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Abendana, Isaac (d. 1699), Hebraist and book collector, was born in Spain and was taken at an early age to Hamburg, Germany. By 1660 he had completed rabbinical studies and by his own account sought the 'wisdom of medicine' (Katz, The Abendana brothers, 36...

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Abendana, Jacob (c. 1630–1685), leader of the Sephardi Jewish community in London, was born in Spain and was taken with his brother Isaac Abendana to Hamburg, Germany, as a child. Jacob studied at the Yeshiva de los Pintos at Rotterdam, and at the age of twenty-five he was already a rabbi in ...

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Abrahams, Barnett (1831–1863), college head, was born in Warsaw, Poland, eldest child of Abraham Susman (c.1801–1880), known as Abraham Abrahams, and his second wife, Esther Reisel. His father, a leading authority on Jewish religious slaughter, settled in England in 1839 and was joined by his wife and son two years later. Two further sons were born in 1843 and 1844....

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Artom, Benjamin (1835–1879), rabbi, was born in Asti, Piedmont, Italy, the son of Elia Artom, scion of a well-known and talented Jewish family which probably originated from Germany. Artom trained as a rabbi, and held a number of rabbinical posts in Italy; he was the first to hold the post of rabbi of ...

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Barnett, Lionel David (1871–1960), orientalist, was born in Liverpool on 21 October 1871, the eldest son of Baron Barnett, banker, and his wife, Adelaide Cowan. He was educated at the high school, institute, and University College, Liverpool. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Belisha, (Isaac) Leslie Hore-, Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), politician, was born in London on 7 September 1893, the only son of Jacob Isaac Belisha (d. 1894), an insurance company manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Miriam (d. 1936), daughter of John Leslie Miers...

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(Isaac) Leslie Hore- Belisha, Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957) by Howard Coster, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bensusan, Samuel Levy (1872–1958), journalist and author, was born on 29 September 1872 at Dulwich, London, the second of five children of Jacob Samuel Levy Bensusan (1846–1917), feather merchant, and Miriam (1848–1926), the daughter of Moses Levy Bensusan and his wife, Emily. His parents were Orthodox Sephardi Jews of Spanish descent whose ancestors had held high office in the courts of the ...

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Gaster, Moses (1856–1939), scholar and rabbi, was born in Bucharest, Romania, on or about 16 September 1856, the eldest son of Abraham Emanuel Gaster (d. 1926), then the commercial attaché of the Netherlands consulate in that city, and his wife, Phina Judith Rubinstein...

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Kadoorie [formerly Kelly], Lawrence, Baron Kadoorie (1899–1993), businessman, was born Lawrence Kelly on 2 June 1899 in Upper Richmond Road, Hong Kong, the eldest of the three sons of Sir Elly Kadoorie (known until 1901 as Eleazar Silas Kelly) (1867–1944), and his wife, ...

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King, John [formerly Jacob Rey] (c. 1753–1823), moneylender and radical, was born in London, the son of Moses Rey, a Jewish street trader of Gibraltarian or north African origin; he was named Jacob. He was educated at the charity school of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews and then, in 1771, apprenticed by the school to a Jewish merchant house in the ...

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Lindo, Abigail (1803–1848), lexicographer, was born in London on 3 August 1803, the third daughter and fifth child of the eighteen children of David Abarbanel Lindo (1772–1852), a prominent Jewish communal worker, and his wife, Sarah (1777–1852), the daughter of Abraham Mocatta and his wife, ...

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Lopes, Sir Manasseh Masseh, first baronet (1755–1831), landowner and politician, was born Manasseh Lopes in Jamaica on 27 January 1755, only son of Mordecai Rodriguez Lopes (d. 1796), plantation owner, and Rebecca, daughter of Manasseh Pereira of Jamaica. He came from a family of Sephardic Jews who had become very wealthy as sugar planters in ...

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Medina, Sir Solomon de [formerly Diego de Medina] (c. 1650–1720), merchant and financier, was born in Bordeaux, a younger son of Francisco de Medina, merchant, and his wife, Gracia Pereira, who were both of Portuguese Jewish origin. In 1662 the family moved to ...

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Meldola, Raphael (1754–1828), rabbi, was born in Leghorn, Italy, the son of Hezekiah Moses Meldola (1725–1791), a professor of oriental languages at the University of Paris. He came from a line of rabbinical scholars taking their family name from Meldola, near Forli, in ...

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Mendes da Costa, Philip Jacob (1708–1780), merchant, was born in London on 24 February 1708, the elder surviving son of John Abraham Mendes da Costa (1683–1763), a rich Anglo-Jewish merchant of St Christopher-le-Stocks in the City of London, whose father had fled from ...

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Mocatta family (per. 1671–1957), bullion dealers and brokers, traces its origins in the City of London to Moses Mocatta (d. 1693), who came from Amsterdam where his forebears, of Portuguese origin, were leading diamond-traders. Active as a merchant and diamond dealer in ...

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