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Rabbi Yehoshua Moshe Mereminsky

March 19th, 2008 · 16 Comments

Rabbi Yehoshua Moshe Mereminsky

יהושע משה ב"ר

Chief Rabbi, Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York

Date of Death: Wed. August 16, 1961 - Elul 2 5721

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Cemetery Details
81-14 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 718-821-1060
Fax: 718-381-1551
Contact: Todd Ivler


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. Location: Society: TAL TOR TIPH JER, Section: 1, Block: V, Gate: 1, corner of Lebanon Road and Sinai Avenue

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: MEREMINSKY, JOSHUA

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Yehshua Moshe Mereminsky, Credit: Josh Mereminsky 

Bio Information:
Rav Mereminsky’s wife, was the granddaughter of the Chofetz Chaim. In his later years Rav Mereminsky retired and moved to Los Angeles.

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Rebbetzin Miriam Frieda Kagan (d. 1946), wife of the Chofetz Chaim

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Meira Sochen Itzkowitz // Mar 13, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Rabbi Mereminsky OB”M was my mother’s father. He was born in Europe and came to the US in the 1920’s. He worked as Rabbi in Akron, Ohio; and later in Portland, Maine and Mt. Vernon, NY. He was a very creative man. Late in life he developed a collagen bread and sold it. He loved to tinker in his workshop. He worked hard on Otzar Haposkim, a compendium of Rabbinic Responsa. He also worked to promote peace, using a radio program and a book, “Enlisting the Mothers.”
    He was married to Rachel Kagan, the granddaughter of the Chofetz Chaim. The two had 4 children. They are all deceased now. She died in 1944. He married Shoshana and they made a home together, remaining in Mt. Vernon until 1960. He then moved to LA, California; to be near his youngest child, Rabbi Meyer Mereminsky. There are 4 grandchildren of his first marriage and 6 great-grandchildren.

  • 2 Miller // Mar 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I read in Hamoer (Vol 13 no 2) that the reason he moved to LA was because of the increasing assimilation in the Mt. Vernon comunity, which bothered hima nd made him give up his position as the Rabbi there.

    His wif Rachel the daughter of Rabbi Aharon Hakohen Kagan passed away on 4 Tamuz 1944-5704.

    Where was his son Rabbi Mayer Mereminsky serving, and is he still alive?

  • 3 Joshua Mereminsky // Aug 7, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Meyer Mereminsky was my father and he passed away in 1973. He was Rabbi of Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles from 1948 until his death.

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // Aug 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  • 5 E. Lewis // Jan 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I found my father-in-law’s marriage license with the name Rabbi O. Mereminsky as officiator. The wedding took place in Portland, Maine (on Peaks Island) on June 16, 1927. Am wondering if this could be the relative of Meira Sochen Itzkowitz.

  • 6 Meira Itzkowitz // Mar 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I just now read the last message. The Rabbi you mention was my grandfather. Some years ago I visited friends in Portland and went out to Peaks Island. The family lived in Portland for about 3 years. My late mother was graduated from Portland high school.
    In response to an earlier post, I don’t think my grandfather left Mount Vernon for reasons related to his congregation. He had been retired for years by the time he moved to Los Angeles.

  • 7 annette kagan karan // Mar 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    My father Rabbi Solomon Kagan was the grandson of the Chofetz Chaim. ( His sister was rachel, who was married to rabbi Mereminsky.) I would like to contact Meirah Sochen Itzkowitz.

  • 8 Joshua Mereminsky // Mar 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    That would make you my first cousin, once removed. Meira is my cousin and Rachel was our grandmother.

  • 9 Cami Klein // Feb 25, 2017 at 12:23 am

    My grandfather was Jacob Mereminsky. He was a cantor in Hungary and came to the USA in 1921. He settled in Boston, MA with his family. They changed the name to Merriman.

  • 10 Cami Klein // Mar 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Meira, Joshua, and Annette, I would like to contact any of you and/or others who are working on family trees. I just figured out that Rabbi Yehoshua Mereminsky was my grandfather’s brother. I have a family history written by my aunt that documents this and lots of other interesting details. Meira and Joshua, I think you are both my 2nd cousins. Have any of you done DNA testing? That is another way we can confirm our relationships.

  • 11 Dovid Gross // Jul 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    That’s very cool, Cami. My father was very close to Rabbi Mereminsky, who was his step grandfather and a huge influence on him. They were so close that my father named my brother after him, Yehoshua Moshe Gross. Even though we are not blood relatives, I am certain my father would really like to see whatever history you have.

  • 12 Suzy Cohen // Nov 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

    R’ Mereminsky’s second wife Shoshosha Gross Mereminsky was my great grandmother. Dovid Gross – I’m not sure what cousin you are, but we are related. My grandmother Leanora Gross Greene was the oldest daughter of Shoshana and Joseph. Would love to know more.

  • 13 Rabbi Stern // Nov 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Rav Mendel Zaks lived in Mount Vernon. At some point, Mt Vernon had a Yeshiva as well.

  • 14 Meira // Feb 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Hi, Rabbi Stern,
    I am just now getting acquainted with some of these sites. I am. the granddaughter of Rabbi Joshua Mereminsky. I met two sons of Rav Mendel Zaks, Hirsh and another whose name I don’t remember, in the late 50’s. They were living in a high rise in Manhattan. I did not know that Rav Mendel lived in Mt. Vernon. My grandfather lived there until 1960. Can you tell me more about him? Thanks! Meira

  • 15 Meira // Feb 18, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Annette, I would love to be in touch with you! I think I sent you a note on some other site, but have not heard back. This is the first time I’ve seen your note. I am occasionally in touch with Ethel and we saw each other in 2007.
    Hope you and yours are well,

  • 16 Yehoshua juravel // Mar 30, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Meira , how can I get in touch with you?

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