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in recognition of his contribution to Jewish-Catholic reconciliation, making him the first Israeli citizen and the first Orthodox rabbi to receive this honour and in 2010 was awarded the CBE. (Internet research, including his personal website.)

Rev. Morris Rosenbaum
(16 December 1871 - 27 January 1947)

Rabbi Rosenbaum (m. Harriett), born in Stepney in London's East End, was brought up in the Jews' Hospital and Orphans Asylum (later the Jewish Orphanage), where he obtained the Faudel scholarship. He studied at Jews' College and University College, London. He served initially as the first minister of Poplar Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1892-c.1893), which he established, and was subsequently minister of Hanley Synagogue, Stoke-on-Trent (1893-1894) and the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (generally known as Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1894-1905), followed by Borough Synagogue, London (1905-1936, and thereater emeritus minister). In 1912 he became President of the Committee of Workers Among the Jewish Poor. Rev. Rosenbaum compiled an English translation of Rashi's Commentary on the Pentateuch. He was an expert on the Jewish calendar and for many years he edited the Jewish calendar sections in the Jewish Year Book and Valentine's Almanack. He was also an authority on Anglo-Jewish genealogy. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; Jewish Chronicle obituary 31 January 1947; and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), pp.813/4.)

Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt

Liverpool-born Rabbi Rosenblatt (m. Batya) studied at Gateshead Yeshiva, Yeshivat Heichal Hatorah and The Jerusalem Kollel, where he attained three semichas in different areas of Jewish law. He and Manchester-born rebbetzin Batya serve as assistant rabbinic couple at Woodside Park Synagogue, London (2018 to present - August 2020). (See Profiles on congregation's webpage.)

Rev. Abraham Rosenberg
(c.1852 - 12 May 1913)

Rev. Rosenberg (originally Ratzenberg) had ministered to various congregations in Britain for approximately 20 years before he was appointed minister of the Longton Hebrew Congregation, Staffordshire, in April 1890 (where there was a short-lived attempt to establish a congregation separate from the Hanley Synagogue, just under five miles away). However, by June 1890 Rev. Rosenberg accepted a post as minister and teacher at Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire (1890-1893). He then briefly served the short-lived Belfast New Congregation at Jackson Street, Belfast (1894), followed by Pontypridd Synagogue, South Wales and the South Shields Synagogue, (1899-1902), where he helped establish a society affiliated to the English Zionist Federation. His last position was at the Exeter Hebrew Congregation, Devon (1908-1913), where he died suddenly and is buried in its Old Jewish Cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle tributes May 1913, various reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Isaac Newman
Aubrey & Reva Ross
Courtesy Reva Ross (nee Landy)


Rev. Aubrey Rosenberg (later Rosen and, from 1983, Ross)
(13 May 1935 - 1 April 2020)

Manchester-born Aubrey Rosenberg (m. Reva, daughter of Rabbi Maurice Landy in 1967) was a student at Manchester yeshiva, Queen's University Belfast and London School of Economics. He was minister to the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, (1962-1964) and as Aubrey Rosen he was minister of Hounslow and District Affiliated Synagogue, west London (1964-c.1970). He became lay minister to the Richmond Synagogue, south London from 1972 until 1975. Aubrey Rosen, later Ross, was a lecturer at Hendon Police College, Kilburn Polytechnic and Hertfordshire University. He left the ministry to focus on politics and journalism and stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in Openshaw, Manchester in the February 1974 general election, and for the Social Democratic Party at Kilmarnock and Loudon, in 1983. Aubrey Ross was the author of The Messiah of Turkey, a study of Shabbatai Zvi and his followers. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Gottlieb Rosenberg
Rev. Gottlieb Rosenberg
Courtesy Prof. David Newman


Rev. Gottlieb Rosenberg
(c.1888 - 16 October 1970)

Rev. G. Rosenberg served as minister of Woolwich & Plumstead Synagogue (later Woolwich & District Synagogue), London, for 55 years (1910-1965). He was instrumental in the amalgamation of the small congregations in the district into the Woolwich and Plumstead synagogue by about 1913. In 1915 he was described as assistant reader. A teacher in the religion classes over many decades, he had the distinction of teaching the children and grandchildren of his original pupils. He was the father of Rev. Lewis Rosenberg and father-in-law of Rev. Samuel Venit (of Hammersmith Synagogue) and is buried at Edmonton cemetery, London. In 2020 many of Rev. G. Rosenberg's over 150 descendants, principally from Israel, UK and Switzerland, gathered on-line for a commemoration service to mark his 50th yahrzeit. Click HERE for further photographs. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.814; communication from Prof. David Newman; and online research.)

