Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames S

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Henry Sacks
(8 March 1948 - 7 November 2020)

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks (m. Elaine Taylor) was born in Lambeth, London. His mother ("Libby" nee Frumkin) was a granddaughter of Rav. Aryeh Leib Frumkin. He gained a first-class honours degree (MA) in Philosophy from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, followed by postgraduate study at New College, Oxford and at King's College London, completing a PhD, which he received from the University of London 1982. Urged and encouraged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, to seek rabbinic ordination and enter the rabbinate, he studied at London's Jews' College and Etz Chaim Yeshiva, from where he received semicha. Rabbi Sacks's first rabbinic appointment was as minister of Golders Green Synagogue, northwest London (1978–1982). This was followed by his appointment as minister of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, central London (1983-1990). He also served as Principal of Jews' College from 1984 to 1990. On 1 September 1991, he was appointed Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, serving until his retirement on 1 September 2013. He was bestowed a knighthood in 2005 "for services to the community and to inter-faith relations" and received a life peerage with a seat in the House of Lords in 2019, taking the title "Baron Sacks, of Aldgate in the City of London". (Online research.)

Rev. I. Sacofsky

Rev. I. Sacofsky of Leeds served as minister, reader and shochet of the Doncaster United Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from about 1942 (when he was still resident in Leeds and sent new year greetings to the Doncaster community) until 1948. He is presumed to be related to Rev. Wolfe Sacofsky of Leeds. He may be Israel Chaim Sakofsky, born in Russia in 1898 who died in Leeds in 1991. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle reports; and internet research.)

Rev. Wolfe Sacofsky
(16 March 1915 - 24 December 1989)

Leeds born Rev. W. Sacofsky (m. Betty Marcus) served as minister of Moortown Synagogue, Leeds (a constituent of the Leeds United Hebrew Congregation) for over 50 years. He is buried in the Leeds UHC cemetery. (Online research.)

Rev. G. Saks

Rev. Saks served as minister of the short-lived Blackburn New Hebrew Congregation (1899-1900) on a one year contract, a breakaway congregation from the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation. ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018; Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rabbi Zorach Meir Salasnik

London-born Rabbi Salasnik (m. Judy) was awarded a BA in history from Queen Mary College, University of London. He served as minister of Notting Hill Synagogue, London (1970-1974) and Leytonstone & Wanstead Synagogue, London (1974-1979) before being appointed as the first (and long-serving) minister of Bushey United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1979-2016), receiving his semicha in 1986. He subsequently retired to Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings and profile on Bushey Synagogue website.)

Rev. Benjamin Salomons
(7 November 1862 - 22 March 1938)
Polish-born Rev. Salomons was educated at yeshiva in Poland and came to Britain with his parents in about 1878. At the age of twenty, he was appointed minister of the Oxford Hebrew Congregation (1882-1884). He was then briefly minister of the Stockton Jewish Community. In 1885 he became Minister and Secretary to the Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Kent, where he served for twelve years. Rev. Salomons became a celebrated preacher and lecturer to Jewish and non Jewish audiences. He was active in local charitable and cultural societies, such as the Temperance Union, Vigilance Committee, the local auxiliary of the NSPCC and was a leading member of the Liberal party in Kent. He helped to establish in Chatham a branch of the Anglo-Jewish Association and was a prison chaplain. He retired as a minister in 1897 due to a severe throat illness and became a staff member of the Montefiore Academy at nearby Ramsgate. He was described as the doyen of the Judith Montefiore Theological College, Ramsgate at the time of his death and is buried at Willesden Cemetery, London. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 1 April 1938.)

Rev. J.L. Salzedo
(d. 1983)

Rev. Salzedo served as chaplain to Friern Hospital, north London, from 1975 until his death in 1983. As he was unable to conduct the services on the Sabbath, these were conducted by members of the Palmers Green Synagogue Friern Barnet Committee, which formed a roster of voluntary officiants. (Article by Harry Balkin on the Friern Hospital Synagogue.)

Rev. A. Samet

Rev. Samet (m. Rosa who died at Rochester, Kent in 1926) was the only son of Hirsc Samet of Lodz, Poland. His first known post in Britain was at the Stockport Hebrew Congregation, then in Cheshire (prior to 1920). Rev. Samet served as minister at the Reading Hebrew Congregation, Berkshire (c.1919-1922) and was then minister of the Chatham Memorial Synagogue, Rochester, Kent (from about 1923). His last known post was as minister of the Walford Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, London (c.1930-c.1931). (Jewish Year Book listings and various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Isaac Samuel
(9 March 1833 - 24 October 1914)

Born in the City of London, Rev Samuel (m. 1st Luisa Freideberg - d. 1888, 2nd Henrietta Joseph of Brighton) was educated privately by a Hebrew scholar, Mr Tempelburg. In 1854 he was engaged to conduct the choir of the new Great Portland Street Congregation, Central London In addition to synagogue duties and studying, he ran a tobacconist business in London's Fleet Street, which failed partly because he refused to open it on Sabbaths or festivals. He then served as minister of the Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1859-1864). For half a century he served as first reader* of Bayswater Synagogue, London, from 1864 until February 1914 when he retired. He also taught chazanut at Jews' College from 1888. According to his obituary, he owed his reputation as a minister more to his charitable works than for vocal ability, and he was known as the "king of the schnorrers", when it came to seeking donations for the Jews' Deaf and Dumb home. Rev Samuel had ten children, and he was father-in-law to ministers, Rev. Meldola de Sola and Rev. Barnett Elzas. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 30 October 1914; Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel (1997); The Story of Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1938 by C. Roth; and Jewish Year Book listings.)
[*From about 1903 until about 1911, both he and any person performing the function of second reader were described as "ministers", presumably as the description of the rabbi had been changed from "minister" to "preacher".]

Rabbi Y. M. Sandelman

Rabbi Sandelman's term of service as rabbi at the Newcastle Beth Hamedrash began in the 1890s and gradually drew to an end starting in 1916, when the Beth Hamedrash formally merged with the Corporation Street Synagogue, Newcastle, (while still retaining its own administration and building) and it was not until 1920 that he actually transferred his services to the latter congregation. Four years later, he became minister of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and Beth Hamedrash, Ravensworth Terrace, (1924-c.1936), with its new purpose-built synagogue which fully united both congregations in a single location. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980) and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Dr. Louis Morris Sanker

South Shields-born Rev. Sanker, BA, PhD, (m. Adele, divorced 1950) studied at Sunderland Kollel, Yeshiva Etz Chayim, Jews' College, London and UCL. He served as minister of Becontree & District Associate Synagogue, London (c.1932-c.1935) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation, (1935-1944), then becoming an RAF chaplain. He later served as minister of Leeds United Hebrew Congregation (1947-1951) and then left for the United States. In 1960 he was appointed rabbi of the Reform Temple Beth El at Midland, Michigan. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.861; Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle various reports, Michigan Jewish History Fall 2003, available on line)

Rabbi Moshe Santhouse

Rabbi Santhouse (m. Mimy), who ran the Zev Hatorah learning programme in Manchester, travelled to Southport twice a week to serve as the part time minister of the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1999-2001). (Jewish Chronicle report of 29 December 2000.)

