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Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin

May 12th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin

יהודה ליב ב"ר נחום פנחס

Rav, United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of Detroit

Date of Death: Fri. March 26, 1926 - Nissan 11 5686

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Cemetery Details
2425 East Fourteen Mile Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
United States

Phone: (248) 723-8884
Contact: Ralph Zuckman


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Detroit, MI maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request.

Directions to Kever: Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham, Michigan maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Birmingham is a suburb of Detroit. Location: Section: 8, Lot: 38

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rabbi Judah Leib Levin

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: National Meeting of Orthodox American Rabbis c.1920, Detroit, MI, Credit: Archives of Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Photo Caption: Rav Yehuda Levin, 1913, Credit: Congregation Shaarey Zedek Archives

Credit: IFJCAH

Bio Information:
Rav Yehuda Leib Levin was born in Traby, Vilna Province, c.1862 and studied in Volozhin and Kovno and was ordained by Rav Naphtali Tzvi Yehudah Berlin [Netziv], Rav Yitzchok Elchanan Spector, Rav Yitzchok Meir of Slobodka, Rav Shloma Hacohen of Vilna, and Rav Yitzchok Blazer. He was appointed the rabbi of Liskiava, Suwalki Province, at the age of twenty-four and he immigrated to America five years later. He served as a rabbi in Rochester for one and a half years and then returned to Russia. He served as a rabbi in Krevo, but remained there only for half a year before coming back to America. After four years as a rabbi in New Haven’s Congregation Bikur Cholim, in 1897 he was invited by three Orthodox synagogues of Detroit to serve as their rabbi. Rav Levin remained there for the rest of his life and he helped support the needs of the community during a period when it was experiencing tremendous growth. He founded the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations to strengthen his synagogues and he established schools, asylums and kashruth organizations. He was among the founding members Mizrahi and the Agudath Harabbonim. Rav Levin was an inventor by vocation and he secured patents for a calculating machine, a model of which was placed on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute. He died in 1926, leaving many unpublished manuscripts which are now housed at the University of Michigan library.


Credit: Ralph Zuckman, Executive Director, Clover Hill Park Cemetery

Credit: Ralph Zuckman, Executive Director, Clover Hill Park Cemetery

Credit: Ralph Zuckman, Executive Director, Clover Hill Park Cemetery

Tags: Detroit, MI · Michigan

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blackleibel // May 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Niftar ’36, not ’26. father of Harav Avraham Chaim Levin, Shlit”a, Rosh Hayeshiva, Telshe-Chicago.

  • 2 YD Miller // May 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    There are Two Seforim on Hebrew Books authored by Rabbi Levin. Here is one:

    Reb Leibel,
    Where do you take the year of 1936 Vs. 1926, I found in Hamoer that he passed away 1926, see here;

    On your comment about Reb Avrohom Chaim Levin being his son, I find that RAC father was Named Reb Leizer Levin who only came to Detroit in 1938, see here;

    A nice Photo of Rabbi Levin:

    Rabbi Levin founded the Yeshiva which was later named Beth Yehuda in Detroit in 1914 (in this link it appears that he was Niftar in 1925)

  • 3 curios // May 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    True, Reb A.C. Levin’s father was Reb Leizer, he is also the father-in-law of R’ Berel Wein.

  • 4 blackleibel // May 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Obviously, my (2) mistakes. The first line of the initial bio says “d. 1936” and I got the name wrong. I have a 1940’s Tshuva to my father from a Detroit Rav Levin which must be from Rav A.C. Levin’s father.

  • 5 LisaG // Oct 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Info from the Irwin I. Cohn Michigan Jewish Cemetery Index (

    LEVIN, RABBI JUDAH L : Clover Hill Park Cemetery Section 8, Lot 38

    2425 E. 14 Mile Road
    Birmingham, MI 48009
    (248) 723-8884

  • 6 Aleksander Chossid // Nov 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    re: lisag
    Wow, I looked through that site numerous times and i missed it. thank you. Ill go there soon and check it out IYH. Im rather suprised hes buried out there, a litvishe from the 30s?

  • 7 sholom // Dec 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Rabbi Judah Levin was my great grandfather. 1926 is the correct date, not 1936. He had 4 sons: Nathan, Samuel, Isadore, and Abraham.

    There is quite a bit of incorrect information about him on the internet, confusing him with others of similar name or reading other folks named Levin into his family, or vice versa. His archives are located at the University of Michigan library.

  • 8 YD Miller // Sep 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

  • 9 Georgi // Nov 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    just compiled an article for Judah Levin in mi site –
    Any comments and corrections will be greatly appreciated (my email – dalakov (at)

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