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Rabbi Dovid Wichefsky

דוד ב"ר זאב דוב

Chief Rabbi, Sudbury, Canada

Date of Death: Fri. February 24, 1922 - Shevat 10 5682


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Photo Caption: Hascal and Annie Moses née Wichefsky  with daughter Rita and Rabbi David Wichefsky in the Moses family’s backyard, c. 1910, Credit: Ontario Jewish Archives
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Photo Caption: Rabbi David Wichefsky, Credit: Lloyd Donald Friedman

Bio Information:
The Rav, born in Dubrovna, Belarus a small town along the Dnieper River in 1857, studied in the famed Volozhiner Yeshiva. In 1892, after moving to the United States he settled in New Bern, NC where he served as Rav for two years until relocated to Sudbury. It was under the guise that he was going to a growing Jewish community that he made the move. Upon his arrival it was apparent that at the time that the community size was greatly embellished. Nevertheless the Rav stayed. After retiring the Rav relocated to be with his children.


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Tags: Canada · Chief Rabbi · Montreal, QC

Rabbi Elchanon Tzvi Guterman

אלחנן צבי ב"ר שמעון אריה

Chief Rabbi, Scranton, PA and Lackawanna County

Date of Death: Wed. October 19, 1966 - Cheshvan 1 5727


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Rav Guterman introduced a daily Gemara Shiur (lecture) in 1911 which ran for over 50 years, a ground breaking concept here in the United States at that time.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Scranton, PA

Rabbi Elchonon Bentzion Karp

אלחנן בן ציון ב"ר יחיאל ליב הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Roselle, NJ

Date of Death: Mon. April 28, 1924 - Nissan 24 5684


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Elchonon Karp’s passport application, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives 

Bio Information:

Rav Benzion Karp b.1875 in Bobruisk, Minsk, currently Babruysk, Mogilev, Belarus.

Note: Special appreciation to Aron Finkelstein for originally finding the kever. 


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New Jersey · Newark, NJ

Rabbi Eliezer Rubin

אליעזר ב"ר יעקב מנחם

Tlusta Rav

Date of Death: Wed. May 21, 1947 - Sivan 2 5707



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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Mt. Hebron (Main Street) Cemetery · New York

Rabbi Eliezer Silver

אליעזר ב"ר בונים צמח

President, Agudath HaRabonim of the United States and Canada

Date of Death: Thu. February 8, 1968 - Shevat 9 5728


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Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver and Kopyczyncer Rebbe, Rebbe Avroham Yehoshua Heshel in conversation in Upstate New York
Photo Credit: From the library of Yitz Twersky, Kew Garden Hills, NY

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Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit: Needed
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Photo Caption: (L to R) Rav Eliezer Silver, Unknown, Rebbe Mordechai Shlomo Friedman, Boyaner Rebbe d. 1971, Credit: Needed
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Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit: Needed
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Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit: Virtualjudaica.com

Hamodia Magazine (2012) article:
Rav Eliezer Silver Hamodia

 


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Cincinnati, OH · Ohio

Rabbi Eliezer Yoel Levitt

Chief Rabbi of Portland, Maine d. 10 Teves, 1920 (5681) Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Mount Judah Cemetery Section One 81-14 Cypress Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385 (Society: Machizika Hadas, Block: V, Path: 5, Bethel Avenue towards the back on the right side)


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

Rabbi Elozer Meisels

Grand Rabbi of Ujhel – Chicago d. 5 Elul, 1995 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Vizhnitzer Cemetery in Monsey, NY RT. 306 (at the intersection of Brick Church Rd)) Spring Valley, NY 10977


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Monsey / New Square, NY · New York · Upstate New York

Rabbi Ezriel Yehuda Liebowitz

Hodhahzer Rav d. 1 Tishrei, 1991 (5752) Rosh Hashanah The Rav upon his arrival to these shores settled on Manhattan’s West Side, where he opened a Bais Medrash. Soon after the passing of Rav Yonoson Steif he was asked to lead the Vienner Kehillah in New York which he faithfully served for close to 30 years. […]


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

Rabbi Gavriel Zev Margolis

גבריאל זאב ב"ר יחיאל יצחק

President and Founder, Knesseth HaRabonim

Date of Death: Mon. September 9, 1935 - Elul 10 5695


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Photo Caption:Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis, Photo Credit: Mitchell Morris  
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Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis and  Rav Avroham Aaron Yudelovitch , Credit: Needed
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Photo Caption: Rav Avroham Aaron Yudelovitch and Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Library Of Congress
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Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Jewish Forward
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Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Jewish Forward
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Photo Caption: Advertisement announcing the annual membership meeting of the Knesseth HaRabonim, Credit: The Jewish Morning Journal, January 23, 1913
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Photo Caption: The passing of Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis, Credit: Brooklyn Eagle, September 9, 1935
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Photo Caption: Father-in-law of Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis and the rebbe of the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Nachum Kaplan,  or as he was commonly known Rebbe Nachumke of Horodnad. It is It is reported that the Chofetz Chaim had a picture of Rebbe Nachumke hanging in his house.

