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Rabbi Elimelech Edlin

October 8th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Rabbi Elimelech Edlin

אלימלך ב”ר מנחם נחום

Rav, Congregation Sons of Jacob, Haverstraw, NY

Date of Death: Tue. January 9, 1906 - Teves 12 5666

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Cemetery Details
88 Westside Avenue
Haverstraw, NY 10927
United States

Phone: (845) 429-8383


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Entrance to the Jewish Section of the cemetery is the 2nd entrance on Rt. 9W

Directions to Kever:

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rev Elimelech Edlin

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Search and Rescue in the days after the Haverstraw Landslide, Credit: The Historical Society of Rockland County

Bio Information: 
The Rav was killed trying to rescue other members of his congregation during the infamous Haverstraw Landslide which took place on January 8, 1906.

Credit: Aaron Feder

Credit: Aaron Feder

Tags: Monsey / New Square, NY · New York · Unknown · Upstate New York

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 asher // Oct 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanx to BBZ, this is what reads on the marker;

    איש רב בחכמה וצעיר לימים
    לא רבים יחכמו כמהו גבר תמים
    ימי שני חייו מעטים ורעים
    מארץ רוסיא בא לגור בתוך הבאים
    לא עלתה לו שנתו מיום נעשה רב לעדתו
    כל עין ידמע על אבדה נפש יקרה ע”י אסון
    נורא אשר קרה להקדוש הר”ר
    אלימלך ב”ר מנחם נחום
    אשר נבלע ונקבר חיים תחת
    מפולת הבתים ביום המר י”ט טבת תרס”ו לפ”ק
    ת’ נ’ צ’ ב’ ה’

  • 2 blackleibel // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Wonder which way is Mizrach?

  • 3 Azi // Oct 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

    From the Wiki page on this town: “The village announced in 2007, the 101 anniversary of the landslide, that a memorial would be erected in honor of the victims of the landslide.”

    Can someone find a picture of this memorial? It would be interesting to see how the rabbi was identified on it, ie rabbi or not.

  • 4 Azi // Oct 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

    See a reference to tha rabbi (spelled Adlin) here:

  • 5 A.R. // Oct 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

    There was an article in Hamodia a while back with all the details of the landslide. Some yidden made there way to his kever for the yartzeit in the last number of years. This area had a tremendous industry back then and most of the beautiful brownstones in NY were made from these bricks in Haverstraw. No surprise that yidden were working in the area and started a small kehillah.

  • 6 Ben Bee Zee // Oct 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

    All the markers of the people who died in the landslide are laid the opposite of the entire cemetery. They probably stareted burying one way and then they decided it’s better to lay the other way.

    The date on the marker reflects the date when they were buried the day the landslide happened was the night to 12 Teves.

    I could not find anything relating to the Biography of the Rabbi Adlin all I know about him I posted on the link Rabbi/Mr. Asher posted above.

    Thank you Reb Boruch for posting it.

  • 7 Azi // Oct 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Also, the NYT article doesn’t indicate he was helping to save anyone, just that he was inside a house that fell down. Later in the article they list who died saving others. Also, if he did die saving people they probably would have mentioned it on his stone, which they did not.

  • 8 Ben Bee Zee // Oct 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I took the information from various sources including other newspaper articles. The information that he assisted the Nelson family was also in a NYT article dated January 15 1906.

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