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Rabbi Eliyahu Simpson (Yaichel)

אליהו ב"ר שמעון אהרן

Rav, Congregation Temach Tedek, Borough Park, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Tue. December 21, 1976 - Kislev 29 5737
Chanukkah



Photo Caption: Rav Eliyahu Simpson, Credit: Chabad Wiki

Bio Information:
Rav Simpson learned in Tomchei Temimim in Lubavitch ( Lyubavichi), Russia for 15 years and was among the prominent “chozrim” of the Rebbe Rashab (d. 1920). The Rav was among the first  Chabad chassidim to arrive on these shores and served at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek in Brooklyn for over 50 years.
When the Rebbe Rayatz (d. 1950) arrived in the United States at the end of 1929 he stayed at the home of Rav Simpson. In the video of “America is not Different” produced by JEM, the Previous Rebbe is seen standing on the porch of Rabbi Simpson’s house in Borough Park addressing the large crowd who came to greet him. The Rav would go on to serve as the Rebbe’s gabi (personal assistant).
Credit: shturem.org, from the writings of  Rabbi Shneur Zalman Berger


Posted: March 24th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Sonnenberg

ישכר דוב בער ב"ר משה אהרן

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Wed. December 2, 1925 - Kislev 15 5686


Rabbi  Yissachar Dov Sonnenberg’s father was a great grandson of Rav Eliyahu of Vilna better known as the Vilna Gaon (d. 1797).

Photo Caption: The Goan of Vilan 


Posted: March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Mt. Zion Cemetery (Maurice Ave) · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Avroham Tzvi Grossman

אברהם צבי ב"ר חיים

Rav, Congregation Binai Eliezer

Date of Death: Sat. October 14, 1916 - Tishrei 17 5677
Chol Hamoed Sukkos



Photo Credit:  Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


Posted: March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Mount Lebanon Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Eliezer Moshe Romirowsky

אליעזר משה ב"ר שמואל

Rav, B’nai Israel, Englewood, Chicago

Date of Death: Sun. January 18, 2004 - Teves 24 5764



Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Moshe Romirowsky around the time he succeeded his father, Credit: Cynthia Meystel

Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Moshe Romirowsky c. 1990, Credit: Cynthia Meystel


Posted: March 21st, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Chicago, IL · Illinois · Waldheim Cemetery - Chicago

Rabbi Moshe Nachman Zeitz

משה נחמן ב"ר מרדכי אליעזר הלוי

Rav, Talmud Torah Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, Harlem

Date of Death: Fri. November 17, 1972 - Kislev 11 5733


The Rav served a number of congregations in the Bronx as well.


Posted: March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Mount Moriah Cemetery · New Jersey

Rabbi Yisroel Kassel

ישראל ב"ר אליהו

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. November 28, 1898 - Kislev 14 5659



Posted: March 17th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York · Pre 1900 · Washington Cemetery (Brooklyn)

Rabbi Yair Lerner

יאיר ב"ר שימחה

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Fri. May 31, 1935 - Iyyar 28 5695



Photo Caption: Notice of condolence for the Rav’s wife, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Bio Information:
The Rav who was originally from Labin, Volyn [Ukraine] was a member of the Degel HaRabonim.


Posted: March 16th, 2017 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Moshe Avroham Derbaremdiker

משה אברהם ב"ר חיים דוב

Rav, Hrytsiv, Ukraine

Date of Death: Fri. February 22, 1924 - Adar I 22 5684



Photo Caption: Inscription on the marker of Rebbe Yaakov Yosef Yehuda of Labin in Tzfat, Israel

Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Weinberger of Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY at the tzion of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, June, 2015, Credit: Reb Dov Elias, Kew Gardens Hills, NY


Posted: March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Gershon Maklee

גרשון ב"ר דוד

Rav, Białystok, Poland

Date of Death: Thu. May 24, 1923 - Sivan 9 5683


The Rav, who lived in the Bronx arrived on these shores December 9th, 1920 on the Oscar II (“Peace Ship”) via Copenhagen.


Posted: March 14th, 2017 · No Comments

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Rabbi Aaron Ben Tzion Benson (Aaronsohn)

אהרן בן ציון ב"ר יוסף משה

Rav, Indianapolis, Indiana

Date of Death: Mon. May 5, 1879 - Iyar 12 5639


A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MEMBERS OF MORESHES CHACHMEI AMERICA, MR. ASHLEY DWORSKY, & RABBI JOSEPH SCHANOWITZ OF CHICAGO FOR THEIR COUNTLESS HOURS OF RESEARCH IN THE ONGOING SEARCH TO LOCATE RAV AARONSOHN’S KEVER.   

