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Rabbi Shlomo Rabinowitz

Moreh Dasrah Adas Ohavay Shalom, Chicago, IL d. 1894 The Rav passed away in Chicago. Anyone with information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details. Directions to kever: Needed

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Tags: Illinois · Mystery · Pre 1900 · Unknown

Rabbi Yehoshua Kalmonson

יהושע ב"ר קלונימוס

Rav, Allen Street Shul (unconfirmed) , New York City

Date of Death: Sat. July 22, 1876 - Av 1 5636
Rosh Codesh

A special thanks to Antonio Jones, General Manager at Union Field Cemetery for his ongoing effort to keep the area around Rav Yehoshua Kalmanson kever safe and accessible. 

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

Rabbi Yisroel Jaffe

ישראל ב"ר ידידיו

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. November 26, 1896 - Kislev 21 5657

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Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Shlomo Mordecai Ziskind

Rav, Congregation Chevra Mikra Kodesh, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. July 28, 1898 - Av 9 5658
Tisha B'Av

Credit: MCA

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Tags: Needs Repair · New York · Pesach - Passover · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yehuda Barit

יהודה ב"ר ישראל

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. February 18, 1895 - Shevat 24 5655

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Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Shlom Zalman Feinberg

שלומה זלמן ב"ר אוריה

Rav, Providence, Rhode Island

Date of Death: Wed. September 22, 1897 - Elul 25 5657

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Tags: Lincoln Park Cemetery · Pre 1900 · Providence, RI · Rhode Island · Unknown

Rabbi Nosson Yehuda Leib Rabinowitz

נתן יהודה ליב ב"רּ אברהם אבא

Chief Rabbi, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Date of Death: Wed. December 28, 1898 - Teves 16 5659

Credit: IFJCAH

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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Lincoln Park Cemetery · Pre 1900 · Providence, RI · Rhode Island

Rev Eliezer Loeb

אליעזר ב"ר משה יהודה

Rav, Congregation Chevra Talmud Torah, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. December 31, 1889 - Teves 8 5650

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Nachum Streisand

נחום ב"ר

Rav, Congregation Beth Yisroel, San Francisco, CA

Date of Death: Sun. January 12, 1879 - Teves 17 5639

Rav Streisand a talmid (student) and great-grandson of Rav Akiva Eger was born in a suburb of Poznan (Posen), Poland in 1819. Prior to his arrival in the United State in 1869, the Rav served as maggid mesharim (a preacher of uprightness) of Fardon, a small town outside of Posen. He also published several of his Rebbe’s Halachic (Jewish law) rulings. The Rav’s first position in the United States was at Congregation Shaarei Tzedek in New York City. In 1872, prior to leaving for the West Coast, he published a safer (book)titled Le-lamed le-Toim Binah slamming the Reform movements and the customs they were introducing such as the use of an organ during prayers.
It is believed that the Rav was ordained by Rav Akiva Eger

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Tags: California · Pre 1900 · San Francisco, CA

Rabbi Yosef Kramm

יוסף ב"ר יעקב

Rav, Ados Israel, Hartford, CT

Date of Death: Tue. August 29, 1899 - Elul 23 5659

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Tags: Connecticut · Hartford, CT · Pre 1900 · Unknown

Rev Yaakov Moshe Raphall

יעקב משה ב"ר רפאל

Spiritual Leader, Congregation B'nei Jeshurun , New York City

Date of Death: Tue. June 23, 1868 - Tammuz 3 5628

RMJ PIC Library of Congress
Photo Caption: Rev Morris Jacob. Raphall, c. 1860, Credit: Library of Congress

Photo Credit: Rev Morris Jacob. Raphall, Credit: American Jewish Archives


Bio Information:
Rev Moshe Yaakov (Morris Jacob) Raphall was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1798. At the age of nine his father, a banker, took him to visit the King of Sweden and then to Copenhagen , where he was educated at the Hebrew grammar-school. He later received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Erlangen (Germany). Soon after, he began publishing the Hebrew Review and Magazine of Rabbinical Literature.

In 1840, when the blood accusation was made at Damascus, he published a refutation of it in four languages (Hebrew, English, French, and German) and wrote a defense of Judaism against an anonymous writer in the London Times. The Rev also published a translation of eighteen treatises of the Mishnah; he also began a translation of the Pentateuch, of which only one volume appeared; and a text-book of the post-Biblical history of the Jews (to the year 70 C.E.).
In 1841 he was appointed Moreh Dasrah (minister) of the Birmingham Synagogue (West Midlands), United Kingdom, and the Rosh Yeshiva (head master) of the school. He continued in these capacities for eight years, and then sailed for New York where he was appointed rabbi and preacher of Congregation B’nei Jeshurun. He passed away in New York on June 23, 1868.

