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Agudas HaRabonim Annual Convention

קאנווענשאן של אגודת הרבנים בניו יורק

Location and Date Needed

Date of Death: Sun. November 3, 2019 -

Please help us identify these Rabbonim or the place and time of the venue in the comments below or see the “Contact” page for other options.

Photo Caption: Dais Right Side (picture 1), Credit: MCA
2. Rav Simcha Elberg, General Editor of HaPardes
7. Rav Moshe Feinstein, Mesivta Tifereth Yerushalayim
9. Rav Meir Cohen, Executive Vice President, Agudas HaRabonim
11. Rav Chaim Kreiger, Newark, NJ
12. Ephraim Oshry, Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, NYC (unconfirmed)

Photo Caption: Dais Left Side (picture 2), Credit: MCA
1. Rav Zalman Reichamn, Bronx
7. Rav Dovid Lifschitz, Suwalker Rav (unconfirmed)
10. Rav Eliezer Silver, Cincinnati

Photo Caption: Dais Left Side, Different Session (picture 3), Credit: MCA
2. Rav Zalman Reichamn, Bronx
8. Rav Moshe Feinstein, Mesivta Tifereth Yerushalayim

Photo Caption: Rabbonim in the audience, (picture 4), Credit: MCA


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Rabbi Meir Sharf

מאיר ב"ר אליעזר

Rav, Congregation Adas Yisroel Anshei Sefard, Borough Park, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Thu. February 1, 1968 - Shevat 2 5728

Photo Caption: Rav Meir Sharf, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rav Meir Sharf, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rav Sharf (L) along with Rav Eliezer Pupko of Philadelphia (R), outside  The White House, c. 1945, Credit: Life Photo Collection

Credit: Yitzchok Shteierman, Borough Park

Credit: Yitzchok Shteierman, Borough Park

Source: Rand

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A. Streit's Matzos

Lower East Side, New York City

Date of Death: Sat. January 1, 1916 -

Photo Caption: Long-standing advertisement in the HaPardes magazine, Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Weinberger was among the first Hungarian Rabbanim to arrive in the United States. After several troubled attempts in the rabbinate, he founded the Pitt Street Matzah Bakery. The Pitt Street Matzah Bakery was the forerunner of the now famous Streit’s Matzah Bakery. Credit: IFJCAH

Photo caption: Rabbi Asher Nissan Levitan, overseeing production at the Streit’s , c. 1960 Credit: Aron Streit, Inc.

Photo Caption:  Rav Chaim Ben Tzion Notelevitz, Brooklyn and Rav Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik, Boston (Yeshiva University) at the Streit Matzo Bakery, Credit: Aron Streit, Inc.

Photo Caption: The RIETS Chabura at Streit Matzo Bakery, Source: Jewish Daily

Bio Information:
In the 1890’s, Aron Streit and his wife, Nettie, left Europe and came to America. In 1916, Aron opened his first matzo factory. There, on Pitt Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Aron and his first partner Rabbi Moshe Weinberger made all their matzo by hand. In 1925, Aron and one of his sons opened up a modern bakery on Rivington Street. A few years later, Aron’s other son joined the business. With the family working together, the Streit matzo bakery prospered and Aron bought three adjoining buildings to handle the growing business. In 2015, after nearly 100 years making matzo on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Streit’s moved to a new and modern bakery in Orangeburg, New York.
Source: Streit  Website




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Agudas Harabonim Building Dedication

הקדשת בניין של אגודת הרבנים בניו יורק

235 East Broadway, New York City

Date of Death: Sun. October 27, 2019 -

Photo Caption: Rabbonim outside the newly dedicated  offices of the Agudas Harobonim at 235 East Broadway on the Lower East Side, Credit: Needed

2. Rav Zalman Reichman, Bronx, New York
3. Rav Dovid Lifschitz, Suwalker Rav
5. Rav Simcha Elberg, General Editor of HaPardes
6. Rav Eliezer Silver, Cincinnati, Ohio
7. Rabbi Pinchas Teitz, Elizabeth, New Jersey

Photo Caption: The building as it appears today (2019), Credit: Google Maps

Bio Information:
Agudas Harrabonim, a.k.a. the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada (UOR), located at 235 East Broadway, was established in 1901 and is the oldest organization of Orthodox rabbis in the United States. For many years it was the main group of Orthodox rabbis in North America.

