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Rabbi Reuvain Pupko

ראובן ב"ר אליעזר

Rav, Philadelphia

Date of Death: Tue. July 19, 1949 - Tammuz 22 5709



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Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Mahram

שלום מנחם מענדל ב"ר אהרן

Rav, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Wed. December 17, 1969 - Teves 8 5730



Photo Caption: Rav Shalom Menachem Mendel Mahram, Credit: David Maharam


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Rabbi Shlomo Amsterdamsky

שלמה ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Thu. July 25, 1929 - Tammuz 17 5689
Shivah Asar B’Tammuz



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Rabbi Slomo Zalman Krevsky

שלמה זלמן ב"ר שמעון

Chief Rabbi, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. April 10, 1954 - Nissan 7 5714



Credit: Institute For Judai Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Photo Caption: See inscription, (L) Rabbi Yisroel Shlomo Zalman Baurer of Wilkes-Barre, (C) Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Krevsky, (R) Needed, Credit: Congregation Sons of Israel

Bio Information: 
Rav Krevsky was a longtime member of the Agudath Harabonim.


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Tags: Allentown, PA · Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania

Rabbi Shmuel Klein

שמואל ב"ר דוב

Rav, McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Mon. June 4, 1951 - Iyyar 29 5711



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Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Zahler

שמואל צבי ב"ר יעקב דוד



Date of Death: Tue. February 23, 1943 - Adar I 18 5703


Zahler Piz


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Rabbi Tzvi Dov Eisner

צבי דוב ב"ר אליקום

Rav, Scranton, PA

Date of Death: Fri. February 4, 1955 - Shevat 12 5715



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Rabbi Zev Wolf Sofronsky

זאב וואלף ב"ר חיים צבי

Rav. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. June 2, 1945 - Sivan 21 5705



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Rabbi Yaakov Brog

יעקב ב"ר אריה מאיר

Rav, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Tue. January 22, 1974 - Teves 24 5734



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Rabbi Yaakov Friedman

יעקב ב"ר דוד

Chief Rabbi, Clairton, Pennsylvania

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


Friedman Yaakov McKeesport 3
Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman
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Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman


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Rabbi Yaakov Goldfarb

יעקב ב"ר שמואל

Rav, Beth Israel Congregation, Washington, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Wed. March 30, 1949 - Adar 29 5709


Goldfarb Jacob Washington OH
Photo Caption: Rabbi Yaakov Goldfarb, Credit: BETH ISRAEL CHRONICLE
Goldfarb Yaakov Shul
Photo Caption: Original Beth Israel Congregation building, Credit: BETH ISRAEL CHRONICLE

Bio Information:
Rabbi Yaakov Goldfarb, a renaissance man who had many interests and talents, left his native Lithuania for America in 1890 when he was not yet 20. He was fluent in Lithuanian, Russian, German, Hebrew and Yiddish. He was a mohel, able to perform ritual circumcisions, a shochet, or ritual butcher; a chazzan or cantor; and he studied Talmud and Torah. He stopped in New York, then Pittsburgh, the largest Jewish community in Western Pennsylvania. It was from there that Rav Moshe Shimon Sivitz, spiritual leader of the Orthodox Jews in Pittsburgh, chose Connellsville for Rabbi Goldfarb’s first congregation. Only a month later, Rav Sivitz recalled Rav Goldfarb for another, more permanent assignment, one which lasted a half century.

Jacob Samolsky, head of the Washington Jewish community, sent for his niece, Zelda Simon, a native of Vilna transplanted to London, to come to Washington to become the bride of Rav Goldfarb. Rav Sivitz performed the wedding ceremony. After a decade in London, Zelda Goldfarb was expert in English and became her husband’s teacher. With adding English to his list of languages, Rav Goldfarb also added the duty of secretary of the Beth Israel Board of Directors and took minutes for the board for the next 50 years.
Source: BETH ISRAEL CHRONICLE

 


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Rabbi Yaakov Raphael Cohen

יעקב רפאל ב"ר הכהן

Minister, Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Mon. September 9, 1811 - Elul 20 5571


American ḥazzan; believed to have been born in the Barbary States; died in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 1811. Cohen lived in London, England, during the earlier years of his life. He is known to have been in Quebec, and also in New Orleans, in 1777. He was the minister of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, Shearith Israel, of Montreal, Canada, from 1778 to 1782. In the latter year, Cohen was elected minister of the Sephardic synagogue of New York. He lived there until 1784, when he accepted the appointment of ḥazzan of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation of Philadelphia, Pa.
Cohen married Rebekah Luria, of a family which had lost more than one of its members through the Spanish Inquisition. He left descendants in Philadelphia. After Cohen’s death his son, Abraham Hyman Cohen, acted as reader for a time.
Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

Note: Prior to the 1900’s, the Chazan or Minister of a congregation was the central rabbinic figure. Wedding sermonizes, divorces, circumcision, est. were all the function of the Chazan.


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Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Erusalimsky

יעקב צבי ב"ר שמשון שמואל יהודה

Rav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. February 10, 1940 - Adar I 1 5740
Rosh Codesh



Photo Caption: Rav Yaacov Tzvi Erusalimsky, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Photo Caption: The Rav’s uncle, Rav Moshe Nachum Erusalimsky, Cheif Rabbi, Kielce, Poland, d. 1914, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives


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Rabbi Yechezkel Yehoshua Ovsovitz

יחזקאל יהושע ב"ר יעקב

Rav, Trenton, New Jersey

Date of Death: Wed. October 15, 1913 - Tishrei 14 5674



Photo Caption: Rabbi Yechezkel Yehoshua Ovsovitz, Credit: Daniel Adler
Note: Apparently Rav Ovsovitz did not like his picture taken.  The story is that the kids made noise to
draw him outside…you can see he is kind of smirking in the picture.