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Tags: Beth Olam · Needs Repair · New York · Pre 1900 · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Yeruchem Tzvi Kantrowitz

ירוחם צבי ב"ר דוב

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Wed. December 23, 1891 - Kislev 22 5652

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

Rabbi Elchanon Yaakov Kantrowitz

אלחנן יעקב ב"ר דוב בער

Rav, Congregation Beth Israel Bikur Cholim of Brooklyn

Date of Death: Sun. August 6, 1893 - Av 24 5653

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Rev Yitzchok Isaac Leeser

יצחק ב"ר אורי

Founding Editor, The Occident

Date of Death: Sat. February 1, 1868 - Shevat 8 5628

Isaac Leeser
Photo Caption: Rev Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia, Credit: Needed
Leeser Issac Cover Page
Photo Caption: Title page of Rev Isaac Leeser’s book, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Bio Information: 
Rev Isaac Leeser founded The Occident, the first general American Jewish magazine. The Occident is one of the most important records of American Jewish life in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Rev Lesser was the first Rabbinic authority in the United Stated to introduce a weekly sermon as part of the Shabbos morning service delivered in English. The name Lesser is derived from his grandfather, whose Hebrew name was Eliezer.

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Tags: Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA · Pre 1900

Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs

שמואל מאיר ב"ר

Spiritual Leader, Congregations Bnai Jeshurun and Shaaray Tefila , New York City

Date of Death: Sun. May 19, 1878 - Iyar 16 5638

Isaacs SM Pic
Credit: B’nai Jeshurun

Photo Caption: Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs, Credit: Rabbi Mordechai Hecht, Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC

Bio Information:
Rabbi Isaac’s primary teacher was Rav Solomon Hirschell (d. 1842), Chief Rabbi of the British Empire. In 1839, with the encouragement of his Rebbe he accepted a position in New York as the spiritual leader (Moreh Dasrah, Chazan, preacher, est.) of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. He later moved to Congregation Shaaray Tefila.  In 1859 the he tried organizing the first American national kehillah.

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Tags: Beth Olam · New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Schachne Isaacs

שכנא ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Reb Schachne's Shul

Date of Death: Sun. April 3, 1887 - Nissan 9 5647

Isaacs Schachne 1
Photo Caption:Rabbi Schachne Isaacs Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives
Isaacs Schachne 2
Photo Caption: Rabbi Schachne Isaacs, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives
Bio Information: 
Rav Isaacs founded Congregation Bet Tefillah in 1866, a synagogue which was commonly known as Reb Shachne’s Shul.

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Tags: Cincinnati, OH · Needs Repair · Ohio · Pre 1900

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Illowy

ישכר דוב ב"ר יעקב ליב

Rav, Congregation Shearith Yisroel

Date of Death: Thu. June 22, 1871 - Tammuz 3 5631

Rav Illowi was ordained by Rav Moshe Schreiber, the Chasam Sofer and was among the first Rabbanim to serve in the United States. From the time of his arrival on these shores in 1853 until his passing, the Rav spent his time fighting to influence and uphold true Torah values in North America. The Rav is famous for his halachic ruling on the kashrus of Muscovy duck.

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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Cincinnati, OH · Needs Repair · Ohio · Pre 1900 · Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Gershom Mendez Seixas

גרשון ב"ר יצחק

Spiritual Leader of Congregation Shearith Israel, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. July 2, 1816 - Tammuz 6 5576

Source: Portraits Etched In Stone, David De Sola Pool, Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Rabbi Gershom Mendes Seixas, Credit: Congregation Shearith Israel

Bio Information: 
Rabbi Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel, having been raised and educated in our community. He began service as Hazan in 1768, and quickly showed himself to be an adept synagogue functionary, beloved by the Congregation. When British troops took control of New York City in 1776, Rev. Seixas and many congregants fled New York rather than live under British rule. He became Hazan at Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia through the war years. In 1784, he returned to New York to continue his service to Shearith Israel as Hazan, mohel, and communal leader. Aside from his many responsibilities as the religious head of New York’s Jewish community, he was active in a wide range of civic organizations. He was a Trustee of the Humane Society; a member of the Board of Regents of the University of New York; and a regent and Trustee of Columbia College. In 1943, the Jewish Studies Society of Columbia University became known as the Seixas Society.
Source: Congregation Shearith Israel

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900

Rabbi Avroham Yosef Ash

אברהם יוסף ב"ר מאיר

Founding Rabbi, Bais Hamedrash HaGadol of Norfolk Street

Date of Death: Thu. May 19, 1887 - Iyar 25 5647

Photo Caption: Rav Avroham Yosef Ash

Photo Credit: Orthodox Judaism in America, Sherman

Photo Credit: New York Times

Photo Source: History of the Jews in America, Peter Wiernik, Credit: IFJCAH
Note: In the highlighted section is the name of the 12 original members of the Bais Medrash HaGadol.

