Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames I & J

Rev. Jonah Indech

Rev. Indech served as minister, reader and hon secretary of Amersham United Synagogue Membership Group, Buckinghamshire, from April 1944 until December 1945. (The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.34.)

Rev. C. N. Ingram

Rev. Ingram served as reader (chazan) of Cricklewood Synagogue, London (c.1979-c.1982). (Jewish Year Book listings)

Rev. Prof. David Myer Isaacs
(c.1810-1 May 1879)

Prof. Isaacs was born in Leywarden, Holland, came to Britain as a child but went back to Holland to attend Leyden University. Following his return to Britain, he studied for ten years with Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschell and also attended the University of London, from where he obtained a degree. His first ministerial appointment was as minister of Bristol Hebrew Congregation (1833-1835). He then served as minister of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (1836-1849) and the Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation (1849-1858), spending much of the later period divided his time between Liverpool and Manchester, before being appointed as minister of the Manchester Great Synagogue in 1858. He was considered one of the most remarkable preachers and orators in his day. (Jews in Bristol (1997) by J. Samuel, pp.83/4 and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.453.)

Rev. Gatchell Isaacs

Rev. Isaacs, who had been a teacher at Westminster Jews Free School, served as minister of the South Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue from 1890 until 1928. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Isaacs

Rev. Isaacs served as minister of York Synagogue from at least 1896 until about 1899. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Isaacs

Rev. Isaacs served as minister of Darlington Hebrew Congregation (c.1932-1933) and Stoke-on-Trent Hebrew Congregation (1933-1945). He then took up a ministry in Massachusetts, USA. (Jewish Chronicle press reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. M. Isaacs

Rev. Isaacs served as reader of the South Shields Synagogue, Co. Durham from about 1933 until about 1936. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Simeon Isaacs
(b. Dec 1912)

London-born Rev. Isaacs served as minister of Borough Synagogue, London (date not known), South East London Associate Synagogue, London (late 1930s-c.1947) and the Central Synagogue, London (c.1947-c.1954). He was also senior Jewish chaplain to the British Armed Forces in the Central Mediterranean during World War II. (Jewish Year Book listings and Who''s Who.)

Rev. M.R. Isdale

Rev. Isdale served as Reader at Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gately, Manchester (c.1999-c.2002). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Julian Godfrey Jacobs
(b.6 Mar 1934 - 7 Mar 2006)

London-born Rabbi Jacobs, Ma, PhD, (m. Margaret née Harris) served as minister of Richmond Synagogue, London, West Hackney Synagogue, London (c.1972-c.1976), Barking & Becontree Synagogue, London (c.1976-c.1979), Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1980-c.1982) Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (mid-1980s) and Ealing Synagogue, London (late 1980s-c.1990). (Jewish Year Book Who's Who 2006 and listings.)

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

Manchester-born Rabbi Dr. Jacobs, BA, PhD, HDHL, HLiD, was a leading UK rabbi who was awarded a CBE in 1990. He studied at Manchester Yeshiva, from where he received semicha, 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 in what was referred to as "The Jacobs Affair". Later, in 1964, he, together with a number of former congregants, founded the New London Synagogue, which subsequently became the parent and founding synagogue of UK's Masorti movement. Rabbi Jacobs served as the synagogue's senior minister (1964-2000 and again briefly in 2005). (https://louisjacobs.org/ and "Whos Who" entries in Jewish Year Books.)

Rev. Solomon Jacobs

Rev. Jacobs served as the first minister of the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) from 1880 to 1886, when he left the congregation to take up a post in Jamiaca. (The Jewish Communities of North-East England by Lewis Olsover (1980); Service and Scandel by Daniel Appleby (2013), p.53.)

Rev. Alexander C. Jaffe
(8 Sep 1921 - 25 Jul 1999)

Manchester-born Rev. Jaffe (m. June nee Glover, 1957) studied at Manchester Talmudic College and Yeshiva Etz Chaim, London. His first communal post was as minister of the Warsaw Synagogue, Manchester, which he left to become a minister of St. Anne's Hebrew Congregation (1940 to early 1940s). He acted as a visiting chaplain to Kirkham and Padgate RAF camps during his wartime national service. Following the war, he served as minister of two Reform congregations, Southport New Synagogue (now Southport & District Reform Synagogue) (c.1949-c.1952) and Wimbledon and District Synagogue (now The Wimbledon Synagogue) (1952-c.1953). He then settled in Belfast where he was involved extensively in communal affairs and, as a member of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation, he frequently undertook ministerial duties. See also Press Cuttings relating to Rev. Jaffe. (Jewish Year Book listings, press reports and communication from family.)

Rev. L. Jako

Rev. Jakob served as part-time minister of Mill Hill & District Hebrew Congregation, London (1949-1953). (History of the congregation, on its website.)

Rev. Jonas

Rev. Jonas served as minister of Waterford Hebrew Congregation, Ireland (c.1896). (Jewish Chronicle report.)

Rev. Dr. Barnett Joseph

Rev. Joseph, MA, served as minister of the Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue, from 1934 until his death in 1973, except for the war years, when he was on chaplaincy dut in H.M. Armed Forces. He was awarded an MBE for his services to the community. (The History of the Hackney Synagogue in the congregation's 25th and 50th Jubilee Commemorative Booklets.)

Rabbi Shmuel Joseph

Rabbi Joseph has served as rabbi of Kol Yaacov Beth Hamedrash, Edgware, London from about 2009 until present (May 2020). (Jewish Year Book and Uniquely Edgware listings.)

Simon Joseph

Mr. Joseph served as hon. minister of the Maidenhead Hebrew Congregation, Berkshire, from about 1948 until about 1949. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Menachem M. Junik

Rabbi Junik (m. Goldie) has served as minister of Richmond Synagogue, London (c.1994-c.1999) and of Beis Gavriel Lubavitch, Hendon, London (2008 until present - June 2020). (Beis Gavriel's website.)

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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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