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Rabbi Avroham Yaakov Gershon Lesser

May 1st, 2009 · 17 Comments

Rabbi Avroham Yaakov Gershon Lesser

אברהם יעקב גרשון ב"ר עזריאל מאיר

Chief Rabbi, Cincinnati, Ohio

Date of Death: Wed. October 1, 1941 - Tishrei 10 5702
Yom Kippur

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Cemetery Details
1711 Sunset Avenue
Cincinnati , OH 45238
United States

Phone: 513-961-0178
Contact: David Hoguet


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Part of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Association located in the Price Hill section of Cincinnati.

Directions to Kever: Beth Tefyla Schachnus Cemetery, located in the Price Hill section of Cincinnati is part of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Association which maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. There are two entrances on Sunset that connect in the form of a “U”. The entrances are shared entrances to both the Montefiore Cemetery and the Beth Tefyla Schachnus Cemetery. Location: Surrounded by a large white stone fence

Biographical Notes:

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Prior to Cincinnati, Rabbi Lesser rabbinated in Chicago. He was elected founding president of the Agudath HaRabanim (The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada) at its commencement in1902.

Credit: David Harris of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati

Credit: David Harris of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati

Credit: David Harris of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati

Credit: David Harris of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Cincinnati, OH · Ohio

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Jul 9, 2009 at 11:02 am

    His Sefer B’Achrit Hayomim is now availible on Hebrew books, and is translated into english in the second part (Page 47 on

    The sefer according to Rabbi Lesser was written in response to a Christian clergyman who approached him about the return of Israel to the holy land, very intresting work.

  • 2 LB // Jun 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The Rav was here in the US as early as 1882, first as a Rav in Chicago and later in Cincinnati.

  • 3 Daniel Smith // Apr 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I have a document signed by Rabbi Lesser in Cincinnati in 1911 relatingto my great grandfather who was a kashruth authority. I am happy to send a scan and translation if you are interested. I can be reached at

  • 4 Myra Doniger // May 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I believe rabbi gerson lesser was my great great grandfather. Can you provide the names of his dircct descendants? I would be so grateful.

  • 5 Richard L.Katz // Jun 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Rabbi Lesser of Chicago and Cincinnati is my great, great grandfather. I am the son of Bessie Sophie Lesser’s daughter Rae. Rae passed June 6,2012 at the age of 98. Bessie had 5 children and Rae was the last to survive. Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati,Ohio has a number of Rabbi Lesser’s items including photographs donated by Rae and Harry Katz.

  • 6 Richard L.Katz // Jun 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Bessie Lesser married Ralph Kaplan of Louisville, Ky and the 5 children were Aaron, Miriam, Dorothy, Rae and Bernice Kaplan.

  • 7 Jerry R // Jul 5, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Rabbi Lesser is my 3x great grand father. My great grandfather was Isadore Jules Lesser who I believe is Bessie Sophie Lesser’s Brother and the son of Hyman Lesser the Rabbi’s son. IJ Lesser married Rose Julia Miller of Cincinnati and their daughter Natalie Lesser was my grandmother. We are very interested in having a complete Lesser family tree. By chance I inherited a small book that is signed on the inside Sara Jane Lesser 1919. I believe that she is Bessie and Ij’s sister. They also had another brother Meyer who we believe lived in New York City and was associated with the movies and theater and my grandmother often spoke of an Uncle David. My grandmother often sopke of Rabbi Lesser who she loved and said was “as fine as a silk purse” I hope someone can supply more information.

  • 8 J Rattner // Jul 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Rabbi Lesser is my 3x great grandfather. I am interested to exchanging family tree info with other family memebers. I can be contacted at

  • 9 Myra Doniger // Jul 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Jerry I’m astounded to have found you yes I know a lot myer lesser was my grandfather for whom I’m named how can we talk to exchange info there is a volume in my head of scandal murder glamor etc and I’m putting it all in a book for my seven grand kids but I am missing so much before myer who was in total rebellion v Judaism yet married Henrietta Szolds best friend!

  • 10 YD Miller // Jul 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    His Sefer” Ohel Moed” printed while he was still in Chicago in 1897:

    Rabbi Lesser had a brother who lived in Omaha, Neb.

  • 11 Jim Craig // Aug 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Rabbi Lesser was very active here in Chicago. While still in Chicago he was one of the signers of the The Blackstone Memorial (1891), a petition written by William Eugene Blackstone, and presented to the President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, in favor of the delivery of Palestine to the Jews.

  • 12 YD Miller // Jun 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    His son R’ Yosef Chaim (mentioned above as Hyman) was a Schochet in Chicago:

  • 13 asher lowy // Mar 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Photo of the Rav

  • 14 Cincinnati // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Rabbi Lesser and after R’ Lesser’s death – Rabbi Silver’s shul in Cincinnati – Knesseth Israel (now called Zichron Eliezer) is looking for any photos, teshuvos, letters, or any other information on HaGaon Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Gershon Lesser and HaGaon Rabbi Eliezer Silver zt”l
    to be included in the upcoming publication of a book on the 100 year history of the shul in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rabbi Silver’s klal work including saving Jews during the Holocaust, the Vaad Hatzalah, Agudas Harrabonim and Agudas Yisroel.
    They are also looking for people who have recollections of Rabbi Silver or on the frum Jewish history of Cincinnati to interview for this project.
    If you have any photos, documents, letters, items and are willing to share copies of or are willing to be interviewed, please contact via email:

  • 15 YD Miller // Oct 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Is there a clearer picture of the Matzeve (tumbstone)? The Rebbetzin Lesser was the daughter of Reb Yosef of Kletzk, it apears that he is mentioned on the Matzeive as יוסף הצדיק anyone with info on him?

    Or perhaps can anyone provide a clear transcript?


  • 16 YD Miller // Oct 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    הרב הגאון הצדיק מהו”ר אברהם יעקב גרשון ב”ר עזריאל מאיר ז”ל, שהיה אב”ד בכמה קהלות חשובות בישראל, ובאחרית ימי חייו היה מרא דאתרא בעירנו כ”ז שנה, נפטר בשיבה טובה בן צ”ג שנים, ביוה”כ תרפ”ה, בעהמ”ח ספר אהל מועד ג”ס [גם ספר] באחרית הימים  תנצב”ה
    Rabbi Lesser Died Oct. 7 5685

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