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Rabbi Aaron Gershon Sungolowsky

July 31st, 2014 · 9 Comments

Rabbi Aaron Gershon Sungolowsky

אהרו גרשון ב"ר ברוך יצחק

Rav, Cong Ahavas Achim, Jersey City, New Jersey

Date of Death: Mon. October 13, 1975 - Cheshvan 8 5736

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Cemetery Details
1126 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314-1589
United States

Phone: 718-698-0162


Cemetery Map:

Notes: 24-hours access available with limited office hours. Restroom located in office building. Baron Hirsch maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. The cemetery is in extreme disarray with poorly paved roads, missing signs, and countless overturned tombstones. Exercise caution when visiting after office hours.

Directions to Kever: Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. The cemetery is in extreme disarray with poorly paved roads, missing signs, and countless overturned tombstones. Exercise caution when visiting especially after office hours. Should an actual emergency occur call 911 or Staten Island Shomrim Safety Patrol: 718-370-2121. Location: Gate: E-35

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rabbi Aaron Gershon Sungolowsk, Credit: Rabbi Dr. Joseph Sungolowsky

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: Baron Hirsh Cemetery · Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

  • 2 A // Aug 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Translated From Wikipedia

    Aron Gerson was born in Butrimantz near Vilnius, in the south of Lithuania, 15 January 1901.

    He studied at the Yeshiva of Slonim, Lithuania. He became a rabbi.

    He married Esther Berger. They have three children, a daughter, Fina, and two sons, Joseph and Leon.

    In 1929, at age 28, he became rabbi of Charleroi, Belgium and the prison chaplain of Charleroi. He lived in Charleroi until 1940.

    With the invasion of Belgium in 1940, he moved to Nice with his family, after a brief stint in Vichy. There he met Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the future Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    In Nice, he is in regular contact with Rabbis Elie Munk, Tzvi Hirsch Horowitz, Joshua Pruner. He holds religious functions within the Ashkenazi Synagogue Ezras Achim located at the time at 24 Boulevard Dubouchage. This synagogue still exists, but at a different address: 1 Blacas street.

    He was one of the signatories of a certificate of gratitude written in Italian and Hebrew awarded to the Italian consul Alberto Calisse for its protection of Jewish refugees in Nice, during the Italian occupation of 1942-1943

    Even during the German occupation of Nice, which started in September 1943 as a mohel, he continues to practice circumcision, risking his life. At that time, he has to hide to escape the raids.

    After the Liberation, he became rabbi of the Ashkenaze community. His eldest son, Joseph Sungolowsky celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in December 1944, the first since the end of the war.

    He received French citizenship.

    In 1952 he moved with his family to the United States.

    From 1954 to 1975 he was the rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    He died in 1975 and buried in the Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island, New York ..

  • 3 M.kennedy // Aug 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    does anybody know how he came from litta to Charleroi, Belgium and does anybody know where i can contact his children

  • 4 Joseph Sungolowsky // Aug 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Dear M. Kennedy,

    I am the son of Rabbi Aaron Gershon Sungolowsky.
    In answer to your inquiry, I am writing to inform you that my father was appointed rabbi of Charleroi around 1929 coming from Vincovci (Yougoslavia). How he learned about the position is unknown to me.

  • 5 M.kennedy // Aug 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Reb Yossef

    how did he end up in Vincovci (Yougoslavia)
    by the way did your late father have any contact with Rav Amiel Chief Rabbi of Antwerp

  • 6 Anna Calisse // Feb 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I am Alberto’s grand daughter, you wouldn’t happen to have a copy of that certificate would you?

  • 7 Nosson Maxime Munk // May 26, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I just saw a letter you wrote to Rabbi Shmuel Helberg saying that your father was my mohel in Nice in May 1942.
    Please tell me the details of the Bris. Was it done secretly?
    What kind of contact did your father had with mine Rabbi Elie Munk?
    Any details about your learning with my brother Yaky in Nice? He passed away two years ago.
    I am writing a book about my family and I may want to talk about that period in more details.
    Thank you

    Nosson Munk

  • 8 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Sungolowsky // Feb 25, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Yes, My father z”l was your mohel in Nice, France . Nice was under the administration of the Vichy government. Jewish life was still possible. Your parents lived a block and a half away from us. We were all praying at the Ashkenazy shul located at 24, Boulevard Dubouchage (still in existence at 1, rue Blacas). I learned “bechavruta” with your brother Jacky z”l. Your brother-n-law, Jacob Neuberger was my colleague at Queens College where I am still teaching.

  • 9 Joseph Sungolowsky // Mar 30, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I am ready to communicate with you at your convenience

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