Haham Rabbi Jacob (ben Aaron) Sasportas
(1610 - 15 April 1698)

Rabbi Sasportas was born in Oran, Algeria and served successively as rabbi of the Moroccan communities in Tlemçen (at the age of 24), Marrakesh, Fes, and Sali. He was a distinguised and erudite talmudist and was known as a fierce opponent of the Shabbathean movement. In about 1646, he was imprisoned by the King of Morocco, but escaped to Amsterdam with his family in about 1653. He was called back by the King and sent on a special mission to the Spanish court (c. 1659). In 1664, only seven years after the Resettlement of Jews in England and the founding of the Creechurch Lane (Spanish & Portuguese) Synagogue, he was appointed as the first Haham of the new community but left the following year to escape the Great Plague of London of 1665. He went initially to Hamburg until 1673, then to Amsterdam and in 1673 to Leghorn, Italy. In 1680 he returned to Amsterdam, ultimately being appointed to the rabbinate of that city (his lifetime ambition) in 1693 at the age of 83. He continued to hold such office until his death. Although he only spent a year in London, he nevertheless continued to be a source of advice and support to the London community and its spiritual and lay leaders until his death. (Jewish Encyclopedia article on "Sasportas" c.1906 and British Chief Rabbis 1664-2006 by Derek Taylor, 2007, Chapter 3, pp.26-45.)

Rabbi Arnold Saunders
(b. 1958)

Manchester-born Rabbi Saunders, BA (m. Myrella) studied at Gateshead Yeshiva and Jews’ College, London. He served as minister of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1982-c.1984), Wanstead & Woodford Affiliated Synagogue, London, and Higher Crumpsall and Higher Broughton Synagogue, Manchester (1990-2005). In 2009, he was appointed as Jewish Civilian Chaplain to the Military and in 2017, in a by-election, he was elected as Conservative councillor for the Kersal ward of Salford. However, in the 2019 General Election, he unsuccessfully stood as Conservative candidate for the Worsley and Eccles South constituency (On line press reports and Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. J. Schachtel

Rev. Schachtel served as minister of Llandudno Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1924-c.1925). In 1928 he conducted High Holy Day services for the United Synagogue Welfare Board in the East End of London. (Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rabbi Avi Scharf

Rabbi Scharf (m. Devorah) served as rabbi of Alei Tzion Synagogue, Hendon, London (2008-2009), after which he returned to live in Israel. (Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. N. Schatz

See under Rev. M. Shatz.

Rabbi Dr. Solomon Meyer Schiller-Szenessy

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rabbi Dr. S.M. Schiller-Szenessy in Non-Orthodox section.

Rabbi Eliezer Schneelbalg

Rabbi Schneelbalg has served as rabbi of Machzikei Hadass Edgware Beth Hamedrash London, from about 1995 until present - May 2021). Widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of kosher certification, Rabbi Schneelbalg is president of The International Kosher Organisation, a kosher certification agency. (Jewish Year Book listings and Uniquely Edgware website.)

Rabbi Yitzchak Y. Schochet
(b. c.1965)

Toronto-born Rabbi Schochet, (m. Chani), son of Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet, received semicha in 1988 and later gained a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from University College London. He served as part-time minister of Richmond Synagogue, southwest London (1991-1993) and taught Jewish studies at the Jewish Free School. Since 1993 to present (October 2021), he has been rabbi at Mill Hill Synagogue, northwest London. He is a regular columnist and writer principally in the UK Jewish press. Rabbi Schochet served on the Chief Rabbi's Cabinet with the portfolio of the family and as chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue. (Jewish Year Book listings and Mill Hill congregation's website.)

Rev. J.H. Schulman

Rev. Schulman served as reader of Rhyl and District Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1904-c.1905). (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Alexander Schloss
(d. February 1925)

Rev. Schloss's first position was at Canterbury Synagogue, Kent. He then served the Nottingham Hebrew congregation for nearly 32 years, as reader, shochet and teacher at the Hebrew classes (1888-1919). He then took up "less strenuous duties" as minister of Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent (1919-c.1925). He died in Margate in 1925 shortly after retirement. His eldest son was minister of the Jewish community at Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1919. (Jewish Chronicle, various articles)

Rev. Maurice (Marcus) Schwartz (or Schwarz)
(d. 19.4.2000)

Rev. Schwartz (or Schwarz) (m. Fay Shenderey in Liverpool - d.1998) was for 15 years chazan to the Swansea Beth Hamedrash (c.1932-January 1945). He was then briefly minister at the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1945-c.1946). He served the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation in the mid 1950s. Having also been minister at Hounslow and District Synagogue, west London, Rev Schwartz returned to Swansea in May 1964 to become reader, shochet and teacher to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation. Rev Schwartz was part-time reader at Luton Hebrew Congregation, Bedfordshire and headmaster at its Hebrew classes from 1975 until his retirement in c.1989. He was a resident of the Nightingale Care Home in London. (Jewish Chronicle press reports.)

Rev. Yossi Schwarz

Manchester-born Rev. Schwarz studied in Israel and has served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware United Synagogue, London from 2011 to the present October 2021). (Profile on the congregation's website.)

Rev. M. Segal

Rev. Segal served as minister of Dunfermline Hebrew Congregation, eastern Scotland, from about 1927 to about 1938. In 2005, the city of Dunfirmline, named a street, "Segal Place", in his memory. (Jewish Year Book listings and Scotland’s Jews - A Guide to the History and Community of the Jews in Scotland by Dr. K. Collins, 2008, p.48.)

Rabbi Moses Hirsch Segal
(23 September 1875 - 11 January 1968)

Rabbi Segal, M.A., was born in Maishad, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire) and moved to Britain in the 1890s. He studied at the Universities of London and Oxford and gained a B.A. in 1906 and an M.A in 1910. He also received rabbinical semicha and served the Oxford Synagogue and was minister of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (c.1909-c.1918). He became very involved in the Zionist movement and in 1918, went to Palestine for a year at the request of Chaim Weizmann as a member of the Zionist Commission. He returned to England and served as minister of Swansea Hebrew Congregation (c.1921-c.1924) and Bristol Hebrew Congregation (c.1924-c.1925). In 1926, Rabbi Segal made aliya to Palestine, where he adopted the name Moshe Zvi Segal, joining the teaching staff of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was appointed Professor of Mishnaic Hebrew in 1929. He was awarded the Bialik Prize in 1936 and the Israel Prize in 1954. He was the father of Prof. Judah Benzion Segal, who became one of the leaders of the Reform Judaism movement, and Lord Samuel Segal, a politician and Jewish communal leader. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) , pp.888/9.)

