Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames T to V

Rabbi Aviad Tabory

Rabbi A. Tabory was the founding rabbi of Alei Tzion Synagogue, Hendon, London (2005-2007), being succeeded by his father Bayamin Tavory. (Profile formerly on Koren Publishing website.)

Rabbi Benyamin Tavory

Rabbi B. Tabory served as rabbi of Alei Tzion Synagogue, Hendon, London (2007-2008), succeeding his son Aviad Tabory . (Article formerly on "Something Jewish" website.)

Rabbi Laurence Leonard Tann
(20 April (or August) 1945 - 12 November 2007)

London-born Rabbi Tann, B.A., M.A., D.Litt (Aston University), served as minister of Sutton and District Synagogue, Surrey (1972-1982) and Hale & District Hebrew Congregation, South Manchester (1982-1986) before becoming chief minister of Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers Hill (1986-2007), where he died in office. ("Who's Who" entries, listings and obituary in Jewish Year Books.)

Rev. S.B. Taub (or B. Taub)

Rev. Taub, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, served as the chazan (reader) of the Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (c.1948-c.1950) and Hendon Synagogue, London (1950-1958) (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi M. Taubman

Rabbi Taubman served as minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue, London (c.1999). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Sam Taylor

Rabbi Taylor (m. Emma) graduated from the Cass Business School with a BSc in Management before attending Yeshiva University where he received semicha and an MA in Jewish Education. He served as the Assistant Rabbi at East Hill Synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey (2011-2014). Rabbi and Rebbetzen Taylor then served as community rabbi and rebbetzen of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue Synagogue, London (2014-2020). From August 2020 (until present - August 2021), they have serve as community rabbi and rebbetzen of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue (BES), Hertfordshire, and lead the Yavneh community in the south side of Borehamwood. (Rabbi & Rebbetzen Taylor's profile on BES's website; and Linked-In.)

Rev. Eugen Teichmann
(1903 - January 1973)

Rev. Teichmann, who came to Britain from Czechoslovakia, had studied at Miskolc, Galanta, and other yeshivot. He was a survivor of the concentration camps, who had lost his family during the war, but had remarried. He served as reader, shochet and teacher of Leicester Hebrew Congregation from about 1949 to 1968, and thereafter emeritus (although there are conflicting reports as regards these dates). (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rabbi Jacob Teitlebaum

Rabbi Jacob Teitlebaum is believed to be the Rabbi A.J. Teitlebaum, who served during World War II (until about 1946) as rav of the Bletchley Hebrew Congregation, the strictly orthodox evacuee congregation in north Buckinghamshire. Rabbi Joseph Teitlebaum was appointed in 1948 as President of Zeire Agudas in the United Kingdom, the youth wing of the Aguda Israel movement. (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rabbi Zvi Hersch Telsner
(May 1911 - 18 July 1997)

Rabbi Telsner served as rabbi of Finchley Central Synagogue, London (c.1984-2007) and then as senior rabbi of the Melbourne Yeshivah Centre from 2007 until his resignation in 2015, although he continued to be associated with the centre until 2019. (Jewish Year Book listings and press reports.)

Rev. Joseph Benjamin Theomin

See Rev. Joseph Benjamin.

Rev Isaiah Ticktin

Rev. Ticktin served as reader, shochet and teacher of the Boston Hebrew Congregation, Lincolnshire and was the last resident minister to serve the Inverness Hebrew Congregation (1916-1919), Scotland before becoming minister of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1919-c.1927). A Mr. Ticktin also served as minister of Bangor Hebrew Congregation, North Wales (c.1920-c.1921) and although the dates appear to be in conflict, they may be the same person. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle report 14 March 1919 and Nathan Abrams, Caledonian Jews: A study of seven small communities in Scotland, p.149.)

