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Rabbi Yitzchok Simcha Hurewitz

יצחק שמחה ב"ר יוסף דוב הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Hartford, CT

Date of Death: Tue. December 31, 1935 - Teves 5 5696



Source: Chachmei New England 


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Connecticut · Hartford, CT

Rabbi Yosef Menashe Jacobovitz

Chief Rabbi of Bridgeport, CT d. 2 Elul, 1980 (5740) Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Bikur Cholim Cemetery 312 Reid Street Fairfield CT, 06824 (Past the independent stone columns) Unconfirmed.


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Tags: Bridgeport / Fairfield, CT · Chief Rabbi · Connecticut

Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchok Levin

שלמה יצחק ב"ר שמואל דוד

Chief Rabbi, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Death: Wed. July 11, 1984 - Tammuz 11 5744



Photo Caption: Rabbi Solomon I Levin, Credit: Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.


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Rabbi Yehoshua Chosak

Chief Rabbi of Chambersburg, PA d. 8 Kislev, 1937 (5698) Anyone with biographical information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont Road Elmont, NY 11003


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Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Avroham Shapiro

אברהם ב"ר זלמן מרדכי

Chief Rabbi, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date of Death: Thu. November 9, 1933 - Cheshvan 20 5694



Source: Anshei Shem


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Rabbi Meir Schapiro

מאיר ב"ר ישכר דוב

Chief Rabbi, Argentina

Date of Death: Sat. July 11, 1998 - Tammuz 12 5758



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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Wellwood Cemetery - Long Island

Rabbi Yosef Weinreb

יוסף ב"ר ברוך שלמה

Chief Rabbi, Toronto, Canada

Date of Death: Fri. October 16, 1942 - Cheshvan 4 5703



Photo Caption: Rabbi Yosef Weinreb c. 1917, Credit: N/N


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Tags: Canada · Chief Rabbi · Toronto, ON

Rabbi Shmuel Isaac Katz

Chief Rabbi of Indianapolis, Indiana d. 7 Av, 1949 (5709) Anyone with biographical information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Shara Tefilo Cemetery West Kelly Street Indianapolis, IN 46225 (Between W Raymond Street and Bluff Road, Gate: 4)


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Indiana

Rabbi Binyamin Schick

בנימין ב"ר מנחם זאב

Chief Rabbi, Tokaj, Hungary

Date of Death: Fri. September 5, 2008 - Elul 5 5768



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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Monsey / New Square, NY · New York · Upstate New York

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Bachrach

חיים דוד ב"ר זאב אליהו

Chief Rabbi, Trenton, New Jersey

Date of Death: Sun. May 28, 1939 - Sivan 10 5699



Source: Chachmei New England 

Bio Information: 
The Rav who came to the United States in 1889 was a founding member of the Agudas Harabonim. After Trenton, he served in Providence, Rhode Island for close to 50 years.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Lincoln Park Cemetery · Providence, RI · Rhode Island

Rabbi Avroham Yisroel Shechter

אברהם ישראל ב"ר יחיאל מיכאל הלוי

Rav, Congregation Bnai Yaakov Providence, Rhode Island

Date of Death: Sat. September 5, 1936 - Elul 18 5696



Source: The Jewish Herold

Source: Chachmei Yisroel of New England

Bio Information:
Prior to Providence, Rabbi Schecter rabbinated in Houston, Texas. He was married to the daughter of Rabb Meir Yehoshua Rosenberg of the United Orthodox Congregations, Hartford, Connecticut, sadly he died without children.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Lincoln Park Cemetery · Providence, RI · Rhode Island

Rabbi Yisroel Zisel Rubenstein

Chief Rabbi of Providence, R.I. d. 7 Sivan, 1926 (5686) The Rav was born in 1874 in a suburb of Harodna (Grodna, Belarus) to a family of rabbinic descent. After initially studding under his father who also served as the local Rav he went on to study in the yeshivos of Eishistok, Volozhin, and Slabodka. […]


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Lincoln Park Cemetery · Providence, RI · Rhode Island

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart

יהודה ליב ב"ר בנימין

Chief Rabbi, Staszow (Stashov), Poland

Date of Death: Thu. October 7, 1937 - Cheshvan 2 5698


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives
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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart, Credit: Ontario Jewish Archives
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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart, Credit: Ontario Jewish Archives

Source: Jewish Forwards 


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Tags: Canada · Chief Rabbi · Toronto, ON

Rabbi Yaakov Friedman

יעקב ב"ר דוד

Chief Rabbi, Clairton, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sun. July 28, 1940 - Tammuz 22 5700


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Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman
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Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Pittsburgh, PA

Rabbi Kalman Rosenbaum

Chief Rabbi of Hartford, CT d. 22 Tammuz, 1936 (5696) Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Chevra Lomday Mishnayos Cemetery Garden Street (and Tower Avenue) Hartford, CT 06120


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Connecticut · Hartford, CT

Rabbi Shlomo David Sprince

שלומה דוב ב"ר גדליהו הכהן

Chief Rabbi, Riga, Latvia

Date of Death: Sat. May 25, 1929 - Iyar 15 5689



Source: Chachmei New England

Bio Information:
The Rav who passed away in his 90s was a moreh dasrah across two continents for over 70 years and wrote many seforim.


