Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie

Israel Brodie was born in 1895 in Newcastle and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He served as a Rabbi in Australia, was evacuated from Dunkirk, and finished the War as Senior Jewish Chaplain of the Armed Forces.

He became Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth soon after the war at the age of 53. He served as chief rabbi between 1948 and 1965 during the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel. On his retirement, he was knighted "for services to British Jewry"; the first Chief Rabbi to be so honoured, and passed away in 1979.