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Rabbi Chaim Binyamin Lowenstein Katzenellenbogen

January 7th, 2013 · 17 Comments

Rabbi Chaim Binyamin Lowenstein Katzenellenbogen

חיים בנימין ב"ר יצחק מנחם מענדל הלוי

Rav, Lithuania (Poland)

Date of Death: Sat. February 7, 1903 - Shevat 10 5663

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Mount Zion Cemetery located in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Section: CL, Gate: 1 Row: 6, Grave: 5, Society: Chelkas Chayei Olam

Biographical Notes:

The Rav who changed his name from Katzenellenbogen to Levinstein upon arrival to these shores. The Rav’s children remained in Europe keeping their original surname.

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Tags: Mt. Zion Cemetery (Maurice Ave) · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 helen // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    remarried in usa with his new last name lewinstein, one of his children came than to Eretz Yisroel Haguon rebb Avrom Moshe Katzenellenbogen, R’Y yeshivas Tzion , reb Avrom Moshe Had 3 Children born in Jerusalem Hgonim reb Aharon, of Tora Veyira – founder of Neturei karta, Reb Refuoel , Reb Yaakov Katzenelenbogen. any one with info of kever R Chayim binyumin Levinstein / Katzenelenbogen please send it

  • 2 M.kennedy // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:51 am


    so reb chaim benyamin katzenblogen son of reb aron of netury karta was named after him reb chaim pen name in his articles was binyomin lewenstein

  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    anoter source tells just the opposite, the original name was Lowenstein and he changed to Katzinelnbogen as is now evident from the cemetery records.

  • 4 YD Miller // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Did he remarry in the US with Pearl Schulan? here is a marriage entry for Ray Katzenelenbogen son of Hyman B. (Chaim Binyamin?) KP and Pearl Schulan.

  • 5 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks to “farshlufen” the Matzeiva was found today on the Mount Zion Cemetery.

  • 6 helen // Nov 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Thank you so much for all the information.
    Y’shaleim Hashem schar p’ulaschem.
    Would any of you know information about his children (or the children of Ray Katzenelenbogen Kaplan) or any of the grandchildren he left behind?

    P.S. The Date of Death quoted in Mount Zion Cemetery’s records is inaccurate. The correct date is February 7, ’03, as can be seen on the matzeiva.

  • 7 YD Miller // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm


    Who was Ray Katzenelenbogen Kaplan? a daughter?

  • 8 helen // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    ask r’ boruch my phone #& caal me please

  • 9 abc // Nov 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm


    Thank you for the discovery!

  • 10 abc // Nov 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm


    Thank you for the discovery!

  • 11 YD Miller // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Who was Alter N. Mandelbaum living at 145 Lenox Ave. in NYC, who sent in 1918 the sum of 3.00 to Rabbi AM Katzenelenbogen in Jeruslem?

    See here page 8:

  • 12 joshua frankel // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Might Harav Avrohom Moshe Katzenellenbogen also have been known as Rabbi Louis Katzenellenbogen who was the Rov of the Bialystocker Shul of the lower east side and I know he lived before 1920.
    Where is his kever?

  • 13 helen // Jun 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Hagoaon reb Avrum Moshe never ever came to America, you mean his Father Reb Chaim Binyumin (hurishin)
    Louis is Reb Eliezer Died march,29, 1914. I was by his kever he is in the same cemetery mount zion at chelkas bialystock very close to the chelke of reb Chaim Binyumin “Chaye Oilom, dont know if he is close related,

  • 14 Ben Bee Zee // Aug 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    thanks for posting

  • 15 ben israel // Feb 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

    here is yd milers link . the orig link expired.

    Who was Alter N. Mandelbaum living at 145 Lenox Ave. in NYC, who sent in 1918 the sum of 3.00 to Rabbi AM Katzenelenbogen in Jeruslem?

    See here page 8:

  • 16 ben israel // Feb 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Helen Wirtz
    Date: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM
    Subject: FW: Discovery of the Kever of R’ Chaim Binyamin KATZENELLENBOGEN, Ztz”l
    דעם זונטאג י”א שבט אום1.30 נ.מ וועט זיין א מנין ביים ציון דעם ערשטן מאהל נאך 111 יאהר

    גלוי הקבר של הגאון רבי חיים בנימין הלוי קאצענעלענבוגען זצ”ל
    AFTER 111 YEARS….
    DISCOVERY OF THE KEVER OF Reb Chaim Binyumin Halevi Katzenelenbogen zt”l (THE GRANDFATHER OF Hagaon Reb Aharon Katzenelenbogen zt”l) IN QUEENS, NY

    Reb Chaim Binyumin Halevi Katzenelenbogen zt”l emigrated from Grudna, Lithuania to the United States. His son, the famous goan Reb Avraham Moshe Katzenelenbogen tz”l, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Zion Yerushalayim, immigrated to Eretz Yisrael. Reb Avraham Moshe was the father of the 3 famous geonei yerushalayim: 1) Hagaon Reb Refuel zt”l 2) Hagaon Reb Yaakov Katzenelenbogen zt”l 3) Hagaon Hatzadik Reb Aharon Katzenelenbogen zt”l Rosh Yeshiva Tora Veyira & Founder of “Neturei Karta” in yerushalayim.

    R’ Chaim Binyumin Halevi Katzenelenbogen tz”l was niftar 111 years ago, on Shabbos kodesh yud shevat, tuf reish samach gimel – 1903, at the age of 52. The levaya was the following day on Sunday, yud aleph shevat. Over many decades, his descendants invested much effort to locate the kever of this esteemed gaon and tzaddik.

    This Thursday, yud alef kislev, was the first time since the petira of R’ Chaim Binyumin Halevi Katzenelenbogen tz”l that a descendant was mispallel at his kever. The upcoming Yurtzeit will also be on a Shabbos Kodesh B’shalach – Shire. In the event that we will not yet be zoche to Tchiyas ha’meisim Ch”v, the talmidim of Tora v’yirah and the descendants of R’ Chaim Binyumin that are presently in the USA will iy”h have the zchus to gather a minyan for the first time at the kever!

    The Kever is located at:
    Mount Zion Cemetery
    (Chelkas Chayei Olam, SECTION CL, GATE 1, ROW 6, GRAVE 5)
    59-63 54th Avenue
    Maspeth, NY 11378

    Yehay Zichro Baruch, v’yamlitz tov baadeinu, b’geulas olumim, amen.

  • 17 Farshlufen // Jan 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

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