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Tags: Baker Street Cemeteries · Boston, MA · Chief Rabbi · Massachusetts

Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Mowshowitz

Chief Rabbi Hartford, CT d. 14 Iyar, 1966 The Rav, who studied in Slabodka was the son in law of the baal Damesek Eliezer, Rav Eliezer Nitsberg. Anyone with information is asked to send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Adas Israel Cemetery Garden Street (and Tower Avenue) Hartford, CT 06120 […]


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Rabbi Yeshaya Dovid Jurman

Chief Rabbi of Waterbury, CT d. 1 Addar II, 1927 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Jewish Cemeteries of Waterbury Brass City Cemetery Stillson Road (between Rana Lane and Frost Road) Waterbury, CT 06705 203-910-2632 (Section: 4, Row: 16, Plot: 2)


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Rabbi Yaakov BenTzion Mendelson (Morein)

יעקב בן ציון ב"ר מנחם הכהן

Rav, Bais Medrash HaGadol of Newark, New Jersey

Date of Death: Tue. August 5, 1941 - Av 12 5701


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Photo Caption: Rabbi Yaakov Ben Tzion Mendelson (C) at the opining session of the Knesseth HaRabonim convention held at the Broadway Central Hotel in New York City, July 7, 1931, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New Jersey · North Arlington, NJ

Rabbi Shimon Schwab

שמעון ב"ר יהודה

Rav, Khal Adath Jeshurun (KAJ), Washington Heights

Date of Death: Tue. February 14, 1995 - Adar I 14 5755
Purim Katan



Photo Caption: Rav Shimon Schwab, Credit: Wikimedia

Bio Information: 
Rav Shimon Schwab was born and grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father was a longstanding members of the Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft (IRG), the Orthodox Jewish community that had established its own independence from the Reform Judaism-dominated general community. The IRG had been led until 1888 by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch and was then under the leadership of his son-in-law Rav Solomon Breuer.
Rav Shimon completed the Realschule, the local school that combined religious studies and general subjects in conformation with the Torah im Derech Eretz ideology propagated by Rav Hirsch. After the Realschule he was a full time student for a number of years in the Torah Lehranstalt, the local yeshiva founded by Rav Breuer.
In 1924, at age 16, Rav Shimon enrolled in the yeshiva of Telshe where he studied intensively for three years, and afterwards for two years in the Mir, both in Lithuania.
In 1930, he spent a weekend with Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan (the Chofetz Chaim). The visit made a strong impression on him, and he would often refer to the encounter in public speeches throughout his life.
After receiving semicha (rabbinic ordination), Rav Schwab relocated to Germany, where he married Recha Froehlich of Gelsenkirchen, and worked for two years as Rabbinatsassessor (assistant rabbi) in Darmstadt before accepting the post of community rabbi in Ichenhausen, Bavaria.
In Ichenhausen, Rav Schwab worked to establish a traditional yeshiva that would teach Mishnah and Talmud. He also published a booklet titled Heimkehr ins Judentum (Coming Home to Judaism, published in 1934) exhorting his Jewish contemporaries to devote more time to in-depth Torah study and abandon their fascination with modern culture and social progress. Soon after its establishment, the Yeshiva ran into trouble as threats were made by local Nazi activists. Soon after, through the American Orthodox leader Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung he got in touch with a community called She’erith Yisrael in Baltimore. He travelled to the United States, and after a trial period the community elected him as a rabbi. The family was therefore able to apply for visas and escape the Holocaust.
In Baltimore, Rav Schwab became a local leader of Orthodoxy, hosting the annual conference of Agudath Israel several years after his arrival. He was involved in the first Jewish school for girls, Bais Yaakov, and traveled to San Francisco in the late 1940s to act as a lobbyist during the early activities of the United Nations.
In 1958, Rav Schwab was invited to join Rav Joseph Breuer in the leadership of the German-Jewish community of Washington Heights, located in New York City. This community, widely regarded as the spiritual continuation of the pre-War Frankfurt kehilla (community), had been close to the Rav’s heart, and with Rav Breuer’s increasing age and infirmity he took on many leadership roles until the latter’s passing in 1980.
From then until in passing at the age of 86 he continued to lecture and teach until his health deteriorated. He was succeeded after his death by Rav Zechariah Gelley, the Sunderland (England) Rosh Yeshivah who had already joined the kehilla several years earlier (Elul of 1987) as Av Beth Din and Mara D’asra.
Rav Schwab, being a product of both the German Torah im Derech Eretz movement and the Eastern-European yeshiva world, initially identified strongly with the latter. During the 1960s, however, it became apparent to him that the continued emphasis on religious studies and downplay of secular education would be harmful to the community as a whole. He thus wrote his pamphlet “These and Those”, in which he champions the Torah im Derech Eretz approach as being equally valid. (The title of the pamphlet is a quote from the Talmud – Eilu va’Eilu are the words of a Living God”, emphasizing that both approaches are divinely sanctioned.) Other points often discussed in his work the independence of Orthodoxy and the perceived materialistic excesses and expenses of the modern world, especially at weddings. He did not shirk from difficult and potentially controversial questions, such as those concerning the Jewish view on the age of the universe and problems in harmonizing a 165-year gap in traditional Jewish history with scientifically accepted calculations.
Source: Adapted from the Biographic notes in Rav Schwab on Prayer, Wikipedia, and Yisroel (Sidney) Strauss


