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Rabbinical Profiles(1)(2)
Masorti, Reform and Liberal(3)
Part 1 - A to D

Rabbi G. Alexander

See under Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue (formerly Southgate and District Reform Synagogue).

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Altshuler

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu

Rabbi Ambalu was ordained at Leo Baeck College in 2004. She served as minister of Kehilla North London (formerly North London Progressive Jewish Community), Stoke Newington (2004-2017) and Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue (January 2018 to present - February 2019). (Profile on Sha'arei Tsedek's website.)

Rev. Camillus Angel

See under The Settlement Synagogue (formerly St. George's Settlement Synagogue).

Rabbi Paul Arberman

See under Mosaic Masorti Synagogue (formerly Hatch End Masorti Synagogue).

Rabbi Hillel Avidan

London-born Rabbi Avidan served as minister / rabbi of the Glasgow New (Reform Synagogue (1965-67, 1970-74), Wimbledon & District Synagogue (1974-1981), Shaarei Shalom Synagogue, North Manchester (1982-83), the West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London (1985-1992), Ealing Liberal Synagogue (1986-1992) and more recently, congregations in South Africa. (Listings and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books (latest 2015) and Rabbi Avidan's profile on the SAAPR website.)

Joseph Ascher, BA

Joseph Ascher served as minister of the South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1948-c.1953) and the West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London (c.1955-c.1964). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Ady Assabi

See under Mosaic Reform Synagogue. (formerly Middlesex New Synagogue)

Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles

See under Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi James Baaden

Rabbi Baaden was ordained 2001. He served as rabbi of South London Liberal Synagogue (2001-2008) and associate rabbi of Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue (2012 to present - February 2019) as well as rabbi of the Liberal Synagogue, Utrecht, Netherland (2017 to present - February 2019) (Profile on Sha'arei Tsedek's website and Rabbi Baaden's LinkedIn page, both last accessed 18 February 2019.)

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Rabbi Baginsky received her ordination from Leo Baeck College, London, in 2008. She served as rabbi / minister of Kingston Liberal Synagogue (from 2008 to 2016, having previously served the congregation as a student rabbi from 2006) and the South Bucks Jewish Community (from May 2016 until present - March 2019). (Profile of Rabbi Baginsky on the Liberal Judaism's website.)

Rabbi Lisa Barrett

Rabbi Barrett was ordained in 2011. She served as a part-time rabbi at Glasgow New Synagogue and Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, assistant rabbi at Hendon Reform Synagogue (c.2014-c.2016), part time assistant rabbi at the Middlesex New Synagogue (now the Mosaic Reform Synagogue) (c.2011) and minister of the South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue (from April 2016 to present - February 2019). (Profile of Rabbi Barrett on South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue's website.)

Rabbi Anthony Michael Bayfield

See under North West Surrey Synagogue.

Rabbi Miriam Bayfield

See under Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Larry Becker

See under Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Rachel Benjamin

Rabbi Benjamin was ordained in 1998. She served as assistant rabbi (later associate rabbi) of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (1998-2004, 2007-2008), joint rabbi of Woodford Progressive Synagogue (2004-2005), rabbi of the Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia, Norwich (2003-2009), rabbi of South Bucks Jewish Community (2006-2015) and rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (from 2015-2018). (Profile of Rabbi Benjamin on Liberal Judaism's website and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Charles Berg
(31 Jan 1911 - 24 Nov 1979)

Rabbi Berg, born Karl Rautenberg in Treptow, Germany, became, in 1952, the first non-Orthodox rabbi to be ordained in the UK. He served as minister of the Bournmouth Reform Synagogue (1948-52) and Wimbledon & District Synagogue (1952-1974) and was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1958). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006, Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, "Who's Who" entry and obituary in Jewish Year Books.)

Rabbi Miriam Berger

See under Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Cantor Rev. Louis Berkman

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Rabbi Rebecca Birk

Rabbi Rebecca Birk (known as Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk until mid-2016), BA, MA, was ordained in 2001 at Leo Baeck College, London. She served as minister for Woodford Progressive Synagogue (2001-2005), as assistant minister of Westminster Synagogue (2005-2010) and as minister of Finchley Progressive Synagogue (2011 until present - February 2019) (Profile on Finchley Progressive Synagogue's website.)

