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About the Exhibition

The digital exhibition shows selected items illustrating Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs' life and thought. It was accompanied by a physical exhibition at the Leopold Muller Memorial Library, open from January until October 2013.


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About Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was born in Manchester, to Yiddish speaking parents who originated from Latvia and Lithuania. His background was traditional rather than strictly Orthodox. He was trained to read Jewish texts as a child, leaving school at 15 to enrol full time at the Manchester Yeshiva. He moved in his late teens to the Kollel in Gateshead where he met Shula Lisagorska, to whom he was married for over 60 years. Jacobs became assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Eliyahu Munk in Golders Green Beth Hamidrash, at the same time studying Semitics at University College London, obtaining a BA and, in 1952, a PhD.

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Jewish Status: Conversion and Marriage

In the personal archives of Louis Jacobs and amongst the published articles from the ‘Ask the Rabbi’ column, there are several examples of people seeking clarification as to their status or that of their children (H, 35, H,29). There are also examples of these in the Jewish press. In Jacobs' theology there are beliefs which he shares with the Orthodox movement, for example Louis Jacobs argues that a cohen cannot marry a divorcee, however Jacobs would bless others re-marrying after divorce (G, 99).

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The Exhibition Team is particularly grateful to the following:
Zachary M. Baker, Curator
Judaica & Hebraica Collections,
Stanford University

Richard Burton
Chief Operating Officer
Jewish Chronicle

David Chinitz
Rabbi Dr. Elliot Cosgrove
Park Avenue Synagogue

Anne Cowen
New London Synagogue
Michael Fischer
Friends of Louis Jacobs

Tobey B. Gitelle
Salo W. Baron Family

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
New London Synagogue
The Herald & Times Group

Prof. Susannah Heschel

Toni Hyams
South Manchester Synagogue

Ivor Jacobs with Family

The Jewish Quarterly

Thena Kendall
Abraham Y. Heschel Family




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Roger S. Kohn and the Association of Jewish Libraries
Lancaster University

Lancaster University Archivist

Anthony J. Leon
Felix Carlebach Family

Anna M. Levia, Assistant Curator
Judaica & Hebraica Collections,
Stanford University

Camilla Loewe
Rabbi Rodney Mariner
Belsize Square Synagogue

Michael Milston

Prof. Antony Polonsky

Prof. Ada Rapoport-Albert

Simon Rocker, Journalist
Jewish Chronicle

Alan Montefiore

Elisabeth Talbot
Raphael Loewe Family

Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon

Dr Jeremy Schonfield

Shoshana B. Tancer
Salo W. Baron Family
Vallentine Mitchell Publishers

Jo Velleman
New London Synagogue

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
New North London Synagogue


Exhibition Team:


C├ęsar Merchan-Hamann

Digital Exhibition Designer

Milena Zeidler

Copyright Administrator
Jane Barlow


Zsofia Buda

Digitizing Assistants

Kim Czajkowski

Jon Rainey

Lee Lipton


Ariel Resnikoff