Newman Hirsh Rosenthal (1898-1986) was a pioneering educator, filmmaker and author. He wrote institutional histories and biographies (including that of Sir Albert Coates and Sir Charles Lowe), frequently contributed to daily newspapers, and reviewed many books about Jewish history and culture.
Louis Pulver was a musical stalwart of the community, acting as choirmaster and master of ceremonies. He occasionally gave sermons when the Chief Rabbi – Rev Alexander Davis – was away. Sabbath afternoon services for children were a highlight with children gathering from the local community.