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Rabbi Chaim Kanner

February 27th, 2009 · 18 Comments

Rabbi Chaim Kanner

חיים ב"ר יעקב שמשון הלוי

Chief Rabbi, Podgorze (Krakow), Poland

Date of Death: Wed. October 5, 1960 - Tishrei 14 5721

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Wellwood Cemetery on Long Island maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Along South Avenue, Block: 52, Society: HISTADRUTH ADMORIM, towards the back of the section.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: CHAIM (RABBI) KANNER

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Chaim Kanner, Credit: Levertov Weiss Archives

In Memorial:

Photo Caption: Ohel of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz, Shepetivka, Ukraine. It is also noted that his son, Rebbe Yehuda Meir (d. 29 Nissan, 5589 – May 2, 1829) was buried in the nearby cemetery, Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Wellwood Cemetery - Long Island

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ah Shtikle History // Feb 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The Podgorze section of Krakow was eventually transformed into a Jewish Ghetto at the onset of World War II and later in 1942 was the location of the infamous Plaszow Concentration Camp. At its peak the Plaszow camp incarcerated 25,000 inmates at one time. In total, over three years of its existence, roughly 150,000 people suffered imprisonment here under hellish conditions mostly Jews of Krakow. More than 80,000 of the Plaszow inmates died before the end of World War II, most in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The camp was shut down in January of 1945.

  • 2 Miller // Feb 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    He was the brother of the Chechoiver Rebbe of Eretz Yisroel Reb Abisch Kanner.

    His father wasthe SIL of Reb Moishele Shinever the son of the Divrie Yecezkel.

  • 3 East Sider // Feb 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    The Rav never had any children, he also had a brother in EY who is buried in Tverya.

  • 4 Grand Rebbe // Feb 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    That would make him a nephew of Rebbe Dovid Halberstam the Sokolover Rebbe (buried in Union Field).

  • 5 azi // Mar 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Are you sure his name isnt Kanner? I know poeple named Kanner, never seen Canner.

  • 6 Miller // Mar 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    You are right, he is indeed a nephew of the Sokolover Rebbe.

    Azi is probably right about the spelling.

    BTW he had another brother Rebbe Baruch Kanner who lived here in the East-side, he is buried in Eretz Yisroel.

  • 7 A Relative // May 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    R’ Chaim Kanner had a daughter, Rachel, who was married after the war to R’ Menahse Yaakov Levertov, himself a Dayan and Rav in and around Krakow. It was the persistence and savvy of this daughter that saved the family during the war thru exile in Russia, Siberia, and too many places to mention here. HaRav Levertov was a survivor of Plaszow and served briefly as Chief Rabbi of Krakow after the war until they came to New York. The Levertovs had 2 daughters, Rebecca and Channa. Harav Levertov tragically died after being struck by an automobile while walking home from shul on a Friday night in 1966. He is in the Bobover section of Washington Cemetery in NJ.

  • 8 Chanie Levertov Weiss // May 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I am the granddaughter of Rav Chaim Kanner. My mother was Rachel Kanner. The last post above is correct. My grandfather lived in the lower East Side of Manhatten after he immigrated to the US and died on Erev Sukkot in 1960. He was a very philosophical, sweet, gentle man, beloved by children (and even animals). There is a wonderful story my mother used to tell from their Buchara days during the war, when he rescued a goat from being teased by children and then the goat would follow him around whenever it saw him. He was the oldest of 11 children. After WW1 his family left Poland for Romania and he came back to Poland to marry his first cousin, my grandmother. The two mothers, Chaya Channa and Yittah were sisters. I am named after both these greatgrandmothers: Channah Yittah. My grandfather called himself Shinever Rav. Wherever I would run into people who knew him, they spoke of him with great love and admiration, referring to him as a tzaddik. I am told that when giving tzedakkah, if someone approached him, he would stick his hands deeply into his pockets and never count how much he took out and just give it all away. I remember sitting on his lap by the window watching a flock of birds flying by and his telling me a story how the birds were flying to a “chasanah” – a wedding. I could go on; but, I guess I will stop now.

  • 9 Jonathan // Aug 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Is this discussion still live? I believe I am a Kanner descendant and would like to ask someone with knowledge some questions. Thank you.

  • 10 YD Miller // Aug 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm


    What are the questions you have about Kanner?

  • 11 Mendel Kanner // Sep 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    We are Kanners. R’Avraham Abisch Kanner was a son-in-law of the Divrei Chaim, the Sanzer Rav. We have been trying to research as well. It seems clear that the Kanners who are Leviim are likely all closely related. We live in Phoenix, AZ. Shoot us an e-mail if anyone has info.

  • 12 HL // Sep 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Sorry Mr. Kanner but R’ Avraham Abisch Kanner was NOT a son-in-law of the Sanzer Rav.
    There are Kanner’s who are descendants of the Divrei Chaim, such as R’ Chaim Kanner from above, and the other the children of Rabbi Yakov Shimshon Kanner who was a son-in-law of R’ Moshe of Shiniewa, the grandson of the Divrei Chaim.
    Also there are also a few Kanner’s between the grandsons of R’ David from Kshanov, the second son of the Divrei Chaim.

  • 13 judy halberstam // Feb 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Moshe Kanner who had a son Eiezer Kanner who had a daughter Gitty Kanner who married Chanim Simon Miller …..can anyone tell me more information about Moshe Kanner ….is he part of the descendants of Yaov Shimshon Kanner

  • 14 judy halberstam // Feb 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I would like to add to my last post….Moshe Kanner was a son in law the Darki Yosher …..Yaakov Scharf

  • 15 HL // Dec 10, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Mrs. Halberstam!
    Moshe Kanner who had a son Eliezer Kanner etc.,
    is not a part of the descendants of Rabbi Yakov Shimshon Kanner.
    I have all the names of their descendants, between the descendants of the Divrei Chaim of Tsanz, and you also!
    If you need info feel free to write me at:

  • 16 Neil Rosenstein // Jun 25, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Trying to make contact with Channie Weiss about her grandfather Rav Levertov
    Please email me directly at or call 908-353-2498

  • 17 judy halberstam // Apr 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    does anyone have information about moshe kanner who was a son in law from darchi yosher
    rabbi moshe yankel scharf
    who was moshe kanner father where did he come from
    any information would be appreciated

  • 18 judy halberstma // Jun 17, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Just noticed….Leah Kanner Dachman was a daughter from R Pinchas Yosef Sahpiro
    Leah Kanner is my distant cousin
    Her son RJacob Shamson Kanner
    His son Haim Kanner Shinever Rov and Abraham Aish Kanner and Sosha Pannet who her daughter was vishnizer rebbe wife who was Belzer Reb mother

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