Bio Information:
Rav Velvele as he was commonly  know was married the daughter of Rav Nachum Kaplan d. 1880 (or 1879), the famed Rebbe of the Chofetz Chaim. After moving to the United States in 1907, the Rav was appointed as the Chief Rabbi of Boston, MA where he established the Knesseth HaRabonim HaOrthdoksim d’America v’Canada, prior to moving to New York City in 1911.


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

Rabbi Kalman Rosenbaum

Chief Rabbi of Hartford, CT d. 22 Tammuz, 1936 (5696) Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Chevra Lomday Mishnayos Cemetery Garden Street (and Tower Avenue) Hartford, CT 06120


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Connecticut · Hartford, CT

Rabbi Meir Schapiro

Chief Rabbi of Argentina d. 17 Tammuz, 1998 (5748) Anyone with biographical information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Wellwood Cemetery Wellwood Avenue Farmingdale, NY 11735 (Corner of North and Zangwill Avenue, Block: 54, Section: Tiferes Jerusalem)


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Unknown · Wellwood Cemetery - Long Island

Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Silber

מרדכי שלמה ב"ר משה

Cheif Rabbi, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Death: Tue. March 17, 1925 - Adar 21 5685


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Silber, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America
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Photo Caption: Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Silber, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Minnesota

Rabbi Moshe Eisenstadt

Chief Rabbi of Petrograd (Saint Petersburg) d. 9 Cheshvan, 1943 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Mount Zion Cemetery 59-63 54th Avenue (Off Maurice Avenue) Maspeth, NY 11378 (Path: DL, Gate: 3)


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

Rabbi Moshe Leib Luski

Chief Rabbi, Svencion, Poland d. 15 Elul, 1941 (5701) Rav Luski who passed away a few short months after his arrival in New York was among the prominent rabbanim of Poland. Anyone with biographical information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont […]


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

Rabbi Moshe Neuschloss

Serdehaly Rav d. 27 Adar, 1997 In 1957, the Rav was appointed Av Bias Din of the newly establishment Skverer community in Spring Valley, New York. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Village of New Square Cemetery Grant Avenue Spring Valley, NY 10977 […]


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Monsey / New Square, NY · New York · Upstate New York

Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz

משה שמעון ב"ר יחזקאל

Chief Rabbi, Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Death: Thu. July 30, 1936 - Av 11 5696


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Poster announcing the passing of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Bio Information: 
Rav Sivitz was born in Zhitovyan (Kovno), Lithuania and studied in the Yeshivos of Slovan and Chelm, where he became a close disciple of Rav Eliezer Gordon, the Telzer rosh yeshiva. He also received semicha (ordained) from Rav Gordon and additional semicha from Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector, the Kovner Rav.
The Rav’s first pulpit was in Phikelin, Lithuania in 1885 but soon after moved to the United States. Before becoming the Chief Rabbi of Pittsburgh the Rav spent two years in Baltimore. Rav Sivitz, known as an outspoken critic against the Reform movement, organized the first talmid torah (day school) in Pittsburgh. The Rav was held in high esteem by many Rabbonim in Europe among them Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan, the Chofetz Chaim who wrote the approbation to his commentary on Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud). As a side, the Rav delivered the keynote eulogy at Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph’s funeral.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Pittsburgh, PA

Rabbi Moshe Steinberg

Chief Rabbi of Brod, Galicia (Ukraine) d. 23 Tammuz, 1987 Anyone with bio information is asked to send it in. Washington Cemetery 104 Deans Rhode Hall Rd Monmouth Junction (Deans), NJ 08852 (Bobover section, North Second Street corner Park Blvd. a few rows from the ohel)


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Floral Park - Washington Cemetery (N.J.) · New Jersey

Rabbi Moshe Stern

Chief Rabbi of Debrecen, Hungary d. 2 Av, 1997 Anyone with information is asked to send it in. Beth Israel Cemetery US Highway 1 Woodbridge, NJ 07095


