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Immanuel Jakobowitz (1921 - 1999)
Immanuel Jakobowitz
b. 08 Feb 1921 at Königsberg, Germany
m. Living
d. 31 Oct 1999 at London, United Kingdom aged 78
Events in Immanuel Jakobowitz (1921 - 1999)'s life
Date Age Event Place Src
08 Feb 1921 Immanuel Jakobowitz was born Königsberg, Germany
31 Oct 1999 78 Immanuel Jakobowitz died London, United Kingdom
Burial Mount of Olives Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel
Personal Notes:
In 1928 his father was appointed Av Beit-Din of Berlin and in 1936, he was sent to England to study at Yeshiva Eitz Chaim.
Two years later he was joined by his family.
He later continued his education at the University of London and Jews' College and began work as a rabbi in London's Brondesbury Synagogue.
In 1949 he was appointed chief rabbi of Ireland and in 1958 he moved to New York where he was the founding rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue.
He returned to Britain in 1967 to take up the post of Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.
He was knighted in 1981 and elevated to the peerage as Lord Jakobovits in 1987, the first Chief Rabbi to be so honoured.
He died unexpectedly after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.