Moses Berlin

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Rabbi Moses Berlin (1852-1927) was a prominent British Reform Jewish minister.

He was born in Manchester and spent his whole life there. In 1874 he became Assistant Rabbi at the Manchester Synagogue of British Jews. He became Rabbi in 1885 following the retirement of L. M. Simmons, and retired in 1912.

He was a friend of Simeon Singer. In the preface to his prayer book,[1] Singer wrote "My thanks are due to the Chief Rabbi, to Dr. Friedlander, Mr. I. Abrahams, and the Rev. Dr. Berlin for the valuable assistance they have rendered me while the book was passing through the press." His name was removed from the second edition.[2] The reason is unknown, but the name of Claude Montefiore was also removed, to avoid associating the prayer book with the name of someone who had departed from orthodox Judaism,[3]

He assisted Herbert Adler, who said[4] "The Editor's thanks are due to the Rev. B. Berliner and to Dr. M. Berlin for their aid in the correction of the Hebrew proofs." Israel Abrahams also acknowledged his help:[5] "I have had the great advantage of the help of Dr. M. Berlin of Manchester in the correction of the proofs."

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Authorised Daily Prayer Book (1891), page viii
  2. ^ The Authorised Daily Prayer Book, 2nd ed. (1962), page viii
  3. ^ Bayme, S. (1979), "Claude Montefiore, Lily Montagu and the Origins of the Jewish Religious Union", Transactions & Miscellanies (Jewish Historical Society of England), Vol. 27, pp. 61-71
  4. ^ Service of the Synagogue: Tabernacles (1908), page vii
  5. ^ A Companion to the Authorised Daily Prayer Book (1914), page VI