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Rabbi Yekusiel Raphael Hurwitz

יקותיאל רפאל ב״ר שמואל מאיר הלוי

Rav, Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah, Bronx, New York

Date of Death: Sat. August 11, 1945 - Elul 2 5705


Bio Information: 
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 


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Rabbi Yitzchok Gerechter

יצחק ב"ר יהודא

Hebrew 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. 


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Rabbi Menachem Nachum Weisblatt

מנחם נחום ב"ר יוסף

Rav, Knesseth Israel Anshe Sfard, Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Death: Sun. May 22, 1932 - Iyar 22 5692



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Rabbi Chaim Portnoy

חיים ב"ר יעקב

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. February 26, 1946 - Adar I 24 5706



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Rabbi Yehudah Leib Agushewitz

יהודה ליב ב"ר אליהו

Rav, Toras Emes Synagogue of Borough Park, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Wed. September 12, 1956 - Tishrei 7 5717



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Rabbi Yechiel Dov Shear

יחיאל דוב ב"ר שלומה יצחק

Rav, Worcester, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Thu. January 7, 1932 - Teves 28 5692



Credit: Rabbi Mayer Abromowitz, New Haven, Connecticut 


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Rabbi Yitzchok Chaim Koslowe

יצחק חיים ב"ר משה

Chief Chaplin, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, New York

Date of Death: Wed. December 6, 2000 - Kislev 10 5761



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Rabbi Reuvain Rabinowitz

ראובן ב"ר דוד

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. March 22, 1932 - Adar II 14 5692



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Rabbi Aryeh Gedalia Sheingarten

אריה גדליה ב"ר משה זאב

Author, Zichron Ramaz, Tel Aviv

Date of Death: Fri. September 11, 1964 - Tishrei 5 5725



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Rabbi Nosson Kopps

נתן ב"ר חיים זאב

Rav, Congregation Shevas Achim Chevra Shas, Montreal, Canada

Date of Death: Sun. January 23, 1994 - Shvat 12 5754



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Rabbi Yitzchok Leib Kadushin

יצחק ליב ב"ר זאב

Author, Jewish Code of Jurisprudence

Date of Death: Sun. May 29, 1932 - Iyar 23 5692



Photo Caption: Rabbi Yitzchok Leib Kadushin, Credit: Needed 

Bio Information:
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.
Source: Needed


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Rabbi Aba Yirmiyahu Seelenfreund

אבא ירמיהו ב״ר שלמה שמואל הכהן

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. March 17, 1932 - Adar II 9 5692



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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh ben Reuvein

צבי הירש ב"ר ראובן

Cheif 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.


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Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Baskin

יעקב משה ב"ר צבי זאב הלוי

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Wed. February 14, 1951 - Adar I 8 5711



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Rabbi Meir Gavriel Chaim Mehrer

מאיר גבריאל חיים ב"ר צבי זאב הלוי

Rav, Vienna, Austria

Date of Death: Mon. November 8, 1948 - Cheshvan 6 5709



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Rabbi Shlomo Seliger

שלמה ב"ר צבי

Rav, 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.


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Rabbi Eliyahu Kamenetsky

אליהו ב"ר שמעון

Rev, New York

Date of Death: Sun. December 27, 1992 - Teves 3 5753
Chanukah



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Rabbi Aryeh Leib Weller

אריה ליב ב"ר שמואל הלוי

Rav, Kehilas Yisroel, Newark, New Jersey

Date of Death: Wed. July 7, 1976 - Sivan 30 5727
Rosh Chodesh


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Photo Caption: Gomel Chesed Cemetery map. 


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Rabbi Dov Lubinsky

דוב ב"ר חיים יצחק

Rav, Newark, New Jersey

Date of Death: Mon. October 2, 1989 - Tishrei 3 5750
Tzom Gedaliah


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Photo Caption: Gomel Chesed Cemetery map. 


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Rabbi Shlomo Neches

שלמה מיכאל ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Los Angeles, California

Date of Death: Thu. February 11, 1954 - Adar I 8 5714


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Photo Caption: Personal stamp and bookplate belonging to Rabbi Neches, Credit: The National Library of Israel
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Photo Credit: Jewish Mourning Journal, May, 1920


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Rabbi Shalom DovBer Gordon

שלום דובער ב"ר יוחנן

Rav, Congregation Ahavath Zion, Newark, New Jersey

Date of Death: Sun. April 15, 2001 - Nisan 22 5761
Pesach (last day)


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Photo Caption: Rav Gordon, Credit: Needed 

Of Note:
Rav Yehoshua”Josh” Gordon, the late directed of Chabad of the Valley in headquartered in Tarzana, CA was the Rav’s son.


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Rabbi Mordecai Yosef Mayer

מרדכי יוסף ב"ר מאיר אריה

Rav, Congregation Shaarey Shomayim (Roumanishe Shul), Lower East Side

Date of Death: Mon. January 26, 1981 - Shevat 21 5741


Bio Information:
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.


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Rabbi Chaim Yosef Shaul Porille

חיים יוסף שאול ב"ר אלימלך

Rav, Congregation Shaarey Shomayim (Roumanishe Shul), Lower East Side

Date of Death: Tue. September 10, 1968 - Elul 17 5728
Date different from marker.


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Photo Caption: First Roumanian-American synagogue building on Rivington Street prior to it being demolished in 2006, Credit: Wikimedia

Bio Information:
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.

 

 


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Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman

יהודה ב"ר ישראל אשר

Rav, Anshei Tiktin Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death: Tue. December 22, 1964 - Teves 17 5725


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman, Credit: Chicago Rabbis
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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Chashesman, short bio, Credit: Chicago Rabbis


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Rabbi Shimon Smolensky

שמעון ב"ר יעקב

Rav, Calgary, Alberta

Date of Death: Sat. September 5, 1964 - Elul 28 5724


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Photo Credit: Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta 


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Rabbi Noach Zev Bresler

נח זאב ב"ר יהודה

Rav, New Jersey

Date of Death: Mon. October 19, 1936 - Cheshvan 3 5697



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Rabbi Pinchos Menachem Mendel Halpern

פנחס מנחם מענדל ב"ר

Rav, Washington, DC

Date of Death: Mon. January 5, 1863 - Teves 5623


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Photo Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

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Photo Caption: Title page of  Rabbi Pinchas Halpern safer (book) against Reform movement, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


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Rabbi Yosef Levitan

יוסף ב"ר שמואל

R"M, Yeshiva Torah V'daas

Date of Death: Wed. August 5, 1964 - Av 24 5724



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Rabbi Chaim Yonah Zipkin

חיים יונה ב"ר אליעזר

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Sun. June 7, 1925 - 14 5685
Sivan



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Rabbi Avroham Geller

אברהם ב"ר חנא

Rav, Brooklyn, NY

Date of Death: Mon. January 27, 1941 - Teves 28 5701


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