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Rabbi Shneur Nussbaum

שניאר ב״ר

Rav, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. February 7, 1876 - Shevat 12 5636

Photo Caption: Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, c. 1827, Credit: Needed 

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

Rabbi Chaim Sakolski

חיים ב"ר שבתי

Rav (Reader), Allen Street Bais Hamedrash

Date of Death: Sat. October 27, 1883 - Tishrei 26 5644

Photo Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America Archives

Bio Information:
Rav Sakolski served as rabbi, reader, and president of the Allen Street Bais Hamedrash. After his passing there was a disputed between two of the leading rabbonim on the Lower East Side, Rav Yosef Moshe Aaronsohn and  Rav Avroham Yosef Ash over congregational and  kashrus (kosher certification) related issues. Rav Ash eventually split from the Allen Street Bais Hamedrash and founded the Bais Hamedrash HaGadol of Norfolk Street.

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

Rabbi Pesach Rosenthal

פסח ב"ר גדליה

Rav, Utica, New York

Date of Death: Tue. July 2, 1861 - Tammuz 24 5621

Credit: The Occident, August 1, 1861, page: 48

Photo Caption:
 Original text of Rabbi Rosenthal’s marker, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America
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Photo Caption: Original text of Chaya Sarah Rosenthal’s marker, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Bio Information: 
Rabbi Peasach Rosenthal is credited with having founded and taught at the very first Talmud Torah in New York City and perhaps all of North America. In addition, prior to his arrival in New York City he rabbinated in upstate Utica, NY.

Map To The Kever Of Rav Rosenthal From Union Field Cemetery:

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

Rabbi Chaim Mechel Greenberg

חיים מיכל ב"ר יצחק צבי

Author, Sefer Ohr Chaim-Lekutei Racheim

Date of Death: Fri. June 6, 1919 - Sivan 8 5679

Born in 1848, the Rav a chossid of the Chidushei Harim of Gur came from Malawa, Poland. Arriving on these shores in 1872 where he became very successful. In addition to the shul he established on 34 West 119th Street, he funded Chasdei Avos yeshiva in Chevron and helped establish a Hebrew school here in New York City. In 1881, he bought a huge plot of land in the Machpelah Cemetery, the Greenberg Lodge, which was only opened to Shomrei Shabbos and the indigent.

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Tags: New York · Queens / L.I., NY

Rabbi Yehuda Binyamin Middleman

יהודה בנימין ב"ר משה

Rav, 83 Bayard Street Shul

Date of Death: Thu. June 1, 1865 - Sivan 5 5625

The Rav also served at the South Baxter Street Bais Hamedrash.

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

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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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 Yehoshua Seigel

יהושע ב"ר משה יוסף

Sherpser Rav of New York City

Date of Death: Tue. February 22, 1910 - Adar I 13 5670

Photo Caption: A sketch of Rav Yehoshua Seigel
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Photo Caption: Article announcing the untimely passing of Rav Yehoshua Seigel’s son-in-law Mr. David C. Fine who was interred at Bayside on Pitkin Avenue, Source: The Jewish Morning Journal, June 27, 1906
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Photo Caption:  Tenement sukkah c. 1897 Lower East Side, Credit: Museum of the City of New York

Photo caption: The noted askon, Mr. Ely Glaser of Kew Gardens Hills at the kever Rav Yehoshua Seigel on the yahrtzeit

Bio Information:
The Rav, who established an Eruv on the Lower East Side was considered the Chief Rabbi on New York City by many. This was a cause of great conflict between the Rav and  Chief Rabbi, Rav Yaakov Yosef Joseph (RJJ). Ironically, in a twist of fate, they are buried not far from each other.

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Tags: Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY