Rabbinical Profiles(1)

Surnames R

Rev. D. Rabinovitz

Rev. Rabinovitz served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, from about 1914 until about 1920. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Dr. Harry Rabinowicz
(8 Jul. 1919 - 25 Jan. 2002)

Warsaw-born Rabbi Rabinowicz, BA, PhD, son of Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowicz, the Biale Rabbi, studied at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, University College London and Jews' College, London. He served as assistant minister of St John's Wood Synagogue, London (1945-1947) and minister of St Albans Hebrew Congregation (1947-1949), Ilford District Synagogue, London (1949-1951), Dollis Hill Synagogue, London (1951-1978) and ultimately as a United Synagogue regional minister serving both Cricklewood Synagogue and Willesden and Brondesbury Synagogue, London (1978-1991). (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.778/9 and Jewish Year Book Who's Who entries.)

Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz

Newcastle-born Rabbi Rabinowitz, BA, M.Phil, the son of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz, served as minister of Blackpool Hebrew Congregatiion (1973-1976), minister of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (1976-1981), succeeding his father, and minister of Edgware Synagogue, London (1981-2007). (Jewish Year Book listings and "Who's Who" entries.)

Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz
(28 Jan. 1913 - 17 Aug. 1986)

Edinburgh-born Rabbi Rabinowitz was a member of a distinquished rabbinical family - a son of Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz, the brother of Rabbi Louis Isaac Rabinowitz and the father of Rabbi Benjamin Rabinowitz. His ministerial career began as the first minister of Kingsbury Hebrew Congregation, London (1934-1938), where his tireless efforts successfully gave the newly-form congregation a firm basis for the future and were well appreciated (see also Letter of Reference from the congregation).
In 1938, Rabbi Rabinowitz moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to take up the post as minister of the Newcastle Old Hebrew Congregation (Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1938-1945) and, at the same time, enrolling in the Territorial Army (see Newcastle press cuttings, including Evening Chronicle report of 28 March 1938). However, at the end of 1945, he retired from the ministry to publish a weekly newspaper, The Watchman, serving the Jewish communities in the North East of England.
In 1953, Rabbi Rabinowitz left Newcastle (see Jewish Chronicle report 23 January 1953 with tribute to Rabbi Rabinowitz), moving to Hull to serve initially as minister of the Western Synagogue (1953-1956) and then as the first communal rabbi for Hull (1956-1959) (see Jewish Chronicle report of 14 September 1956 on the installation ceremony by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie).
Rabbi Rabinowitz then became minister of the Green & Seapoint Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, South Africa (1959-1965) and was later appointed Dayan to the Beth Din in Cape Town (see press report of his appointment). On returning to the UK, he was appointed minister of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (1965-1976) (see letter of 28 August 1964). On his "retirement" in 1976, he was succceded by his son, Benjamin.
Rabbi Rabinowitz was, however, persuaded to come out of retirement and accepted the position of part-time minister of Bayswater & Maida Vale Synagogue, London, (see letter of appointment of 15 March 1976), remaining for only a couple of month (April and May 1976) before returning to retirement in Gatley, after having made certain proposals for improvement of services which were rejected. In 1980, he again came out of retirement, following a call (see letter of 15 May 1980) to serve as minister of Hale & District Hebrew Congregation, Greater Manchester (1980-1982). (Research by Rabbi Rabinowitz's son, Dr. Ian Rabinowitz. Additional information can be found on the pages for the congregations that Rabbi Rabinowitz served.)

Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz
(1869 - 25 Dec 1932)

Rabbi Rabinowitz, born Gmina Kolno, Poland, was the son of Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer Simhah Rabinowitz of Lomza and the father of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz and Rabbi Louis Isaac Rabinowitz. He came to Britain in 1900 and served as temporary rabbi of Machzike Hadath Synagogue, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, East London(c.1900) and then as minister of the Edinburgh New Hebrew Congregation / Richmond Street Synagogue, Edinburgh (c.1900-1918) and Montague Road Beth Hamedrash, Dalston, London (1918-1932). (Jewish Year Books listings and Jewish Chronicle Obituary, December 1932.)