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Rabbi Yaakov Moshe HaKohen Lessin

יעקב משה ב"ר שמואל ניסן הכהן

Mashgiach Ruchni, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS)

Date of Death: Mon. April 14, 1975 - Iyar 3 5735

Credit: Yeshiva University 

Credit: MCA

Photo Credit: Rabbi Lessin along with his family, Credit: MCA

Credit: MCA

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Rabbi Shmuel Elozor Volk

שמואל אלעזר חיים ב"ר משה אברהם שלום

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS)

Date of Death: Thu. October 24, 2019 -

Credit: MCA

Credit: MCA

Source: Needed, June 3, 1965

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Rabbi Brechia Aryeh Rosenfeld

ברכיה אריה ב"ר בנימן

Chief Rabbi, Fulda, Germany

Date of Death: Sun. August 1, 1993 - Av 14 5753

Photo Caption: Letter on stationary by Rabbi Rosenfeld, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rabbi Rosenfield (younger) along with Rabbi Yitzchok Binyamin Mendolovitch (older), Credit: BPL, see photo

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Rabbi Shlomo Dov Shapiro

שלומה דוב ב"ר שמואל

Shepetivka Rebbe

Date of Death: Fri. December 6, 1996 - Kiselv 28 5757

Photo Caption: Shepetivka Rebbe, Credit: Chaim Kowalsky

In Memorial:
Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz (d. 1791)

Photo Caption: Ohel of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz, Shepetivka, Ukraine. It is also noted that his son, Rebbe Yehuda Meir (d. 29 Nissan, 5589 – May 2, 1829) was buried in the nearby cemetery, Credit: IFJCAH

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Rebbe Avroham Yitzchok Weisblum

אברהם יצחק ב"ר אלעזר

Stashuver Rebbe of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Sun. June 16, 1991 - Tammuz 4 5751

Photo Caption: Stashuver Rebbe, Credit: MCA

Source: Toldos Anshe Shem, Rand

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Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Kruger

חיים צבי ב"ר יצחק יחיאל

Rav, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Thu. December 9, 1982 - Kislev 23 5743

Photo Caption: Rav Cham Krieger at a wedding, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rav Krieger along with Rav Eliezer Silver of Cincinnati, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rav Krieger (10) at Agudas HaRabonim Conference, Rockaway Park, Credit: IFJCAH

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Rabbi Tzvi Chaim Papkin

צבי חיים ב"ר נפתלי הלוי

Rav, Ahavath Achim Shul, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Wed. October 12, 1960 - Tishrei 21 5721
Hoshana Raba

Photo Caption: Rav Tzvi Chaim Papkin, Credit: [University of Massachusetts Dartmouth]

Photo Caption: Rabbi Tzvi Chaim Papkin and Rabbi Bernard Ziskind celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ahavath Achim Congregation, Credit: Needed

Source: Chachmei Yisroel of New England 

Bio Information:
Rav Pakin, who rabbinated at Ahavath Achim from 1900 until his passing in 1960 was a founding member of the Agudat Arabanim.


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Rabbi Aaron Tzvi Silverblatt

אהרן צבי ב"ר

Rav, Ahavath Achim Shul, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Sun. January 25, 1925 - Teves 29 5685

Photo Caption: Rav Silverblatt, c. 1898 was the founding rabbi at Ahavath Achim, Credit: [University of Massachusetts Dartmouth]

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Rabbi Yisroel Nechemiah Rabinowitz

ישראל נחמיה ב"ר יוסף אריה

Rav, Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Mon. February 22, 1926 - Adar 9 5686

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Rabbi Sender Lifshitz

אלכסנדר ב"ר אליעזר חיים

Rav, Ohav Shalom Anshei Russya (Russia), Cleveland

Date of Death: Fri. June 11, 1915 - Sivan 26 5675

Source: Listed atop each post

Source: Freedberg

Bio Information:
Rabbi Sender Lifshitz was a founding member of the Agudath Harabonim.

