Solomon Hirschell

Solomon Hirschell, engraving

Rabbi Solomon Hirschell (12 February 1762, London 31 October 1842, London) was the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, 1802-42. He is best remembered for his unsuccessful attempt to stop the spread of Reform Judaism in Britain by excommunicating its leaders.

His name is also spelt Hirschel and Herschell.

His father was a Polish Jew from Galicia, Hirschel Levin, Chief Rabbi of London and Berlin and a friend of Moses Mendelssohn. His older brother was the Talmudist Saul Berlin.

He died on the 31st of October 1842 (27th of Cheshvan 5603), and was buried in the Alderney Road cemetery, in London's East End.


Jewish titles
Preceded by
David Tevele Schiff
Chief Rabbi of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Nathan Marcus Adler

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