The Rav also served in Fall River, Massachusetts and Denver, Colorado and passed away en-rout to the land of Israel


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Rabbi Yehuda Schustak

יהודה ב"ר דוב

Rav, Philadelphia, PA

Date of Death: Sat. July 28, 1923 - Av 15 5683
Tu B'Av



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Rabbi Yisroel Eliezer Botwinick

ישראל אליעזר ב"ר חיים הלוי

Rav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Fri. December 24, 1976 - Kislev 22 5728



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Rabbi Yisroel Shlomo Zalman Baurer

ישראל שלמה זלמן ב"ר יחיאל

Chief Rabbi, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Mon. August 22, 1949 - Av 27 5709



Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Rebbe Yisroel Friedman, Chortkover Rebbe, d.1394, Credit: Chasdei Moshe-Kopyczynitz

Bio Information:
Rav Baurer the personal secretary of Rebbe Yisroel Friedman, the Chortkover Rebbe prior to coming to the United States, wrote many seforim and was a member of the Agudas Harabonim.

 


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Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Scranton, PA

Rabbi Yosef Grossman

יוסף ב"ר אלכסנדר זיסקינד

Rav, Philadelphia, PA

Date of Death: Wed. April 28, 1920 - Iyar 10 5680



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Rabbi Yosef Leib Kaplan

יוסף ליב ב"ר משה חיים

Rav, Bais Medrash Hagadol, Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Death: Fri. August 22, 1952 - Elul 1 5712
Rosh Chodesh


kaplan letterhead
Photo Caption: The Rav’s letterhead, Credit: VirtulaJudaica.com reference library 


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Rabbi Zev Wolf Kapustin

זאב וואלף ב"ר דוד

Rav, Philadelphia, PA

Date of Death: Fri. August 5, 1938 - Av 8 5698



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Rebbe Chaim Moshe Ingerleib

חיים משה ב"ר שמואל

Cremenetzer Rebbe

Date of Death: Thu. August 18, 1932 - Av 16 5692



Photo Caption: Rebbe Chaim Moshe Ingerleib, Credit: Avi Lerner


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Tags: Admorim · Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA · Zlotchov

Rabbi Menachem Schwartz

מנחם ב"ר מרדכי צבי

Scrantoner Rebbe

Date of Death: Fri. April 10, 1936 - Nissan 21 5699



Photo Caption: Rabbi Menachem Schwartz, Credit: The Life and Work of Emanuel Schwartz

Source: California Grape Growers, Voll: III, No: 5, 1922


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Rebbe Moshe Tzvi Twersky

משה צבי ב"ר מנחם נוחם

Tolna Philadelphia Rebbe

Date of Death: Wed. June 7, 1972 - Sivan 25 5732



Source: Needed

Photo Caption: Ohel of Rebbe Dovid’l Tolner (d. 1878), Talne, Ukrain, Credit: IFJCAH


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Rev Avroham Yisroel Keys

אברהם ישראל ב"ר

Rav, Congregation Mikveh Israel. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Tue. October 28, 1828 - Cheshvan 20 5589



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Rev Meir Derkheim

מאיר ב"ר משה

Mohel, Richmond and Petersburg, VA as well as in Philadelphia

Date of Death: Sun. August 2, 1818 - Tammuz 29 5578


Myer Derkheim performed his first Brit Milah (Jewish ritual circumcision) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when he was only 26 years old. The final circumcision at which he presided as mohel took place in 1818, the year of his death. During the 44 intervening years, Derkheim traveled the length of the newly created United States and new country in which he had settled, and he officiated at the sacred rite of initiation into the Jewish faith another 75 times; each he recorded faithfully, on these pages. His peregrinations to perform the sacred task took him from Maine to South Carolina, visiting both established Jewish communities and small outposts of Jewish life in rural America. Although Jewish tradition calls for the circumcision to be performed on the eighth day after birth, a close examination of the dates of circumcision in this register reveals that, in practice, many of the circumcisions performed by Derkheim, took place much later. The high neonatal mortality rate that prevailed in the eighteenth century meant that some circumcisions were delayed for health reasons. Derkheim’s own son Moses, whose birth and circumcision are both recorded in this register, did not undergo circumcision until he was 11 months old. The dearth of practitioners of the ancient rite and the great distances between Jewish communities meant that circumcisers rarely found their way into the hinterland and some youngsters had to wait years before the mohel came. Jacob Rader Marcus, the doyen of American Jewish history, explicitly referenced the importance of Meyer Derkheim’s circumcision register as a testament to the fidelity to their faith, exhibited by the Jews of even the most distant American towns and villages. In addition to his career as an itinerant mohel, Derkheim was one of the founders of the Jewish cemetery in Charleston S.C. in Richmond & Petersburg, VA as well as in Philadelphia.


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Rev Shabtai Sabato Morias

שבתי

Rav, Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, PA

Date of Death: Thu. November 11, 1897 - Cheshvan 17 5659


Sabato Morias
Photo Caption: Rev Shabtai Sabato Morias, Credit: English Hebraica

 

Bio Information:
Hazan of Mikveh Israel 1851-1897: noted for his anti-slavery sermons. Involved in the education of children and adults, he worked for the Hebrew Sunday School Society, the Hebrew Education Society and the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA). A founder and first president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and professor of Bible there. He worked in behalf of Russian immigrants, settling disagreements between workers and employers.
Adapted: from the Congregation Mikveh Israel website.


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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