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Rabbinical Profiles(1)(2)
Masorti, Reform and Liberal(3)
Part 4 - M to R

The Rev. Philip Magnus (later, Sir Philip Magnus, first Baronet)
(7 Oct 1842 - 23 Aug 1933)

London-born Sir Philip Magnus, who was knighted in 1886 and made a baronet in 1917, served as assistant minister of West London Synagogue (1866-1880). He served as Unionist MP for London University (1906-1922), being the first man elected to Parliament to have served in a rabbinical capacity. (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History)

Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton

Ultrecht (Netherlands) born Rabbi de Magtige-Middleton (née Middleton) was ordained in 2009. She served as an assistant (later associate) minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London (2000-2007) and minister of Middlesex New Synagogue, now Mosaic Reform Synagogue (2008 to present - February 2019). ("A Place to Call My Jewish Home" by Pam Fox, p. 185, Jewish Year Book listings and Rabbi de Magtige-Middleton's profile on the Mosaic Reform Synagogue's website)

Rabbi Rodney John Mariner

Melbourne-born Rabbi Mariner was ordained in 1976. He served as assistant minister of North Western Reform Synagogue (1976-1979), associate minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (1979-1982) and as minister of Belsize Square Synagogue (1982-2011). (Rabbi Mariner's profile on the Belsize Square Synagogue's website, Listings and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books).

Rabbi Alan Mann

Rabbi A. Mann was minister of Stanmore Liberal Jewish Congregation (now The Liberal Synagogue Elstree) (c.1972-c.1975) and Rabbi Alan Mann was an associate minister of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood (1971-1975) and they are believed to be the same person. (Jewish Year Book listings and "A Place to Call My Jewish Home" by Pam Fox, 2011, p.415.)

Rabi M. Marcus

See under Newcastle Reform Synagogue.

The Rev. Professor David Woolf Marks
(22 Nov 1811 - 2 May 1909)

London-born Rev. Marks served as senior minister of West London Synagogue (1840-1893), the first minister appointed by the congregation. He had previously served as assistant / reader of the Western Synagogue, London (1831-1833) and reader of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation, Steel Street (1833-?).

Rabbi Dow Marmur

Rabbi Murmar was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1935 and spent World War II in the Soviet Union. He was ordained in 1962 and served as minister of South West Essex Reform Synagogue (c.1963-c.1969) and North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green (associate minister 1969-1972, senior minister 1972-1983). He later moved to Canada to become senior rabbi of Toronto's Holy Blossom Temple (1983-2000) (Listings and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books)

Rabbi Dr. Israel Isidor Mattuck

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

Rabbi Dr. Ignaz Maybaum
(2 Mar 1897 - 1976)

Viennese-born Rabbi Maybaum had served as a rabbi in Germany prior to World War II, escaping to England in 1938. He served as senior minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (1947-1963), where he was named as Emeritus Minister following the appointment of his succcesor and until his death and also served as an assisting rabbi at West London Synagogue (1958). (A History in our Time - Rabbis and Teachers Buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, 2006 and "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books)

Rabbi Monique Mayer

Rabbi Mayer grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and received her ordination from Leo Baeck College, London. She served as an interim associate rabbi of Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue (STNLRS) (2011-2012) before being appointed minister of Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation (BWPJC) c.2012 to present - July 2019) and has also served part time (once a month) as rabbi of Cardiff Reform Synagogue (CRS) (c.2015-c.2016). (BWPJC website, information communicated to JCR-UK by STNLRS, CRS annual reports, Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi M. Mayer

See under Liverpool Reformh Synagogue.

Rabbi Dr. Harvey Meirovich

See under Edgware Masorti Synagogue.

H. Mellichan

See under Bradford Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi David Meyer

See under Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Maurice Arnold Michaels

Rabbi Michaels served as rabbi of Harlow Jewish Community, as senior rabbi of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, as associate minister of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue (c.1997-c.2001), as part-time rabbi of North Western Reform Synagogue (2011-2018) and as part time rabbi of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue (from 2014 to present - August 2019). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries and press reports)

Rabbi Dr. Charles Middleburgh

Hove-born Rabbi Middleburgh, who has a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and obtained a PhD from University of London, was ordained in 1986. He served as rabbi of Wembley & District Liberal Synagogue (now the Mosaic Liberal Synagogue) (1986 to c.1997, having served as student rabbi from 1983) and was founder rabbi of Congregation Shir HaTzaphon in Copenhagen and was subsequently appointed Dean and Director of Jewish Studies at the Leo Baeck College, London. He has served as part-time rabbi of Cardiff Reform Synagogue (CRS) (2004 to 2014) and Dublin Progressive Jewish Congregation (DPJC) (c.2001-c.2010 and 2016 to present (part time) - August 2019). (Jewish Year Book listings, press reports, DPJC website, profile on Liberal Judaism's website, Hineni - Life Potraits of CRS.)

H. Milan

See under Bradford Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Alan Miller
(1926 - 12 Aug 2016)

Hull-born Rabbi Miller, PhD was an an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1955-1959) and as minister of S.W. Essex Synagogue (c.1958-c.1961). He subsequently moved to the United States to became rabbi and teacher at the Society for the Advancement of Judaiam (1961-1992). (Jewish Year Book listings and Obituary in the New York Times.)

Aubrey Milstein

See under Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue.

Rabbi David Mitchell

Rabbi Mitchell was ordained in 2009. He served as associate rabbi of Radlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue (2009-2011) and rabbi of the West London Synagogue (2011 to present - February 2019).

The Hon. Lilian Helen Montagu, C.B.E., D.H.L (Hon.)
(22 Dec 1873 - 22 Jan 1963)

Known affectionately as "Miss Lily", Lilian Montagu was one of the early leaders of the Progressive Jewish movement in Britain and the first woman to play a major role in such movement. She was also active in social improvement, particularly in respect to working women, unemployment, sweat shops and bad housing. Born in London and raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, her father was the extremely influencial Sir Samuel Montagu (later first Baron Swaythling). In 1893, she founded, together with her sister Marian, the West Central Jewish Girls Club and in 1902 she founded, together with Claude D. Montefiore, the Jewish Religious Union, the forerunner of both the The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) and the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues (ULPS). She gave her first sermon in 1915 and thereafter frequently occupying the LJS pulpit. She founded the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) in 1926 and briefly served as its president from 1955 to 1956. In 1928, she founded the West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 1928, serving as its lay minister until her death in 1963, having been formally ordained and inducted as a lay minister in 1944. She subsequently helped form other Liberal synagogues throughout Britain, frequently serving as their chairman or president, including Liverpool Liberal Jewish Congregation (now Liverpool Reform Synagogue), North London Liberal Synagogue, South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue and the New Liberal Congregation (now Belsize Square Synagogue).  She was awarded an OBE in 1937 and a CBE in 1955.

Rabbi Rachel Montagu

See under Cardiff New Synagogue (now Cardiff Reform Synagogue).

Rabbi Fred Morgan

See under North West Surrey Synagogue.

Rabbi Ian Morris

See under Sinai Synagogue, Leeds.

Rabbi Nancy Morris

Montreal-born Rabbi Morris studied at Leo Baeck College, London and was ordained in 2002. She became Scotland's first female rabbi in 2003, on her appointment as minister of Glasgow New (Reform) Synagogue (2003-2012). She subsequently served as senior minister of South West Essex and Settlement Synagogue (SWESRS) (2012-2014) before returning to Canada. (Ilford Recorder report of 23 September 2012 and statement issued by SWESRS on 23 June 2014.)

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

See under Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Julia Babette Sarah Neuberger DBE (Baroness Neuberger)

Rabbi Neuberger (née Schwab; born 1950) was ordained in 1977, being Britain's second female rabbi and the first to have her own synagogue when she served as minister of South London Liberal Synagogue (1977-1989). She was also listed as minister of Nottingham Progressive Jewish Community (now Nottingham Liberal Synagogue) in 1978 (presumably as a visiting rabbi). She was subsequently involved in many communal, academic and public activities and in 2004, she became Baroness Neuberger. In 2011, she returned to the pulpit, being appointed senior minister of the West London Synagogue (2011 to present - February 2019). (West London Synagogue's website)

Rabbi Danny Newman

Rabbi Newman was ordained in July 2017. He served initially as an associate rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue (2017-c.2018) and subsequently Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue (temporarily, for a five month period from November 2018) and Elstree & Borehamwood Masorti Community (from January 2019).

