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Alexander, David Lindo (1842–1922), lawyer and Jewish community leader, was born at 6 South Street, London, on 5 October 1842, second son in the large family of solicitor Joshua Alexander and his wife, Jemima (b. 1819), one of eighteen children of David Abarbanel Lindo...

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Peter James Henry Benenson (1921–2005) by Carolyn Djanogly, 1999 © Carolyn Djanogly; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811–1884), barrister and politician in the United States of America, was born on 11 August 1811. His parents, Philip and Rebecca Benjamin, London shopkeepers, were Sephardic Jews of British nationality, who, in 1807, sailed from England to make their home across the ...

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Bentwich, Herbert (1856–1932), lawyer and Zionist leader, was born on 11 May 1856 at 57 Church Lane, Whitechapel, London, the youngest of three children (he had a brother and a sister) of Marks, or Mattos (Mattathias), Bentwitch, a jeweller who had immigrated from ...

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Beyfus, Gilbert Hugh (1885–1960), barrister, was born on 19 July 1885 at 77 Linden Gardens, Kensington, London, the only son of Alfred Beyfus, a solicitor of 69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, and his wife, Emmie Marguerite Ruth, daughter of Robert Plumsted. Of Germanic Jewish origin on his father's side, he was educated at ...

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Arthur Cohen (1829–1914) by Sir Frank Short, 1917 (after John Singer Sargent, 1906) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Arthur (1829–1914), lawyer, was born in Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, London, on 18 November 1829, the youngest son of Benjamin Cohen (1789–1867), a prosperous bill broker. His grandfather, Levy Barent Cohen (1740–1808), moved to London from Holland about 1770. Through his mother, ...

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Frankel, William (1917–2008), barrister and newspaper editor, was born Woolf Frankel at 1A Eastman Court, Whitechapel, London, on 3 February 1917, the second of three sons of Isaac Frankel, a street trader and synagogue beadle, and his wife, Hannah (Anna), née Lacker. His parents had arrived from the Galician area of ...

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Goldsmid, Sir Francis Henry, second baronet (1808–1878), lawyer and Jewish communal leader, was born at Spital Square, London, on 1 May 1808, the second son of the financier Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, first baronet (1778–1859), and his wife and cousin, Isabel Goldsmid (1788–1860)...

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Goldstone, Peter Walter (1926–2013), solicitor and judge, was born on 1 November 1926 at 5 Wolseley Place, Withington, Manchester, the younger son of Adolphus Lionel (Adolph) Goldstone (1877–1955), jewellery importer, and his wife, Ivy Gwendoline, née Nathan (1890–1967). He was educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman (1913–1995) by Graham Sutherland, 1973–4 © reserved; Tate, London, 2004

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Goodman, Arnold Abraham, Baron Goodman (1913–1995), solicitor and public servant, was born on 21 August 1913 at 26 Bodney Road, Hackney, London, the younger son of Joseph Goodman (1879/1880–1940), master draper, and his wife, Bertha (1887–1959), daughter of Joseph Mauerberger, businessman. His name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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Dame Rose Heilbron (1914–2005) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry, Michael (1830–1875), patent agent and newspaper editor, was born on 19 February 1830 at Eltham House, Kennington, south London, the youngest son of Abraham Henry (c.1790–1840), merchant, and his wife, Emma (1788–1870), daughter of Solomon Lyon of Cambridge. Both his parents were Jewish. A noted scholar, ...

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Jacob, Sir Isaac Hai [Jack] (1908–2000), barrister and jurist, was born on 5 June 1908 in Timtang Road, Shanghai, the third of ten children of Jacob Isaiah Jacob (1863–1935) and his wife, Aziza, née Abraham (1887–1976). His father, a Sephardic Jew, had moved from ...