Rev. Israel Tiemianka

Polish-born Rev. Tiemianka (m. Faiga Hildabrand) served briefly as minister of Leicester Hebrew Congregation in 1904. He was later minister (and initially secretary) to the Greenock Hebrew Congregation, Scotland, from about 1905 until 1908, when he was appointed assistant teacher to the religious classes at the Queen's Park Synagogue, Glasgow. The family subsequently moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Rev. Tiemienka, a gifted singer and musician, was father of Henri Temianka (note slightly different spelling) (1906-1992), a world-renowned violinist, conductor, author and educator. Henri is credited with having his parents released from Nazi detention in France and brought to theUnited States. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle reports and on-line profiles of the musician, Henri Temianka.)

Rev. A. Tobias

Rabbi Tobias served as temporary minister of Edgware Synagogue, London presumably during war years (as the incumbent Rev. Amias was serving as an army chaplain) until about 1946. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shlomo Pesach Toperoff
(14 December 1906 - 6 January 2006)

Rabbi Toperoff was born in Whitechapel in London's East End. He received semicha from Yeshiva Etz Chaim and graduated from Jews' College and the University of London. He served as minister of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation, Ryhope Road (June 1934-1951) before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne. In Newcastle, in addition to acting as minister of the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1951-1973), he served as the Newcastle Regional Minister, from 1951 until about 1955, covering both the Old Hebrew Congregation and Gosforth and Kenton Hebrew Congregation. Later on the merger of the Newcastle Orthodox synagogues, he served briefly as minister of the United Hebrew Congregation (in 1973) before retiring. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.985.)

Rev. Benjamin Topp

Rev. Benjamin (or Ben) Topp (m. Martine) grew up in Leeds and is a graduate of Huddersfield University. He served as full-time reader to the Bradford Hebrew Congregation, Yorkshire, from about 1986 until February 1987. Later, based in Leeds, he visited Middlesbrough in the early 1990s once a month to lead the then fortnightly services (either sharing a rota with another visiting minister or the alternate services were conducted by lay members of the congregation). In 2002 he was appointed temporary minister at the Southport Hebrew Congregation and was still assisting the congregation in 2009. (Jewish Year Book listings; and various Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rev. Zev Toren

Rev. Toren served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware United Synagogue, London from about 1979 to about 1983. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Joseph Trabinovitz
(b. 1917)

Rev. Trabinovitz, who was born in Kishinev (today capital of Moldova), emigrated to British Mandate Palestine with his parents and was educated at the Yeshiva Etz Chaim and the Israel Cantorial Institute, both in Jerusalem. As a touring child cantor he sang at synagogues in Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. He served in the Haganah (and later in the Israeli army). His first permanent appointment was to the Geulat Israel Synagogue, Tel Aviv, in 1945 and he was later chazan at several other synagogues in Israel. Coming to the UK, he served as chazan to the Southport Hebrew Congregation, Lancashire (1959-1962) and then for a time at Birmingham Central Synagogue. He returned to Israel in 1970. ("Philanthropy, Consensus and Broiges...a history of the Southport Jewish Community" by John Cowell, p.707.)

Rev. Reuben A. Tribich (later known as Reuben Lincoln)
(d. 8 October 1957)

Rev. Tribich (m. 1907 Fanny Fredman of Plymouth) was a student at Jews' College, London from 1898 to 1902 and conducted Rosh Hashana services at the Jewish Seaside Convalescent Home, Brighton (1898-1899) and acted as a visiting minister to the Aldershot Synagogue, Hampshire (c.1902). From March to October 1902, he served the Reading Hebrew Congregation as visiting minister (funded partly by the Chief Rabbi's office and the provincial minister's fund). Rev. Tribich accepted a "sudden call" from the Bradford Hebrew Congregation in October 1902. He served as minister and secretary. He was a key fundraiser for the building of the new synagogue at Spring Gardens. Rev. Tribrich resigned from his post in 1908. The resignation was reported initially in very conventional terms. But it gave rise to much heated correspondence in the Jewish Chronicle over a number of months between the Rev. A. A. Green and other supporters of Rev. Tribich and leaders of the Bradford congregation. As well as the individual circumstances of the case, the controversy extended more generally to the situation of Jewish clergy in provincial synagogues. The "Affair Tribich" as some called it, even reached the American Jewish press. Amongst matters raised were the provincial minister's meagre salary, lack of opportunity for progression and allegations of petty humiliations inflicted on the minister by lay leaders. Or alternatively the difficulty for lay leaders in managing an allegedly self aggrandising and divisive minister. Rev. Tibrich left the ministry and moved to Plymouth. The Jewish Chronicle carried many reports of his public speaking engagements there to non Jewish audiences up to about World War I. Changing his name to Reuben Lincoln, he qualified as a solicitor and lived in Golders Green. He became a leading communal worker, public speaker, teacher and philanthropist. During World War II Reuben Lincoln undertook a propaganda mission on behalf of the Allies in North America and delivered 1,281 lectures. Back in London, he became Chairman of the Jewish Secondary Schools movement, chair of the Kashrut Commission, and in 1954 together with his wife, he endowed the Lincoln Institute in Golders Green (which originally comprised the synagogue for the Golders Green Beth Hamidrash, a library and classrooms). He also gave a significant gift to benefit his former congregants in Bradford on the jubilee of the synagogue. Reuben Lincoln is buried at Willesden cemetery. (Jewish Chronicle, various dates, 1908 and 1909 various correspondence and commentary regarding Rev. Tribich's departure from the congregation, obituary to Reuben Lincoln 18 October 1957.)

Geoffrey Turetsky
(b. 14 January 1959)

Sunderland-born Geoffrey Turetsky, the son of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Turetsky, served as minister of Watford Affiliated Synagogue (c.1988-c.1990). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Leslie (Eliezer) S. Turetsky
(1919 - 29 October 1949)

Swansea-born Rabbi Turetsky, the son of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Turetsky, was educated at Manchester yeshiva. He served as minister of the war-time St Albans United Synagogue Membership Group, (mid-1940s-c.1946). He later served as minister of Chapeltown Hebrew Congregation, Leeds (c.1947-c.1948) and the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation, Leazes Park Road (1948-1949). At Newcastle he reorganised the Hebrew classes, was rav of the Board of Shechita and was instrumental in establishing a cultural section at the city's Maccabi. One Shabbat morning he collapsed on arrival at the synagogue and died at home shortly after the termination of Shabbat, aged only 29. He was the uncle of Rabbi Dr Moshe Turetsky and the nephew of Rabbi S. M. Turetsky of Pinsk, the author of Toldoth Shaas. (Jewish Chronicle reports including 6 June 1947 and 4 November 1949; reports of "Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books; and Geni report.)

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Turetsky
(22 January 1926 - 12 September 1993)

Manchester-born Rabbi Turetsky (m. Rachel), who was awarded an MA from Manchester University in Oriental Studies and a PhD from Leeds University, received semicha in 1949 from Dayan Yitzchok Yaakov Weiss (then head of Manchester Beis Din, and subsequently head of Eidah Chareidit, Jerusalem, author of sefer ‘Minchas Yitzchok’) and also from Rabbi Yoseph Rabinov as well as from Rabbi Nachman Shlomo Greenspan, Rosh Yeshiva, Etz Chaim, London. His earliest ministerial post was at the Telzer and Kovno Synagogue, Manchester, where he served for a number of years prior to his apointment as minister of the Sunderland Hebrew Congregation (1952-1959) and was subsequently appointed minister of the New Central Vilna Synagogue, Leeds (1959-1970) and also served as a Dayan on the Leeds Beis Din. He then left Leeds to become minister of the Western Synagogue, London (1970-1984) followed by his appointment as minister of the New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, London (1984-1991) until his retirement. He also taught advanced rabbinics at Jews’ College, London for 10 years from 1983. He was the nephew of Rabbi Leslie Turetsky and the father of Geoffrey Turetsky. (Jewish Chronicle report of 14 December 1951 and data provided by Rabbi Turetsky's daughter, Sorrel Vogel.)