Rev. Shalom Segal
(d. 1983)

Rev. Shalom (or Scholom) Segal was born in Kharkov, Russia, the son of a rabbi there. He was assistant minister and headmaster of the Hebrew classes of the the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1936-1945) and then became senior minister and headmaster of the classes at the Childwall Hebrew Congregation, Liverpool (1945-69). He left Liverpool to become head of Jewish studies at Carmel College, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. In 1980 Rev. Segal retired to Netanya, Israel, and he died in Jerusalem in 1983. He was the grandson of Rev. Jacob Mendel Teitelman of Edinburgh and the nephew of the head of Manchester yeshiva, Rav Segal. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community by John Cowell", p.694; Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary, 29 July 1983.)

Rev. Shachtel

Rev. Shachtel served probably as assistant minister or reader of the South Shields Synagogue from about 1908 for a short period and as minister of Newcastle Beth Hamedrash (c.1919-c.1921) ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), pp.256-260 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. J. Shachtel

See under Rev. J. Schachtel.

Rabbi Jacob Shachter
(1886 - 1971)

Romanian-born Rabbi Shachter (m. Henia), the son of Rabbi Abraham Shachter, obtained semicha in 1911. He initially served as rabbi in Galatz, Romania (1913-1920). In 1920, he emigrated to Britain to serve as rabbi to the New Rumanian Synagogue, Manchester. In 1926, he was appointed rabbi to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1926-1954), the longest serving rabbi in the history of the Belfast community. In 1936, he was awarded an honorary MA by Queen's University Belfast. During the Second World War he served as a non-commissioned chaplain to the Forces in Northern Ireland. Following his retirement from the Belfast post in 1954, he settled in Jerusalem, where he died. Rabbi Shachter published Ingathering (Jerusalem, 1966) and was the author and translator of several rabbinic works. (Ingathering by Jacob Shachter and Jewish Chronicle obituary.)

Rabbi I. Shaffer

Rabbi Shaffer, obtained a Bachelor's and Master's degree through Jews' College, semicha from Gateshead yeshiva in 1988 and he also studied in Israel. Rabbi Shaffer served as minister of Belmont Synagogue, north west London (c.1988-c.1991). He was deputy head of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, London for eight years. After moving to the United States, Rabbi Shaffer is on the Faculty of Yeshiva University and is a supervisor for Kosher food services. (Jewish Year Book listings and Yeshiva University website.)

Rev. J.M. Shatz

Rev. J.M. Shatz served as a minister of Limerick Synagogue (c.1919-c.1920) (See also Rev. M. Shatz, below, possibly the same person.) (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. M. Shatz

Rev. M. (or N.) Shatz (also spelled Schatz) served as a minister of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation from at least 1896 until early 1900s and as temporary minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, (Northern) Ireland (c.1915-c.1917). (See also Rev. J.M. Shatz, above, possibly the same person.) (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Dr. Alan Shaw

Rev. (later Dr.) Alan Shaw (m. Jacqueline) was the son of Rabbi Joseph Shaw. Although he served two terms as minister of Staines and District Synagogue (1979-1981 and 1986-1988), he spent most of his career in education, as head of Jewish studies and later headmaster of Ilford Jewish Primary School, headmaster of Moriah Jewish Day School and headmaster of Hasmonean Primary School, all in London. (On-line profile and Information provided by a former member of the Staines community.)

Rabbi Andrew Shaw

Rabbi Andrew Shaw (m. Gila) served as community development rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (2000-2015) and was founder of the United Synagogue TRIBE youth movement and served as director of the United Synagogue's Living & Learning department. He was subsequently appointed Chief Executive of Mizrachi UK (2015 to present - June 2020). (United Synagogue press reports.)

Rabbi Joseph Shaw
(b. 2 July 1922 - 7 March 2001)

London-born Rabbi Shaw (m. Fay), studied at Jews' College and was Hesther Rothschild and Hollier Hebrew scholar at University College London. He later studied at Etz Chaim yeshiva. He was briefly minister of Sutton and District Synagogue, London in 1948 and then for three years served as assistant minister of Hampstead Synagogue, London (c.1949-c.1952). The remainder of his career was at Palmers Green and Southgate District Synagogue, London (1952-1987). He obtained semicha at Jews' College in 1957. Rabbi Shaw was chaplain to the National Association of Jewish Friendship Clubs (1985-93). On retirement he was appointed emeritus minister and also worked for the marriage registration department at the London Bet Din. He was the father of Rev. Alan Shaw. (Jewish Year Book Listings and Who's Who.)

Rabbi Pinchas Shebson
(c.1909 - 1985)

Polish-born Rabbi Shebson (born Pinchos Szebszynski) studied from childhood at Grodno and Bialystok yeshivot and at the Takhemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, obtaining semicha from the Warsaw Beth Din at the age of 20. He came to England in 1930, entered Jews' College (m. Sarah Viner in Liverpool in 1933) and served as minister of the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation (1933-1947), Woolwich & Plumstead Synagogue, London (1947-1949), and Ohel Shem Synagogue, Willesden, London (1949-1951). Rabbi Shebson then served as senior minister to the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1951-1979), where he established the local Jewish youth club in its own new building, inspired the erection of a Talmud Torah and, despite opposition, secured the establishment of the Herzlia Day School. Following retirement to Finchley, north west London, he was an energetic and effective community activist, growing support for the Jewish Welfare Board by setting up local branches across London, served as a frequent Joint Israel Appeal speaker, and was active in the Mizrachi religious Zionist movement. Rabbi Shebson is buried in Bushey Cemetery and over 800 attended his memorial service at Southend synagogue. His daughter married Bernard Garbacz, the son of his colleague at Southend, Rev. Ayeh Garbacz. (Profile on the SWHC website by Anne Marcus; and Jewish Chronicle obituary 6 September 1985 and various reports.)

Rev. Abraham Shechter
(c.1894 - 1958)

Warsaw-born Rev. Shechter studied at Lomza yeshiva and trained in chazanut by (amongst others) Chazan Sirota. Prior to World War I, he was principal chazan at a synagogue in Bialystok. Rev. Shechter (m. Rebecca Rachel d. 1969) came to Britain in the 1920s and worked briefly at the Commercial Road Great Synagogue, east London, and in Newcastle upon Tyne (details currently not known). He subsequently served as chazan of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (c.1927-c.1930) and from there he moved to become chazan of the newly-opened Willesden Green and Cricklewood Hebrew Congregation (which became the Cricklewood Synagogue), north west London, where he served for 28 years (c.1930-1958). Sadly, Rev Shechter died the day before he was due to retire, collapsing while taking a service at the synagogue. (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle obituary of 11 July 1958.)

