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Rabbi Eliyahu Heschel Hillkowitz

November 3rd, 2015 · 3 Comments

Rabbi Eliyahu Heschel Hillkowitz

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Date of Death: Mon. January 22, 1906 - Teves 25 5666

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Rose Hill Cemetery - Commerce City, Colorado maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Hillkowitz

Biographical Notes:

Hillkowitz pic
Photo caption: Rabbi Eliyahu Hillkowitz, Credit: Needed

Bio Information:
“(Rabbi Hillkowitz), who came to Denver in 1890, was deserving of all the respect that was shown him by the entire community. Rabbi Hillkowitz was born in Rutwan, Kovno, Russia, and educated in the Yeshivas of Woloczin, Zhitomir, and Kovno. He was ordained by the chief of the Russian rabbinate, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan, and served as a rabbi for the first time in Pickeln, Kovno. During the troubled years in Russia, he left the rabbinate for commercial pursuits, in which he acquired some wealth, but, driven from village to village, he lost it and came to the United States. In Cincinnati, the stronghold of Reform Judaism, he founded the first Orthodox synagogue and thus became the dean of that city’s rabbinate. Asthma brought him to Denver in 1890, and the following year he returned east to bring his family. In Denver Rabbi Hillkowitz was immediately recognized as the dean of the city’s Orthodox rabbinate”
Source: Pioneers, Peddlers & Tzadikim, by Ida Libert Uchill


Credit: Feivel Yosef Leventhal

Credit: Feivel Yosef Leventhal

Tags: Colorado

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 F.Y.L. // Nov 4, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for sharing & crediting the picture I took. Baruch Hashem we have kivrei-tzaddikim here in Colorado!

  • 2 YD Miller // Nov 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Prior to going to Denver, Rabbi Hilkowitz served as a Rabbi in Cincinnati, OH

    There is an interesting letter from Rabbi Hilkowitz about a convert (Ger Tzedek) in Cincinnati in Hatzfirah July 14 1884

  • 3 YD Miller // Nov 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    A Memphis paper from 1886 with a story about a divorce by Rabbi Hillkowitz from Cincinnati – see second column from the right towards the end of the article a description on the Rabbis appearance:

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024448/1886-10-09/ed-1/seq-3.pdf

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