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Rabbi Eliezer Pupko

September 16th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Rav, Velizh, Russia (Belarus)
d. 13 Tishrei 1961 (5722)
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  • 1 Wikipedia // Sep 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Rabbi Eliezer Poupko (or Pupko) (1886-1961) was born in Radin, Lithuania, on March 18, 1886. He attended the Telz yeshiva. Receiving Semicha in 1908, he served for twenty four years as chief rabbi of the Jewish community in Veliz, Russia. Rabbi Poupko was twice tried in 1930s for defying the religious policies of the Soviet Union and was sentenced to two years in a Siberian prison. He served only part of that sentence as the United States rabbinate was able to win a commutation.
    Rabbi Poupko came to the USA in 1931, first serving congregations in Haverhill, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. In 1942, he became the Rabbi of the Aitz Chaim Congregation in Philadelphia. He was an honorary president and a member of the executive board of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada.
    Rabbi Poupko married Pesha Chaya, a daughter of the Rabbi of Kenna near Vilna and subsequently of Saratov. Their four oldest sons were sent to study in the Chofetz Chaim’s yeshiva in Radin, and indeed many of Rabbi Poupko’s children went on to play a pivotal role within the Jewish world. Rabbi Reuven Poupko published a Sefer by the name of Toras Reuven in Philadelphia in 1940, containing a warm approbation by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer that praises the author’s father. Rabbi Baruch Poupko became a leading American Rabbi and author of numerous articles, books and anthologies. One of Rabbi Poupko’s sons-in-law was the renowned Rabbi Mordechai Savitzky, Chief Rabbi of Boston and author of twenty-two works on the Talmud. Another is Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz.

  • 2 YD Miller // Sep 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Here is a nice photo of the Rav:
    http://pages.rediff.com/eliezer-poupko/968438

  • 3 Nechunya // Oct 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    His son R’ Yitzchok was the son in law of the Tomashpiler Rebbe

  • 4 Gershon Michoel // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    His son-in-law is Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwart, Av Beis Din of RCA and Chicago Beis Din.

  • 5 Gershon Michoel // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    His son-in-law is Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Av Beis Din of RCA and Chicago Beis Din.

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