Rabbi Ben Tzion Pearl
בן ציון ב"ר יהודה ליבRav, Uptown Talmud Torah, East Harlem
Date of Death:
Wed. June 25, 1930 -
Sivan 28 5690
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Directions to Kever: Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Society: RESITZA, Path: 1R, Gate: 17
Name Listed on Cemetery Database: PEARL, BEN Z
Photo Caption: The Uptown Talmud Torah as it stands today at 132 E 111th Steet in Harlem, Credit: Google
Photo Caption: Students at the Uptown Talmud Torah, circa 1917, Credit: The Jewish Communal Register of New York City, 1917–1918, Origination: Jeffrey Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University
The Uptown Talmud Torah
In 1905, the Talmud Torah, founded in 1892, joined with the Hebrew Educational Institute to form the Uptown Talmud Torah Association. Their stated goal was to “the erection of a veritable Temple of Learning in the heart of Harlem, a large Hebrew School to contain 20 classes for boys and girls, with an auditorium, lecture hall, and library.”
By the 1910s, it was the largest Jewish school in America. Later the building housed Shearith Israel mi’Turkey Kehillah Kedosha, founded in 1911 and offering services in Hebrew and Greek. Several organizations met there including the Knights of Zion and the Herzl Branch of I.H.S.Z. The former Jewish center became the Commander John J. Shea Memorial School in 1943. John J. Shea (1898–1942) was killed in action in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier Wasp. It closed in 1971.
Source: Matthew X. Kiernan
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