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Rabbinical Profiles(1)(2)
Masorti, Reform and Liberal
(3)
Part 2 - E to H

Rabbi Dr. Leslie I. Edgar

See under The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London.

Rabbi Colin Eimer

Rabbi Eimer was ordained at Leo Baeck College in 1971. He served as rabbi of Union Liberale Israelite Synagogue, Paris (1971-74), an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1975-1976), part-time rabbi of Bushey & District Reform Jewish Community, now Radlett Reform Synagogue (1974-1977), senior rabbi of Southgate & District Reform Synagogue, later known Sha'arei Tzedek North London Reform Synagogue (1977-2015) and thereafter rabbi emeritus of that congregation. He also acted as minister of Finchley Reform Synagogue (2001-2005) and held various offices in the Reform movement and education. Following his retirement in 2015, Rabbi held various offices in the Reform movement and education, including part-time minister of several congregations (including North Western Reform Synagogue) ("Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books and biography of Rabbi Eimer on Sha'arei Tzedek's website.)

Rabbi Warren Elf, MBE

Rabbi Elf served as Northern Student Chaplain for Reform Synagogue of Great Britain and as minister of Sha'arei Shalom North Manchester Reform Congregation (c.1994-c.1998). He was subsequently Director of Education at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue (1998-2003) before assuming the position of part-time minister of Southend & District Reform Synagogue (SDRS) (2003 to present - September 2019). He was awarded an MBE in 2019 particularly for his work in reassurring communities in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack. (Jewish Year Book Listings and profile on SDRS website.)

Rabbi M. Elton, MA

Rabbi Elton served as minister of South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1964-c.1966) and Southend Progressive Synagogue (now Southend & District Reform Synagogue) (c.1966-c.1969). (Jewish Year Book Listings.)

Rabbi Charles Emanuel

New York born Rabbi Emanuel served as minister of Sinai (Reform) Synagogue, Leeds (c.1980-c.1983) and as senior minister of North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green (1983-2006, and thereafter as emeritus). (The Golders Green Jewish Community by Pam Fox, 2016, and Jewish Year Book Listings.)

Rabbi Mijael Even-David

See under Edgware Masorti Synagogue.

Cantor Norman Cohen Falah

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Rabbi Charles Familant

Rabbi Charles Familant served as rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue and Pinner Liberal Jewish Congregation (now Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue), both in 1964, and later became a marriage and family therapist. (Jewish Year Book listings  and LinkedIn account.)

Rabbi Michael Farbman

Rabbi Farbman, born is Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union, was ordained in 2001. He served as assistant rabbi of the West London Synagogue (2001-2004), rabbi of Sha'arei Shalom Progressive Jewish Community, St Petersburg, Russia (2004-2007), Washington Hebrew Congregation (2007-2009) and Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven (2009 to present - January 2019). (LinkedIn profile)

A.M. Fay

See under Brighton & Hove Liberal Synagogue, now Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue.

Rabbi Michael Feinberg

See under The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London.

Cantor Larry Fine

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Rabbi Michael Foulds

See under Buckhurst Hill Masorti Synagogue (formerly New Essex Masorti Synagogue).

Rabbi Simon J. Franses (d. 2009)

Greek-born Rabbi Franses served as assistant minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue, as minister of Glasgow New Synagogue (1974-1987) and as minister of the Middlesex New Synagogue, now the Mosaic Reform Synagogue (1987-2008, and then as emeritus until 2009). (Mosaic Reform Synagogue's website and "Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books.)

Rabbi Paul Freedman

See under Radlett Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi David Freeman

Rabbi Freeman served as minister of Birmingham Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1968-c.1971) and as minister of Bromley Reform Synagogue (c.1977-c.1987). A David Freeman (possibly the same person) also served as minister of the Bradford Reform Synagogue (c.1965-c.1968). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Helen Freeman

Rabbi Freeman (née Horn), MA, who was ordained in 1990, served as an associate rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (1990-1999) and as rabbi of the West London Synagogue (from 2001) becoming a principal rabbi in 2010 until present (February 2019). (Jewish Year Books listings and West London Synagogue's website, last accessed 3 February 2019.)

