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Rabbi Hillel Berkowski

December 19th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Rabbi Hillel Berkowski

הלל ב"ר אריה צבי

Rav, Monticello, New York

Date of Death: Sat. December 25, 1937 - Teves 21 5698

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Lanfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello, NY is along Harris Road about a half mile up from Fast Eddie's Auto Wreckers, Location: Towards the front of the cemetery,

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Hillel Berkowsky

Biographical Notes:

Berkowski Hillel pic
Photo Caption: Rabbi Hillel Berkowski, Credit: Chaim Markowitz

Source: Listed 

Photo Caption: Lakewood Askonim, Tzali Chopp (hat) and Yanky Judowitz at the kever of Rav Berkowsky, Tisha B’av, 2019, Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: Tzali Chopp and Yanky Judowitz, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Tzali Chopp and Yanky Judowitz, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Hillel Berkowski

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: New York · Upstate New York

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Dec 19, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Strange that they wrote “Hashub”, if he was a Rav.

  • 2 asher // Dec 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    It doesn’t say “Rabbi or Rev” either – however It seems back then, in these small hick towns, the Shochet would be the jack of many trades and serve as the leader or Rav. It says on line 5 that he was a leader.

  • 3 YD Miller // Dec 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The words
    “Manhig Namon L’adasai” מנהיג נאמן לעדתו
    clearly defines his role as a Rav and Moreh Derech

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // Dec 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    In Sefer Hegyonei Yitzchok which its פרענומעראנטן are a good source for information on the Jewish presence upstate, has him listed in Monticello just as a Shochet. But it makes sense that he was the Sheiner Yid, and in many cases where there was no official Rav, the Shochet would fill the position of Shatz Matz.

  • 5 Chaim Markowitz // Jan 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    He was my great-great grandfather. (My grandmother’s grandfather). According to my grandmother he was the Rav/shochet/mohel. I actually have his mila knife which my Grandmother gave me. I believe the current Landsfield Ave shul is built either on the spot where his house used to be or across the street from it.

  • 6 Hillel Markowitz // Jan 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I believe that the shul is across the street from where he lived. The place where the house used to be is now a parking lot. I was named for him and we stayed in the house when we would visit his daughter (my mother’s aunt).

  • 7 asher // Jul 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Some photos of the cemetery itself. Not many markers to begin with. The cemetery is located very close to Harris (BY) Synagogue. The Harris shul (structure) is still intact and used by the adjacent (RPD) bungalow colony. I would assume this cemetery was used by the surrounding towns or village but there are very few people interred since 1911. Is there another Jewish cemetery in the Catskill region?

  • 8 YD Miller // Jul 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm


    There are cemeteries in Liberty, South Falsburg, Woodridge besides Monticello and perhaps some more as well.

  • 9 asher // Jul 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Thanx Miller, I found a listing of local cemeteries – woe… there’s a whole bunch of ’em. The Landfield Synagogue Cemetery is located closer to town. There was another Shul in the area of Landfield Synagogue which has been sold to some churban.

    Rav Berkovsky is buried in the General Cemetery, located here;,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1189&bih=920&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

  • 10 shamshon pinter // Jul 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    there is another cemetery down the road from this one i heard that it is jewish however i went and there is not one grave stone that has jewish letters

  • 11 asher // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Shamshon, are u referring to the one on a hill (Harris road, closer to Old Liberty Rd)…? There’s another one on a hill on Divine Corners Rd, off Neversink Road – did u check out that one?

  • 12 Hillel Markowitz // Dec 3, 2017 at 12:23 am

    The picture of the grave stone shows the date of death as 21 Tevet 5698. which translates to December 25, 1937.

  • 13 Rabbi Stern // Mar 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Rabbi Tzadok Taylor
    Any idea what his connection was to Rav Hillel Berkowski?

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