Rabbi David Myer Isaacs

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David Myer Isaacs

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands
Death: May 1, 1879 (69)
Southport, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Myer / Meijer Samuel Isaacs and Rebecca Samuels Isaacs
Husband of Esther Isaacs
Father of Julia Lichtenstein (nee Isaacs)
Brother of Riekje Isaacs; Isak Isaacs; Grietje Isaacs; Brijne Meijer Isaacs; Rabbi Samuel Myer Isaacs and 5 others

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About Rabbi David Myer Isaacs


5. RABBI DAVID MYER2 ISAACS (MYER SAMUEL1) was born 1810 in Leeuwarden, Holland, and died May 01, 1879 in Southport, England near Liverpool. He married ESTHER LEVY 1832. She was born 1817, and died 1886.


  • His first congregation was in Bristol, England in about 1832, the same year he married Esther Levy, daughter of Joel Levy and Rachel Joseph. He was the first rabbi in England to deliver regularly sermons in English. In 1835, be began serving the ministry in Liverpool, where he remained for 35 years. He also served for about 20 years as Professor at the Liverpool College, where he taught Hebrew and oriental literature. Finally, he settled in Manchester, England. For many years, he alternated preaching at both Liverpool and Manchester. In 1837, he delivered a funeral oration on the occasion of the burial of King William IV.
  • An obituary in "The Jewish Messenger," founded by his brother Samuel Myer Isaacs, said: "His name and fame were not confined to Great Britain. His bold and manly utterances, his independent bearing, his unswerving and uncompromising adherence to the Judaism of his fathers, his matchless eloquence and power as a pulpit orator, were themes of admiration in all countries where English Jews or their descendants had residence."
  • The obituary also compares the two brothers, David and Samuel, saying they closely resembled each other in voice and manner, as well as physical build. It goes on "With them, their Judaism was not confined to the synagogue; but ever ready as they were to aid all causes that tended to the improvement of their people, they never shirked their duties as citizens of the commonweath, and advocated and substantially turthered? all public institutions."
  • [The same obituary describes him as the youngest of five brothers.]
  • In another obituary, he was described as rigidly orthodox and of the "old school," although "fairly tolerant" of other views. He was also described as being "gifted with a forcible, somewhat impulsive and eloquent style of oratory, tinged with a peculiarly caustic humor, he became very popular as a preacher."
  • In 1872, he traveled to New York to be present at the 70th birthday of his brother, Samuel Myer Isaacs (Jewish Chronicle, December 27, 1872)
  • He died on May 1, 1879.
  • The Register of Births and Burials of the Old Hebrew Congregation (Elizabeth Ford has a copy), March 21, 1886, lists the birth dates of Joel, Elias, Julia, Aragbella, Sarah, Caroline and Myer David. According to these records, two children died in their first year, Elias and Caroline.
  • Sources; "The Jewish Messenger," May 16, 1979, New York
  • "A Short Biography of the Author" by his eldest daughter Ellen Isaacs, written as a forward to the Funeral Oration on the burial of King William IV in 1896.
  • Obituary in "The Jewish Chronicle," May 9, 1879
  • Emigrated: 1814, London, England
  • Interesting fact: One of first rabbis to preach in English
  • Job: Rabbi
  • Moved: 1832, Bristol, England

Obituary: http://www.isaacs-salant-familytree.org/remembrances.htm#David


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Rabbi David Myer Isaacs's Timeline

Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands
Age 38
Liverpool, United Kingdom
May 1, 1879
Age 69
Southport, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom