Rev. Michael Lionel Plaskow MBE (born 8 July 1936 in Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine (now Israel)).
He was Minister at Woodside Park Synagogue, 1956-2000, and served for over 40 years in the same synagogue in the United Synagogue. He was Chaplain to the Mayor of Barnet, 1999-2000. He was an Honorary Grand Chaplain of the Freemasons, and received the 1992 Norman B. Spencer award for research into Freemasonry. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 1994 and received an MBE in 1998.
He was also a mohel. He estimated that he performed nearly 2000 circumcisions, including several on sons of babies he had circumcised early in his career.
Being born in Palestine, he has always regarded himself as a Palestinian Jew. He has retired to Netanya.