Photo Caption: Malka Bracha Garfunkel, Credit: Hoopskirts and Huppas, Milton M. Gottesman
Malka Bracha’s son Baruch Mordechai (better know as BM or Benjamin Marcus) married Rav Ash’s daughter Miriam. He later went into the hoopskirt business with his father-in-law.  Sadly, Miriam passed away soon after the marriage leaving behind a daughter.

Photo Caption: Baruch Mordechai Garfunkel, d. 1911, Credit: Jacob Lehrfeld

Bio Information:
Rav Ash was from the first Eastern European style Rabbanim to organize and lead a congregation in New York City. Eventually, his fame and authority spread across the country. No Orthodox congregation in the United States would accept a shoichet (ritual slaughterer) without his certification.
Map To The Kever Of Rav Ash From Union Field Cemetery:

Rebbetzin Ash is buried further down the hill near the main road of the Machpelah Cemetery.

Photo Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

Rabbi Nosson Nuta Netkin

נתן נטע ב"ר אשר

Old Yishuv Emissary

Date of Death: Wed. December 23, 1891 - Teves 15 5645

Netkin Nosson Pic
Photo Caption: Rav Nosson Nuta Netkin, Credit: Rabbi Scranton Miller
Salant Yosef Zundel

Photo Caption: Rav Nosson Nuta Netkin’s father-in-law, Rav Yosef Zundel Salant d. 1866, Credit: ICPHH

Photo Cation: Kever of Rav Yosef Zundel Salant, Credit: Not Needed
Salant Aryeh Leib
Photo Caption: Rav Nosson Nuta Netkin’s brother-in-law, Rav Yehuda Aryeh Leib Salant, Credit: Rena Saland Wechter
Salan Shmule New
Photo Caption: Rav Shmuel Salant d. 1909, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, . This photograph made for Pearsons Magazine just a few days before the Rav’s passing, is believed to be the only portrait for which the Rav ever sat. Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Photo Caption: 2006 Israel Post commemorative stamp honoring Rav Shmuel Salant, Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: IFJCAH

Bio Information:
The Rav was the grandson of Rav Aryeh Leib Gunzberg (d.1785) better known as the Shagas Aryeh. In addition, he was the son in law of Rav Yosef Zundel Salant (d.1866) and was sent by his brother in law Rav Shmuel Salant (d.1909) to North America to collect money for the impoverished Jews of the Old Yishuv.

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

Rabbi Avroham Yosef Rice

אברהם יוסף ב"ר מאיר שבק חיים

Rav, Congregation Nidchei Israel, Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Death: Tue. October 28, 1862 - Cheshvan 5 5623

Rabbi Abraham Rice


Photo Credit: From the Virtual Judaica reference collection library 

Rav Rice was the fist known ordained Rav to serve as Moreh Dasrah of a congregation in this country. Rav Rice was a talmid (student) of Rav Avroham Bing the Chief Rabbi of Wurzburg and subsequently of Rav Wolf Hamburger of Fuerth. As the first ordained Rav in the United States, Rav Rice decided the halachic Hebrew spelling for many of the cities across the country.

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Tags: Baltimore, MD · Maryland · Pre 1900

Rev Yisroel (Israel Ber) Dov Kursheedt

ישראל דוב ב״ר אשר

Talmid of Rav Nosson Adler of Frankfurt am Mein

Date of Death: Fri. April 30, 1852 - Iyar 11 5612

Photo Caption: Portrait of Rev Israel Ber Kursheedt, Photo origination: onthemainline

Bio Notes:
Rev Yisroel Ber Kursheedt is the only known talmid (student) of Rav Nosson Adler the Rebbe of the Chasam Sofer to be buried in the United States. Rev Kursheedt was a contemporary of Rav Avroham Bing and Rav Wolf Heidenheim. It is reported that Rav Adler held these three students in equal esteem and was quoted to have said Avroham is a charif, Wolf is a medackdek, and Yisroel is a chochem.

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Tags: Beth Olam · New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY