Kevarim of Tzadikim in North America

Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn

ื‘ื ื™ืžื™ืŸ ื‘"ืจ ื™ื”ื•ื“ื” ืœื™ื‘

Chief Rabbi, Cleveland, Ohio

Date of Death: Fri. January 1, 1932 - Teves 22 5692

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Cemetery Details
3933 E. 57th Street
Cleveland, OH 44105
United States

Phone: 216.321.8284
Contact: Lee Freedman


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Gates are open 9:00AM โ€“ 5:00PM, closed Shabbos and all Jewish holidays. Caretaker on grounds on most days.

Directions to Kever: Lansing Cemetery Association in Cleveland, Ohio maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: See map below.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rabbi Benjamin Gittelsohn

Biographical Notes:

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Photo Caption:ย Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn, Source:ย J.D. Eisenstein

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History IFJCAH

Bio Information:
Ravย Gittelsohn was born in Lithuania (1851-1853), son of Rav Yehuda Leib a descendant of Rav Yeshaya Halevi Horowitz, Shelah Hakadosh. The Ravโ€™s father passed away when he was eight. Impoverished, he wandered from town to town for charitable donations enabling him to receive a traditional yeshiva education. Rav Gittelsohn attended the yeshiva of Slabodka and thereafter Slonim where he was ordained. The Ravโ€™s first rabbinical post was in Alanta and soon after, Troskunai, a small Lithuanian town. He remained very poor, because the Jewish community was unable to pay an adequate salary. In 1890, the Rav was asked to settle in Cleveland by the growing community of Lithuanian Jews in the city. After serving various congregations throughout the city he was appointed as the Moreh Dasrah of Oer Chodosh Anshe Sfard where he remained until his passing. As Clevelandโ€™s first rabbinic scholar he was led to become the spiritual authority for many of the surrounding congregations.
Rav Gittelsohn published two seforim (books) Ha-Poteah ve-ha-Hotem (New York, 1898) and Seder Haggada shel Pesah ‘im Be’ur Nagid ve-Nafik (Jerusalem, 1904). Additionally, he wrote a commentary on Tefilah (prayer) that was never published. The Rav married Celia “Sippa” Alenik while still in Lithuania, they had 12 children.
(Based on information obtained from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History)

Credit: Rabbibenjamingittelsohn website

Credit: Rabbibenjamingittelsohn website

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn

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