Rabbi Dr. Albert Hoschander Friedlander
(10 May 1927 - 8 Jul 2004)

Berlin-born Rabbi Friedlander, escaped from Nazi Germany, arriving as a refugee in the United States (via Cuba) in 1939. He studied at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, and was ordained in 1952. He served as a rabbi of Temple B'nai B'rith, Wilkes-Bar, Pensylvania (1956-1961) and chaplain to Columbia University, New York before moving to Britain. He served as minister of Wembley & District Liberal Synagogue (now Mosaic Liberal Synagogue) (c.1966-1971) and senior rabbi of Westminster Synagogue (1971-1997 and thereafter emeritus), as well as holding various senior positions at Leo Baeck College, London, from 1971. He was awarded an OBE in 2001. (Jewish Year Book listings, Guardian newspaper obituary dated 13 July 2004 and "Our History" on Westminster Synagogue's website)

Rabbi Dr. A. Friedmann

See under Birmingham Progressive Synagogue.

Rev. D. Friedmann

See under Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation.

Rabbi J. Galas, (Orthodox)

See under Maidenhead Hebrew Congregation (now Maidenhead Synagogue).

Rabbi Jeffrey Gale

Rabbi Gale served as minister of Southend & District Reform Synagogue (c.1980-c.1982) and The Settlement Synagogue, London (c.1982-c.1985). (Jewish Year Book Listings.)

Rabbi J. Gale

See under The Settlement Synagogue.

Rabbi Anna Gerrard

See under Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community.

S. Gerstein

See under Finchley Progressive Synagogue (formerly Finchley Liberal Jewish Synagogue).

Rabbi Nicholas Ginsbury

Rabbi Ginsbury served as minister of Brighton & Hove Liberal Synagogue (now Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue) (1967-1970) and South West Essex Reform Synagogue (now South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue) (c.1970-c.1973). ("Brighton Jewry 250 - An Anthrology of the Brighton Jewish Community 1766-2016" (2016) and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Paul Glantz

Rabbi Galantz served as minister of Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (1997-2000), St Albans Masorti Synagogue (2000-2003) and Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue (in or about 2007). ("Brighton Jewry 250 - An Anthrology of the Brighton Jewish Community 1766-2016" (2016), SAMS News the St Albans Masorti Synagogue's newsletter, Jewish Year Book listings and news reports.)

Rabbi Nathan Godleman

See under South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

Rabbi Amanda Golby

Rabbi Golby served as minister of Southport New Synagogue (now Southport & District Reform Synagogue) (c.1988-c.1997) and Nottingham Progressive Jewish Community (now Nottingham Liberal Synagogue) (c.1999-c.2000), as assistant minister of Hendon Reform Synagogue (2004-2006) and as a rabbi (pastoral support) at New North London Synagogue (c.2018). (Jewish Year Book listings and North Lindon Synagogue's website, accessed 3 May 2018.)

Rabbi Dr. David Goldberg, OBE
(25 February 1939 - 30 April 2019)

London-born Rabbi Goldberg studied at Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Leo Baeck College, London, in 1971 and was awarded an OBE in 2004. He served as minister of Wembley & District Liberal Synagogue (now Mosaic Liberal Synagogue) (c.1971-c.1975) and The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London (initially, from 1975, as associate rabbi, becoming senior rabbi in 1989 until 2004, when he was named rabbi emeritus). He was the son of the late rabbi Percy Selvin Goldberg, formerly of Manchester Reform Synagogue. ("A Place to Call My Jewish Home", 2011 by Pam Fox, p.183, Rabbi Goldberg's website, Jewish Year Book listings and press reports of his death.)

Rabbi G.C. Goldberg

Rabbi Goldberg served as minister at South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1975-c.1977) and as associate minister of South West Essex and Settlement Synagogue (c.1978-c.1980). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Marcus M. Goldberg
(1917 - 1981)

Sunderland-born Rabbi Goldberg served as minister of Finchley (Orthodox) Synagogue (c.1932-c.1933) and was later the first rabbi of the Brighton & Hove Liberal Synagogue (now Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue) (1936-1938) before leaving the clergy and emigrating to the United States. He was the brother of the late rabbi Percy Selvin Goldberg, formerly of Manchester Reform Synagogue. ("Brighton Jewry 250 - An Anthrology of the Brighton Jewish Community 1766-2016" (2016) and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Percy Selvyn Goldberg
(1917 - 1981)