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

Rabbi Moshe Yosef Rubin

Chief Rabbi of Cimpulung, Bukovina (Romania) d. 5 Adar, 1980 Rav Rubin served as the President and Chairman of the Agudas Israel and Agudath HaRabonim of Romania. The Rav also founded Geder Avos an organization dedicated to stop the destruction of Jewish cemeteries throughout Eastern Europe. Washington Cemetery (Floral Park) 104 Deans Rhode Hall Rd […]


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Floral Park - Washington Cemetery (N.J.) · New Jersey

Rabbi Moshe Zevulun Margolies

משה זבולן ב"ר שלמה זלמן

Rav, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. August 25, 1936 - Elul 7 5696


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Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Zevulun Margolies, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Picture and short bio of Rav Moshe Zevulun Margolies, Credit: Yeshiva University 
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Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Zevulun Margolies speaking at Madison Square Garden, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives
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Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Zevulun Margolies’s official seal as Chief Rabbi of Boston, Massachusetts, Credit:  Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Rabbi Joseph Lookstein (L) grandson-in-law of Rav Margolies and founder of the RAMAZ school in New York City, Credit:  Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Bio Information:
A number of books and articles have been penned on the life and times of Rav Moshe Zevulun Margolies often referred to by the acronym RAMAZ.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Mount Carmel Cemetery, NY · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Nachman Tzvi Ebin

Chief Rabbi of Buffalo, NY d. 22 Iyar, 1943 (5703) Full bio to be posted. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Mount Judah Cemetery Section Two 81-14 Cypress Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385 (Part of a larger stone, behind the office building, along Lincoln […]


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

Rabbi Nosson Nuta Zuber

Chief Rabbi, Roselle, NJ d. 4 Shevat, 1988 (5748) Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Mount Lebanon Cemetery – New Jersey Gill Lane Iselin, NJ 08830 732-283-1010 Photo Credit: Ira Sobel, Edison, NJ


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New Jersey

Rabbi Nosson Yehuda Leib Rabinowitz

Chief Rabbi of Pawtucket, Rhode Island d. 16 Teves, 1898 Rav Rabinowitz safer (book) Yad Yehuda was published in 1897. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Lincoln Park Cemetery 1469 Post Road Warwick, RI 02888 (401) 737-5333 (Ohel, along Feinberg Avenue) Photo credit […]


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Lincoln Park Cemetery · Pre 1900 · Providence, RI · Rhode Island

Rabbi Osher (Asher) Zilberstein

Chief Rabbi of Los Angeles, California d. 14 Shevat, 1973 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Home of Peace Memorial Park Cemetery 4334 Whittier Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90023 (323) 261-6135 Anyone with bio info is asked to please send it in.


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Tags: California · Chief Rabbi · Los Angeles, CA

Rabbi Pinchos Hirschsprung

פנחס ב"ר חיים

Chief Rabbi, Montreal, Canada

Date of Death: Sun. January 25, 1998 - Teves 27 5758



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Photo Caption: Rav Yehuda Meir Shapiro, Lubliner Rav and Rosh Yeshia, Chachmei Lublin  , d. 1933
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Photo Caption: Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin as it stood when it first opened  in 1930, Credit: Kevarim.com
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Photo Caption: Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin as it stands today (Winter, 2011), Credit: Kevarim.com

Bio Information: 
Rav Hirschsprung, a student of Rav Meir Shapiro served as the Chief Rabbi of Montreal from 1969 until his passing. The Lubliner once said that already as a youth he knew 2,200 talmudic folios by heart. The Rav also shared a very close relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and served as one of the Rosh Yeshivas at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim of Montreal.


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Tags: Canada · Chief Rabbi · Montreal, QC · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Raphael Mordechai Barishansky

Chief Rabbi of Homel (Gomel), Belorussia d. 29 Cheshvan, 1950 Full bio to be posted. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Old Mount Carmel Cemetery 83-45 Cypress Hills Street Glendale NY 11385 (Section: 1, Block: E, Map: 39, Line: 12, Grave: 7, Society: […]


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Mount Carmel Cemetery, NY · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Shabsi Rosenberg

שבתי ב"ר דובער

Chief Rabbi, Brooklyn, NY

Date of Death: Fri. January 3, 1913 - Teves 24 5673



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

Rabbi Shaltiel Isaac Meisel

שאלתיאל אייזק ב"ר יצחק

Chief Rabbi, Chattanooga, TN

Date of Death: Sun. January 18, 1948 - Shevat 7 5708



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Rabbi Shimon Schwab

שמעון ב"ר יהודה

Rav, Khal Adath Jeshurun (KAJ), Washington Heights

Date of Death: Tue. February 14, 1995 - Adar I 14 5755
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Photo Caption: Rav Shimon Schwab, Credit: Wikimedia