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Rabbi Yitzchok Rothkoph

יצחק ב"ר יהודה לייב

Rav, Congregation Agudath Achim, Taunton, Massachusetts

Date of Death: Sun. September 8, 2019 - c. 1951

Photo Caption: Congregation Agudath Achim e. 1913, located at 36 Winthrop Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, Credit: Google

Source: From Washington Avenue to Washington Street, Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Rabbi Yitzchok Rothkoph, Credit: Needed

Photo Caption: Rav Yehuda Leib Rothkoph (father of Rav Yitzchok), Credit: From the album מרדכי רוטקף’s photos (Geni)


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Isidore Bloch’s Matzo Bakery 86-88 Hester Street

Lower East Side, New York City

Date of Death: Sun. January 31, 1897 -

Photo Caption: Advertisement (January 31, 1897) for  Matzoth, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Advertisement (March 4, 1901) for  Matzoth, Credit: MCA

Bio Information: 
The Isidore Bloch’s Matzo Baker was located at 86-88 Hester Street on the Lower East Side of New York City.  It would appear, that in addition to being a partner, the bakery was under the supervision of  Rabbi Shlomo Mordecai Ziskind of Congregation Chevra Mikra Kodesh until his passing in 1898. Later the bakery was under the supervision of Rav Shmuel Tzvi Wein, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS.
While the bakery was located on Hester Street distribution and sales were from locations on Eldridge Street and Grand Street.

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Rabbi Moshe Warhaftig

Rav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. October 16, 1954 - Tishrei 19 5715
Chol Hamoed Succos

Photo Caption: Letter written by the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rayatz), addressed to Rav Warhaftig, Credit: N/N

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Rabbi Yaakov Dovid Wilovsky (Ridbaz)

רפאל יעקב דוד ב"ר זאב

Chief Rabbi, Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death: Thu. October 2, 1913 - Tishrei 1 5674
Rosh Hashana

Photo Caption: Rabbi Yaakov Dovid Wilovsky, Credit: N/N

Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Street in Tzfas named in memory of Ridbaz, Credit: Menachem Mendel Engel, Tzfas. 

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Wife of Rebbe Shalom Dovber Schneersohn

שלום דובער ב"ר שמואל

Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rashab)

Date of Death: Fri. May 21, 1920 - Nissan 2 5680

Bio Information:
Rebbe Sholom DovBer Schneersohn commonly referred to by the acronym Rashab served as the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe. His wife, Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneerson (d. 1942) is buried at the Old Montefiore Cemetery (see map below) in Queens.

Photo Caption: Rebbe Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, Credit: Chabad Library

Photo Caption: Newly discovered photo attributed to the Rebbe Rashab, Credit: Needed 

Photo Caption: Newly renovated Ohel in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia, Credit: Rabbi Chaim Danzinger, Shliach and Chief Rabbi of Rostov-on-Don
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Photo Caption: Photo attributed (in dispute) to Rebbe Shmuel, Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch. The Rebbe, who served as the 4th Lubavitcher Rebbe was born in the town of Lubavitch (White Russia) on the 2nd of Iyar in the year 5594 (1834). Rebbe Shmuel was the youngest of seven sons born to the Tzemach Tzedek. Among his famous quotes is “Lechatchilah ariber”. Rebbe Shmuel, who throughout his life suffered from many ailments, passed away at the young age of 48, on the 13th of Tishrei in the year 5643 (1882). He is buried alongside his father in the city of Lubavitch. Credit: Needed

Photo Caption: Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneerson, Credit: N/N

Credit: N/N

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Wife of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson

לוי יצחק ב"ר ברוך

Chief Rabbi, Yekatrinoslav, Ukraine

Date of Death: Wed. August 9, 1944 - Av 20 5704

Bio Information: 
Rav Levi Yitzchok, a great tzaddik and kabbalist in his own right was the father of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe. His wife, Rebbetzin Chana is buried alongside her son at the Old Montefiore Cemetery (see map below) in Queens.

