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Rabbinical Profiles(1)(2)
Masorti, Reform and Liberal(3)
Part 3 - I to L

Rabbi Bruno Italiener
(6 Feb 1881 - 17 Jul 1956)

Rabbi Italiener was born in Burgdorf, near Hanover. He was a rabbi in Darmstadt (1907-1927) and of Hamburg Tempel (1928-1939). He then escaped to London and served as rabbi of the St. George's Settlement Synagogue (early 1940s), assistant rabbi of the West London Synagogue (1941-1949), a post created especially for him. and rabbi of Southport Reform Synagogue. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History and A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006)

Rabbi Harry Martin Jacobi, MBE
(19 Oct 1925 - 24 Apr 2019)

Rabbi Jacobi (born Heinz Hirschberg in Berlin) escaped Germany, initially for the Netherlands in 1938, and then to Britain in 1940 arriving as a Kindertransport refugee. Nearly all his close family members, who remained in Germany, perished in the Holocaust. He was ordained as a reverend in 1961 and as a rabbi in 1971. He served as minister of Southgate & District Liberal Synagogue (now Southgate Progressive Synagogue) (1956-1975), Wembley and District Liberal Synagogue (now Mosaic Liberal Synagogue) (1975-1982) and Zurich Liberal Synagogue (1982-1990), retiring in 1990 and returning to Britain. In semi-retirement Rabbi Jacobi served as minister of South Bucks. (Liberal) Jewish Community (1990-1995 or possibly c.1997-c.2002) and Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community (2004-2007) and for ten years was the Chair of the Liberal Judaism Rabbinic Board (now the Beit Din). He was awarded an MBE in 2006. He is the father of Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi (Birmingham Progressive Synagogue) and Rabbi Richard Jacobi (East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries, Liberal Judaism Tribute 25 April 2019.)

Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi

See under Birmingham Progressive Synagogue.

Rabbi Richard Jacobi

Rabbi Jacobi was ordained in 2008. He served as minister of Woodford Liberal Synagogue (2007-2016) and its successor congregation, East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue (part-time, 2017 to present - December 2018). (Profile of Rabbi Jacobi on Liberal Judaism's website.)

Rev Nathaniel Jacobs

See under Bradford Reform Synagogue (formerly Bradford Congregation of British and Foreign Jews).

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs
(17 Jul 1920 - 1 Jul 2006)

Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Jacobs, BA, PhD, HDHL, HLiD, was the founder of the Masorti movement in the UK and received a CBE in 1990. He studied at Manchester Yeshiva, from where he received smicha, and later at the Kolel in Gateshead. Rabbi Jacobs served as rabbi of Manchester Central Synagogue (1948-c.1954), minister / preacher of New West End Synaggogue, London (1954-1959) and Tutor & Lecturer at Jews' College, London (1959-1962) before his break with the Orthodox Jewish establishment in 1962. Subsequently, in 1964, he founded the New London Synagogue, the parent synagogue of the Masorti movement, and served as its senior minister (1964-2000). (https://louisjacobs.org/ and "Whos Who" entries in Jewish Year Books.)

Cantor Zöe Jacobs

See under Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Rev. A. Jaffe

See under The Wimbledon Synagogue (formerly Wimbledon & District Synagogue).

Rev. Alexander Jaffe

See under Southport & District Reform Synagogue (formerly Southport New Synagogue).

Rabbi Neil Janes

Rabbi Janes, MA was ordained in 2006 He served as rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue (2006-2010), an associate minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (2011-2015) and a rabbi of the West London Synagogue (2015 to present - February 2019). (Biography on Reform Judaism's website, accessed 3 February 2019)

Rabbi Laura Naomi Janner-Klausner

See under North Western Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Leah Jordan

See under Norwich Liberal Jewish Community.

The Rev. Morris David Joseph
(18 May 1848 - 17 Apr 1930)

London-born Rev. Joseph was initially an orthodox minister serving as minister of the North London Synagogue (1868-1874) and Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (1874-1882) before becoming senior minister of the West London Synagogue (1893-1930). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History and A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006)

Rabbi Oliver Spike Joseph

Rabbi Joseph received his rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies. He served as part-time minister of Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (2015-2018) and minister of the New North London Masorti Synagogue (from mid 2018 to about January 2019)

Simon Joseph

See under Maidenhead Synagogue (formerly Maidenhead Hebrew Congregation).

Rabbi Emily Yael Reitsma-Jurman

Toronto-raised Rabbi Reitsma-Jurman (initially known as Rabbi Jurman) served as assistant rabbi of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (inducted 2015), continuing in such capacity following the merger of that congregation to form the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue (2015 to present - February 2019). (Website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue and former website of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue. )

Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris

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

Rabbi Dr. Shamai Kanter
(27 Mar 1930 - 27 Dec 2018)

Boston-Rabbi Kanter was ordained in 1955. He was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1958) and subsequently served as rabbi of several congregations in North America, including Congregation Beth-El, Toronto (1958-1962), Temple Israel, Sharon, Mass. (1962-1976) and Temple Beth-El, Rochester, NY (1976-c.2002).

Rabbi Dr. Arthur Katz
(17 Feb 1908 - 18 May 1996)

Prague-born Rabbi A Katz was ordained in 1933 and was the rabbi in the small Czech town of Soběslav (Sobislau). He was the only Jew from that town to survive the Holocaust, having been out of the country at the time of the mass deportation and murder of the town's Jewish population. He served as an asssting rabbi at at the West London Synagogue (1942-1947) and was minister of Hendon Reform Synagogue (c.1950-c.1982). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006)

Rabbi Steven Katz

London-born Rabbi Steven Katz was inducted by his father, Rabbi Arthur Katz, as Assistant Minister of Hendon Reform Synagogue in 1975, but soon after this, his father suffered a serious car accident and so Rabbi S. Katz undertook the burden of running the religious side of the Synagogue, succeeding his father as senior minister of the congregation on his father's retirement (c.1982). He continued in such capacity following the merger of that congregation to form the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue (2015) until his own retirement in January 2019.

