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Rabbi Akiva Schiff

October 22nd, 2009 · 8 Comments

Moreh Dasrah Congregation Bais Yaakov, Union City, NJ
d. 28 Iyar, 2004 (5764)
The Rav was the official mohel at Staten Island Hospital for many years. Anyone with biographical information is asked to please send it in. See CONTACT page for details.
Directions to kever:

Washington Cemetery
5400 Bay Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Location: Needed

Tags: Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York · Washington Cemetery (Brooklyn)

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shmuel // Oct 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Is there any affiliation with Zanz

  • 2 Moshedovid // Oct 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Chanina Schiff the long time gabby to the Gerer dynasty, any relation?

  • 3 Robert Marcus // Nov 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Rav Akiva was my Uncle. His kevar is in Washington Cemetary in Brooklyn NY in his father-in-law’s Marcus family plot.
    Learned in the Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai during the War and married Cecile (Zisel) Marcus.
    In his later years when the Sanz kollel moved in to Union City he would give shiurim there.
    Rav Akiva had hoped to be buried in Har Hazeitzim but changed his mind when things in Israel became unsafe near there and was concerned that visitors would be harmed going to the kevar.

  • 4 Scott Albert // Sep 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I remember Rabbi Schiff since I learned to walk. He was my shul’s rabbi – cong. Beth jacob in union city nj. Gave me bar mitzvah lessons. Had a simple apartment on the top floor of an apt building on 3rd st, union city.

  • 5 Phyllis Feinstein Cooper, Roger & Randee Matloff // Sep 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    We grew up at Beth Jacob, and have many fond memories. We particularly remember Rabbi Schiff’s heartfelt brucha during Saturday morning kiddish. It always seemed to make the taste of the kichel and herring, sweeter.

  • 6 H Fendel // Nov 17, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Was he related to a long-time teacher at HANC named Akiva Schiff, who lived afterwards in Rishon LeTzion?

  • 7 Scott Albert // Nov 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t recall rabbi schiff having been related to anyone in the us. He escaped from europe with fellow students in the famous mirrer yeshiva. Ive never heard him mention family. My gfather, albert balin, suggested ge was here alone. His wife Cecil (sp) came from the marcus family which I remember as being large.

  • 8 Avremil // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    There is a very strong affiliation with Sanz, he was a local rov who welcomed the Klausenberger Rebbe and helped arrange for the old institutions of Union City (such as the Jewish Community Center) to be transferred to the chassidishe community for a nominal charge.

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