יקותיאל רפאל ב״ר שמואל מאיר הלויRav, Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah, Bronx, New York
Date of Death: Sat. August 11, 1945 -
Elul 2 5705
Rav Yekusiel Raphael Hurwitz was born and raised in Novardok and studied in the Volozhin Yeshiva, Etz Chaim, until it closed in 1892. The Rav was a cousin and close friend of Rav Shlomo Polachek better known as the Maitcheteter (Maichater) Illui.
Source: Reuben Rudman
Photo Caption: Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah in the Bronx as it stands today at 860 Forest Avenue. Credit: Google
יצחק ב"ר יהודאHebrew teacher, Hebrew Free School Association, School # 4
Date of Death: Wed. February 8, 1893 -
Shevar 22 5653
In 1864 the Hebrew Free School Association came into existence to counter the initiatives of Christian missionaries who opened a school on New York’s East Side that offered to teach Hebrew to Jewish children with the agenda to convert them to Christianity.
A few months before the Hebrew Free School Association came into existence, this notice was circulated to all New York congregations.
NOTICE (Copy of original notice):
At a meeting of the officers of our city congregations, held on Sunday, April 3rd, a resolution was adopted, that public notice be given in your Synagogues, to the following effect:
It has come to the knowledge of the United Congregations that there are Jewish parents who send their children to schools, purporting to be “for Israelites, exclusively,” where instruction is gratuitously given in English, German and Hebrew, and also in the Christian “Testament.” Notice is hereby given that there is no free school now in operation under the direction or the authority of a Jewish Congregation, and the effect of sending children to such an institution as is here indicated, must be to estrange them from Judaism. The Jewish Congregations of New York will shortly establish Hebrew Free Schools, where Jewish youth may be educated in the Hebrew language, as well as in their religion. Due notice will be given of the location of these projected schools. Parents are accordingly earnestly cautioned against entrusting their children to any “free schools” purporting to be for the instruction of young Israelites, except those to be organized under the supervision of the Congregations, and which, it is expected, will be open at an early day.
It was then followed by a resolution:
By a resolution, adopted at the meeting of the officers of New York Congregations, held on Sunday last, you are requested to have the above notice read in Synagogue, in English or German, for four successive Sabbaths and during the coming Holydays.New York, April 6, 5624 (29 Adar II 5624 / April 6, 1864)
Source: adapted from the Angel Orensanz Center website
By 1868, the Hebrew Free School Association comprised of 4 schools:
School #1 located at 38 Avenue C, total enrollment was 458 students. The curriculum included both General and Hebrew studies.
School #2 was an afternoon Hebrew school, located at the same address. The total enrollment was 88 students.
School #3 was an afternoon Hebrew school located at Congregation Darech Amuno on Greene Street (current address: 2 Van Nest Place). The total enrollment was 189 students.
School #4 was an afternoon Hebrew school located at 205 East 27th Street. The school started with 108 students but only 62 remained by the summer.
Photo Caption: Congregation Darech Amuno as it stands today at 53 Charles Street (2 Van Nest Place) in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Established in 1838, Congregation Darech Amuno is among the oldest Orthodox congregations in New York City.
מנחם נחום ב"ר יוסףRav, Knesseth Israel Anshe Sfard, Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Death: Sun. May 22, 1932 -
Iyar 22 5692
חיים ב"ר יעקבRav, New York City
Date of Death: Tue. February 26, 1946 -
Adar I 24 5706
יהודה ליב ב"ר אליהוRav, Toras Emes Synagogue of Borough Park, Brooklyn
Date of Death: Wed. September 12, 1956 -
Tishrei 7 5717
יחיאל דוב ב"ר שלומה יצחקRav, Worcester, Massachusetts
Date of Death: Thu. January 7, 1932 -
Teves 28 5692
יצחק חיים ב"ר משהChief Chaplin, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, New York
Date of Death: Wed. December 6, 2000 -
Kislev 10 5761
ראובן ב"ר דודRav, New York City
Date of Death: Tue. March 22, 1932 -
Adar II 14 5692
אריה גדליה ב"ר משה זאבAuthor, Zichron Ramaz, Tel Aviv
Date of Death: Fri. September 11, 1964 -
Tishrei 5 5725
נתן ב"ר חיים זאבRav, Congregation Shevas Achim Chevra Shas, Montreal, Canada
Date of Death: Sun. January 23, 1994 -
Shvat 12 5754
יצחק ליב ב"ר זאבAuthor, Jewish Code of Jurisprudence
Date of Death: Sun. May 29, 1932 -
Iyar 23 5692
Photo Caption: Rabbi Yitzchok Leib Kadushin, Credit: Needed
To avoid conscription into the Russian Army, Isaac Louis Schnitman was “adopted” by the Kadushin family, who had lost a son named Jacob Kadushin. Isaac changed his name to Jacob Kadushin, while his siblings retained the name Schnitman. Jacob arrived in Castle Garden Immigration Center (Castle Clinton National Monument) New York City in 1883, and was followed by his wife and children three years later. While in New York, Rabbi Kadushin translated the entire Shulchan Aruch into English and published it in 1915 as the “Jewish Code of Jurisprudence.” It went through at least 2 editions.