Bio Information:
The Rav, who was born in Salant (Salantai), Lithuania was the oldest son of Rav Moshe Yosef Aaronsohn better known as the East Broadway Maggid. Rav Benson was very instrumental in the publishing and distribution of his father’s seforim (books).


Posted: March 13th, 2017 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Indiana · Pre 1900

Rabbi Shalom Zev Gross

שלום זאב ב"ר יחזקאל יצחק

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. July 26, 1921 - Tammuz 20



Photo Caption: Rav Shalom Wolf Gross


Posted: March 10th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yisroel Yosef Horowitz

ישראל יוסף ב"ר אלטר אליעזר

Chief Rabbi, Riglitz

Date of Death: Fri. August 9, 1968 - Av 15 5728
Tu B'Av



Posted: March 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Moshe Pfeffer

משה ב"ר נתן נתע

Rav, Chevrah Shomrim Laboker, Bronx, New York

Date of Death: Mon. July 21, 1941 - Tammuz 26 5701



Credit: 1917 – Jewish Communal Register / Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


Posted: March 8th, 2017 · No Comments

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Rabbi Yehoshua HaKohen

יהושע ב"ר שמעון הכהן

More information needed

Date of Death: Sun. July 19, 1903 - Tammuz 24 5663



Posted: March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Cleveland, OH · General · Ohio · Unknown

Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Erusalimsky

יעקב צבי ב"ר שמשון שמואל יהודה

Rav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. February 10, 1940 - Adar I 1 5740
Rosh Codesh



Photo Caption: Rav Yaacov Tzvi Erusalimsky, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Photo Caption: The Rav’s uncle, Rav Moshe Nachum Erusalimsky, Cheif Rabbi, Kielce, Poland, d. 1914, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


Posted: March 6th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi Yisrael Kabat (Kabatchnick)

ישראל ב"ר צבי הכהן

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Sat. December 22, 1928 - Teves 9 5698



Posted: March 3rd, 2017 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Mount Judah Cemetery - Queens · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Uncategorized

Rabbi Schmaryohu Leib Hurwitz

שמריהו ליב ב"ר דוב בער

Rav, Talmud Torah Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, Harlem, New York City

Date of Death: Sun. June 12, 1938 - Sivan 12 5698




Credit: Orthodox Judaism in America, Moshe D Sherman


Posted: March 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Shaul Mendel Silber

שאול מנדל ב"ר יעקב מיכאל

Rav, Congregation Anshe Shalom, Chicago

Date of Death: Sun. September 1, 1946 - Elul 5 5706


Bio Information:
Rav Silber also sever as president at Hebrew Theological College – Bais Hamedrash L’Torah.

Photo Caption: Rabbi Shaul Silber, Credit:  Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


Credit: Booth Library,Charleston, IL 


Posted: February 28th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Chicago, IL · Illinois

Rabbi Chaim Seisitsky (Yanover)

חיים (יאנאווער) ב"ר יעקב

Rav, Congregation Agudas Achim, Yonkers, New York

Date of Death: Wed. June 4, 1913 - Iyar 28 5673



Photo Caption: Agudath Achim Shul c. 1928, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Photo Caption: Agudath Achim Shul as it stands today, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Bio Information:
The Rav’s marker was donated by Independence Sons of Israel / Chevra Kneses Anshei Zedek.


Posted: February 27th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: New York · Westchester County

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 


Posted: February 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

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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. 


Posted: February 21st, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Queens / L.I., NY

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



Posted: February 20th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Baltimore, MD · Maryland

Rabbi Chaim Portnoy

חיים ב"ר יעקב

Rav, New York City

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



Posted: February 16th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Mt. Zion Cemetery (Maurice Ave) · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

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



Photo caption: Rabbi Yehudah Leib Agushewitz, Credit: Yitzchok Shteierman, Borough Park, Brooklyn 


Posted: February 15th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

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 


Posted: February 14th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Massachusetts · Worcester, MA

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



Posted: February 10th, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: New York · Westchester County

Rabbi Reuvain Rabinowitz

ראובן ב"ר דוד

Rav, New York City

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



Posted: February 9th, 2017 · No Comments

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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



Posted: February 1st, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Beth Israel Cemetery - Woodbridge, NJ · New Jersey

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



Posted: January 31st, 2017 · No Comments

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Tags: Beth Israel Cemetery - Woodbridge, NJ · New Jersey

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


Posted: January 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment

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