Rabbi Dr. Louis Isaac Rabinowitz
(24 May 1906 - 06 Aug. 1984)

Edinburgh-born Rabbi Rabinowitz, the son of Rabbi Jacob Rabinowitz and brother of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz, received a PhD from the University of London (in 1934). He served as preacher of Shepherd's Bush Synagogue, London (1920s) and as minister of South Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue (1928-1932) and Cricklewood Synagogue, London (1932-1939). During the World War II, he was senior Jewish chaplain in the British Army, serving in North Africa and Normandy. Following the War, he served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in South Africa (1945-1961), becoming known for his outspoken views, in particular his opposition to apartheid and his support for Zionist Revisionism. In 1961, he moved to Israel, becoming Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (1975-1977) (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, p.779.)

Rabbi A. Rappaport

Rabbi Rappaport served as rabbi of the Yeshurun Synagogue, Edgware, London from about 1947 until about 1948. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Dr. Izaak Rapaport

Rev. Rapaport, PhD, served as minister and secretary of Amersham United Synagogue Membership Group, Buckinghamshire, during the early 1940s, from 1941. (The Rabbi in the Green Jacket 2015 by Vivien & Deborah Samson, p.34.)

Dayan Yehuda Yaakov Refson
(1946 - 22 Mar. 2020)

Sunderland-born Dayan Refson, the son of Rabbi Avrohom Abba Refson, studied at Gateshead Yeshiva, the United Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Brooklyn, New York (where he received rabbinical semicha) and Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Brunoy, France and also received semicha from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. He served as rabbi and minister of Shomrei Hadass Synagogue), Leeds (1976-2002) and as the head of the regional Beth Din of Leeds (1976-2020). He died after contracting the (COVID-19) coronavirus. (Chabad News Orbituary 23 March 2020.)

Rev. Moses Reichman
(c.1846 - Sep. 1888)

Rev. Reichman served as reader of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, in 1888, dying shortly after he took office. He was buried in Middlesbrough. (Jewish Chronicle press report.)

Rev. Reuven Restan

Rev. Restan served as reader of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1946-c.1949) and as minister of Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1949-1952) and Barking & Becontree Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1952-c.1953). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. H. Rich

Rev. Rich served as reader (chazan) of Finchley Central Synagogue, London (c.1971-c.1976). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Benjamin Rickman

Rabbi Rickman (m. Emily), who studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, served as the first (part-time) minister of Shenley United Synagogue (prior to 2004), during which time he was a teacher at the Jewish Free School, London. He was subsequently appointed Head of Jewish Studies, King David High School, Manchester (January 2006 to present) and served as interim rabbi of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Manchester (2013-2014) and assistant rabbi of Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation, Manchester (June 2017 to present - July 2020). (Rabbi Rickman's linkedIn profile.)

Rabbi Dovid Roberts

Sunderland-born Rabbi Roberts studied in Gateshead and lived in Gibraltar on getting married, returning to the UK to take up postion as rabbi of Netzach Israel Synagogue, Edgware (2001-2019)' He then accepted the position of rabbi of Berlin's Kahal Adass Yisroel Community (2019 to present - May 2020). (Netzach Israel website and Internet reports.)

Rev. Stephen Robins, ARCM

Rev. Robins served as chazan of Edgware United Synagogue , London (c.1986-c.1998) and of Woodside Park Synagogue, London (c.2000-c.2011). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Shaul Robinson
(b. 1967)

Glasgow-born Rabbi Robinson, BA, MBA, (m. Sarah, 1992) attended Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Joseph Straus Rabbinic Seminary in Efrat, being awarded semicha at the latter. He was appointed the first ever full-time rabbi for Jewish Students at Cambridge University, England, serving for three years. He and his wife then served as rabbinic couple at Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (his position being part time 1998-1989, full time 1989-2005). Rabbi Robinson was the appointed as senior rabbi at Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York (September 2005 to present - June 2020). For additional background, see (Rabbi Robinson's profile on the Torah in Motion website.)