Photo Caption: Rav Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, Credit: N/N

Photo Caption: The Rav was buried in Almaty, Kazakhstan, making it one of the most far-flung kivrei tzadikim in the world, Credit: Rabbi Ephraim Duchman, Collel Chabad

Credit: Aaron C. Kinderlehrer, Kew Gardens Hills

Photo Caption: Rebbetzin Chana (d. 1964), Credit: N/N

Photo Caption: Rav Meir Shlomo Yanovsky, Cheif Rabbi, Mykolaiv, Ukraine (d. 1933), father of Rebbetzin Chana, Credit: N/N

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Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levenson

יהודה ליב ב"ר דוב בער

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. October 12, 1908 - Tishrei 17 5669
Chol Hamoed Succos

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Rabbi Tzvi Rosenstein

צבי ב"ר נחום

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Fri. July 5, 1918 - Tammuz 25 5678

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Rabbi Avroham Dovid Pogerman

אברהם דוד ב"ר יהודה ליב

Hebrew Teacher, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. January 22, 1931 - Shevat 4 5691

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Rabbi Daniel Shapiro

דניאל ב"ר זלמן מרדכי

President and Founder, Vaad Harabonim of Brooklyn

Date of Death: Thu. January 30, 1941 - Shevat 2 5701

Photo Caption: Rabbi Daniel Shapiro, Credit: MAC

Bio Information:
Rav Shapiro rabbinated at the Stockton Talmud Torah located at 141 Stockton Street in Brooklyn.

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Rabbi Yehuda Moshe Bernstein

יהודא משה ב"ר יוסף צבי

Rav, Fallsburg, New York

Date of Death: Sun. June 1, 1930 - Sivan 5 5690
Erev Shavuos

Rabbi Bernstein arrived here from Russia in 1901 and settled in Fallsburg, New York.

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A. Goodman and Sons, INC. Matzah Bakery

Long Island City, New York

Date of Death: Mon. April 1, 1957 -

Source: Hapardes, April 1957

Photo Caption: Rebbe Menachem “Mendele” Dovid Chodorov. A. Goodman and Sons, Inc. was under the Rebbe’s kosher supervision, Credit: Yitz Twersky

Photo Caption: Letter typed by Albert Einstein to Erich Cohn of A. Goodman & Sons, thanking him for the unleavened bread, Source: Jonathan Zalman, The Scroll

In 1983, Manischewitz purchased rights to make matzah under the A. Goodman and Sons label

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Rabbi Avroham Pereira Mendez

אברהם ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Birmingham, England

Date of Death: Wed. April 15, 1903 - Nissan 18 5663

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Agudas HaRabbanim Convention

קאנווענשאן של אגודת הרבנים בניו יורק

Kensington Gardens Hotel, Far Rockaway, Queens

Date of Death: Tue. May 4, 1926 - Iyar 20 5686
Date of Convention: May 4, 1926

Photo Caption: Rabbinic Conference Photo, Credit: MCA
1. Rav Eliezer Silver, Harrisburg, PA
2. Rabbi Israel Rosenberg, New York City
3. Rabbi Moshe Zevulun Margolies, New York City
4. Rabbi Yechezkel Lipshitz, Cheif Rabbi, Kalisch, Poland
5. Rabbi Bernard Leventhal, Philadelphia, PA
6. Rabbi Yitzchok Seigel, Jersey City, NJ
7. Rabbi Yosef Konvitch, Newark, NJ


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Meyer London Matzos Bakery

Lower East Side, New York City

Date of Death: Sat. June 22, 2019 -

Photo Caption: Letterhead of Meyer London, proprietor of Meyer London Matzos Bakery, Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: The full letter, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Photo Caption: Advertisement promoting Meyer London Matzos Bakery, Credit: MCA

Photo Caption: Crude drawing of the Matzoh Machine at the Cohen’s Matzoh Bakery on Pike Street, Credit: MCA

Bio Information:
Meyer London Matzos Bakery founded in 1871 is among the first matzo bakeries on these shores.

Of Note:
The politician Meyer London (1871-1926), one of only two socialist politicians ever elected to Congress was Meyer London’s nephew.



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Rabbi Chaim Joseph

חיים ב"ר דוב

Mazkir, Office Of The Chief Rabbi, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. December 19, 1910 - Kislev 18 5671

Photo Caption: Rabbi Shmuel Moshe Joseph (brother), Credit: Ira Berman, North Wales, Pennsylvania

Photo Caption: Cheif Rabbi Yaakov Yosef (brother), Credit: IFJCAH


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