Rabbi J. Black

See under The Liberal Synagogue Elstree (formerly Hertsmere Progressive Synagogue).

Rabbi Dr. Joel Blau
(c.1878-1927)

Rabbi Blau (c.1878-1927) served as rabbi of synagogues in Rochester and Brooklyn, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York and Peni-El Temple, New York before serving as assistant minister at the West London Synagogue (1924-1927). (Jewish Telegraph Report of 26 October 1927.)

Rabbi Lionel Blue
(6 Feb 1930 - 19 Dec 2016)

London-born Rabbi Blue was ordained in 1958 and awarded an OBE in 1994. He served as minister of the St. George's Settlement Synagogue (c.1958-1961), minister of the Middlesex New Synagogue (now the Mosaic Reform Synagogue) (1961-1964) and was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1974-1977). He was frequent radio broadcaster on religious subjects and a lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London (1967-2013). (Mosaic's website, obituary in the Daily Telegraph and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Barbara Macy Borts

Rabbi Borts was ordained as a rabbi in 1981, being among the first women rabbis in Britain. She served as rabbi of Mill Hill Reform Synagogue (c.1981), Hampstead Reform Jewish Community (c.1982-c.1984), Radlett, Bushey & District Reform Synagogue (1984-c.1989), Newcastle Reform Synagogue (2008-2012) and Darlington Hebrew Congregation (2012 to present - February 2019) (Service for the induction of Rabbi Barbara Borts, Mill Hill Reform Synagogue, 22 November 1981.)

Rabbi Dr. Rudolph Brasch
(6 November 1912 - November 2004)

German-born Rabbi Dr. Brasch served as minister of North London Liberal Synagogue from about 1938 to about 1948 and was also minister of Southgate & Enfield Progressive Synagogue (now Southgate Progressive Synagogue) from early 1930s until about 1945. He was subsequently founder and minister of the Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (1946-47) and served as rabbi to various congregations in South Africa, Australia and the United States. (Prabook Profile and Jewish Year Book listings.)

D. Breslauer

See under Ealing Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Sidney Brichto

See under North London Progressive Synagogue.

Rev. S.I. Brickman

See under New London Synagogue.

Rabbi Janet Burden

US-born Rabbi Burden was ordained in July 2002 by Leo Baeck College, London. She served, largely concurrently, as minister of the West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London (c.2002-c.2014) and Ealing Liberal Synagogue (c.2005 to present - March 2019) (Rabbi Burden's LinkedIn profile and Ealing Liberal Synagogue's website.)

Rabbi Danny Burkeman

Rabbi Burkeman, who was ordained in 2009, served as assistant rabbi of the West London Synagogue (2009-2011) before moving to the United States where he served as associate rabbi of The Community Synagogue, Port Washington, New York (2011-2017) and senior rabbi of Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, Massachusetts (2017 to present - January 2019). (Temple Shir Tikva's website accessed 20 January 2019)

Rabbi Melinda Michelson Carr

See under Rabbi Indigo Jonah Raphael.

Rabbi Louis J. Cashdan
(1906 - 28 Jul 1987)

Detroit-born Rabbi Cashdan was ordained in 1933. He served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1939-1942) and congregations in Des Moines, Charleston, W.Va., Kansas City, Mo., Toronto and Washington DC before retiring in 1981. (Obituary)

Rabbi Curtis E. Cassell
(9 Nov 1912 - 8 Oct 1998)

Rabbi Cassell, born Kurt Kassell in Opeln, Germany, was ordained in 1936 and came to Britain in 1939. He served as rabbi of Glasgow Progressive Synagogue (1945-1948), second minister of the West London Synagogue (1948-1957) and was rabbi of the Progressive Jewish Congregation in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (1957-1977). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006.)

Rabbi Douglas Charing

Rabbi Charing received his ordination in 1970 from Leo Baeck College, London. He served as minister of North London Progressive Synagogue and Woodford Liberal Jewish Synagogue (both about 1970-72) and Ealing Liberal Synagogue (about 1973). In 1974, he founded the Jewish Education Bureau, Leeds (Director from 1974 to present - March 2019) and is the visiting minister at Bradford Reform Synagogue (from about 2008 until at least 2018). (Jewish Year Book entries, BBC profile and Rabbi Charing's LinkedIn profile.)