Rev. M. Sheinfield

Rev. Sheinfield served as reader of the breakwaay Bradford New Hebrew Orthodox Congregation, Yorkshire, from about 1910 to about 1911. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Nathan Shenny
(1944 - 21 July 2001)

Liverpool born Rev. Shenny was the son of Joseph Shenny, beadle of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation for 26 years. He attended the Gateshead Jewish Boarding School, a yeshiva in London and studied for two years at a yeshiva at Bnei Brak, Israel. Rev. Shenny was briefly minister of Birkenhead Synagogue (1964-1965), aged only 20, while he was training to be a shochet. He was the brother of Rabbi Michael Shenny. He died in Manchester. (Jewish Chronicle report 21 August 1964 and online research.)

Rev. Avrom Sherr
(b. 1949)

Rev. Sherr (m. Lorraine) was educated at Carmel College and was a graduate of the London School of Economics. He was appointed lecturer in law at Warwick University in 1974 and while teaching at the University (which is located in Coventry) he was for some time non-resident part-time minister of the Coventry Hebrew Congregation and also commuted regularly from London (c.1987). He is an emeritus professor at the Institute of Advanced Legal studies. (Jewish Chronicle various reports.)

Rev. Jacob (Jack) Sherman
(1914 - 19 March 2004)

Rev. Sherman, born in London's East End (m. Doris), served in his first post as choirmaster at the Mile End & Bow District Synagogue, London. Whilst he was working there, he attended the Guildhall School of Music where he studied music theory and harmony. In 1942, he was appointed to his first cantorial post at the United Synagogue, Manchester, where he remained for two years, and in 1944 he went to the Chassidishe Synagogue, Spencer Place, Leeds. After holding various positions in London, in 1951 he became the chazan of the Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (1951-1967). When the synagogue in Poet’s Road closed in 1967, Rev. Sherman assisted at other synagogues in London and taught at Jews' College. He served as secretary, and later as president, of the Chazanim Association of Great Britain. (Profile by Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Cyril Shine
24 January 1923* - 24 November 2006)

London-born Rabbi Shine, BA (m. Marie, 1948) served as minister of Peterborough Hebrew Congregation (1944-1946), Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue, London (1946-1949), North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (1949-1955) and Central Synagogue, London (1955-c.1988) and was appointed domestic chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen (1960-1961). This was the first time a Jewish chaplain had been appointed to London's Lord Mayor. (Jewish Year Book listing and Who's Who entries.)
*The Jewish Chronicle report of his death gives his date of birth (apparently incorectly) as 11 March 1921.

Rev. S. Shine
Rev. Shine served as temporary chazan at the Hendon Synagogue in 1949 or 1950. (The History of the Hendon Synagogue, by Geoffrey Alderman, p.9.)

Rabbi Geoffrey L. Shisler

Rabbi Shisler (m. Anne) qualified as a state teacher, taught Jewish Studies at all levels and for eleven years taught cantorial music and Nusach Hatefillah (traditional prayer modes) at Jews' College, London. During this time, he held part-time positions as chazan at Finchley Central Synagogue and Ilford Federation Synagogue. He formally commenced his synagogue career as chazan at the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill, London (c.1970-1973). This was followed by a call to became chazan/minister at Kenton Synagogue, London, serving the congregation for twenty years (1973-1993), becoming its sole minister in 1992. In 1993, he continued his career with his appointment as minister of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, serving until 2000, during which period he obtained semicha. He then served as minister of the New West End Synagogue, London (2000-2014). Rabbi Shisler has published musical arrangements and his website includes studies of chazanut and biographies of influential chazzonim. He served as an inspector for Pikuach, the organisation that inspects Jewish education in Jewish Schools. He is a Magistrate and an associate member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star. (Profile on Rabbi Shisler's website; A Kenton Jubilee 1948-1998, edited by J. King, 1998; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Shoob

Rev. Shoob served as second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1965 to at least c.1971). ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Leo Sichel
(31 October 1922 - 13 January 1998)

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Rev. Sichel (m. Gertrude Hoffman in 1948 - d. 1989) was educated in Furth, Germany. In 1938 he came to Britain and studied at Gateshead yeshiva (1938-1941). Living for a time in Manchester, in 1951 he began his congregational career as assistant minister to the Swansea Hebrew Congregation. In 1954, Rev Sichel became assistant minister of the Penylan Synagogue of the Cardiff United Synagogue and headmaster of its cheder. He assisted Rabbi Alexander Carlebach as chazan, teacher and shochet to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1957-c.1958). He was then to serve for 29 years as minister of the Reading Hebrew Congregation (1959-1987). He was appointed chaplain to Reading prison, Broadmoor hospital, and the University of Reading. He was involved with the welfare of residents of nearby Ravenswood Village (a residential centre for people with learning difficulties) and made regular visits there on Friday mornings to help to prepare Shabbat. Rev. Sichel retired in 1988 and was a resident of the Sage nursing home in Golders Green when he died. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 6 February 1988; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Sidney Silberg, MA
(1935 - September 2014)

Leeds-born Rabbi Silberg (m. Isabelle Riff from Antwerp, Belgium) obtained a BA and a minister's diploma at Jews' College, where he was chairman of the students union. Between 1955 and 1957 he was assistant minister to Dayan M. Lew at Hampstead Garden Synagogue, while studying for semicha (obtained in 1962). Rabbi Silberg then accepted the call of Ealing and Acton District Synagogue. In June 1967 he took up the post of rabbi of Jesmond Hebrew Congregation, Newcastle upon Tyne, leaving in 1973, when that congregation merged into the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. In 1973, he became rabbi of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation. He had responsibility for Soviet Jewish affairs in the Chief Rabbi's cabinet (1976-1980), and later for Israeli affairs. In 1977 be became the first ever Jewish mayoral chaplain in Bournemouth. His final ministerial appointment was as minister at Hendon United Synagogue, London (1981-1997). He set up the Shul's first Keilim Mikvah and its Chevra Kadisha and in his farewell address, he said he had conducted 950 funerals, the same number of stone-settings, and more than 300 weddings. He retired to Israel. He was a talented calligrapher and designer of Ketubot, Mezuzot and Megillot. He died in Jerusalem. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Shimshon D. Silkin

Rabbi Silkin learned in Yeshivas Shaarei Torah (Manchester) and Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem) and received semicha at Yeshivas Haran in Ramot, Israel (as well as from Dayan Goldberg). He holds a diploma in psychology from the University of London and a degree in Rabbinic Education from the Jerusalem Leadership College. Rabbi Silkin served as rabbi of Aish Communal Synagogue, Hendon, London (c.2008-c.2010), senior interim rabbi of Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2011-2013) and rabbi of Beis Yisrael - Ner Yisrael Borehamwood (2011-2013). He is the director of Chazon UK, a London-based organisation which provides classes, seminars and events for the Orthodox community. (Jewish Year Book listings and on-line biography.)

Haham Rabbi Joshua da Silva - see Haham Rabbi Joshua (Yehoshua) da Silva

Rev. S. Silver

Rev. Silver served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1924-c.1927). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Chananya Silverman

Liverpool-born Rev. (later Rabbi) Silverman, who has a BSc in management sciences and MA in educational management, studied at Aish HaTorah Yeshivah in Israel and received semichah from Jews' College, London. He served as minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, London (c.1993-c.1999). He was head of Sixth Form Studies at the Jewish Free School and Director of Operations at the Jewish Learning Exchange. He is Business Manager at Beis Yaakov Primary School, London. (Jewish Year Book listings and on-line profile.)

