Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames W to Z

Rev. D. Wallach

Rev. Wallach served as minister at the Wellington Road Synagogue, Stoke Newington, (which later became the West Hackney Synagogue), North London from at least 1928 until about 1931. (Jewish Year Book listngs.)

Rabbi Isaac Waller
(d. 23 July 1956)

Rev Waller (m. Netta) first served at Margate Hebrew Congregation, Kent (1929-1931). He was then elected reader, shochet and headmaster of the Hebrew School at the United Hebrew Congregation, Ravensworth Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was a trained singer who on occasion performed with the BBC Northern Orchestra. In 1946 he became minister of West Ham District Synagogue, London, and he obtained semicha from Jews' College, London. He died in office. (Various Jewish Chronicle articles.)

Rev. M. Warshawsky

Rev. Warshawsky (also spelled Warshavski) served as second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1923-c.1926) and chazan of Grimsby Hebrew Congregation (c.1929-c.1953). He was the father of Rabbi S. Warshaw. ("The Jewish Communities of North-East England" by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi S. Warshaw
(c.1918 - September 1980)

Grimsby-born Rabbi Warshaw, BA, son of Rev. M. Warshawsky, studied at Manchester yeshiva and was a graduate of Jews' College and University College London. During the war he served in Brighton and later officiated at Bayswater Synagogue, London. In 1947 he was appointed minister of Cardiff United Synagogue, but resigned to resume studies at Jews' College where he obtained the new rabbinic diploma in 1948. He was then appointed rabbi at Netherlee and Clarkson Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow (1948-1949) and was secretary of the city's Mizrachi Organisation. Rabbi Warshaw was minister of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, London (c.1950-c.1951). In 1961 he was installed as the first rabbi of Pinner Synagogue, London (1961-c.1965). He later served at the Beth Hamidrash HaGadol, Leeds, (c.1965-1966). Rabbi Warshaw was Baal Koreh at the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, when he died from injuries sustained from a road traffic accident. (Jewish Chronicle various reports, Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rev. M. Warth

Rev. Warth served as reader/chazan of Hackney Synagogue, now the Hackney & East London Synagogue (c.1957-c.1958), after which he returned to Israel. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. David Wasserzug
(d. 16 December 1918)

Rev. D. Wasserwug, the son of Rev. Chain Wasserzug, earned a BA from the University of London and was a prize winning student of Jews' College, London, where he studied from 1877 to 1891. He served as minister of Cardiff Hebrew Congregation (1891-1895), forming there a Jewish Institute on the basis of the London Jewish Working Men's Club, a branch of the Anglo-Jewish Association, a Chevra Kadisha, the rules of which he framed, and an Adults' Evening Class "for the Anglicisation of foreign working-men." He then emigrated to South Africa where he served congregations in Port Elizabeth (1895-1897) and Johannesburg (1897-1899), before returning to London to be elected minister of Dalston Synagogue, Poet's Road, London (1903-1918), which he served until his death. In 1910, he published Dalston Synagogue: An Historical Sketch, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Poet's Road Synagogue. Rev. Wasserzug was chairman of the Ministers' Centre at Mulberry Street which provided practical advice to those in need and hon. secretary to the Chief Rabbi's London Committee of Ministers. He was described by his friends as a man of "genial and generous eccentricities". (Jewish Year Book listings and Jewish Chronicle and obituary 20 December 1918.)

Rabbi Garry Wayland

Rabbi Wayland, who has a BSc in mathematics from Manchester University, studied at the Jerusalem Kollel, where he obtained semicha. He served as assistant rabbi (youth & young families) of Woodside Park Synagogue, London (2012-2016), after which he returned to teaching. (Rabbi Wayland's LinkedIn profile.)

Rev. Abraham Weinberg
(1869 - 19 December 1938)

Rev. Weinberg from Johannesburg served as chazan, mohel, shochet and teacher of Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (1900-1902) and the United Hebrew Congregation, Regent Street, Belfast (1902-c.1903). After leaving Belfast he returned to South Africa to become minister to the Paarl Congregation, in 1904. Rev Weinberg died at Bulawayo. (Jewish Year Book listing, Jewish Chronicle reports and death notice.)

Rev. W. Weiner

Rev. Weiner was appointed as reader and shocket of Dundalk Hebrew Congregation, Ireland in March 1895 and of Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, in 1900. (Jewish Chronicle reports.)

Rabbi Chayim Weingarten

Rabbi Weingarten was the rab and later principal 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. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi A. Weinstein

Rabbi Weinstein served at Princelet Street Synagogue, in London's East End, and lectured at the Spitalfields Sinai Association, Brick Lane in the early 1930s. From 1941, he held the title Rosh Hashochetim (senior shochet) in London. Rabbi Weinstein served as rabbi to the Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, North London (c.1944-c.1951). He was the father-in-law of Rev. Joseph Shaw of Palmers Green and Southgate District Synagogue and of Rabbi Dr. Solomon Brown of Leeds. (Jewish Chronicle various reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz

Manchester-born Rabbi Weisz served as minister of the Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (c.1973-c.1981) before moving to Israel, where he served as rabbi of the Kfar Haroeh community for thirty years before stepping down in 2017. In 2018, he became the first former UK rabbi to be appointed to the Council of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He is a great-grandson of the renowned Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz. (Jewish Year Book listing and Jewish Chronicle report of 30 September 2018.)

Rev. Louis Weiwow
(1892 - 4 August 1976)

Leeds-born Rev. Weiwow, BA, (m. Myra) served as minister of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation (1917), Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (1918-1919), South Manchester Hebrew Congregation (1923-1946), Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, Kenya (1946-1949), where he had responsibility for organising Jewish life in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, and Torquay and Paignton Hebrew Congregation (1950-1957), after which he retired from the ministry. Rev Weiwow is buried in the Jewish section of Paignton cemetery. (Jewish Year Book Who's Who listing and Jewish Chronicle obituary 3 August 1976.)

Rev. Wengroff

Rev. Wengroff served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, from about 1938. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.261.)

Rabbi Osher Yaacov Westheim
(1948 - 9 April 2020)

Gateshead-born Rabbi Westheim, a leading rabbi in Manchester, studied at the Gateshead Yeshiva and Yeshivat Beer Yaakov in Israel. He was a member of the Manchester Beth Din (1994-2004) and founder of Yeshivas Esras Torah (1995) and Badatz Igud Harabbonim (2004). He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News reports.)

Rabbi Alan Wilkinson

Rabbi Wilkinson (m. Ruth) studied at a number of academic institutions, including Harvard University, University of Leicester, London School of Economics, the College of Law and the University of Greenwich and qualified and practised as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He was awarded rabbinic semicha in 2014, joined the chaplaincy team at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2015 and North Middlesex Hospital in 2018. He has served as rabbinic leader of Ahavas Yisrael Synagogue, Edgware, from c.2019 to present (May 2020). (Congregation's website)

Rev. A. Wilkow

Rev. Wilkow served as minister of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1927-c.1932). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shimon Winegarten
(b. 1949)

London-born Rabbi Winegarten (m.Chava) served as minister of the Bridge Lane Beth Hamedrash (BLBH), Golders Green, London (1980-2019). (Profile on BLBH website.)

Rabbi Saul Wiseman

Rabbi Wiseman served as minister of the Elm Park Synagogue, Hornchurch, London, from about 1992 until about 1999. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Philip Wolfers
(1859 - 1928)

Rev. Wolfers (m. Louisa) was superintendent at Settles Street Board School, Whitechapel, London and served on the management of Sandy's Row Synagogue, London. He began his ministerial career at Barberton, Transvaal, South Africa and then at the Johannesburg New Synagogue (1889-1891). Returning to the UK, Rev. Wolfers was briefly minister at Hanley Synagogue, Stoke-on-Trent, before moving to South Wales where he served congregations the Swansea Hebrew Congregation (1893-1899) and later the Cardiff Hebrew Congregation, Cathedral Road, (1899-1902). In 1902 he founded and became principal of Margate Jewish College, at "Rostellan", Cliftonville, Kent. He was also hon. minister of a short-lived congregation which held services at the college for residents and visitors as well as for pupils, under the name Margate Hebrew Congregation (1902-1906). Following retirement in 1911, he was active in community affairs in London and acted as honorary minister to Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogues and religion classes. He also served on the Board of Management of West Ham Associate Synagogue. In 1923 he settled in Westcliff and acted in an honorary capacity as minister for Southend & Westcliff Synagogue when the community was without a minister. At the time of his death he was honorary minister of Westcliff and Leigh Synagogue, Cyprus Road. (Jewish Chronicles various articles and obituary, photo 21.2.02.)

Rev. David Wolfson
(5 November 1914 - 17 February 2010)

Liverpool-born Rev. D. Wolfson (m. Miriam nee Daviat of Liverpool) was educated at Gateshead yeshiva where he qualified as a shochet. He served as minister of the Bangor Hebrew Congregation (c.1938-c.1942) and then as minister, secretary and headmaster of the classes for the Colwyn Bay Hebrew Congregation (c.1942-c.1946), both in North Wales, where during the war he acted as chaplain to the forces in addition to his communal duties. With the community’s post-war decline, Rev. Wolfson moved to London, where he served the Chiswick & District Affiliated Synagogue, West London (c. 1961 until at latest 1968). Staying  within the United Synagogue movement, he briefly served at Upton Park District Synagogue, East London, and by 1969 he had moved to Brondesbury Synagogue in Northwest London. In 1975, aged 61, Rev Wolfson took up his last position at Ruislip & District Affiliated Synagogue, Middlesex. After retirement there in 2002, he was appointed emeritus minister and continued to lead services, read from the Torah and preach on Yom Kippur into his late 80s. He was the younger brother of Rev. Myer Wolfson. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary, 9 April 2010 and reports.)

Rev. Myer Wolfson
(c.1909 - 8 January 1994)

Liverpool-born Rev M. Wolfson (m. Sara) was educated at Liverpool yeshiva and traveled to Shishlovitch, near Minsk (today in Belarus), to train as a shochet. He served as minister of Hastings and St Leonards Hebrew Congregation (1927-c.1928) and Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation (c.1929-c.1930). Returning to Liverpool, Rev Wolfson served both the Fountains Road Hebrew Congregation and the Fairfield Hebrew Congregation for 26 years and was later minister of Childwall Synagogue, from 1962 and he was appointed emeritus minister on his retirement. He was the elder brother of Rev. David Wolfson. (National Jewish Heritage Trails website for Hastings, Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Samuel Wolfson
(b. 1909)

Tredegar-born Rev. S. Wolfson served as minister of North Finchley and Woodside Park District Synagogue, London (c.1948-c.1949) and as assistant minister of Greenbank Drive Hebrew Congregation, Liverpool. (Jewish Year Book listing and Who's Who entries.)

Rev. Wilfred Wolfson
(10 October 1906 - c.December 1982)

Odessa-born Rev. W. Wolfson, who studied at Manchester yeshiva, served at least 10 congregations in Britain and overseas, serving initially as senior minister of Plymouth Hebrew Congregation (1928-1944). He served overseas communities at Edmonton, Canada (from 1950), Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Carletonville, South Africa. The UK communities he served include the Wolverhampton Hebrew Congregation, Grimsby Synagogue (c.1953-c.1956), Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1956-1957), Swansea Hebrew Congregation (from 1957), Darlington Hebrew Congregation (1973-1976) and briefly Cardiff United Synagogue's Cathedral Road Synagogue (about 1976). Rev. Wolfson, who married four times, retired to Bournemouth where he died. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle obituary 7 January 1983 and Jewish Chronicle report.) 