Sunderland-born Rabbi Goldberg studied at Aria College, Portsmouth; Jews College, London; and London University. He served as assistant minister of South Tottenham Hebrew Congregation (c.1938) and minister of Kingsbury Synagogue (c.1939-c.1940) before moving to the Reform sector and becoming minister of the Manchester Congregation of British Jews (now Manchester Reform Synagogue) (1940-1974), after which, he emigrated to the United States and died in Arkansas in 1981. He had been awarded rabbinical ordination during a visit to the United States in 1952. He was the father of Rabbi Dr. David Goldberg of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London. ("The Manchester Congregation of British Jews 1857-1957", 1957 by Rabbi P.S, Goldberg (Chater XII contributed by Dr. Benjamin Portnoy.)

Rev. S.J. Goldberg

Rabbi Goldberg served as minister of Blackpool Liberal Jewish Community (now Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation) (c.1951-c.1959) and Liverpool Liberal Synagogue (now Liverpool Reform Synagogue) (c.1959-c.1962). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rabbi Naomi Goldman

See under Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community.

Rabbi D. Mark Goldsmith

Rabbi Goldsmith served as minister of Woodford Progressive Synagogue (1996-1999) and Finchley Progressive Synagogue (1999-2006) and is currently minister of North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green, London (since 2006) but will joining Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue in mid 2019 as its senior minister.

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

See under Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Andrew Goldstein

See under Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. David Goldstein
(31 Jul 1933 - 26 Jul 1987)

London-born Rabbi Goldstein obtained his doctorate and was ordained in 1963. He served, as a reverend, as minister of South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1961-c.1964) and subsequently served as an associate minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (1964-1975). It is believed that the Rabbi D. Goldstein, who served as minister of Stanmore Liberal Jewish Congregation (now The Liberal Synagogue Elstree) (c.1975-c.1977), was probably the same person. In 1975 he joined the research staff of the British Library, becoming a senior curator in the field of Hebrew and Oriental Literature until his untimely death in 1987. (Rabbi Goldstein's biography on the British Library website, "A Place to Call My Jewsih Home" by Pam Fox,  2011, pp.187-9 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Henry Goldstein

Rabbi Goldstein (b. 1936, London) served as rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue (1968-1973), an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1973) and minister of South West Essex Reform Synagogue (South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue from 1998) (1973-2001, and thereafter as emeritus rabbi). ("Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books.)

Rabbi Morris Goldstein, MA

See under Liverpool Liberal Jewish Congregation (now Liverpool Reform Synagogue).

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon

Rabbi Gordon received his rabbinical ordination in 2004 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He served as minister of St Albans Masorti Synagogue (2004-2008) and was then appointed Rabbi of the New London Synagogue (January 2008 to present - February 2019). (Profile on Masorti Olami website.)

Cantor R. Goring

See under North London Progressive Synagogue.

Rev. Dr. Gustav Gottheil

See under Manchester Congregation of British Jews, now Manchester Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Michael Goulston
(12 Dec 1931 - 20 Jan 1972)

Rabbi Goulston was ordained in 1963. He served as minister of Southport New Synagogue (c. 1964-c.1965), as minister of the Middlesex New Synagogue, now the Mosaic Reform Synagogue (1965-1968) and as assistant minister of the West London Synagogue (1968-1972). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006, Biography in Palgrave Dictionary, Mosaic Reform Synagogue's website and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Louis Gerhard Graf
(28 Mar 1912 - ?)

Berlin-born Rabbi Graf was trained at the Berlin Hochschule. He was minister to the Berlin Jewish Community until 1939, when he fled to the UK. He served as minister to the Bradford Synagogue of British and Foreign Jews (1940-1948) and the Sinai Synagogue, Leeds (1948-1949, having previously served as its chairman from about 1945 and acting minister from about 1947) before becoming minister of the Cardiff New Synagogue (now Cardiff Reform Synagogue - CRF) (from September 1948 until his retirement in 1980). (Jewish Year Book Who's Who and listings, short profile on CRS's website and "Hineni - Life Portraits of a Jewish Community".)

Cantor Jason Green

See under New London Synagogue.

Rev. S. Greenstein

Rev. Greenstein served as assistant minister of Manchester Reform Synagogue (c.1970-c.1971) and minister of Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation (c.1971-c.1975). (Jewish Year Book listings).