Rabbi Vivian C. Silverman
(b. 1944)

Liverpool-born Rabbi Silverman (m Lynette Mirvis, sister of chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis) was educated at Etz Chaim yeshiva, Jews' College and London University. As religious adviser to the Ilford Jewish youth centre at Redbridge, in 1970 he was inducted associate minister of Ilford (United) Synagogue by senior  minister, Rev. S. Black, and tasked with setting up a community in the Clayhall district and  became the first part-time minister of the Clayhill Synagogue. He was then minister of the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregation in Cape Town, South Africa, and part-time lecturer in the University of Cape Town's department of religious studies. Rabbi Silverman received semicha from Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Bernard Casper in 1979. In 1987 he returned to the UK to become minister to the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, Essex, and was subsequently minister at the Central Synagogue, London (1989-c.1995). In 1995 he was acting rabbi to the Dublin Hebrew Congregation synagogues at Adelaide Road and Terenure. From 1996 until his retirement 20 years later he served the Hove Hebrew Congregation, Holland Road synagogue.  (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle profile January 1996; and various reports.)

Rev. D. Silverstein

Rev. Silverstein was reported in 1989 to be the newly-appointed minister of Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent. No further information is currently known. (Jewish Chronicle report, March 1989)

Rev. Jacob Moses Silverston
(c.1873 - 9 February 1936)

Rev. Silverston (formerly Silverstone) was born in Szczuczyn, Grajewo County, northern Poland (then within the Russian Empire, close the the Prussian border) (m. Wilhelmina or Mina Simberg, born 1874, Grajewo). He served the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation from 1 October 1897 until his death in 1936, initially as chazan, headmaster and shochet and later, from about 1923, as assistant minister, jointly with Rev. S. Turtledove. He was also assistant headmaster at the congregation's Jewish school / religious classes and, at least from 1930, the local mohel. He was the composer of many liturgical pieces including a special setting of Hallel. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 6 March 1936, reports and internet research. See also family wedding photograph.)

Rabbi Dr Alec Eli Silverstone
(9 March 1897 - 27 June 1982)

Manchester-born, Rabbi Silverstone (m.1st Helena Amias (divorced 1943), 2nd Jessie Weitzman) was the son of Rabbi Simon Silverstone. He studied at the Manchester Yeshiva (where he obtained semicha in 1918) and the Manchester University (BA and MA and a Doctorate in 1924). He was minister of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1924-1927) and of Southport Hebrew Congregation from 1927 until his retirement, aged 70, in March 1967 when he became emeritus minister of the congregation. President of the Southport Zionist Society and vice president of the Mizrachi Federation of Great Britain, Rabbi Silverstone was a scholar of Judaism, with a particular interest in the Jewish attitude to spiritualism. His publications include The Great Beyond and Other Essays on Resurrection, Immortality, Spiritualism and Cognate Matters (1932). ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.602; Jewish Chronicle obituary 2 July 1982.)

Rabbi Gedaliah (George) Silverstone
(1871 - 1944)

Rabbi Silverstone (m. Rivka Baker, 1892 in Liverpool) was born Gedaliah Zylbersztejn in Jasionowka, Russian Empire, where his maternal grandfather was rabbi. When he was aged two, the family moved to Sakot, Kovno Governorate, where his father, Rabbi Yeshyahu Meir, was appointed rabbi. He studied at yeshivas in Ruzhany and Telz and in 1891 he and his family moved to Britain, settling initially in Liverpool. From 1901 to 1906, he served as a rabbi to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation, principally serving the immigrant community in North Belfast. In about 1907, Rabbi Silverstone and his family left Britain for the USA. He was appointed rabbi of Ohev Sholom Congregation, Washington DC and from 1911 simultaneously served the newly-founded Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown, Washington DC, until 1923. He died in Jerusalem and is buried on the Mount of Olives. He authored over 30 Hebrew books and pamphlets on religious subjects.  (Research by Steven Jaffe, including internet research and The A - Z DNA of Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry by Stuart Rosenblatt.)

Rabbi Simon Silverstone
(d. 29 April 1969)

Rabbi Silverstone, the co-founder of Manchester Yeshiva, was the father of Rabbi Dr. Alec Eli Silverstone. He died in Israel. ("Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History" (2011), pp.915.)

Rabbi Hillel Simon

Rabbi H. Simon was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, and received semicha from Rabbi Yeruslavski of Kiryat Malachi, Israel and Rabbi Yisroel Piekarski of New York. After spending two years in advanced rabbinic studies and outreach with Lubavitch of Leeds, he served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1992-2002). An Adjunct Teacher for the Montefiore Kollel Smicha Programme (2003-2004), he subsequently becomes a chief kashrut Inspector for KLBD (London Beth Din) from 2005. (Jewish Year Book listings and on-line profile and LinkedIn profile.)

Rev. Isidore Simon
(d. 15 Apriil 1922)

Rev. Simon (m. Czisza or Kitty Avner on 10 April 1872 at the Great Synagogue, London) was from Serey (probably today Seirijai in southern Lithuania), the son of a Talmud teacher known as Rabbi Shimmelle der Melamed (see the Jewish Chronicle report "Death of a Talmud teacher," 23 November 1900). He came to England in 1867. His first post was at Oxford Synagogue. He held a post at Manchester University from 1871, was minister of the Southampton Hebrew Congregation (c.1875-early 1884), and then returned to Manchester. For the next 38 years, Rev. Simon served South Manchester Synagogue (1884-1922), first as reader and then also as minister and was instrumental in the building of the congregation's new synanagogue (at Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield), consecrated in 1913. In the wider community he was hon. secretary of the Manchester Visitation Board and the Manchester Branch of the Jewish Protection Society, and a member of the board of management of the Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital. Rev. Simon also frequently acted as visiting minister to Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (mainly 1898-1902), prior to that congregation appointing a minister of its own. He was the father of Sir Leon Simon CB, born 1881 in Southampton, who was a leading British Zionist and civil servant who took part in the drafting of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and who served on the Zionist Commission with Chaim Weizmann and was later President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Jewish Chronicle profile on the Golden Wedding anniversary of Rev and Mrs Simon 7 April 1922, various other Jewish Chronicle reports; online research; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Simon

Rev. Simon served as reader of Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1991-c.1994). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi David Singer

Birmingham-born Rabbi Singer (m. Judith) obtained semicha in 1981 from Yeshivat HaNegev, Netivot, Israel and is also a qualified sofer, mohel and shochet. He returned to Birmingham and served as assistant rabbi and chazan to the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (1992 to 1995) and as head of religious education at King David Primary School, Birmingham. He then went back to Israel and worked as a yeshiva teacher and was a medic and ambulance driver with Magen David Adom. Following his return to Britain, he was appointed minister of the Belfast Jewish Community (2013-2018). He left Belfast on his appointment as rabbi of Ilford Federation Synagogue, London (2018 to present - October 2020) (Jewish Chronicle reports and Belfast Jewish Record 2013.)

Rev. E. Singer

Born in Czechoslovakia, Rev. Singer was principal reader at Brno. He was also reader in Alsace, France, and at the Segur Synagogue, Paris. During the war he served in the Czechoslovak Allied Army. He served as reader of the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Leeds (c.1949-1951) and the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London (1951-c.1956). (Jewish Chronicle profile 16 March 1951; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Mordechai (Marcus) Singer
(12 January 1926 - 7 March 1998)

Vienna born Rabbi Singer (m. Alice, daughter of Dayan Krausz from Leeds) was brought to England in 1938, aged 12, on the Kindertransport, by Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld. From the Dovercourt reception camp, he ended up in the  village of Shefford, in Bedfordshire, where he came under the care of Dr Judith Grunfeld. He studied at Aria College, Portsmouth, and at yeshivot in Glasgow, London, and at Gateshead, from where he gained semicha (in about 1967), and obtained a BA in Oriental studies, Hebrew and Arabic from London University. As Rev. Singer, he served as chazan at the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, (1951-c.1955), as minister at the Notting Hill Synagogue, west London (1961-1965), and was appointed minister of the Ohel Shem Synagogue, Willesden (1965-1969). For the next 25 years, Rabbi Singer was senior minister at Birmingham Central Synagogue (1969-1994). He was principal of the Talmud Torah and an inspector of Birmingham's shechitah board, and was instrumental in the building of a new mikveh in the city. He pioneered the introduction of the Project Seed learning programme to Birmingham. He retired to Gateshead where he died. (Jewish Chronicle Obituary 27 March 1998; Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. K. Slivkin

Rev. Slivkin was reader during the Chief Rabbi's visit to the Stockport Hebrew Congregation in May 1904. (Jewish Chronicle report of 15 May 1903.)

Rabbi Yitzak Sliw

Rabbi Sliw, a religious studies teacher, has taught at King David High School in Liverpool and as subject leader in Religious Studies at Hasmonean High School in Hendon, London. He served as the first minister of the newly-established Radlett Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1995-1997). (Jewish Year Book listing; and congregation's website.)

Rev. E. Slotki

Rev. Slotki was the longest serving minister of the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation (then in Lancashire) (c.1928-December 1945). At a farewell reception he was thanked for his 17 years service. During his term, Rev. Slotki assisted the small Jewish community in Whitehaven, some forty-five miles to the north of Barrow, and served as visiting minister of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire, (c.1939-1945). Following Barrow, Rev. Slotki moved to Sunderland. (Jewish Year Book listings; various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Mordechai Smith

Manchester-born Rabbi Smith (m. Rose Levitta) entered Manchester Talmudical College at the age of 14 and studied at Slobodka yeshiva both in Lithuania and after it transferred to Hebron, British Mandate of Palestine. In 1936 he was inducted minister at the Wellington Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington (which later became the West Hackney Synagogue), North London (1936-1948). In 1938 he was appointed headmaster of the Great Garden Street Talmud Torah. He left for South Africa in 1948 where he served the Worcester Hebrew Congregation, Cape Province, and then the Rondebosch Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town. On his return to London, Rabbi Smith was minister of Clapton Federation Synagogue and then Sinai Synagogue, Golders Green. A shochet with well over 40 years experience he retired in 1984. (Jewish Chronicle reports including profile of 23 July 1948.)

Rev. Lewis Smorgansky

Rev. Lewis Smorgansky (also spelled Smogansky, Smorgonsky or Smolenski) is belived to have served as minister of Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales from about 1899 until 1900 and as minister of Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire, in 1901, leaving to take up an appointment in Vilna. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Abraham Snadow (formerly Rev. Abraham Snadowitch)
(c.1882 - 8 November 1970

Rev. Snadowitch (m. Sophie Orlier) was born and educated in Russia, where he qualified as a shochet. He came to Britain in about 1903 and his initial appointment was as reader/minister and shochet to the Wrexham Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1908-1909). Following this, he appears to have simplified his surname to Snadow, which preceded his appointment as reader, teacher and shochet to the Abertillery Hebrew Congregation, South Wales (1909-1910). He left Abertillery to be appointed chazan-shochet and assistant teacher to the Newport Hebrew Congregation, Monmouthshire (1910-1964), serving the Newport community for almost 55 years (and was appointed emeritus minister on his retirement in 1964). He also served contemporaneously as shochet and teacher at the neighbouring Newbridge Hebrew Congregation, Monmouthshire, from about 1926 until about 1928, after that congregation ceased having its own minister. He died in Manchester, his wife Sophie died four hours later on the same day. He was the father in law of Rabbi G. Wulwick of Heaton Park synagogue, Manchester. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle reports and obituary 20 November 1970.)

Rev. H. Leonard Sober
(1923 - 2005)

Rev. Sober (m. Fay Marcus in Ilford in 1948) was born Hyman Soberski in London's East End and studied for three years at Yeshiva Etz Chaim before becoming an Infantryman in the Essex Regiment during World War II. He served as reader of Barking & Becontree Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1962-c.1969) and of Ilford Federation Synagogue (1970-c.1979) and was later appointed as chazan and religious classes teacher at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation (1979-1991), during which period he was a founder member of the Southend Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews. Tragically, his son, Alan, was killed in 1982 while on active service as an army volunteer in Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings and information provided by Anne Marcus.)

Rev. A. Solomon

Rev. A. Solomon served as reader of Leicester Hebrew Congregation from 1914 to 1916. (Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker.)

Rabbi Mark A. Solomon

Served both Orthodox and Non-Orthodox congregations. See under Rabbi Mark A. Solomon in Non-Orthodox section.

Rabbi Zvi Solomons

Rabbi Solomons (m. Shira), who holds a MPhil from University of Reading and an MA in Roman, Saxon and Medieval Archaeology from Selwyn College, Cambridge, received semicha at Jews' College, London in about 2001. He and Rebbetzen Shira served as rabbinic couple at Potters Bar and District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (c.2000-c.2005), Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation, Princes Road, Liverpool (c.2005-2008), Reading Hebrew Congregation, Berkshire (2008-2015) and the Jewish Community of Berkshire, a congregation founded by Rabbi Solomons based in Reading (2008 to present - July 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and news reports.)

Rabbi Philip Somen
(c.1929 - 1967)

Rabbi Somen grew up a member of the Waltham Forest community, in east London, entered Jews' College in 1956 and gained a BA degree in 1958 and the minister's diploma two years later. He served at Queen's Road Synagogue, Walthamstow, London, for two years and was then assistant minister of Brixton Synagogue, south London (1961-1964). He was minister to St Albans Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1964-1967). Rabbi Somen was minister of the Commercial Road Great Synagogue in the East End when he died aged 39 having obtained semicha only four months earlier. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 18 October 1968 and various reports.)

