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Rabbi Moshe Aaron Markovitz

משה אהרן ב"ר מאיר חיים

Cheif Orthodox Rabbi, Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Death: Sun. September 26, 1920 - Tishrei 14 5681
Erev Sukkos

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Photo credit: The Jewish Criterion
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Photo credit: Pittsburgh Press, September 26, 1920, page 6

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Rabbi Baruch Jaffe

ברוך ב"ר יצחק יהודא

Rav, Pittsburgh, PA

Date of Death: Fri. May 21, 1943 - Iyar 17 5703

Jaffe Baruch
Photo Credit: Ellen Amzallag

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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 Moshe Shimon Sivitz

משה שמעון ב"ר יחזקאל

Chief Rabbi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Thu. July 30, 1936 - Av 11 5696

Sivitz Shimon
Photo Caption: Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Poster announcing the passing of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Credit: IFJCAH

Bio Information: 
Rav Sivitz was born in Zhitovyan (Kovno), Lithuania and studied in the Yeshivos of Slovan and Chelm, where he became a close disciple of Rav Eliezer Gordon, the Telzer rosh yeshiva. He also received semicha (ordained) from Rav Gordon and additional semicha from Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector, the Kovner Rav.
The Rav’s first pulpit was in Phikelin, Lithuania in 1885 but soon after moved to the United States. Before becoming the Chief Rabbi of Pittsburgh the Rav spent two years in Baltimore. Rav Sivitz, known as an outspoken critic against the Reform movement, organized the first talmid torah (day school) in Pittsburgh. The Rav was held in high esteem by many Rabbonim in Europe among them Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan, the Chofetz Chaim who wrote the approbation to his commentary on Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud). As a side, the Rav delivered the keynote eulogy at Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph’s funeral.

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