Rabbi Marim D. Charry

Rabbi Charry (born 1935) served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1960-1962). He returned to the United States and was connected to a number of US congregations, in particular Temple Israel of Great Neck.

Chazan Jaclyn (Jacky) Chernett

See under Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue.

Rabbi C. Cohen

See under Southgate Progressive Synagogue (formerly Southgate and District Liberal Synagogue).

Rabbi Malcolm Cohen

London-born Rabbi Cohen, who was ordained in 2006, served as assistant rabbi of the West London Synagogue (2006-2009) before moving to theUnited States to become rabbi of Temple Sinai, Las Vegas (2009 to present - January 2019). (Temple Sinai's website, accessed 20 January 2019.)

Rev. Philip Cohen

Rev. Cohen had served as minister of the orthodox Central Synagogue, London (1934-c.1939) and was an army chaplain during World War II. He later served as associate minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (c.1946-1958), as senior minister of North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green (1958-1972) and appears to have served as reader of North London Progressive Synagogue (c.1973-c.1975) - a Rev. P. Cohen being so listed in the Jewish Year Books 1974 and 1975, although this could be a different person. (The Golders Green Jewish Community by Pam Fox, 2016 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Prof. Dan Mark Cohn-Sherbok

Denver-born Rabbi Professor Cohn-Sherbok, a theologian and prolific author, served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1972-1974) and is a former professor of Judaism at the University of Wales.

Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Collick
(31 Aug 1957 - Feb 2019)

Rabbi Collick served as associate rabbi of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (c.1984), minister of Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue (c.1984-99) and Edgware Masorti Synagogue (2000-14) (Who's Who and listings in Jewish Year Books and Jewish Chronicle press report of death.)

Rabbi Howard Cooper

Rabbi Cooper was ordained in 1980. He served as a part-time rabbi of Buckhurst Hill Reform Synagogue (now Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue) during the 1980s and as an associate rabbi at the South-East Essex Reform Synagogue (c.1980-c.1982) and rabbi with Finchley Reform Synagogue from at least 2010 until present (February 2019), although his involvement with that congregation goes back much earlier as he was Director of Education from 1982 to 1986 and had joined the Rabbinic Team in 1989.

Cantor Stephen Cotsen

See under New London Synagogue.

Rabbi Michael Curtis
(16 Dec 1896 - 8 Dec 1988)

Rabbi Michael Curtis came to Britain from Germany as a refugee in the 1930s. He served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1948-1971) and was Clerk to the Reform Beth Din (1948-1972). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006.)

Rabbi Janet Darley

See under South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

Cantor Magnus Davidson

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue (formerly the New Liberal Jewish Congregation).

Rabbi Hadasssah Davis

Rabbi Davis studied at Leo Baeck College and was ordained in 1993. She served as a part-time rabbi of Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Community (c.1997-c.2008), Thanet and District Reform Synagogue (dates currently unknown) and Reading Liberal Jewish Community (c.2003-c.2015). (2018 Sermon by Rabbi Davis and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Cantor Joseph Dollinger

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Cantor H. Danziger

See under North London Progressive Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. A. Stanley Dreyfus
(31 Jan 1921 - 8 Jul 2008)

Ohio-born Rabbi Dreyfus was ordained in 1946 and was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1949) and a chaplain in the U.S. Army (1956-1965). He served as rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Beaver Falls, PA (1950-1951), Congregation B'nai Israel in East Liverpool, OH (1951-1956), Terre Haute, IN (1953-55), Temple B'nai Israel in Galveston, TX (1956-1965) and Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY (1965-1979) and was Director of Rabbinic Placement of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (1980-1991).


Footnotes    (returns to main text)

  1. Except as regards the West London Synagogue (for which the profiles of all its ministers are listed in this section), profiles of those rabbinical leaders who served at only one UK congregation can be found in the list and footnote relating to such rabbinical leader on the JCR-UK webpage for the congregation in which he or she served.

  2. Additional biographical information can 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.

  3. The period of office and position held by each minister of the West London Synagogue have been kindly provided to JCR-UK by the West London Synagogue. The webpage Ministers of the West London Synagogue includes, in most instances, a photograph of each such minister.


Other Non-Orthodox Rabbinical Profiles:

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