Rev. Jonny Turgel

London-born Rev. Turgel holds a BA (hons) from University College London in Hebrew and Jewish Studies and an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy. He served as chazan (cantor) at Mill Hill Synagogue, London (part-time c.2005-c.2007), Edgware United Synagogue, London (c.2007- c.2011) and Stanmore and Canons Park District Synagogue, London (2011 to present - May 2021). (Cantor Turgel's website.)

Rabbi Dovid Tugendhaft

Rabbi Tugendhaft (m. Shoshana) studied under the late Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel at Yeshiva Mir and is one of only two people to have received semicha from the Rosh Yeshiva. He was the founding rabbi of Ohr Yisrael Synagogue, Borehamwood & Elstree, Hertfordshire, where he and Rebbetzen Shashana served as rabbinic couple (1999-2005), subsequently taking up the position of rabbinic couple at Beis Hamedrash Nishmas Yisroel, Hendon, London (2009 to present - April 2021). (For additional background, see Profile on Nishmas Yisroel's website.)

Rev. Salem (or Solomon) Turtledove
(c. 1878 - November 1958)

Polish-born Rev. S. Turtledove arrived in the UK in 1905 and served the Pontypridd community, South Wales (dates unknown). He then served as reader, shochet and teacher of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1913-c.1914), as reader of Lurgan Hebrew Congregation, in what is now Northern Ireland (c.1914-c.1918), as minister of Aberdare Synagogue (c.1919) and as assistant minister (and later reader) of Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation (c.1920-c.1948) where he also served as the teacher and shochet. At Middlesbrough he was noted for his teaching Hebrew as a modern language and for his staunch support of Mizrachi Zionism. He died and was buried in Middlesbrough. (Jewish Chronicle obituaries, 21 November and 26 December 1958, various reports, Jewish Year Book listings and "The Jewish Communities of North East England" by L. Olsover, 1980.)

Rev. J. Tutelman

Rev. Tutelman was reader of the Richmond Street Synagogue, Edinburgh (c.1908-c.1910) and may be the same person as M. Teitelman who served as minister of the same congregation in about 1904. (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Tzorf

Rev. Tzorf from Finland served as reader and shochet at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation during the early 1950s. (Personal Recollection.)

Rabbi Dr. Alan Unterman
(b. 1941)

Watford-born Rabbi Dr. A. Unterman, the son of Rabbi Joseph Dov Unterman, taught comparative religion at the University of Manchester. He served as minister of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Greater Manchester (1981-2003). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.996.)

Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Unterman
(1910 - 1997)

Lithuanian-born Rabbi A.Y. Unterman, was a son of Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman. He studied at Slobodka Yeshiva, where he received semicha. He served as minister of Childwall Synagogue, Liverpool (c.1938-c.1958) and Boreham Wood, Elstree & District Affiliated Synagogue, Hertfordshire (c.1963-c.1977), having spent much of the interim period in Israel. He was the brother of Rabbi Bernard Unterman, Rabbi Elkan Unterman and Rabbi Maurice Unterman. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.996.)

Rabbi Bernard Unterman, MA

Liverpool-born Rev. (later Rabbi) B. Unterman was a son of Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman. He studied at Liverpool Talmudical college and at the Rabbinical seminary of Berlin and at the University of Berlin. He obtained an MA from the University of Liverpool in 1937. Rev. Unterman served at Central Synagogue, Liverpool until 1939 and then as minister to the Leicester Hebrew Congregation (1939-1946). He emigrated to Israel, obtained semicha and worked in government service. He was the brother of Rabbis Abraham, Elkan and Maurice Unterman. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle reports and profile of 4 April 1939 and internet research.)

Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman
(c.1886 - 26 January 1976)

Rabbi I.Y. Unterman, who was born in Brest Litovsk, studied at various prestigious yeshivot, including Mir and Volozhin. He seved a number communities in Eastern Europe before becoming communal rabbi for Liverpool in 1924. A passionate Zionist, he later moved to Israel and became Ashkanazi Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv (1946-1964) and subsequently Ashkanazi Chief Rabbi of Israel (1964-1972). He was the brother of Rabbi Joseph Dov Unterman and the father of Rabbis Abraham, Elkan and Maurice Unterman and Rev. Bernard Unterman. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), pp.995/6.)

Rabbi Joseph Dov Unterman
(c.1892 - February 1972)

Rabbi J.D. Unterman, after obtaining semicha, became a journalist in Kovno and later Antwerp, before going into business. However, he was ruined in the Great Depression and moved to Ireland in 1931. There he became headmaster of a Jewish day school and successively minister of two Dublin congregations. He later became minister of South Tottenham Synagogue, Crowland Road, London. He was the brother of Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman and the father of Rabbi Dr. Alan Unterman. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), pp.996.)

Rabbi Maurice Unterman
(18 March 1917 - 31 October 2000)

Polish-born Rabbi M. Unterman, a son of Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, was educated at Liverpool, Mir and Radom yeshivot and Jews' College. He served as minister of Cardiff United Synagogue (1937-1946) and later of Hove Hebrew Congregation. He was subsequently appointed rabbi of Marble Arch Synagogue, London (1961-1982). He was the brother of Rabbi Abraham Unterman and Rabbi Elkan Unterman and Rev. Bernard Unterman. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), pp.995/6.)

Rabbi Dovid Ussiskin

Rabbi Ussiskin served as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (2011-2013). (Information provided by the congregation.)

Rev. J.H. Valentine
Rev. Valentine was minister of the private Sephardi Andrade Synagogue, Islington, London, in and about at least 1869/1870. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Dayan Elimelech Vanzetta

Dayan Vanzetta (m. Rochel) learnt at leading Yeshivot in Israel and received rabbinic semicha through the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Israel. He served as Deputy Chief Rabbi and Rosh Beth Din of the Orthodox Jewish Community of Chile (2008-2014) and was secretary general of the Conference of European Rabbis.  In 2016, he was one of the founders of Ahavas Yisrael Synagogue, the second United Synagogue congregation in Edgware, where he served as rabbinic leader from January 2016 until 30 June 2019, and was appointed to the London Beth Din in 2017. (Congregation's website, accessed 2018 and news reports.)

Rabbi Claude Vecht-Wolf

Rabbi Vecht-Wolf (m. Stephnie), an ICT teacher, has served as part-time minister of Staines and District Synagogue from 2018 until present (September 2020). (Information provided by a former member of the Staines community.)

Rabbi Nathan Vengroff
(c.1916 - 5 July 2012)

Liverpool-born Rabbi N. Vengroff (also spelled Wengroff) (m. Esther daughter of Rebbe Beresh Finklestein) studied at Gateshead yeshiva for five years under Rabbi Landynski and Rabbi Kahn and continued his studies at Manchester yeshiva under Rabbi Segal and Rabbi Golditch. He later returned to Gateshead, where he obtained semicha. He was also a graduate of the University of Durham. From 1937 to the early 1940s, he served as minister, head teacher, and shochet to the Whitley Bay Hebrew Congregation, northeast England, and in 1938 conducted the consecration service for the congregation's new synagogue. In 1941 he was founding president of the Whitley Bay Zionist Association. He was temporary war-time minister at Brondesbury Synagogue, London (1944-1946). He later left the rabbinate, qualified in law at the University of London, and pursued a career as a solicitor in London's West End. In 1963 he was elected warden of the Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in Hertfordshire. A chair of the UK Mizrachi movement, in 1983 Rabbi Vengroff was elected chair of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. He is buried at Bushey Cemetery. (Various Jewish Chronicle reports; The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.261.)

Rev. Orland Verrall

See Rev. Orland Zicherman.

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