Israel Brodie (1895 – 1979) was born in Newcastle and educated at Jews College, University College, London and Balliol College, Oxford. From 1923 to 1937 he was Rabbi of Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Australia. He was a Chaplain to His Majesties’ British forces in both World Wars. In the Second World War he served in France and the Middle East and was the first Jewish Chaplain to go to France with the British Expeditionary Force. He was the first Jewish chaplain to be commissioned in the Royal Air Force. In 1940 he was evacuated from Dunkirk. In 1944 he succeeded Dayan Gollop as Senior Jewish Chaplain.
In 1948 he became Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth of Nations. I have a copy of the Order of Service at his Installation.
Extracted from the book below is Rabbi Brodie’s sermon, given at that Installation Service at the New Synagogue, Egerton Road, Stamford Hill, London.
One thought on “A Word In Season, by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie, London, 1959.”
Many years ago (1970’s ??) I researched Rabbi Brodie and gave a talk about him at GG Synagogue, as part of a series about C R’s arranged by Ivan Binstock. Brodie was an interesting character, whose main qualification for the job was his military service and cut-glass Oxford accent. At the time I commented on the fact that this sermon, given only weeks after the Israeli Declaration of Independece, doesn’t mention Israel ( there are a couple of oblique references only). Mandate tensions still ran very high.