Rabbi J. Newman

See under Menorah Synagogue, Cheshire Reform Congregation.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman

See under Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Roger Victor Pavey
(1939 - 21 Oct 2009)

Kidderminster-born Rabbi Parvey studied at the University of London, Yeshivah and Leo Baeck College, London, where he was ordained in 1967. He served as assistant minister (c.1965-c.1968) and minister (c.1968-c.1970) of the West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London and as minister of Southend Progressive Synagogue (later Southend and District Reform Synagogue) (c.1970-c.1979). In 1980, he emigrated to Canada and served as minister of several Canadian congregations. (Jewish Year Book Listings and Obituary in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Pearl
(25 Nov 1919 - 18 Dec 1995)

Liverpool-born Rabbi Pearl was ordained in 1964. He had previously served at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, as assistant minister (1945-49) and chief minister (1949-60), and then as minister of the New West End Synagogue (1960-64), both of which are orthodox congregations. He then became rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue, Riverdale, New York City (1960-80) and, following his retirement, he was appointed honorary rabbi of Edgware Masorti Synagague (c.1989-1991) thereafter being named its emeritus rabbi until his death in 1995. (Short on-line obituary - New York Times 19-Dec-1995 and Prabook Profile, Jewish Year Books listings).

Rabbi Michael Pertz

Rabbi Pertz was ordained in 2000. He served as assistant minister at Southgate & District Reform Synagogue (now Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue) (around 2001/2) and as part-time minister of Harlow Jewish Community (c.2002-c.2009) and South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue (c.2004-c.2011) and became a "freelance" rabbi in September 2011. (Rabbi Pertz's LinkedIn account, accessed 10 December 2018, information communicated to JCR-UK by Sha'arei Tsedek and Jewish Year Books listings.)

Rev. Maurice L. Perlzweig
(1895 - 1985)

Polish-born Rev. Perlzweig was appointed as minister of the North London Liberal Synagogue from 1921 and as "second" minister of The Liberal Jewish Synaggogue, St John's Woods, from 1924 and appears to have held both positions until 1938, when he became minister at North Western Reform Synagogue, Golders Green. He also served as Chairman of North London Liberal Synagogue (c.1934-c.1938).  He was a founder of the World Jewish Congress. (See The Reminiscences of Dr. Maurice L. Perlzeig and Profile of Rev. Perlzweig.)

Rabbi Dr. René Pfertzel

Strasbourg-born Rabbi Pfertzel was ordained at Leo Baeck College, London, in 2014. He was an assistant rabbi at Finchley Progressive Synagogue, visiting rabbi at Wessex Liberal Jewish Community (2014-15), an assistant rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London (2015-17) and rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue (August 2017 to present - March 2019). (Profile of Rabbi Pfertzel on the Liberal Judaism's website.)

Rev. Dr. G. Ffingst

Rev. Dr. Pfingst served as minister of the Sinai Synagogue, Leeds (c.1952-c.1956) before becoming minister of the nominally orthodox Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation) (c.1956-c.1957). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Jacobs Phillips
(c.1869 - 1940)

Rev. Phillips studied at Aria College, Portmouth. He served as minister at the Tredegar Synagogue, the Swansea Hebrew Congregation (1891-1893) and Sunderland Hebrew Congregation. He then moved to South Africa where he was a minister in Port Elizabeth, and following his return to Britain he became minister of the Manchester Congregation of British Jews (1913-1940). He was the son of Rev. Isaac Philips of Portsmouth and the brother of Rev. Lewis Phillips, minister of Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool.  (The Manchester Congregation of British Jews 1857-1957, Chapter XI by Rabbi P.S. Goldberg, 1957 and the History of the Sunderland Jewish Community by A. Levy, 1956.)

Rabbi Marcia Plumb

Rabbi Plumb served as an associate rabbi of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (1990-1991) and as minister of the North London Progressive Synagogue (c.1994-c.2000) and Southgate & District Reform Synagogue (now Sha'arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue) (2003-2010), as well as congregations in the United States. (Jewish Year Book Listings and press reports.)

Rabbi Dr. Allen Howard Podet

Rabbi Podet (born 1934, Cleveland, Ohio) for much of his career was a professor or part of the academic team at various US educational institutions. He also served as rabbi at Temple Israel, Dayton Ohio (1962-1964) and Temple Sinai, Bellview, Washington (1970-1974) and was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1976-1977 and 1986-1987).

F. Pomerantz

See under Mosaic Liberal Synagogue (formerly Wembley & District Liberal Synagogue).

Rabbi Jason Posner

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

A. Pulverness

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

Rabbi Indigo Jonah Raphael (formerly Rabbi Melinda Michelson Carr)

Transgender Rabbi Raphael, previously Rabbi Melinda Carr, was born in South Africa and ordained in 1996 by Leo Baeck College, London, and served, as Rabbi Carr, as minister of Ealing Liberal Synagogue (c.1997-c.2004) and as rabbi of the Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia (now Norwich Liberal Jewish Community (c.2000-c.2003). In 2012 Rabbi Carr became Rabbi Indigo Jonah Raphael. (Jewish Year Book listings, Jewish Chronicle Report and Rabbi Raphael's website.)