Rev. Nathan Speakmaster

Rev. Speakmaster served as teacher and possibly reader at the Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire (c.1900-c.1902) and as reader/minister of Stockport Hebrew Congregation, then in Cheshire, from at least 1903 until, possibly, 1908, although in 1905 he reportedly assisted as ba'al tokeah in Nottingham Hebrew Congregation. (Jewish Year Book listings and various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Dayan L. (Eliezer) Spector
(c.1912 - 1981)

Rabbi Spector studied at Etz Chaim, London, and at Navardok Yeshiva in Poland. He was a teacher in London at the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill, Hebrew classes and at Jews' College. He was then appointed minister and chazan at the Walford Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, London (c.1950-c.1976). In February 1967 he was appointed education officer of the London Talmud Torah Council, a recently established education authority of the Federation of Synagogues, London. He served in this post until his retirement in 1980. Rabbi Spector was founder and president of the Chabad Orphan Aid Society, for which he was a charismatic and effective fundraiser, and the Hall of Residence at the Kfar Chabad Vocational Schools in Israel was named in his honour. (Jewish Chronicle obituary 6 February 1981, news item 17 February 1967, Jewish Year Book listings and internet research.)

Rev. Dov Speier

Swedish born Rev. Speier (m. Edit) first came to England in 1973 to study at Jews' College, London, before taking a post at the West End Great Synagogue in Dean Street, Soho, London. He served as reader of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London, (c.1976) and Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1978-c.1980). Having lived in Israel and served for a time the Jewish community in Malmo, Sweden, he was chazan at the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation, Essex, (1989-1990). He was part-time chazan of Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue, north London, (1990-c 2002). In 2011 Rev. Speier was based in Stockholm. He is a freelance Chazan and music teacher in London. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle profile 15 September 1989.)

Rev. Emanuel Spero
(25 August 1854 - 25 September 1927)

Rev. Spero was born at Svendborg, Denmark, where his father was minister. He was the grandson of Rabbi Moshe Katznellenbogen, dayan at Frankfurt. Rev. Spero was brought to Britain as an infant when his father was appointed minister at Swansea, south Wales. Educated at Liverpool Jews' School and in music at Guildhall school and the London Academy of Music. His early career was as a concert singer in Birmingham and he pursued a business career in Berlin, where he married Dora Schievitz. In 1880 he became chazan at Hambro' Synagogue, London, moving in 1883 to the Central Synagogue, London, where he served until retirement in 1924. He was vice president to the Anglo Jewish minister's conference and worked to safeguard and improve the status of chazanim in the British Jewish community. He was popularly known as the "silver voiced chazan". (Jewish Chronicle obituary 30 September 1927)

Rev. Gershon Spilg

Rev. Spilg served as minister of Falkirk Hebrew Congregation, Scotland during the early years of the congregation. (Scottish Jewish Archives Centre website.)

Rev. Moses Srolowitz

Lithuanian-born Rev. Srolowitz was reader of the Huddersfield Synagogue (c.1945-c.1947) and an assistant teacher in Bradford. He was possibly the son of L. Srolowitz of Doncaster (d. 1925). (The Communal History of Jews in Huddersfield by Anne C Brook, Huddersfield Local History Society Journal No 25 (2014) p.15. and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. I. Stanley
(d. 1983)

Rev. Stanley was appointed assistant minister of Notting Hill Synagogue, west London, in 1938 during the illness of Rabbi Dr Newman. In 1944 he was at Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue in east London. He later apppears to have assisted a chaplain to the Friern Hospital, north London, some time after 1953. (Jewish Chronicle reports; article by Harry Balkin on the Friern Hospital Synagogue.)

Rev. Hosea (Joshua) Steinberg
(1890 - 31 December 1939)

Born in Kuldia (probably Kuldiga), Latvia, Rev Steinberg (m. Freda Selutina) was second reader and shochet to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (c.1931-c.1939) and also is believed to have previously served the congregation as second reader (c.1927-c.1930). He died in Belfast. (Stuart Rosenblatt The A-Z DNA of Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry, 12/2011 edition; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

C. Steen

Mr. C. Steen served as reader for the Ayr Hebrew Congregation, west of Scotland, (c.1956-c.1960). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. B. Steinhaus

Rev. Steinhaus served as reader and secretary of Chesham Hebrew Congregation, Buckinghamshire, during the mid 1940s. Believed to be Rabbi Bernard (Dov) Steinhaus who in the 1950s was rabbi in Copenhagen, and later a teacher at the Kol Torah yeshiva in Jerusalem, who was a British citizen. (Jewish Year Book listings; and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Reuven Stepsky

London-born Rabbi Stepsky (m. Elisheva) served as an assistant rabbi of the New West End Synagogue, London (early 1990s), Assistant Director of the Jewish Learning Exchange (1993-2016); and rabbi of Nefesh Hatorah congregation, Edgware, London (2018-2019). Subsequent he and Rebbetzen Elisheva Stepsky have served as  rge rabbinic couple at Kehillas Netzach Yisroel (KNY), Edgware (May 2019 until present - May 2021). (Uniquely Edgware website, KNY website and LinkedIn Account.)

Rev. Wolff Stoloff
(1869 - 1953)

Rev. Stoloff (also spelled Stolloff) (m Ada Wolk at St Petersburg Place, London in 1897) served as shochet to the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation (1895-c.1896) and as the minister and headmaster at Stroud Synagogue, Gloucestershire (1896-c.1898). He served as minister of the Southampton Hebrew Congregation (c.1898-c.1899). In 1899 he was appointed temporary reader of Hampstead Synagogue, London, becoming its permanent chazan in 1902 snd ultimately its longest serving chazan until his retirement in 1931. He was also the congregation's secretary (1902-1910). ("An Introduction to Rev. Wolf Stoloff (1869-1953), Hampstead Synagogue's longest-serving chazan" by Michael Jolles, published on November 2020; "The Hampstead Synagogue 1892-1967" by Raymond Apple; Jewish Chronicle report of 8 September 1899 and various other reports; Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Aron Stoutzker
(c.1885 - 27 July 1968)

Rev. Stoutzker (m. Dora Cohen) was born in Brok, a small resort town on the river Bug, Poland. He served as cantor of the Regensburg community in eastern Bavaria, and later of the Rue de Montevideo Synagogue, Paris, before being appointed chief cantor of the Great Synagogue, Amsterdam (1913-1925). He came to London in about 1925 to become first reader of the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street, London and served there for 25 years, until his retirement in 1950. He died in London and eight ministers and readers, an organ and a choir participated in a memorial service at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue. (Jewish Chronicle obituary, 2 August 1968 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Daniel Sturgess

Rabbi Sturgess (m. Alli) was born and raised in Essex, and studied at the University of Exeter. He worked briefly as an actuary and as a financial analyst before studying in the Aish HaTorah and Mir yeshivot in Israel, receiving semicha in 2010. Between 2010 and 2014, he was the Rabbi and Director for Aish in Birmingham. Rebbetzin Alli Sturges, also Essex raised, holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Wales, Swansea, and has studied and taught in various seminaries in Israel. She is a trained life coach, has worked as a housing officer in Cardiff and East London and is currently a qualified and practising CBT therapist. In August 2014, Rabbi and Rebbetzen Sturgess were appointed the (part-time) rabbinic couple at St Albans United Synagogue (serving until present, March 2021), working also with the SEED educational programme. This was the first appointment of a rabbi or minister for the congregration in some fifty years. In April 2018, Rabbi Sturgess was also appointed the Events System and Publications Coordinator of the United Synagogue. (Synagogue website.)

