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Rabbi Baruch Kaftal

May 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments

Rav, New York City
d. 11 Elul, 1932 (5692)
Rav Kaftal came to the United States in 1909 from Mlawa, Poland.
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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicholas Dembling // Sep 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful site: it has allowed me to find the grave of a much revered and mythical family member.

    Rav Boruch Kaftal was my maternal great grandfather. He was married to Rose, and had six daughters: Tillie, Naomi, Frieda, Fannie, Evelyn and Helen. Fannie was my mother’s mother. I never met him; he died long before I was born. But as a child I used to gaze at his picture in my Grandma Fannie’s house and wonder about him and as adult I have often wished I knew where his resting place was as there was no info about this in my Grandmother’s effects.

    Thanks so much again for this terrific web site.

    Nicholas Dembling
    New York City

  • 2 Nicholas Dembling // Sep 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Here is a picture of Boruch Kaftal:

    http://mysite.verizon.net/medock/kaftal/BoruchKaftal-small.jpg

  • 3 YD Miller // Sep 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks Nicholas for the photo, do you have more biographical information on him? like his Rabbinc activities or so.

  • 4 Nicholas Dembling // Sep 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    YD, I know very very little about him; I certainly know nothing of his Rabbinic activities. I know he lived in Brooklyn. I remember my Grandmother and her sisters mentioning that he was a very authoritarian father, but they spoke very little of him. I also remember talk of somewhat a conflict that developed between Fannie and her husband (my grandfather), as Fannie was brought up by Boruch in a strictly Jewish household, and my grandfather became an atheist after the Holocaust.

  • 5 YD Miller // Sep 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Nicholas,
    I found an obituary in the NYT of 1922 about the unviieling of the tombstone for Sarah G. Kaftal in the Washington Cemetary on May 14, can this be related, what was his wifes name?

    Here is a link to the NYT
    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9B02E4DE1439EF3ABC4F53DFB3668389639EDE

  • 6 Sherri Kaftal // Feb 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Rav Boruch Kaftal was my paternal great-grandfather. I have some limited information about him. He came to the USA in 1908 at the age of 54 from Mlawa aboard the Grosser Kurfurst which departed from Bremen. My grandfather was the youngest of Rav Kaftal’s children. My grandfather, Irving, came over at the age of 6 with Rose and two siblings in 1914 to join Boruch and a few older siblings. My father was born right before his grandfather died. He remembers seeing a photo of Boruch holding him as an infant. The photo posted by Mr. Dembling was the first photo I have ever seen of Boruch, so many thanks to Mr. Dembling!

  • 7 Ellen Caftel Turcotte // Mar 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Borouch Kaftal was also my paternal great-grandfather. My father, Ralph (Cohen) Caftel was the son of Tillie and Jacob Cohen. Tillie was one of Borouch’s daughters. It is very exciting to read the other postings! Hello to my cousins, Nicholas and Sherri, from Canada!

  • 8 ADA KAFTAL // Sep 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    MY FATHER AARON KAFTAL WAS BORN IN KREMENCHUG–UKRAINA ATN 1913 AND WAS KILLED IN SECOND WAR AT 1942. . HIS FATHER ALSO WAS RABBI –IN POLAND . I NEVER MET THE NAME KAFTAL IN USSR. I SURE–MY DISTANCE COUSINS HERE –IN USA…ADA KAFTAL, BOSTON.

  • 9 Sherri Kaftal // Nov 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Ada, my grandfather was from my great-grandfather’s second marriage. Your father was the son of the first wife. I heard that there were some older brothers but we never could track them down. We must be distant cousins.

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