Rabbi Dr. John Desmond Rayner
(30 Apr 1924 - 19 Sep 2005)

Rabbi Rayner (born Hans Sigismund Rahmer in Berlin) arrived in Britain as a teenage refugee on the Kindertransport. He studied for six years study at Cambridge University and from 1943 he served in the British army service freaching the rank of captain. In 1953, he was ordained as a reverend by Rabbi Mattuck of LJS.  He served as the first full time minister of South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (1953-1957) and then joined The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London (1957-1990), serving initially as associate minister and, from 1961, as its senior minister and (following a two-year leave to study at the Hebrew Union College (HUC), Cincinnati to receive rabbinical ordination) as senior rabbi from 1965 until his retirement in 1989, whereupon he was named emeritus rabbi until his death. In 1980, the HUC awarded him a Doctorate of Divinity degree. ("A Place to Call My Jewish Home", 2011 by Pam Fox, pp.182-3 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Harold F. Reinhart
(1891 - 17 Aug 1969)

American-born Rabbi Reinhart, DD was ordained in 1915 and served congregations in Gary, Indiana, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California, coming to England in 1929 to serve as senior minister of the West London Synagogue (1929-1957). He resigned after 27 years as a result of a widening rift with a majority of the members of the synagogue and establish the Westminster Synagogue, serving as its minister from 1957 until his death in 1969. (Westminster Synagogue's website and papers of Rabbi Reinhart at Southampton University.)

Rabbi Danny Rich

See under Kingston Liberal Synagogue.

Samuel Rich

See under South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

Rabbi Isaac Richards

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

Rev. Herbert Richer

See under North London Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Lawrence Rigál
(14 Oct 1928 - 19 Jul 2010)

London-born Rabbi Rigál was ordained in 1964. He served as rabbi/minister at Birmingham Liberal Jewish Synagogue (1964-1967), South London Liberal Jewish Synagogue (1967-1973), West Central Liberal Jewish Synagogue (1973-c.1985), Woodford Liberal Jewish Synagogue (1973-c.1977), Beds-Herts Liberal Jewish Synagogue (c.1977-c.1985) and the Settlement Synagogue (from 1985, and following its merger in 1997 to form the South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, he served in the merged congregation until 2009). (Jewish Year Book listings and Website of the late Rabbi Regal including his Resume.)

Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles

See under Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Samuel Rodrigues-Periera
(10 Mar 1929 -  2 Feb 2009)

UK-born Rabbi Rodrigues-Pereira served as assistant chazan at the Spanish & Portuguese Congregation in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and as a part-time minister at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Cheetham Hill, Manchester before becoming a Reform rabbi in 1970. He then served as an assistant minister at Manchester Reform Synagogue and as minister at Blackpool Reform Jewish Congregation (c.1976-c.1978), Bushey & District Reform Synagogue (1978-1984), Hampstead Reform Jewish Community (c.1986-c.1988) and Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community (1989-2001 and thereafter emeritus minister). (Obituary in Jewish Chronicle 27 March 2009 and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Amidjar Romain, MBE

See under Maidenhead Synagogue.

Rabbi Judith Rosen-Berry

See under Beit Klal Yisrael - Liberal Jewish Community.

Rabbi Erwin S. Rosenblum
((30 May 1922 - 15 Mar 1996)

Rabbi Rosenblum was born in Bratislava and sought refuge in Britain from the Nazis in 1938. His first appointment was as a chazan at the orthodox Maida Vale Beth Hamedresh (c.1945) before joining the Reform movement. He served as minister of Maidenhead Synagogue (1953-1956), assistant minister of North Western Reform Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, Golders Green (1955-1956) and minister of Brighton & Hove New (Reform) Synagogue (1956-1984) and was an assisting rabbi at the West London Synagogue (1958). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History)

Rev. P. Rosenberg

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

Rabbi Elaina Rothman

See under Cardiff New Synagogue (now Cardiff Reform Synagogue).

Cantor George Rothschild

See under New London Synagogue.

Rabbi Sylvia Helen Fay Rothschild

Bradford-born Rabbi Rothschild, BSc. was ordained in 1987. She served as minister at the Bromley Reform Synagogue (1987-2002) and as as a joint minister (with Rabbi Sybil Sheridan) of Wimbledon & District Synagogue (2003-14) and in 2016, she became rabbi to the Lev Chadash congregation in Milan, Italy. ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books).

Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild

See under Sinai Synagogue, Leeds.


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;    I to L;    S to Z.



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