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Rabbi Aaron Mordechai Ashinski

April 17th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Rabbi Aaron Mordechai Ashinski

אהרן מרדכי ב"ר נחמן הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Tue. March 30, 1954 - Adar II 28 5714

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Cemetery:

Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Beth Hamedrash Hagadol-Beth Jacob Cemetery is located in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. Mckees Rocks is located 15 minutes from Pittsburgh, just across the Ohio River, Location: along the caretakers house.

Biographical Notes:

Ashinsky pic
Photo Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: Edda Weissberg

Ashinsky coffee
Photo Caption: The Rav’s rabbinic certification for Passover coffee Credit: I-velt

Bio Information:
Rav Ashinski served as Rav in Syracuse, NY, Utica, NY, Detroit, MI, and Montreal, Canada before settling in Pittsburgh. In 1922 he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he was appointed Moreh Dasrah of Congregation Beth Shalom (South Fifth Street and Marcy Avenue). Over 5,000 people attended the Rav’s inaugural drasha (speech) among them many local politicians. After a lengthily din torah with his former congregants in Pittsburgh, who tried to force the Rav to move back, Rav Ashinski resettled in Pittsburgh. At the time of his passing the Rav was among the senior most Rabbonim in the United States.


Credit: Rich Boyer, Pittsburgh, PA

Credit: Rich Boyer, Pittsburgh, PA


Credit: Rich Boyer, Pittsburgh, PA

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Pittsburgh, PA

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mendel // Apr 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    There was a Rabbi Yecheskel Ashinski in Detroit, were they related?

  • 2 Miller // Apr 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    The Rav had a SIL Rabbi Nachmen Zvi Evin who was first Rav in Scranton PA and then in Cleveland OH
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=29054&hilite=a0e79683-8da8-42a6-8eac-f810a6af4948&pgnum=13

  • 3 Rabbi Stern // Apr 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Miller:
    Perhaps you mean Rabbi Ebin whose kever is posted on this sight.
    https://kevarim.com/rabbi-nachman-tzvi-ebin/

  • 4 Miller // Apr 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, thanks Rabbi Stern

  • 5 Shmuel // Jun 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Does anyone know where the Rav is buried?

  • 6 Yaakov Berger // Aug 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    A beautiful obituary:
    http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=CRI_1954_123_026_04091954&file=0009

  • 7 Yaakov Berger // Aug 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    And more, with a picture:
    http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=CRI_1954_123_026_04091954&file=0018

  • 8 Admin // Aug 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Much appreciation to Jack Berger and Rich Boyer for sending in the pictures.

  • 9 Farshlufen // Aug 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

    What was the last name of his father in law?

  • 10 Farshlufen // Oct 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Does anyone know where Rabbi Aleyuhu Zev Kochin from Pittsburgh Pa. is burried?

    1 of the volumes of his sefer on Hebrew books:
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=2082&st=&pgnum=1

  • 11 Farshlufen // Oct 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OMYaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uUkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4145,4251864&dq=rabbi+kochin&hl=en

  • 12 Farshlufen // Oct 31, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Rav Kuchin passed away on November 26 1946 כ’ חשון תש”ז and is burried in the Tiferes [Beth] Israel cemetery:

    http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=CRI_1934_083_020_03231934&file=0003

  • 13 farshlufen // Oct 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I mistakenly placed another link, here is the righ one.
    http://pjn.library.cmu.edu/books/pages.cgi?layout=vol0/part0/copy0&call=OUT_1946_024_025_11291946&file=0013

  • 14 Anne Lieberman // Mar 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    If anyone can help with the genealogy of this family, I am looking for the parents (and beyond) of Rabbi Ashinsky’s cousin, Morris Aschinski of Philadelphia — on behalf of his descendants.

    I know only that the father of Morris must have been brother to the rabbi’s father, Nachman back in Lomza (Poland/Russia).

    Thank you for any assistance.

  • 15 Farshlufen // Jun 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Nice pictures of Rabbi Ashinsky

    http://www.jewishfamilieshistory.org/document/jewish-pictorial-leader-memorial/?post_id=3411

    http://www.jewishfamilieshistory.org/document/rabbi-ashinsky-memorial/?post_id=3411

    http://www.jewishfamilieshistory.org/photo/rabbi-ashinsky/?post_id=3411

  • 16 Kat Ebin // Jul 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Rabbi Ashinsky was my father’s grandfather. My father’s father was Rabbi Nachman Ebin who was married to Rabbi Ashinsky’s eldest daughter Sadie Deborah.

  • 17 Edda Weissberg // Feb 24, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Are you still looking for info? Unfortunately my father just died and he would have been a tremendous source of information. I am his daughter Esther Ashinsky Eisenstadt’s granddaughter. Esther served as his secretary for a while and her husband, Gustave, served as chauffeur to the various Zionist leaders who would come visit him.

  • 18 Suzanne (Sarah) Gilbert // Apr 29, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Rabbi Aaron Mordecai Ashinsky was my Grandmother Eva Ashinsky Gilbert’s Paternal Uncle. Edda Weissberg and Kat Ebin I do have photographs and information about our family, and would be happy to exchange our information and stories.

  • 19 Suzanne (Sara) Gilbert // Apr 29, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky was my paternal Grandmother Eva Ashinsky Gilbert’s Paternal Uncle. I too am learning about family. Rabbi Ashinsky was married to Pearl (Drob) Ashinsky, who was the Daughter of Rabbi Ashinsky’s Rabbinical teacher, Rabbi Idel- and Dayghter to Yetta Rebecca (Schwartz) Drob. You’ll notice in the photo of the grave memorial monument is behind a memorial “Schwartz. I am wondering to whom that memorial belongs. Also I would appreciate learning more about Esther Ashinsky Eisenstadt. I have an original photograph of Dr. Nathan Ashinsky and will share it here. Nathan was one of Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky’s sons.

  • 20 Rabbi Aaron Mordechai Abend // Nov 17, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Rabbi Aaron Mordechai Ashinsky was my great grandfather (my mother Hannah is Judith Rosen’s ney Ashinsky daughter). I am privileged to carry his name. My grandparents were his care givers during his last years and we actually lived in the house at 5812 Darlington. I do have photographs especially one from the 30’s of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Ashinsky and their entire family. In addition, commemorating his 50 years of service a book was published delineating his service to the Jewish people. I also have this book and am happy to share.

  • 21 Edda Weissberg // Feb 19, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Suzanne (Sara) Gilbert I would be interested in getting in touch. I am actually named after his son Nathan who was not married and childless. (My middle name is Natanya.) Please contact me.

  • 22 Edda Eisenstadt Weissberg // Feb 19, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Suzanne Gilbert I would be interested in getting in touch. I am actually named after his son Nathan who was not married and childless. (My middle name is Natanya.) Please contact me.

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