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Rabbi Dov Aryeh Leventhal

May 25th, 2010 · 20 Comments

Rabbi Dov Aryeh Leventhal

דוב אריה ב"ר אברהם הכהן

Chief Rabbi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Tue. September 23, 1952 - 4 Tishrei 5713

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Cemetery Details
5500 Market St (near 55th Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19139
United States

Phone: 215-922-5446
Fax: 215-922-1550
Contact: Louis Kessler


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Notes: Visits to this cemetery are by appointment only. Call or email the Mikveh Israel office for an appointment and expect to pay $25. Main Office and Archives & Artifacts 44 N. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-2197

Directions to Kever: Congregation Mikveh Israel 55th Street Cemetery is located in Philadelphia, call the Shul office for directions and assistance.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Rabbi Bernard L Leventhal

Biographical Notes:

Leventhal Bio

Photo Caption: Rabbi Bernard Leventhal, Credit: Needed

Credit: Yeshiva University

Photo Date: 1928, Source: Needed 

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben Bee Zee // May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Rabbi Leventahl assumed the Rabbonis there already in 1891! he was extremely active in preserving the Yidishkeit, established 3 Talmud Torahs where 1,500 kids were learning at that time, founded a Yeshiva Mishkan Yisroel where 70 boys were learning and other institutions aiding the orphans and the sick. According to the following link there was no Orthodox organization -strengthening Yidishkeit- in the USA in which the rabbi didn’t take a top position in keeping it up.

  • 2 LESKid // May 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

    His son, Rabbi Israel H. Leventhal, was famous head of the Brooklyn Jewish Center. His father was an Aguda type of rabbi but the younger son graduated from JTS.

  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Some more information about Rabbi Levintahl, it also mentions that he was supposed to succeed the Rav Hakolel’s position.

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Here on the top photo to the right there’s a picture of Rabbi Leventahl at the 400 Rabbi March in Washington to plea with FDR for the rescue of the Jews in Europe.

  • 5 YD Miller // Jul 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Rabbi Levinthal came to Philladelphia to assume the posiyion of his Father-in-law Rabbi Eliezer Kleinberg

    On his 70th birthday the Kehilla printed a journal Kevud Chachumim, it includes some biographical information ontheRav, see here;

  • 6 YD Miller // Jul 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Full bio of Isreal Herbert Levinthal:

  • 7 Farshlufen // Jul 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Ay Ay Ameritchka.

  • 8 YD Miller // Aug 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I find in the Illustrated Magazine Vol 5, the Rabbi Lebinthal was also the official Rabbi of Woodbine NJ

  • 9 EJ // Jul 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Rabbi Dov Arye b. Abraham ha-Kohen Levinthal (Bernard Louis, 1865–1952), was born in Lithuania, went to the United States in 1891 after having studied at the yeshivot of Kovno, Vilna, and Bialystok. Settling in Philadelphia, he succeeded his father-in-law, Eleazar Kleinberg, as rabbi of Congregation B’nai Abraham, where he served until his death, and as head of the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of Philadelphia. Levinthal was an able organizer and was responsible for the establishment of a number of institutions tending to the religious and social needs of the immigrant Jewish community, such as the Central Talmud Torah, out of which later grew the Yeshivah Mishkan Israel, and a municipal va’ad ha-kashruth to supervise ritual slaughtering. One of the founders of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada in 1902, of which he was the first president, his energy and wide range of interests enabled him to represent the Orthodox point of view in the greater Jewish community. He was a founder of the American Jewish Committee and a member of the delegation sent by the American Jewish Congress to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. An active Zionist as well, he helped to establish the Mizrachi Organization of America and was an honorary vice-president of the Federation of American Zionists.

  • 10 Farshlufen // Jul 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Who is this Rav?

    רב בנציון האפפמאן רב דקהל בני משה אנשי ספרד פילאדעלפיע פא.

    JANUARY 30, 1924
    Rabbi Benzion Hoffman Dies in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, Jan. 30 (JTA) –
    Rabbi Ben Zion Hoffman passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the age of 50. His death followed a heart attack shortly after he had been brought to Mt. Sinai hospital.
    Rabbi Hoffman was the second ranking orthodox rabbi of the Philadelphia community. With Rabbi Leventhal practically blind and Rabbi Hoffman dead, the city remains without an orthodox leader.
    Rabbi Hoffman came to America in 1904 from Bessarabia. He was rabbi of the Congregation Bnei Moshe, and was founder of the Bessarabian Talmud Torah. He is survived by his widow and six dependent children. His oldest son is Jacob B. Hoffman, prominent Philadelphia communal and Zionist worker, and member of the National Executive Committee of the Zionist Organization of America.

  • 11 YD Miller // May 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Letter written in 1908 to Reb Schmuel Salant of Jeruslem:

  • 12 YD Miller // May 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Sorry, this one:

  • 13 YD Miller // May 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Rabbi Levinthal’s only daughter Leah married in 1912 to Moshe Ehrlich, are there descendants of this daughter?

  • 14 sk // May 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Yes-this daughter had children-one of whom, Selma, married Rabbi Samuel Belkin.

  • 15 curios // May 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    YD, you mean Chaim son of Moshe Ehrlich.

  • 16 YD Miller // May 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm


    That is news, so Rabbi Belkin was married to a grand-daughter of Rabbi Leventhal named Selma Ehrlich, that was obviously after Belkin was already in the US.

  • 17 YD Miller // May 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Here the Belkin’s are mentioned in the will of Rabbi Levintah:

  • 18 Asher // Jan 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Rabbi Levinthal was a Ba’al Sha”s and Charif and took the train in to New York every week to deliver a Pilpul Shiur at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon. He was one of the Chut HaMeshulash (the three most renowned rabbis in the U.S. at the time) which included Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef and Rabbi Sholom Elchonon Jaffe.

  • 19 Jackie Kaplan // Jun 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Rabbi Leventhal was not just an Agudath type–he was a founder of Agudath. The organization stood not only against English sermons, but against JTS–thus it was ironic his son Israel went there. Israel’s daughter Helen Lyons actually completed the Rabbinical program at Steven Wise’s Jewish Institute of religion (since merged with Hebrew Union College). When Wise wouldn’t ordain her, Israel protested. Wise told him he wasn’t ready for woman Rabbis, but of course if his father (Bernard) agreed to it, he would give her semicha.

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