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Rabbi Alter Shaul Pfeffer

December 13th, 2007 · 30 Comments

Rabbi Alter Shaul Pfeffer

אלטר שאל ב"ר ישראל אלימלך

Rav, Beth Medrash HaGadol Anshe Ungaran

Date of Death: Sat. April 11, 1936 - Nissan 19 5696
Chol Hamoed Pesach

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Cemetery Details
8211 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: (718) 366-3748
Fax: (718) 366-8471
Contact: Antonio Jones


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Left on Path X towards Mount Judah Cemetery then left on Path 17 (first one), up the hill.

Biographical Notes:

Rav Peffer

Credit: Shmuel Botchy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Alter Shaul Pfeffer

Credit: reference library

Tags: New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MBD // Feb 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I tried finding Rabbi Pfeffer?s kever this morning unsuccessfully, please be a little more specific on its location.

  • 2 Chevra // Feb 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Its probably covered in snow.

  • 3 Baruch A // Feb 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Path X to section 17, half way up the hill along the Mount Judah fence.

  • 4 Moe Weiss // Jul 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

    the kever of Rabbi Jacob Joseph directions to his kever please

  • 5 MBD // Jul 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Check the entry for RJJ.

  • 6 Richard Rosen // Aug 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I am Rabbi Pfeffer’s grandson and I want to express my gratitude for his inclusion in this data base.

  • 7 Miller // Aug 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Mr. Rosen,

    What can you tell us about your great grandfather? As far as I know he was a polish born Hungarian Rabbi, and then emigrated to the US, were any of his children Rabbis?

    Or perhaps maybe you have a good photo to share, we would appreciate any thing on this great Torah Scholar.

  • 8 blackleibel // Aug 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm


  • 9 blackleibel // Aug 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Miller: see

  • 10 Miller // Aug 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Reb Leibel,
    Have not seen this one yet.

  • 11 Naomi Rosen // Sep 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    miller: i have a good photo on my computer, as well as a translation of a short biography. would you like me to email them?

  • 12 YD Miller // Sep 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Yes please, my email adress:

  • 13 compugraphd // Sep 22, 2009 at 1:29 am


    Naomi, is that the bio Aaron and I translated? I do see a link up there (blackleibel) to my family tree page (and links to other parts of the family tree). Your pic is from Eli’s upsherin?

    The third volume of Avnei Zikaron was published (by our family, I think, in particular, my grandfather, Grandpa Alter Shaul’s son-in-law and protege and successor at BHH and Horowitz Margarettan). It was from there that my brother Aaron and I got a bio that we translated.


  • 14 YD Miller // Sep 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    First of all thanks Naomi for the bio and photos, I wish we would be able to upload at least photos here of the dignitaries listed on this site (Baruch?)

    Yes indeed, it is your translation of Rabbi YY Greenwald’s Bio that your cousin shared with us, I believe I already saw the photo before on www. (they used to have a Bio section, its gone now).

    If you have another one, you can send it on the adress below.

    You both had a great anccestor, he defineltley was one of the pioneers of uncompromised Judaism on the American soil, for a time he was the highest Torah Authority on Gitin and Kedushin (Talmudic Marriage laws).

    זכותו יגן עלינו

    P.S for Yiddish Readers, here is a thread about Rabbi Pffefer on the popular Yiddish World Forums:

  • 15 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    A while ago I read an article, it said that Reb Yisroel Yakev Fisher Ztz”l the Gaved of Yerushalayim was his grandson his mother was a daughter of Reb Alter Shaul.

  • 16 YD Miller // Jun 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    This is not true, see the above link from Blackliebel with all his children listed.

    (BTW Rav Fisher was Rave”d not Gave”d)

  • 17 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Miller you’re right (the biography i read was incorrect, it was in one of the Satmar publications for Parshas Vyakheil-Pikudei of this year). Rabbi Pfeffer was a BIL with Reb Aharon Fisher the father of the Raved, they were both SIL of Reb Mayer Leib Yeger of Bitchkov who was a famous wealthy person.

    Here Rabbi Pfeffer writes to his BIL Rav Fisher regarding his father’s Sefer

  • 18 Jodi Bernstein Rifkin // Oct 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I am the Great Granddaughter of Rabbi Alter Shaul Pfeffer. My grandmother was his youngest daughter. I am happy to supply photos and a family tree. Thanks for including him here. He was a very special man to many. My grandmother loved to share her family stories and had great pride.

  • 19 YD Miller // Jan 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Where is Rabbi Michael (Max) Schay buried? he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Pfeffer and served as his suuccesor in Beth Medrash HaGadol Anshe Ungaran

  • 20 compugraphd // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm


    The above Website is a blog I created for our family. I put up a pic of Grandpa Alter Shaul

    My grandfather, Max (Michael) Schay is buried (with my grandmother Channa, and his sister Hilda and several other members of our family) in Queens. We think it’s called Mount Zion (it sounds like it from the directions). I’ve been there many times though not recently.

  • 21 compugraphd // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm


    Sorry — the blog URL isn’t shown — here it is:


  • 22 compugraphd // Mar 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm


    Oh, and BTW, the Fisher family is related to us through Rabbanit (Chaya Sara) Pfeffer. Devorah Fisher (nee Yaegar) was my great-grandmother Chaya Sara’s youngest sibling. Devorah (whom I never met, but my parents did) was born two years AFTER my grandmother, her niece. Her brother Martin, whom I did meet before he passed away, lived in for many years and never married.


  • 23 YD Miller // Mar 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm


    Good luck with the family blog, here is the new post with your GF’s Marker:

  • 24 Farshlufen // Nov 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    על תקופתו בביטשקוב

  • 25 admin // Jun 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  • 26 Elisabeth Gelb // Dec 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Does anyone have info re: descendants of Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Tzvi Weinberger aka The MAHARIATZ, the Marghita Rav.
    Birth: Tka”h {1814} Died: Kislev Trn”g {1892} The Rav of Marghita
    He is my great, great grandfather OBM.

  • 27 Elisabeth Gelb // Feb 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Does anyone have info re: descendants of Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Tzvi Weinberger aka The MAHARIATZ, the Marghita Rav.
    Birth: Tka”h {1814} Died: Kislev Trn”g {1892} The Rav of Marghita
    He is my great, great grandfather OBM.

  • 28 Y.A. Horovitz // Feb 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm
    Brisk family of Belz in Israel are descandants so is
    Aharon Zvi Ayalon author of the Book Olami about Margerten .
    Threr are many more I can find if you wish.
    Yuda Aron Horovitz

  • 29 YD Miller // Feb 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm


    Here is a link with lots of information (in Yiddish) on the Mahariyat”z of Margereten and his family, hope this helps.

    How exactly are you his descendant?

  • 30 Elisabeth Gelb // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Mr. Miller My apologies! Just saw your response! Thank you very much for this information. The Maharitz had 5 children. His daughter Ezster married Mordechai Grosz. They are my great grandparents. My mother is named Esther in her memory.
    In order not to miss your response, please email me at

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