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Rabbi Gavriel Zev Margolis

January 28th, 2008 · 63 Comments

Rabbi Gavriel Zev Margolis

גבריאל זאב ב"ר יחיאל יצחק

President and Founder, Knesseth HaRabonim

Date of Death: Mon. September 9, 1935 - Elul 10 5695

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Cemetery Details
121-83 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens , NY 11413
United States

Phone: 718-528-1700
Contact: Carl Schramm


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Cemetery gates are open Sunday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM, always check their website for holiday schedule.

Directions to Kever: Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Section: United Hebrew Community, along Carmel Avenue, between North 9 and North 10th Street (see map below)

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: MARGOLIS, GABRIEL WOLF

Biographical Notes:

Margolis Gavriel Zev Pic New
Photo Caption:Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis, Photo Credit: Mitchell Morris  
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Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis and  Rav Avroham Aaron Yudelovitch , Credit: Needed
Rabv Yudelevitch and Rav Margolius
Photo Caption: Rav Avroham Aaron Yudelovitch and Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Library Of Congress
Margolis Gavriel Zev Forward Feb 1930
Margolis Gavriel Zev Forward Feb 1930 Part 2
Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Jewish Forward
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Photo Caption: Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis , Credit: Jewish Forward
Margolis Gavriel Zev Ad
Photo Caption: Advertisement announcing the annual membership meeting of the Knesseth HaRabonim, Credit: The Jewish Morning Journal, January 23, 1913
Margolis Gavriel Zev Brooklyn Eagle of Sep 9 1935
Photo Caption: The passing of Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis, Credit: Brooklyn Eagle, September 9, 1935
Nachum of Horodna pic
Photo Caption: Father-in-law of Rav Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis and the rebbe of the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Nachum Kaplan,  or as he was commonly known Rebbe Nachumke of Horodnad. It is It is reported that the Chofetz Chaim had a picture of Rebbe Nachumke hanging in his house.

Photo Caption: Title page, Agudath Eizov, Credit: IFJCAH

Bio Information:
Rav Velvele as he was commonly know was married the daughter of Rav Nachum Kaplan d. 1880 (or 1879), the famed Rebbe of the Chofetz Chaim. After moving to the United States in 1907, the Rav was appointed as the Chief Rabbi of Boston, MA where he established the Knesseth HaRabonim HaOrthdoksim d’America v’Canada, prior to moving to New York City in 1911.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Gavriel Zev Velvele Margolis

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andrew Hyde // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Mr Y D Miller. bsd
    Thank You for the reprint from NYT.
    The confusion of which Reb Margolies came to Boston when is now orderly. I think.
    I wanted to find information of these two rabbis and in connection with the immigration of Abraham, Rose and her three sisters.
    My grandfather came in 1888 and then went to work as a cobbler with his cousin David Goldstein. The shoppe was in Union Sq. Somerville. I am researching to unlock where these people were during those times. I cant find David after 1905 in the Cambridge Historical |Commision. I am saying that I cant find his grave site. You see the name on my grandfathers kevar marker. It says Yehudah Leib.
    Supposedly he came with his third wife, my grandfathers mother and Abraham’s sister. I cant find them, either. The name Kyett comes along with Morris Kyett who was on the board at Beth Israel Synagogue with Abraham. I cant find Morris Kyett grave site either.
    I am writing to R Yosef Sheinin to have copy of Hagaddah.
    My |Cousin Marge Barkin Searl writes a lovely paragraph.

  • 2 Andrew Hyde // Jun 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    supposedly the ‘RAMAZ’ came to Boston Northend in 1888 opening the Salem St Shul.
    supposedly my grandfather came at the same time on a ship from Hamburg. My grandfather was from Riga Area of Latvia. I have searched information of this era to no results. Also,……………..I have searched a link as to where the grandfather settled upon his arrival. There were cousins in the Westend, on the Charles River leading to Cambridge.

  • 3 Irvin Valkowitz // Jun 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    My zaydie was Nyman Margolis, whose father was Eliezer Gershon son of Gavriel Wolf Margolis. I have done a family tree via If anyone is interested contact me.

  • 4 LEAH // Jun 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Hi Irvin
    As a granddaughter of Rivka Meyte Sheinin that her mother was Ita Leah Goldberg, also daughter of Rabi Velvale Margolis, I will be happy to get your family tree. I’m sure my father will be happy to see it.
    You can get my E-MAIL through webmaster.

  • 5 Rena Saland Wechter // Jul 8, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Irvin – I am the granddaughter of Rachel Margolis Saland who was also the daughter of Rav Velvale Margolis. I would also like to get the family tree. I guess you can get my email the same way

  • 6 Leah and Rena // Jul 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    The web master does not seem to be able to get me email addresses. I can put up mine here if you would like and I can try to contact you that way.

  • 7 LEAH // Jul 31, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Irvin- I see that there is no other option, so yo can send directly to my e-mail:


  • 8 andrew hyde // Dec 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    hi Leah. I am checking in, on line. I have kept research of the Baldwin St shuls: Beth Israel, Cambridge. This reason is I am building a biography of grandparents. My grandfather Abraham Reuben Hyde founded Beth Israel and before I think he founded Anshei Sphared of Somerville. Before that I assume(sorry one shouldn’t ever)he landed on Baldwin Place. This was 1888. Dont think of the names because I have found nothing so far. He was A R ben Yehuda Leib (unknown). His mother was Sarah Sherman.
    Along comes his sister around 1905 (so far it seems alone) 25 years old alone from Riga, Latvia.
    doesn’t sound common sense. I am going to walk the everett and woburn cemeteries one day soon.
    Mirium Eather is buried near her brother with her husband in separate place in Beth El Baker Street. I would like to have some coaching to locate the world of Baldwin Place with these people. My grandma had three sisters (is where I am going next) or I am going to Riga, Latvia municipality.

  • 9 Moshe Escott // May 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    It’s fitting to mention here that Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua (aka Josh) Hoffman was נפטר on ערב שבת. He wrote the definitive work on the life of Rav Velvel and posted some comments that can be seen above.

    He was a very special and unique individual and a longtime תלמיד מובהק of Rav Ahron Soloveichik zt”l in both Chicago and New York.

    His levaya took place at RIETS on Friday. Links to audio and video are here:

    I believe his קבורה took place Sunday evening at הר הזיתים.

    יהי זכרו ברוך

  • 10 Moshe Escott // May 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    An audio for Sunday’s הספדים in ירושלים can be found here:

  • 11 Miriam Shakow // Nov 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I am a great-great granddaughter of Reb Velvele. I am actually trying to find out information about his daughter, Jean Margolis. Does anyone know about her life? Thanks!

  • 12 LEAH // Jul 29, 2018 at 5:53 am

    At the end of chumash bereshit :TORAT GAVRIEL”, Reb VELVEL MARGOLIS wrote about “sheer besari” (relative) Rabi Ben Zion Arie Leib Tzizling.
    I’m trying to find what was the family connection between them?
    I hope someone can help me.

  • 13 MEYER KNOBLOCH // Nov 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm


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