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Rabbi Shalom Elchanon Jaffe

March 10th, 2008 · 22 Comments

Rabbi Shlomo Elchanon Jaffe

שלום אלחנן ב"ר שמעון פרץ

Rav, Bais Medrash HaGadol of Norfolk Street, Lower East Side

Date of Death: Fri. November 16, 1923 - Kislev 7 5684

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Section: 2, Path 20, towards the front of the cemetery

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: JAFFE, SOLOMON (RABBI)

Biographical Notes:

Rav Shalome Elchonon Yaffa
Photo Caption: Rabbi Shalom Elchanon Jaffe at a Agudath Harabonim convention. Credit: Needed

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH) 

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Photo Caption: Advertisement announcing the passing and the unavailing of Esther Jaffe (buried at Union Field), the wife of Rabbi Shalom Elchanon Jaffe, Credit: The Jewish Morning Journal 1916 and 1917 respectively.
Credit: Yeshiva University

Photo Caption: Bais Medrash HaGadol of Norfolk Street, c.1930, Credit: NYC

Photo Caption: Bais Medrash HaGadol of Norfolk Street after it was destroyed by a fire in 2017, Credit: MCA

Bio Information:
Rav Shalom Elchonon Jaffe was born in the town of Vabolnick, Lithuania just outside of Vilna in 1858. His primary teacher was his father a noted torah scholar and a descendant of Rav Mordechai Yaffe the Baal Halevushim (d. Posen, Poland, 1612). At the age of fourteen he was sent to the Volozhiner Yeshiva were he studied for six years and was ordained by Rav Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (Netziv) and Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector.

Rav Jaffe participated in the founding convention of the Agudath HaRabonim in 1902 and was appointed director of its kashrus division. In 1905 he was elected its third president and remained an influential member until his passing. He was also among the Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jacqueline yaffe // Mar 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    did the Rav have brothers? my grandfather zvi hirsch yaffe, born also inlithuania had brothers who went to U.S. I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE IS A POSSIBLE CONNECTION, ALL THE FAMILY WERE CHAZANIM.

  • 2 Shalom Berger // Mar 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Call Todd Ivler at the Cemetery Office he maybe able to but you in contact with a next of kin.

  • 3 jacqueline yaffe // Feb 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    where did the name yaffe,jaffe. or yoffey originate,i have heard it is derived from yephet son of noah?

  • 4 jacqueline yaffe // Feb 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    cam you give me anymore information about :ha -lavoush RAV MORDECAI YAFFE

  • 5 dayan // Mar 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    he wrote to my great grandfather a shayla in 1920 on how to write a sfardic get for a girl of 13 that was given kedushin before the boy ran away the heading ofthe paper said rabbi sholom elchanan yaffe chief rabbi of new york

  • 6 Rabbi Stern // Mar 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Who was your grandfather?

  • 7 Tara // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    The rabbi was my great-great grandfather. His son Joseph Jaffe was my great grandfather, and Joseph’s daughter is my grandmother, Pearl.

  • 8 YD Miller // Nov 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Baruch mentioned the fact that his father was also here in the US, to elaborate more:

    Reb Shimon Peretz Halevi Jaffe was from Zamut in the Lita, he came to the US in his elderly years where he lived in Brooklyn NY.

    he authored the Sefer ‘Imrei Shefer’:
    He included 3 of his son’s Derushim and made sure to note it on the cover page, a his son was alreadya famous person in the US.

    Eventually he moved to Eretz Yisroel where he was Niftar 15 Teves 1911.

  • 9 Hillel // Mar 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Why did you leave out that he was a dedicated supporter of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan? Politically incorrect? Memory block?

  • 10 Baruch A // Mar 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    and now we know!!!!

  • 11 Rivka // Jan 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Everything being said above contradicts the Jewish Encyclopedia family tree, so I am a bit confused: can anyone help?? The Jewish Encyclopedia is not always complete so if anyone can help that would be great!!

    1) how could Rabbi Shalom Elchonon be the son of Peretz if he was nifter (died) in 1911? Mordecai Jaffe lived 1530-1612, and his son Perez Jaffe would have lived in the late 1500s/early 1600s.

    2) a poster states that Rabbi Shalom Elchonon’s son was Joseph Jaffe, but according to the Jewish Encyclopedia the decedents in order are Mordecia Jaffe (Levush) —> Perez Jaffe —–> Abraham Aberl of Nickolsburg (d.1657) ——> Joseph Jaffe of Posen

  • 12 Rivka // Jan 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Please feel free to email me if you have any info on this!
    tdreskin (at)

  • 13 YD Miller // Jan 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm


    You are simply confusing 2 diffrent Peretz Jaffe’s. The first one son of levush and a few hundred years later father of Sholom Elchanan.

  • 14 Chaim // Jan 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

    As he was a Levi he was not a descendant “Ben Akhar Ben” of the Levush. Maybe through a father-in-law of one of his ancestors. There are also Jaffes Kohanim (Manchester) who are linked through a female to the Jaffes of Gorzd, Lithuania who hold a tradition of descent from the Levush, although I have not found the exact link.

  • 15 susan // May 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Solomon Jaffe is my Great Grandfather. My Grandfather is Joseph Jaffe his children are Pearl (my mother) and son Allen Jaffe.

  • 16 MG // May 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Susan, I have studied some of your great grandfathers works, specifically what he wrote when he was Rabbi in St Louis. He was a great Torah scholar. Can you tell me about his children?

  • 17 Yossi Rubinfeld // Jul 18, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Here is his Sefer Pri Eshel , written while Rav in Vabolnik .

  • 18 Helene // Nov 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Rabbi Jaffe was my great grandfather. My grandmother was Fanny Jaffe, his Daughter. She became a Nathanson, after marriage.

  • 19 Howard Jaffe // Mar 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I was wondering if my Jaffe family is related to Rabbi Shalom Elchanon Jaffe. My father Samuel(sholom) Jaffe and my Grandfather Chone(Elchonon) Jaffe are buried in Mt Judah. The coincidence of the names, the place of burial and the Lithuania(Kupiskis) origins of my grandfather Chone(Elchonon) Jaffe points some family relationship? My Great grandfather was Yitzhak Jaffe and my Great Great Grandfather(ca 1800) was Samuel(Sholom) Jaffe. Any Jaffe Relations out There?

  • 20 judith gruberger // May 12, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    My Great Grandfather was Chief Rabbi Shalom Elchonon Jaffe. One of the founders of the Kashrus division. His son was Joseph Jaffe. He was maried to Pauline Silverman and their children were Esther, Sara Pearl, Marilyn and Alan Jaffe. The only living child of Joseph Jaffe is Alan the son. My Mother Sara Pearl passed away 05/11/19. Her grave is on this plot along with many other relatives.

  • 21 judith gruberger // May 12, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Can someone transcribe the Hebrew on the headstone of Rav Shalom Elchonon Jaffe for me. It would allow me to understand who my Great Grandfather was.

  • 22 judith gruberger // May 12, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I was told that being the Chief Rabbi of New York he was gifted this plot of land for his Family. We are only allowed to put footstones on this plot.

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