Rabbi Leivi Sudak

Rabbi Sudak (m. Feige) was educated at the Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, Lod, Israel, the Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, New Jersey and Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch and Kollel Lubavitch, both in Brooklyn, New York. He is the rabbi and director of Lubavitch of Edgware, London (1986 until present - May 2021). (Lubavitch of Edgware website.)

Rev. Eli Sufrin

Rev. Sufrin (m. Nechama) was part-time chazan at Brighton and Hove Synagogue and then at Ilford Synagogue (1996-2000) and youth director at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue until 2001 He later served as chazan of Finchley Synagogue, London (c.2016 until at least 2019). (Online reports; portrait in the National Portrait Gallery.)

Rabbi Isaac (Yitzchok) H. Sufrin

Manchester-born Rabbi Suffrin (m. Zipporah) was responsible for administration at Lubavitch HQ in London and was youth officer at Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue, north London, for 14 years until 1994. He then served as minister of Highgate Synagogue, London (1994-2008) and Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, London (2008 to present - May 2021). He is the brother of Rabbi Aron Dov Sufrin. (Jewish Year Book listings and press report.)

Rev. J. Sugarman

Rev. J. Sugarman was minister for the Canning Town Synagogue, east London (c.1933-c.1935). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Lee Sunderland

Glasgow-born Rabbi Sunderland (m. Lynette Chazen, 2007) served as the minister of Southport Hebrew Congregation (1987-1988) and the Belfast Hebrew Congregation (1993-1994). He later served as religious superintendent at Rainham Cemetery and as minister of the Romford and District Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.2001 to present - October 2020), having obtained semicha in 2013 through the Montefiore Programme in London. (Belfast Jewish Records and Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Arthur Saul Super
(c.1908 - 1979)

Rev. Super was born in Great Yarmouth where his father was chazan-shochet and spent part of his childhood in Melbourne, Australia. He studied at Jews' College, London, and at the School of Oriental Studies of London University. He also took a degree at Cambridge. He served as rabbi of Shaar Hashamaim in Montreal (1933-1936) and of the United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds (1936-1947). He was an army chaplain during World War II. Following the war, he served as minister of Bayswater Synagogue, London (1947-1950). He was editor of the Zionist Review and The Zionist Year Book and lived in Israel during the 1950s where he was the chief editorial writer and assistant editor of The Jerusalem Post. Later he moved to South Africa where he was chief minister of the United Progressive Jewish Congregation of Johannesburg. He was editor of the Zionist Record and South African Jewish Chronicle (1960-1964). Rev. Super was joint translator of the classic Children's Haggadah (first published in London 1933). He died in Israel. (Who's Who entries in Jewish Year Books, latest 1952)

Rev. Emanuel (or Eli) Susman

Rev. (later Rabbi) Susman, born in the Austro Hungarian Empire, in what became Czechoslovakia, and studied at Pressburg yeshiva (now Bratislava, Slovakia), was the son, grandson and great grandson of rabbis. He attended Etz Chaim yeshiva, London on arrival in the UK. He was reader at the Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation until 1950, when he accepted the call to become minister of Preston Synagogue and communal minister of Preston and two other small Jewish congregations in what was then northeast Lancashire - the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation and the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation (1950-1952). Rev. Susman then served as minister of the Northampton Hebrew Congregation (1952-1954). He subsequently became minister at Catford Synagogue in south east London, (c.1955-c.1958), serving also as the congregation's secretary (c.1955-c.1959). While there he oversaw the opening of Hebrew and religion classes at Farnborough, Kent, for children in the Petts Wood and Orpington area. He received semicha from Etz Chaim yeshiva in 1956 ("From Poland To Paradise Lane and Other Journeys" - a history of the Jewish community of Blackburn, by Hilary Thomas, 2018; Jewish Chronicle report 11 August 1950; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Simon (or Samuel) I. Susman
(1912 - 1974)

Liverpool-born Rev. Susman (or Sussman) (m. Sorrell) was educated at the local Talmud Torah and for three and a half years at the yeshivas of Telz and Ponvezh, Lithuania. On his return to England, he served as minister (or reader) of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (c.1933-1934), second reader and shochet of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1934-1944) and minister of Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, Devon (1944-1952). From 1952 until his death in 1974, he was minister to the Leicester Hebrew Congregation. Rev Sussman died in hospital in Leicester on the day after the Hebrew congregation had celebrated its centenary. He is buried at Kibbutz Lavi, Israel. (Jewish Chronicle press reports, Jewish Year Book listings, The Jews of South-West England by B. Susser and Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker, pp. 50-53.)

Rabbi Harris (Harry) Swift
(c.1906 - 18 January 1971)

Born in Liverpool, where he attended the local yeshiva, Rabbi Swift (m. Bessie) served the Barrow-in-Furness Hebrew Congregation, Cumbria, in the early 1920s, the Llanelli Hebrew Congregation, south Wales (1923-1926) and then Bristol Hebrew Congregation (Park Row Synagogue) (1926-1934). He then served as minister of the St John's Wood Synagogue (1934-1949). In 1949 he became minister of the United Hebrew Congregations of Durban, South Africa. In 1956 he took up an appointment in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Returning to London in 1962, Rabbi Swift became minister of the Western Synagogue. Seven years later he resigned, mainly for health reasons, and again settled in the USA, where he wrote and lectured. He was noted for his moderation and strove to achieve a greater understanding and mutual tolerance between the various sections of the Anglo-Jewish community. He was the brother of Dayan Morris Swift (by contrast, an outspoken champion of Orthodoxy) and Rabbi Isaac Swift, communal rabbi and educator in the USA.  (Jewish Chronicle obituary 22 January 1971 and various reports; Jews in Bristol by J. Samuel, 1997; and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Gideon Sylvester

Rabbi Sylvester, who grew up in England, studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar, Yeshivat Har Etzion and in the Kolel Dati Leumi in the old city of Safed and holds a BA in History and an MA in Education. He served as minister of Radlett Synagogue, Hertfordshire (1997-2004), then returned to Israel where he was appointed the United Synagogue's Israel Rabbi. (Rabbi Sylvester's profile on United Synagogue website.)

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