Rev. Lewis Rosenberg
(c.1914 - 12 September 1983)

London-born Rev. L. Rosenberg (m. Helen Bornstein, 1937), the son of Rev. Gottlieb Rosenberg, studied at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, London. He commenced his career by serving as an assistant minister of the North West London Synagogue, Kentish Town until the outbreak of World War II. During the early part of the war he tended to the educational needs of refugee and evacuee children in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. In 1943, he took up the part-time position as minister of the largely evacuee community that had recently been established in Staines, Middlesex, which was known as the Staines, Egham and District United Synagogue Group, This later become Staines and District Synagogue, which Rev. Rosenberg served as its minister and secretary until his retirement in 1979. (Information provided by a former member of the Staines community based on Jewish Chronicle obituaries (16 September 1983 and Helen Rosenberg 16  November 2007), Jewish Year Book listings and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.814.)

Rabbi Avraham Isaac Jacob Rosenfeld
(b. 26 March 1914 - May 1984)

Jerusalem-born Rabbi (formerly Rev.) A. Rosenfeld (m. Miriam Bauman of London in 1941) was the youngest son of the Rev. N. G. Rosenfeld of Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel, and studied at the Yeshivah Etz Hayyim and Merkaz ha-Rav in Jerusalem. He came to the UK in 1934 to take up the post of chazan at Walford Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, London (1934-1941). He then moved to Finchley to take up the appointment as chazan at Finchley Synagogue, London (1941-1970) and organiser of a social circle attached to the congregation, serving the congregation for 29 years and taking a leading role in the building of its new Kinloss synagogue, consecrated in 1967. He obtained semicha from Israel in the 1950s. In 1970 he became chief minister of the Wellington Jewish Congregation, New Zealand, where he laid the foundation stone of the community centre in 1974, returning to the UK in 1977. He briefly assisted the Edgware United Synagogue as acting rabbi before he retired to Jerusalem, Israel in 1980. Rabbi Rosenfeld was described as "the ideal scholar-chazan, not because of great vocal virtuosity but because of a unique capacity to interpret the reading of the Torah and siddur always with perfect articulation and grammar". He published "The Authorised Selichot for the Whole Year," and "Kinot for the Ninth of Av," which he translated and annotated. He was President of the Finchley commission of the Jewish National Fund and Joint Israel Appeal committee. A JNF forest in the western Negev was named after him and also a library in Wellington. He was the father of Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld. (Jewish Chronicle obituaries 1 June 1984, various reports and internet research.)

Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld

Rabbi (formerly Rev.) L. Rosenfeld, the son of Rabbi Avraham Rosenfeld, (m. Natalie Behrman of Sunderland) is the fifth generation of a Jerusalem family of Rabbis and Cantors. He has composed new Jewish musical works and was well known for his performances at major events around the world with the Shabbaton Choir. He served as chazan of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London (1968-1973) and Western Marble Arch Synagogue, London (1988-1997), then as minister of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (2001-2005). Obtaining semicha, he returned to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue as senior rabbi in 2005 until his retirement to Israel in 2021. On British television he played a chazan in an episode of the popular BBC drama Call the Midwife. (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel and Bournemouthcngregation and on their websites; Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. B. H. Rosengard

London East-End-born Rev. Rosengard (m. Catherine Lewis, 1890 in London). He served as minister of the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1887-c.1888), the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1888-1891), the Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation, Wales (1891-c.1896) and the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation (1896-1905). He left Grimsby to become minister, reader and headmaster at the West End Synagogue and Talmud Torah, London. In 1906, he was guest preacher at various synagogues in London before his appointment later that year as rabbi and preacher at Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He was later to serve as rabbi of Temple Emmanu-El at Bayonne, New Jersey (1919-1922) and died in Brooklyn, New York City. (Jewish Chronicle reports; online research by Steven Jaffe.)

Rabbi Pinchas Rosenstein

Rabbi Rosenstein (m. Naomi) served as minister of Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1989-1996). He was also executive director of the Jewish Association of Business Ethics in London. He left Barnet for Israel and has been involved in a number of educational initiatives, including the Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem. He returned to the Barnet synagogue in 2005 to take High Holy day services. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle profile of 24 May 1996 and other reports.)