Rev. S. Greenstein

See under Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation.

Rabbi Hugo Gabriel Gryn 
(30 Jun 1930 - 18 Aug 1996)

Czechoslovakian born Rabbi Gryn, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, was ordained in 1957. He served as rabbi of the Jewish Religious Union in Bombay (1957-1960), executive director of World Union for Progressive Judaism (1960-1962), senior executive of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (1962-1964) and assistant minister of the West London Synagogue (from 1964), later becoming its senior minister (1968-1996). He was also a vice-president and lecturer of Leo Baeck College (1964-1996). (Obituary and A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006.)

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer

See under New London Synagogue.

Rabbi Tony Hammond

Rabbi Hammond was the minister of Bromley Reform Synagogue, from about 2003 until his retirement in 2013. He subsequently acted as interim rabbi of The Wimbledon Synagogue in 2014-15 and from September 2016 to present (February 2019) when it was searching for a permanent minister. (Jewish Year Books listings and  Jewish Chronicle report of 4 October 2017.)

Cantor Adian Harmon

See under West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

The Rev. Isidore Harris
(c.1854 - Jul 1925)

Rev. Isadore Harris, M.A. served as assistant minister of the West London Synagogue (1881-1925) and was editor of the Jewish Year Book (1900-1924).

Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein

See under Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community.

Rabbi Michael Robert Heilbron

Rabbi Heilbron was born in Prestbury, Cheshire. He served as minister of the Bradford (Reform) Synagogue (c.1973-c.1979) and Mill Hill Reform Synagogue (c.1987-c.1991). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Frank Heliner

See under Finchley Progressive Synagogue.

Rabbi Bernard Heller
(1897 - 6 May 1976)

Rabbi Heller Ph.D. was born in Kishinev (now Moldova) and moved to the United States as a child. He was ordained in 1920 and served in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 1920 to 1930. Thereafter he held a number of positions in the United States and also served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1957).

Cantor Paul Heller

See under The Belsize Square Synagogue.

Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques

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

Rabbi Sonny Herman
(1929 - 8 August 2009)

Rabbi Hermon was ordained at Leo Baeck College, London in 1966. He served at Southgate & District Reform Synagogue (now Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue) (1961-1977, initially as student rabbi and later as the congregation's first minister) and also served as an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1969). He moved to the Netherlands in 1977, returning to London in 1980. He served for many years as part-time rabbi of Thanet & District Reform Synagogue (TDRS), becoming rabbi emeritus in 2007. (Jewish Year Book listings and Etz Chaim,TDRS magazine, Autumn 2009.)

Rabbi Roger Herst

See under The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London.

Rabbi Dr. Michael Hilton

Rabbi Hilton served as minister at Menorah Synagogue - Cheshire Reform Congregation (c.1989-c.1998), North London Progressive Synagogue (2000-2002) and Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community (2001-2017, and thereafter emeritus). (Jewish Year Book listings and profile on the Kol Chai's website.)

Rabbi Jason Holtz

See under Bromley Reform Synagogue.

Rev. Bernard Hooker

Rabbi Hooker BA (b. 4-Feb-1922, London) served as Jewish Chaplain to M.E.L.F. (1947), as minister of Birmingham Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1948-c.1961), as minister of Wembley & District Liberal Synagogue (now Mosaic Liberal Synagogue (c.1961-c.1965), as spiritual leader to the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica (1965 to 1975) and as minister of North London Progressive Synagogue (1975-1991, and subsequently emeritus). (Jewish Year Book listings and Who's Who entries.)

Rabbi Stephen Howard

Rabbi Howard served as minister of Southgate Progressive Synagogue (1987-c.2010), rabbi of the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community (2010-2012) and temporary senior minister of South West Essex and Settlement Synagogue (November 2011 to September 2012). (Jewish Year Book Listings and Jewish Chronicle report of 3 August 2018.)

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz

See under Sinai Synagogue, Leeds.

Rabbi David Hulbert

Rabbi Hulbert was ordained in 1989. His primary position was minister of Bet Tikvah Synagogue (formerly Barkingside Progressive Synagogue) and its successor congregation, East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue (1989 to present - December 2018). He also served as minister of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue (1998-2007). (Profile of Rabbi Hulbert on Liberal Judaism's website and Jewish Year Book listings)


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.


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