Rabbi Sidney Kay

See under Southport & District Reform Synagogue (formerly Southport New Synagogue).

Rabbi Wolfe Kelman
(27 Nov 1923 - 26 Jun 1990)

Rabbi Kelman, who was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Toronto, Canada, was ordained in 1950. He was an an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1957-1958) and became one of the leaders of Conservative Judaism in the United States, but chose never to lead his own congregation.

Rabbi Yuval Keren

Israel-born Rabbi Keren was ordained in 2009. He served as assistant rabbi at Hendon Reform Synagogue from 2009 to 2012, having been student rabbi there from 2008 and subsequently served as senior minister of Southgate Progressive Synagogue from 2012 until present (May 2019). (Profile on Southgate Progressive Synagogue's website)

Rabbi Hannah Kingston

See under North Western Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Maurice Kleinberg

See under Liverpool Reform Synagogue (formerly Liverpool Liberal Synagogue).

Rabbi Peter S. Knobell

See under North West Surrey Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Jakob Jankel Kokotek
(22 Jun 1911 - 10 Sep 1979)

Rabbi Kokotek was born in Bedzin, Poland and raised in Germany, arriving in England as a refugee. He served as rabbi/minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St. John's Wood (1941-1945), Southgate & Enfield Progressive Synagogue (now Southgate Progressive Synagogue) (c.1946-c.1948), Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (1948-1951), Liverpool Liberal Synagogue, Hope Place (1951-1956) and the New Jewish Liberal Association (later known as Belsize Square Synagogue) (1956-1979). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History p. 530, A Place to Call Home by Pam Fox, 2011, p.415 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Chava Koster

See under Bromley Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Sandra Kviat

See under Crouch End Chavurah.

Rabbi Neil S. Kraft

Boston-born Rabbi Kraft, M.A. was ordained in 1988. He served as minister of Woodford Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1985-c.1989) and South London Liberal Synagogue (c.1990-c.2000) and associate rabbi of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (2002-2015), continuing in such capacity following the merger of that congregation to form the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue (2015 to present - February 2019). (Jewish Year Book listings and website of the Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue. )

Rabbi Miriam Lawrence

See under Ealing Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Michael Leigh
(12 Nov 1928 - 23 May 2000)

London-born Rabbi Dr. Leigh, M.A. served as assistant minister of the West London Synagogue (1958-1963) and later as senior minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (1963-1999), where he received his doctorate while in office and was named as Emeritus Minister after the appointment of his succcesor. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books.)

Rab. Dr. H. Lernie

See under Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (formerly Brighton & Hove Liberal Synagogue).

Rabbi John Levi

Rabbi Levi (born c. 1935) was the first Australian-born rabbi to be ordained. He was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1957-1958) and joined the Temple Beth Israel of Melbourne in 1960 becoming its senior rabbi from 1974 until his retirement in 1998 and was a founder of The King David School, Melbourne in 1978. (On-line interview and profiles.)

Rabbi Raphael H. Levine

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

Rabbi Joseph C. Levine

See under Glasgow Reform Synagogue (formerly Glasgow Progressive Synagogue).

Rabbi Raphael H. Levine

Rabbi Levine, BA, LLB was minister of Liverpool Liberal Jewish Congregation (c.1932-c.1938) and an associate minister of the The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London (1938-1941). (A Place to Call My Jewish Home by Pam Fox, 2011, p.415 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Judith Levitt

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

Reader Eli Levy

See under Manchester Reform Synagogue (formerly Manchester Congregation of British Jews).

Rabbi Joel Levy

See under Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue.

Rabbi Josh Levy

Rabbi Levy served as assistant rabbi (education) of the West London Synagogue (2004-2008) and was later appointed as a rabbi of the North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth), Golders Green (2008 to present - January 2019) (Alyth's website, last accessed 20 January 2019)

Rev. E. Lewandowski

Rev. E. Lewandowski served as reader (cantor) of North London Progressive Synagogue (c.1949-1967) and Southgate & Enfield Progressive Synagogue (later Southgate & District Liberal Synagogue, now Southgate Progressive Synagogue) (c.1946-1956). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Harry S. Lewis

See under Manchester Reform Synagogue (formerly Manchester Congregation of British Jews).

Rabbi Daniel Lichman

Rabbi Lichman studied at Leo Baeck College, London and was ordained in July 2017. He served as student rabbi to the York Liberal Synagogue (2015-16) and helped found and became the (part-time) rabbi-in-residence of the Wilesden Minyan (from 2015, initially as student rabbi, until present - May 2019) and which in 2018, formed a partneship with Shir Hayim, Hampstead. From October 2017 until present (May 2019), Rabbi Lichman served as chaplain rabbi to university students for the Alliance of Reform and Liberal Judaism. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency Report 10 July 2017, Rabbi Lichman's facebook page, accessed 21 May 2019 .)

The Rev. Albert Löwy
(8 Dec 1816 - 21 May 1908)

Rev. Löwy was born in Mährisch-Aussee (Usov), Moravia and came to England in 1840. He served as second minister of the West London Synagogue (1842-1892). See separate Biography on JCR-UK.


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:

A to D;    E to H;    M to R;    S to Z.



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