אבא ירמיהו ב״ר שלמה שמואל הכהןRav, New York City
Date of Death: Thu. March 17, 1932 -
Adar II 9 5692
צבי הירש ב"ר ראובןCheif Judge (Dayan) of Zobna, Galicia, Eastern Europe
Date of Death: Mon. March 19, 1928 -
Adar 27 5688
Most of the Jews living in Galicia were of Chasidic descent.
יעקב משה ב"ר צבי זאב הלויRav, New York City
Date of Death: Wed. February 14, 1951 -
Adar I 8 5711
מאיר גבריאל חיים ב"ר צבי זאב הלויRav, Vienna, Austria
Date of Death: Mon. November 8, 1948 -
Cheshvan 6 5709
שלמה ב"ר צביRav, Chevra Mishnayos Tiferes Yisroel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Date of Death: Sun. August 17, 1947 -
Av 29 5707
Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives
Bio Information:Rav Seliger was also an active Mohel.
אליהו ב"ר שמעוןRev, New York
Date of Death: Sun. December 27, 1992 -
Teves 3 5753
אריה ליב ב"ר שמואל הלויRav, Kehilas Yisroel, Newark, New Jersey
Date of Death: Wed. July 7, 1976 -
Sivan 30 5727
דוב ב"ר חיים יצחקRav, Newark, New Jersey
Date of Death: Mon. October 2, 1989 -
Tishrei 3 5750
שלמה מיכאל ב"ר יצחקRav, Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: Thu. February 11, 1954 -
Adar I 8 5714
שלום דובער ב"ר יוחנןRav, Congregation Ahavath Zion, Newark, New Jersey
Date of Death: Sun. April 15, 2001 -
Nisan 22 5761
Pesach (last day)
Rav Yehoshua”Josh” Gordon, the late directed of Chabad of the Valley in headquartered in Tarzana, CA was the Rav’s son.
מרדכי יוסף ב"ר מאיר אריהRav, Congregation Shaarey Shomayim (Roumanishe Shul), Lower East Side
Date of Death: Mon. January 26, 1981 -
Shevat 21 5741
Rabbi Mordecai Mayer, led Congregation Shaarey Shomayim for 20 years and died in 1981, two days before his 66th birthday.Born in Chortkov, the Rav studied in Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, and arrived on these shores in 1936.
For 40 years, he conducted programs on Jewish topics on radio station WEVD. In the 1970s he was a columnist for the Yiddish weekly Algemeiner Journal, and authored a number of seforim (books) in both Hebrew and English.
חיים יוסף שאול ב"ר אלימלךRav, Congregation Shaarey Shomayim (Roumanishe Shul), Lower East Side
Date of Death: Tue. September 10, 1968 -
Elul 17 5728
Date different from marker.
Photo Caption: First Roumanian-American synagogue building on Rivington Street prior to it being demolished in 2006, Credit: Wikimedia
Rav Porille was been born in Uscieczko (then in Poland) in 1899, and moved to the United States in 1927, to serve as rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in Providence, Rhode Island. He became rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Shomayim in 1932, a post he held until 1962. He was a member of the executive board of the Agudath Harabonim.
יהודה ב"ר ישראל אשרRav, Anshei Tiktin Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: Tue. December 22, 1964 -
Teves 17 5725
שמעון ב"ר יעקבRav, Calgary, Alberta
Date of Death: Sat. September 5, 1964 -
Elul 28 5724
נח זאב ב"ר יהודהRav, New Jersey
Date of Death: Mon. October 19, 1936 -
Cheshvan 3 5697
פנחס מנחם מענדל ב"רRav, Washington, DC
Date of Death: Mon. January 5, 1863 -
יוסף ב"ר שמואלR"M, Yeshiva Torah V'daas
Date of Death: Wed. August 5, 1964 -
Av 24 5724
חיים יונה ב"ר אליעזרRav, New York City
Date of Death: Sun. June 7, 1925 -
אברהם ב"ר חנאRav, Brooklyn, NY
Date of Death: Mon. January 27, 1941 -
Teves 28 5701