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · King Solomon Memorial Park · New Jersey · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Yitzchok Issac Lieberman

Beserminer Rav d. 19 Adar, 1980 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Kiryas Yoel Cemetery Schunnemunk Road (Between Berdichev Drive and Seven Springs Road) Kiryas Joel (Monroe), NY 10951 (Along Row: 5, to the right of the ohel)


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Monroe (Kiryas Yoel), NY · New York · Upstate New York

Rabbi Binyamin Lipschitz

בנימין ב"ר אברהם הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Fall River, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Sun. April 30, 1989 - Nissan 25 5749


Rav Lipschitz a member of the Agudath Harabonim rabbinated in Lynn, Massachusetts for many years. He eventually succeeded his father as Chief Rabbi of Fall River.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Fall River, MA · Massachusetts

Rabbi Yosef Naftali Rosenberg

יוסף נפתלי ב"ר אברהם שמואל

Rav, Congregation Brothers of Joseph, Norwich, CT

Date of Death: Wed. November 22, 1950 - Kislev 13 5711


Prior to his many years of service (42) for the Jewish community of Norwich, Connecticut, Rav Rosenberg served as the Chief Rabbi of Syracuse, New York.
Among the membership at Congregation Brothers of Joseph is former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Connecticut · Norwich, CT

Rabbi Chaim Morim Yudelovitch

חיים מארים ב"ר אברהם אהרן

Chief Rabbi, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Sat. August 29, 1931 - Elul 16 5691


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Photo Caption: Rav Chaim Morim Yudelovitch, Credit: Needed 

Bio Information:
The Rav was in Haverhill until 1926, thereafter he was installed as the Chief Rabbi of Akron, Ohio.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yehuda Yehoshua Falk Israelite

Chief Rabbi of Chelsea, MA d. 24 Iyar, 1938 Rav Israelite, a founding member of the Agudath Harabonim was a Rav in Chelsea for over 40 years. Anyone with information is asked to send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Everett Jewish Cemeteries Fuller Street Everett, MA 02149 (Chevra Chai Odom, […]


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Tags: Boston, MA · Chief Rabbi · Everett Jewish Cemeteries - Boston · Massachusetts

Rabbi Avroham Yitzchok Alcalay

Chief Rabbi of Yugoslavia

Date of Death: Fri. December 29, 1978 - Kislev 29 5739



Photo Caption: Rabbi Avroham Yitzchok Alcalay, Credit: Needed 

Bio Information:
The Rav was appointed to the Yugoslavian Senate by King Alexander of Yugoslavia.


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Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Asher Zelig Finkel

Chief Rabbi of Odessa, Ukraine d. 27 Tishrei, 1941 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont Road Elmont, NY 11003 (Section: H9, Corner of Joshua and Franklyn Avenue)


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Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yosef Dov Fain

Chief Rabbi of Portland, Oregon d. 24 Tamuz, 1965 Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Shaarei Torah Cemetery 8013 SE 67th Portland, Oregon 97206 503-774-8577 Photo Credit, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Portland, OR.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Oregon

Rabbi Avroham Lipschitz

אברהם ב"ר יעקב הלוי

Chief Rabbi of Fall River, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Wed. May 12, 1943 - Iyyar 7 אברהם ב"ר יעקב



Source: Chachmei Yisroel Of New England

Credit: Sara Helman

Source: Needed 

Bio Information:
Rav Lipschitz a member of the Agudath Harabonim served as Chief Rabbi in Fall River for close to 40 years.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Fall River, MA · Massachusetts

Rabbi Avroham Moshe Shershevsky

אברהם משה ב"ר חיים שמואל

Chief Rabbi, Portland, Maine

Date of Death: Thu. June 2, 1927 - Sivan 2 5687




Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Bio Information: 
Rav Avroham Moshe Shershevsky authored Nachal Avroham which includes a collection of droshos (sermons) he deliverer in Portland. In 1898, Rav Shershevsky moved to Boston, MA where he remained until in passing.


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Massachusetts · Woburn Jewish Cemeteries