Rev. N.H. Rockman

Rev. Rockman served as reader of Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation (c.1950-c.1964) and as minister of Nottingham Hebrew Congregation (1969-1970). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Roeg

Rev. Roeg served as first reader of Leazes Park Road Synagogue, Newcastle (1938-c.1945). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Jonny (Yonasan) Roodyn

Rabbi Roodyn (m. Yael) studied for two years at Yeshivat Kerem B`Yavneh in Israel, returning to Britain to study for a degree in Government at the London School of Economics. He the spent over five years at Yeshivas Mir and the Jerusalem Kollel. He served as rabbi of Aish Communal Synagogue, Hendon, London (c.2010 until at least 2014) and he and his wife were appointed rabbinic couple at Finchley Central ("Finchley Fed") Synagogue, London (January 2020 to present - June 2020). (Jewish Year Book listings and on-line biography.)

Rabbi David Rose
(b.21 Dec. 1927)

Rabbi Rose (m. Talya) holds a degree in management and received semicha from the Jerusalem Kollel. From 2005, he was employed by the Ronald S Lauder Foundation, in building a young Orthodox community in Berlin for recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Returning to Britain in 2015, he served as assistant minister of Mill Hill United Synagogue, London from 2018 until present (June 2020). (Mill Hill congregation's website.)

Rabbi Daniel Roselaar

Rabbi Roselaar (m. Na'amah) studied at spent eight years studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and ireceived the semicha of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as well of Rav Z N Goldberg and also has an MA degree in Jewish Education from the University of London. He served as minister of Watford & District Synagogue (c.1996-c.1997), Belmont Synagogue, London (1997-2010) and Alei Tzion Synagogue, Hendon, London (2010 to present - June 2020). (Profile of Rabbi Roselaar on Alei Tzion website and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. Morris Rosenbaum
(16 Dec. 1871- 17 Jan. 1947)

Rabbi Rosenbaum, born in Stepney in London's East End studied at Jews' College and University College, London. He served initially as the first minister of Poplar Hebrew Congregation, London (c.1892-c.1893), which he established, and was subsequently minister of Hanley Synagogue, Stoke-on-Trent (1893-1894), the Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation (generally known as Leazes Park Road Synagogue) (1994-1905) and Borough Synagogue, London (1905-1936). ("Who's Who" entries and listings in Jewish Year Books and Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011) by W. Rubinstein and M.A. Jolles, pp.813/4.).)

Rev. Rosenberg

Rev. Rosenberg served as minister of the South Shields Synagogue, from about 1900 until about 1903. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld

Rabbi (formerly Rev.) Rosenfeld (m. Natalie) is well known for his performances at major events around the world with the Shabbaton Choir. He served as chazan (cantor) of Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation, London (1968-1973) and Western Marble Arch Synagogue, London (1988-1997), then as minister of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (2001-2005), returning to of Western Marble Arch Synagogue as senior rabbi from 2005 to present (May 2020). (History of the Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation on its website)

Rabbi Pinchas Rosenstein

Rabbi Rosenstein served as minister of Barnet & District Affiliated Synagogue, London (c.1989-c.1995). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. D. Rosenthal

Rev. Rosenthal served as chazan (reader) of Hackney Synagogue, now Hackney & East London Synagogue, (c.1984-c.1987) and Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1987-c.1990). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. S.W. Rosenzweig

Rev. Rosenzweig served as minister, chazan and shochet of Blackpool Hebrew Congregation (1902-1908). (Jewish Chronicle reports and Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi Jeremy Rosten

Rabbi Rosten served as minister of Watford and District Synagogue (1999-c.2001) but subsequently left the pulpit and joined the busines world. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. R. Rosten

Rev. Rosten served as reader of Mill Hill Synagogue, London (c.1980-c.1982). (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rev. R. Rothsteinc.

Rev. Rothstein served as reader (cantor) of Kingsbury Synagogue, London, from about 1973 until about 1998. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Rabbi R. Rubinsteinc.

Rabbi Rubinstein served as rabbi of Aish Community Synagogue, Hendon, London, from at least 2005 until about 2008. (Jewish Year Book listings.)

Footnotes    (returns to main text)

  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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