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Rabbi Eliyahu Herzenberg

January 29th, 2010 · 15 Comments

Rabbi Eliyahu Herzenberg

אליהו ב"ר יוסף

Rav, Bais Medrash HaGadol of Williamsburg

Date of Death: Wed. September 25, 1912 - Tishrei 14 5673
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Cemetery Details
81-10 Pitkin Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417
United States

Phone: 212-874-7005
Contact: Daniel Goldberg


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Notes: It should be noted that Acacia, Bayside and Mokom Sholom are three independent cemeteries and while Acacia and Mokom Sholom are under the same management umbrella, Bayside is independently owned and operated. The cemeteries run along Pitkin and Liberty Avenues from 80th Street to 84th Street. Access to Bayside is from Pitkin Avenue only. Although in a constant state of cleanup, Bayside is in extreme disarray and can be dangerous, use caution when visiting!!! Actual care is provided by Cong Shaare Zeedk on the Upper West Side, they claim that all records were lost in a fire.

Directions to Kever: Although in a constant state of cleanup, Bayside Cemetery along Pitkin Avenue in Queens is in extreme disarray and can be dangerous, use caution when visiting!!! In the event of an emergency call 911. Location: Gate: 84

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Grand Rabbi Elias Herzenberg

Biographical Notes:

Bio Information:
The Bais Medrash HaGadol of Williamsburg  located at 46 Moor Street and prided itself as being, strictly Shomer Shabbos.

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Herzenberg

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Herzenberg

Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Queens / L.I., NY

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Jan 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Interesting that in the English it says Herzenberg, but in the Hebrew it says Hertzberg.

  • 2 curios // Jan 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Some Torah from him here:
    He signs “Rav of Anshei Korland in Brooklyn”, I guess he was there before Williamsburg.

  • 3 Farshlufen // Jan 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

    His father was rav in Korland for around six years, see here:

  • 4 YD Miller // Jan 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Where was Bais Hamedrash Hagodol of Williamsburg? and where does it say that Rabbi Herzenberg was Rav there?

  • 5 Asher // Jan 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    YD, on line 7 it’s engraved that he was Rav in BMH”G plus he’s buried in the Beis Bedrash Hagodol of Williamsburg section – gate 84.

  • 6 A.R. // Jan 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Poor spacing of the english words on the kever. The english is strange as well ….”14 day”, and as someone pointed out above the name in hebrew is Hertzberg. I wonder who did the english inscription.

  • 7 curios // Jan 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Seemingly someone who didn’t know English well (pretty common in those days…).

  • 8 A.R. // Jan 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm


    I found an incredibly interestinf article above. It seems there was a butcher shop at 46 Moore st. and there was rioting and burning of meat there by women one evening (maybe it was tarfus?). Maybe there was a shul built later, but that would not give R’ Herzberg many years as Rav of the Shul.

  • 9 Ben Bee Zee // Jan 31, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    if you’ll look in different records you’ll find Moore Street (in old/almost New Williamsburg) to have many shuls. It seems like this was like what we call today “The Heart of Williamsburg”

  • 10 Farshlufen // Feb 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    A.R. The riots against the butchers was all over the city and was due the butchers and wholesalers raising prices.

  • 11 kk47herz // Feb 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    People in that part of the world with the name Herzenberg were also Herzberg, Hercenberg, Hertzenberg, Hertzberg, Gerzenberg, etc, due to the many languages/alphabets used in the area (Hebrew, Latvian, German, Russian, Polish, Yiddish…).
    My ancestor Joseph or Jossel Herzenberg was a rabbi in Pilten, Kurland, Latvia. He had four sons Elias, Lemchen (my line), Chone and Osher. Elias and his son Josip were also Rabbis. Osher had a son Eliahu born abt 1812 of whom I know nothing else. Obviously not the same Eliahu, but perhaps there’s a connection there.
    I don’t read Hebrew, so I’m not able to read the texts mentioned. I know that some of my distant relatives left Kurland for the US in the mid 1800’s but I don’t know much about them.

  • 12 Ben Bee Zee // Sep 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

    An eulogy, upon his passing in Hamodia of 1912, by Rabbi Shimon Tuvia Kaplan

  • 13 Farshlufen // Sep 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    עוד מדברי תורתו
    Moreshes Cachmei America

  • 14 asher lowy // Feb 3, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Snapshot of society gate with Rav Hertzenberg’s name spelled with the letter “N”, in difference to to his marker.

    Pix of Aaronson, who’s buried next to the Rav. It says, “Chevra Beis Ha’Midrash Hagodol, 46 Moor Street, Williamsburg, Strictly Shomer Shabbos”

  • 15 Farshlufen // May 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

    דער מארגען זשורנאל 01 אוקטובר 1912

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