Rev. Daniel Rosenthal

Born in Hendon, London and educated at Hasmonean Grammar school, Sunderland yeshiva and at Or Torah yeshiva, Jerusalem, Rev. Rosenthal learnt chazanut under Rev. Geoffrey Shisler. He served as chazan (reader) of Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue, (c.1984-c.1987) and Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1987-c.1990). Sometime later, he provided cantorial services at the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Cheadle on a non-contract basis before being appointed as the resident part-time minister of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation from 2013 to present (August 2021). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev (later Rabbi) Jacob Rosenzweig (later known as John Ross)

Rabbi J. Rosenzweig (m. Millie Cohen, 1894 in London) was born in Ravah, Poland and was the brother of Rabbi Rosenzweig of Keltz and son-in-law of Rabbi Hirsch of Konin. He arrived in the United Kingdom in about 1890 and was appointed minister of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales !1894-1905). He served as temporary lecturer in Hebrew at Bangor University College (1897-1898) and was subsequently appointed examiner in Hebrew at the University of Wales. He was later elected minister, reader, teacher and secretary to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1905-1914) and travelled to Poland in 1911 to obtain semicha. Following his resignation in 1914, he took up business in the linen trade in Belfast and later served as President of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation. He published a book The Jewish Conception of Immortality and the Life Hereafter (Belfast, 1945) and many pamphlets of his sermons. He died in Belfast, bequeathing a large library of Jewish books to Queen's University Belfast, known as the Ross-Rosenzweig collection. (Research by Steven Jaffe, including Jewish Chronicle reports and The A - Z DNA of Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry by Stuart Rosenblatt.)

Rev. S.W. Rosenzweig

Rev. Rosenzweig served as minister of the Dundee Hebrew Congregation, Scotland in the 1890s and then as minister, chazan and shochet of the Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (1902-1908). In 1910, although resident in Highbury, north London, he represented the Dundee community on the Board of Deputies. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Joseph J. Rosin J.P.
(c.1876 - June 1948)

Rev. Rosin served Birkenhead Synagogue, on Merseyside, sometime prior to 1903. From at the latest 1903 he was minister at Wolverhampton Synagogue and while serving there the local lodge of the Grand Order of Israel was named after him. In 1912 Rev. Rosin emigrated to South Africa where he served congregations at Durban and Roodeport (today part of greater Johannesburg). His final post was at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (today Harare, Zimbabwe), from 1918 till 1935. He founded the Salisbury Zionist Society. Rev. Rosin remained in Salisbury after retirement and died there. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 11 June 1948.)

John Ross

See under Rabbi Jacob Rosenzweig.

Rabbi Jeremy Rosten

Rabbi Rosten served as minister of Watford and District Synagogue (1999-c.2001) but subsequently left the pulpit and joined the business world. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. R. Rosten

Rev. Rosten served as reader of Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1980-c.1982). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Chazan Alter Roth

Chazan Roth, a Holocaust survivor originally from Czechoslovakia and a trained shochet, served as part time chazan of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation from 1955 until he resigned in 1969. He is remembered as a man of great piety, a fiery temper, and a strong bass-baritone voice. (Jewish Chronicle report, 31 October 1969, History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website.)

Rev. Michael Rothstein

Rev. Rothstein served as reader (cantor) of Kingsbury Synagogue, London, from about 1973 until about 1998. He is the father of scribe Rabbi Shimon Rothstein (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Daniel Rowe

Rabbi Rowe holds a BA in philosophy from University College London and an MPhil in philosophy from Birkbeck College. He joined Aish in 2004 and held a number of senior position before being appointed in 2016 as Executive Director of Aish and rabbi of Aish Communal Synagogue, Hendon, London (2016 to present - January 2021). (Aish and Federation of Synagogues websites.)

Rabbi Chaim Z. Rozwaski
(b. 1935)

Polish-born Chaim Rozwaski survived the German occupation by being hidden in forests and farms and many of his immediate family members were murdered. Following a stay in a displaced persons camp in Germany, in 1946 he was permitted entry to Canada in a programme for Jewish orphans and was sent first to Winnipeg. He attended Hebrew Theological College at Skokie, Illinois and received his doctorate in Talmudic law in Baltimore. Rabbi Rozwaski (m. Roberta Koppel in New York, 1957) was rabbi at Peekskill, New York and Temple Beth El in Orlando, Florida. He became senior minister to the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (SWHC) (1988-1992). Rabbi Rozwaski initially returned to the United States, where he was rabbi at Suburban Park Jewish Center-Congregation Lev Torah on Long Island. Then in 1998 he took up a post in Berlin as dean for the newly-established Lauder Judisches Lehrhaus. (Profile on the SWHC website by Anne Marcus and online interview.)

Rabbi R. Rubinstein

Rabbi Rubinstein served as rabbi of Aish Community Synagogue, Hendon, London, from at least 2005 until about 2008. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S. Rudnitzky

Rev. Rudnitzky lectured at the Boston Hebrew Congregation, Lincolnshire in 1894. It is unclear whether he did so as a visiting or resident minister. (Jewish Chronicle report.)

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