Bio Information: 
Rav Shimon Schwab was born and grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father was a longstanding members of the Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft (IRG), the Orthodox Jewish community that had established its own independence from the Reform Judaism-dominated general community. The IRG had been led until 1888 by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch and was then under the leadership of his son-in-law Rav Solomon Breuer.
Rav Shimon completed the Realschule, the local school that combined religious studies and general subjects in conformation with the Torah im Derech Eretz ideology propagated by Rav Hirsch. After the Realschule he was a full time student for a number of years in the Torah Lehranstalt, the local yeshiva founded by Rav Breuer.
In 1924, at age 16, Rav Shimon enrolled in the yeshiva of Telshe where he studied intensively for three years, and afterwards for two years in the Mir, both in Lithuania.
In 1930, he spent a weekend with Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan (the Chofetz Chaim). The visit made a strong impression on him, and he would often refer to the encounter in public speeches throughout his life.
After receiving semicha (rabbinic ordination), Rav Schwab relocated to Germany, where he married Recha Froehlich of Gelsenkirchen, and worked for two years as Rabbinatsassessor (assistant rabbi) in Darmstadt before accepting the post of community rabbi in Ichenhausen, Bavaria.
In Ichenhausen, Rav Schwab worked to establish a traditional yeshiva that would teach Mishnah and Talmud. He also published a booklet titled Heimkehr ins Judentum (Coming Home to Judaism, published in 1934) exhorting his Jewish contemporaries to devote more time to in-depth Torah study and abandon their fascination with modern culture and social progress. Soon after its establishment, the Yeshiva ran into trouble as threats were made by local Nazi activists. Soon after, through the American Orthodox leader Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung he got in touch with a community called She’erith Yisrael in Baltimore. He travelled to the United States, and after a trial period the community elected him as a rabbi. The family was therefore able to apply for visas and escape the Holocaust.
In Baltimore, Rav Schwab became a local leader of Orthodoxy, hosting the annual conference of Agudath Israel several years after his arrival. He was involved in the first Jewish school for girls, Bais Yaakov, and traveled to San Francisco in the late 1940s to act as a lobbyist during the early activities of the United Nations.
In 1958, Rav Schwab was invited to join Rav Joseph Breuer in the leadership of the German-Jewish community of Washington Heights, located in New York City. This community, widely regarded as the spiritual continuation of the pre-War Frankfurt kehilla (community), had been close to the Rav’s heart, and with Rav Breuer’s increasing age and infirmity he took on many leadership roles until the latter’s passing in 1980.
From then until in passing at the age of 86 he continued to lecture and teach until his health deteriorated. He was succeeded after his death by Rav Zechariah Gelley, the Sunderland (England) Rosh Yeshivah who had already joined the kehilla several years earlier (Elul of 1987) as Av Beth Din and Mara D’asra.
Rav Schwab, being a product of both the German Torah im Derech Eretz movement and the Eastern-European yeshiva world, initially identified strongly with the latter. During the 1960s, however, it became apparent to him that the continued emphasis on religious studies and downplay of secular education would be harmful to the community as a whole. He thus wrote his pamphlet “These and Those”, in which he champions the Torah im Derech Eretz approach as being equally valid. (The title of the pamphlet is a quote from the Talmud – Eilu va’Eilu are the words of a Living God”, emphasizing that both approaches are divinely sanctioned.) Other points often discussed in his work the independence of Orthodoxy and the perceived materialistic excesses and expenses of the modern world, especially at weddings. He did not shirk from difficult and potentially controversial questions, such as those concerning the Jewish view on the age of the universe and problems in harmonizing a 165-year gap in traditional Jewish history with scientifically accepted calculations.
Source: Adapted from the Biographic notes in Rav Schwab on Prayer, Wikipedia, and Yisroel (Sidney) Strauss


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · King Solomon Memorial Park · New Jersey · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Shlomo Dov Sprince

Chief Rabbi, Riga, Latvia d. 15 Iyar, 1929 (5689) The Rav who passed away in his 90s was a moreh dasrah across two continents for over 70 years and wrote many seforim. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Jewish Cemeteries of Baker Street […]


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Tags: Baker Street Cemeteries · Boston, MA · Chief Rabbi · Massachusetts