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Jacob Danglow

DANGLOW, JACOB (1880–1962), Australian rabbi. Born in England, Danglow was trained at Jews' College, London. In 1905 he became minister of St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation, Victoria, where he officiated for 52 years. Danglow served as chaplain of the Australian forces in France in World War I and later as senior Jewish chaplain in Australia. He was active in many communal institutions, especially the Montefiore Home for Aged Jews and the Jewish Young People's Association, and represented the community in many civic affairs, especially the hospital fund. Staunchly opposed to "political Zionism" prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, after Israeli independence Danglow became a champion of the Jewish state and visited it in 1956. Danglow was widely regarded as the most important Jewish religious leader in Australia, and presided at the state funeral of Australia's great Jewish general, Sir John Monash, in 1931, when one-third of Melbourne's population lined the streets of the funeral procession. John S. Levi's Rabbi Jacob Danglow: 'The Uncrowned Monarch' of Australia's Jews (1995) is a comprehensive biography.


Australian Dictionary of Biography, 8, 204; H.L. Rubinstein, Australia I, 264–65, index; W.D. Rubinstein, Australia II, index.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.