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Entries Tagged as 'Beth Olam'

Rabbi Chaim (Henry) Pereira Mendez

Cofounder of the Orthodox Union – OU d. 15 Cheshvan, 1937 Rav Mendes an early pioneer, upholding true Torah values in the United States was the Moreh Dasrah of Congregation Shearith Israel (The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue). The Rav, also served as the president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA). The […]


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Rabbi Yaakov Jacques Lyons

יעקוב ב"ר יהודה

Minister, Congregation Bais Shalom, Richmond, VA

Date of Death: Mon. August 13, 1877 - Elul 4 5637


Minister, son of Yehuda Lyons, born in Surinam, Dutch Guiana, Aug. 25, 1814. He was educated in Surinam, and was minister of the Spanish & Portuguese congregation there, Neveh Shalom, for five years. He left Surinam in 1837 and went to Richmond, VA, where for two years he was minister of the Congregation Beth Schalom. In 1839 he was elected minister of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation Shearith Israel, New York City and served the congregation thirty-eight years, successfully combating every movement to change the form of worship in his congregation.


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Tags: Beth Olam · New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yosef Meir Asher

יוסף מאיר ב"ר אשר

Congregation Orach Chaim, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. November 9, 1909 - Cheshvan 25 5670



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Rev Shlomo Isaacs

שלמה ב"ר יהושע

Rav, Congregation Shearith Israel

Date of Death: Sat. January 13, 1855 - Teves 23 5615



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Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs

Spiritual Leader, Congregations Bnai Jeshurun and Shaaray Tefila , New York City

Date of Death: Sun. May 19, 1878 - Iyar 16 5638


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Photo Credit: B’nai Jeshurun
Rav Isaac’s primary teacher was Rav Solomon Hirschell (d. 1842), Chief Rabbi of the British Empire. In 1839, with the encouragement of his Rebbe he accepted a position in New York as the spiritual leader (Moreh Dasrah, Chazan, preacher, est.) of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. He later moved to Congregation Shaaray Tefila.  In 1859 the Rav tried organizing the first American national kehillah.


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Rev Yaakov Moshe Raphall

יעקב משה ב"ר רפאל

Spiritual Leader, Congregation B'nei Jeshurun , New York City

Date of Death: Tue. June 23, 1868 - Tammuz 3 5628


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Photo Caption: Rev Morris Jacob. Raphall, c. 1860, Credit: Library of Congress

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Photo Credit: Rev Morris Jacob. Raphall, Credit: American Jewish Archives

 

Bio Information:
Rev Moshe Yaakov (Morris Jacob) Raphall was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1798. At the age of nine his father, a banker, took him to visit the King of Sweden and then to Copenhagen , where he was educated at the Hebrew grammar-school. He later received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Erlangen (Germany). Soon after, he began publishing the Hebrew Review and Magazine of Rabbinical Literature.

In 1840, when the blood accusation was made at Damascus, he published a refutation of it in four languages (Hebrew, English, French, and German) and wrote a defense of Judaism against an anonymous writer in the London Times. The Rev also published a translation of eighteen treatises of the Mishnah; he also began a translation of the Pentateuch, of which only one volume appeared; and a text-book of the post-Biblical history of the Jews (to the year 70 C.E.).
In 1841 he was appointed Moreh Dasrah (minister) of the Birmingham Synagogue (West Midlands), United Kingdom, and the Rosh Yeshiva (head master) of the school. He continued in these capacities for eight years, and then sailed for New York where he was appointed rabbi and preacher of Congregation B’nei Jeshurun. He passed away in New York on June 23, 1868.


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Tags: Beth Olam · Needs Repair · New York · Pre 1900 · Rosh Yeshiva

Rev Yisroel (Israel Ber) Dov Kursheedt

ישראל דוב ב״ר אשר

Talmid of Rav Nosson Adler of Frankfurt am Mein

Date of Death: Fri. April 30, 1852 - Iyar 11 5612


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Photo Caption: Portrait of Rev Israel Ber Kursheedt, Photo origination: onthemainline
Bio Notes:
Rev Yisroel Ber Kursheedt is the only known talmid (student) of Rav Nosson Adler the Rebbe of the Chasam Sofer to be buried in the United States. Rev Kursheedt was a contemporary of Rav Avroham Bing and Rav Wolf Heidenheim. It is reported that Rav Adler held these three students in equal esteem  and was quoted to have said Avroham is a charif, Wolf is a medackdek, and Yisroel is a chochem.


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