Chief Rabbis of England


The provincial communities generally affiliated themselves with the Great Synagogue in London and the Rabbi of The Great was acknowledged as their spiritual head. Initially the Rabbi of the Great was not acknowledged as such by the members of the Hambro, but when Hart Lyon became Rabbi of the Great in 1758 it was agreed that henceforward the Rabbi of the Great would be recognised by all Ashkenazi communities as the Chief Rabbi of Jews throughout Britain, and in due course the Empire as well.

1696-1700

Judah Loeb Cohen

1700-1704

Aaron the Scribe of Dublin

1704-1756

Aaron Hart

1758-1764

Hart Lyon

1765-1792

David Tevele Schiff

1802-1842

Solomon Hirschell

1845-1890

Nathan Marcus Adler

1891-1911

Hermann Adler

1913-1946

Joseph Herman Hertz

1948-1965

Israel Brodie (He was knighted in 1969)

1967-1991

Immanuel Jacobowitz (He was made a life peer in 1988)

1991-

Jonathan Sacks


Source: Jewish Historical Society of England