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Rabbi Avroham Yosef Rice

December 12th, 2007 · 19 Comments

Rabbi Avroham Yosef Rice

אברהם יוסף ב"ר מאיר שבק חיים

Rav, Congregation Nidchei Israel, Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Death: Tue. October 28, 1862 - Cheshvan 5 5623

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Cemetery Details
2100 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21213
United States

Phone: 410-764-1587
Fax: 410-764-7948
Contact: Jo Ann Windman


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation better known as the Belair Road Cemetery is located at 2100 Belair Rd in Baltimore. It is advisable to call the cemetery prior to visiting. Location: Grave is on the left side just beyond the end on the road, about 400 feet, in the chained off section

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Joseph Rice

Biographical Notes:

Rabbi Abraham Rice


Photo Credit: From the Virtual Judaica reference collection library 

Rav Rice was the fist known ordained Rav to serve as Moreh Dasrah of a congregation in this country. Rav Rice was a talmid (student) of Rav Avroham Bing the Chief Rabbi of Wurzburg and subsequently of Rav Wolf Hamburger of Fuerth. As the first ordained Rav in the United States, Rav Rice decided the halachic Hebrew spelling for many of the cities across the country.

Credit: Sam Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Credit: Sam Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Credit: Alexander Weil, Baltimore, MD

Tags: Baltimore, MD · Maryland · Pre 1900

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LitFish // Nov 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Do you know where Rav Bing in buried?

  • 2 Baruch A // Nov 27, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Probably in Germany, I know one of his descendants, I will ask him.

  • 3 Baruch A // Nov 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    It?s not 100%, but he thinks in the Jewish Cemetery in Heidingsfeld (near Wurzberg), Germany.

  • 4 LitFish // Dec 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you.

  • 5 s. rice // Dec 31, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Iam one of the descendants of rabbi rice. It was very nice to see that the rabbi rice is remembered as a holy and big rabbi.

  • 6 AYid // Feb 19, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    We went there this week. Your picture helped me find the kever. Here is additional info. After passing through the cemetery entrance, turn left and go to first bend in road. Park there and walk on narrow sidewalk to get closer to the grave. The box on feet on the right side of the picture has sliding doors and is for candles. There were quite a few used tea light holders in it.

  • 7 Yehuda Aharon Horovitz // May 30, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Rav Avrohom Bing id buried in a place called Hoechberg near to Wuerzburg
    see my article in “Yeshurun vol. 8 [2001]”

  • 8 YD Miller // May 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    We should get a clearer picture of the Kever, S. Rice, perhaps you got one.

  • 9 asher // Jul 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Picture of the Rav:

    Picture of the Kever:

    Write up:

  • 10 SG // Oct 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Today is Rav Rice’s Yortzeit

  • 11 Aleksander Chossid // Nov 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I was there on his yarzeit a couple weeks ago. The environment has almost completely worn away the wording on his actual matzeivo. There are 2 matzeivos, one I assume is his wifes, its impossible to tell which is whick, though I think i can see the name avrohom on the left one. there is a bronze plaque to the left that speaks in english of his life as a historical figure. I took many pictures of the actual matzeifo and the general grave site. if needed I can submit them.

  • 12 Yanover // Jul 24, 2012 at 1:11 am

    His matzeva is on the right, his rebbetzin is on the left. Someone painted the text of his matzeivo.

  • 13 Robert Lehman // Aug 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Can anyone be of help in giving me R’ Shraga Rice (aka Phil) contacts. As a child he learned with me at Shaerith Israel in Baltimore- a shule with direct connections to the shule in Rabbi Rice’s home in 1849.

  • 14 SG // Oct 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

    October 21st, the fifth of Cheshvan, is Rabbi Rice’s 150th yahrzeit. There will be a lecture in the main sanctuary of the Shearith Israel Shul in baltimore, MD. Click below:

  • 15 SG // Oct 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Pictures of refurbished Kevarim Of Rav Rice ZT”L & his wife A”H:

  • 16 Tzvi // Jun 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I also highly doubt his father’s name was שבק חיים it is most likely just מאיר and שבק חיים לכל חי refers to the date the rabbi passed away.

  • 17 Tzvi // Jun 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

    It seems the headstones where switched, one picture has the rabbi on the right the other has the rabbi on the left.

  • 18 SG // Nov 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Today is Rav Rice’s Yortzeit

  • 19 Davd Mandel // May 13, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Hi everyone. Does anyone have manuscripts of rabbi Rice and can send me pictures? I’m especially looking for footnotes on books although I know very very difficult to find today.

    thank you all.

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