Rev. Joseph Wolman
(c.1900 - 1971)

Rev. Wolman (m. Reka) was minister of the Cork Hebrew Congregation, Ireland, from 1926 to 1937, and then left for Australia to become minister to the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. During World War II he was chaplain to the forces in addition to his ministerial duties. In 1946 Rev. Wolman moved to New Zealand where he served communities in Wellington and Christ Church, where he died. His nephew was Rabbi Philip Ginsbury, minister of various congregations in South London. (Jewish Year Book listings; Jewish Chronicle Obituary 6 August 1971 and reports; and A History of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation by Morris Ochert, available on line.)

Rabbi Benjamin B. Wykansky
(c.1916 - 1993)

Rabbi Wykanski, a son of Rev. Simon Wykansky, studied at Cambridge University and Jews' College, London. He served as the first minister of Finchley Synagogue, London (c.1930-c.1932) and as assistant minister of Brondesbury Synagogue, London (1934-1950) and was a chaplain in the British Armed Forces during World War II. He later served as a rabbi in Temple Emanu-El, Staten Island, New York (1950-1982). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein (ed.) and M.A. Jolles and H. L. Rubinstein (ass. eds.), p.1051 and news reports.)

Rev. Lewis Wykansky

Rev. Wykanski, a son of Rev. Simon Wykansky, was chazan and shochet of a congregation in Hull before becoming the second reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (c.1936-c.1949), also serving for a short period as acting minister (c.1946-c.1948). (Jewish Year Book listings and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.1051.)

Rev. Simon Wykansky
(c.1878 - 25 November 1939)

Russian-born Rev. Wykansky, who came to Britain in 1905, was the father of Rev. Lewis Wykansky and Rabbi Benjamin Wykansky. He served as chazan of Dublin Hebrew Congregation (c.1908), as chazan and shochet of Wolverhampton Synagogue (1912-1920), as first reader (and possibly minister) of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1920) and finally, until his retirement, as chazan and shochet of Plymouth Hebrew Congregation (1920-1933). (Jewish Chronicle reports and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011), p.1051.)

Rev. M. Yagh

Rev. Yagh served as minister of Londonderry Hebrew Congregation, (Northern) Ireland (c.1906-c.1915). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Yare

Polish-born Rev. Yare served as reader of Pontypridd Synagogue, Wales (1948-c.1953) and as minister of Northampton Hebrew Congregation (c.1955-c.1966) and Elm Park Synagogue, Hornchurch London (c.1966-c.1975). (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listing.)

Rev. Israel Yellin

Rev. Yellin (or Yelin) served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1894-c.1901). ("Service and Scandal" by Daniel Appleby, 2013 and The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.204.)

Rev. I. Young

Rev Young served as minister of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill Hebrew Congregation (1921-c.1927). (National Jewish Heritage Trails website for Hastings.)

Rabbi Yudelovitch

Rev. Yudelovitch, from Russia, served as first rabbi of Newcastle Beth Hamedrash during the 1890s. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.37.)

Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman

Rabbi Zeidman served as assistant minister of Edgware United Synagogue, London from about 2010 until about 2014. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Saul Zneiber

Rabbi Zneiber holds a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Oxford and was awarded semicha in 1990 from Yeshivat haMivtar. He served as minister of Kenton Synagogue, London (1994-2000) and was Chief Executive of the United Synagogue (2001-2007) after which he held a number of senior positions in corporate finance, briefly returning to become temporary acting minister of Radlett United Synagogue, Hertfordshire (2010-2011). (Rabbi Zneiber's LinkedIn account.)

Rev. Samuel Zucker

Rev. S. Zucker, the son of Rev. Bernard Zuckor of Edinburg, served as minister of Whitley Bay Synagogue, Northeast England, from the 1930s to about 1937 and as reader of Leicester Hebrew Congregation from about 1937 to 1947. He subsequently went to live in Cape Town, South Africa. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980), p.261, Portrait of a Community by A. Newman and P. Lidiker, p.89 and Jewish Chronicle reports)

Rabbi Gedaliah Zylbersztejn

See under Rabbi Gedaliah (George) Silverstone.

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  1. Additional biographical information may be found in the source or sources shown in parenthesis following each profile. These were also the primary, but not necessarily the sole, source of the data provided in the profile.

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