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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Burstein

April 17th, 2009 · 23 Comments

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Burstein

מנחם מענדל ב"ר משה צבי

Rav, Bronx, New York

Date of Death: Thu. September 10, 1942 - Elul 27 5702

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Cemetery Details
300 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY 11003
United States

Phone: 718-343-4000


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Needed

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Burstein and his Rebbitzin, Credit: Needed 

Credit: IFJCAH

Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chaim Dovid // Apr 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    There was a Rav Mordechai Menachem Mendel Burstein in Kansas City during the 1920s and 30s could this be the sane Rav Burstein?

  • 2 Miller // Apr 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    In Washington DC there was a Rabbi Yehoshua Burstien who was the son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Burstien, in 1950 he was still living as we find in Toldot Anshi Shiem (page 9)

    Reb Morechai Mencahm Burstien of Kansas City was still living in 1950, so it is definetely not him, but he may be related (see Hapardes July 1950)

    In Tel-Aviv there was a Rabbi Dov Buestien who wrothe the Sefer “Gufoi Shel Get” avilible at

    Another Burstien, was Rabbi Yosef Burstien in Brooklyn NY.

  • 3 KC // Apr 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    A few months ago I was in KC, I ask around among the old timers about Rabbi Burstien but no one knew where he was buried. Does anyone know where he was buried?

  • 4 Dov Kramer // Jun 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Rav Burstein, the Kansas City Rav passed away in 1962 (he was in the low 80’s) and was buried on Har HaMenuchos in EY His Rebbetzin who passed away in the 50’s is buried at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Missouri.

  • 5 Shmuel // Jun 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I don’t know if any of the KC rabbis are buried in KC, form what I understand all the rabbis were buried elsewhere

  • 6 Terri // Sep 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Rabbi “Max” Burstein was my great uncle in Kansas City. I am trying to track down information. I f anyone knows anything that might help, I would appreciate the insight. Thanks

  • 7 Ariel Fischer // Sep 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Rabbi Burstein’s name was changed to Burnstein at Ellis Island. He was originally from the Wyszkow area in Poland and was a Rav and shochet there. He and his family faced terrible persecution during WWI and in the years afterward. In 1921 he came to the U.S. and worked a s ashochet in Virginia, until he could bring the rest of his family over. He later had a shul in the Bronx, where he was a highly respected Talmid Chacham and Posek. He paskened difficult shaalos about gittin and agunos, and taught his son and son in laws hilchos shechitah.
    His father Rav Moshe Hersh was a chasid of the Kotzker Rebbe and Rav Menachem Mendel was named after the Kotzker. Rav Moshe Hersh’s father was named Avraham Abba Morgenstern.
    His mother Perel Goldreich was a descendant of Rav yaakov Emden, the Pnei Yehoshua, the Meginei Shlom, and ultimately could trace her yichus back to ReMA. In addition her grandmother had been the wife of the Chozeh MiLublin (1745-1815).
    His first wife Henya Mriam died in Poland. His second wife Chava died in 1937 and is buried nearby in Beth David. After her death he moved to Newark to the home of his daughter Rose, where he died in 1942.
    His daughter Rose Burnstein had one son Rabbi Hersh Yitzchok Burnstein of Elizabeth. His daughter Mollie had two sons Rabbi Moshe Goldstone of Brooklyn and Rabbi Yitzchok Goldstone of Elizabeth. His daughter Lea Leiter was the mother of Mrs. Pearl Herman of Jerusalem. His daughter Bella Epstein had three sons: Rabbi Moshe Yaakov Epstein of Bridgeport, CT, Rabbi Mendel Epstein of Brookly and Rabbi Binyamin Epstein of Brooklyn. His son Rabbi Yehoshua Burnstein was a Rav in Washington, D.C. and later Silver Spring Maryland. Rabbi Yehoshua Burnstein was the father of Mrs. Chava Goldstone of Elizabeth, Mrs. Anita Preis of Baltimore, Mrs. Sandy Steinberg of Teaneck, Mrs. Rachel Schmuckler of Lakewood, and Rabbi Naftoli Burnstein of Cleveland. Rabbi Burnstein’s youngest daughter Rickel was the wife of Rabbi Shimshon Brodsky of Brooklyn. They had six children: Mrs. Gitel Levovitz of Jerusalem, Mrs. Chava Serebrowski of Brooklyn, Rabbi Chaim Brodsky of Toronto, Rabbi Moshe Brodsky of Lakewood, Mrs. Shayna Goldman of Passaic, and Mrs. Slava Zuckerman of Detroit. Today there are over 100 great grandchildren and over 200 great-great grandchildren.

  • 8 Menachem // Dec 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    How do you know that? Do you know where I can learn more about Rabbi Burstein?

  • 9 Ben Bee Zee // Dec 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    thank you Ariel for the info I was doing research on the Great People buried in Beth David and i couldn’t find anything on Rabbi Burstein, It’s very interesting to find out that he was from such big Yichus.

  • 10 Dov Kramer // Dec 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    A few years ago I spent an uplifting shabbos in KC. Always interested in history I asked around about the different rabbanim who served in the community over the years. I was introduced to the local Jewish historian, her name is Anita Lobe. Anita has been recording Jewish burials in KC for the longest time, and published a book titled Gone But Not Forgotten. I asked her if she knew where Rav Burstein was buried at first she did not. After searching around for some time she found the Rebbetzin’s kever and in her notes she had written that the Rav was buried in EY on Har HaMenuchos. As for bio info not much I only know that he was in KS for many, many years.

  • 11 Menachem // Dec 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you. I know that Rav Burstein was in KC at least from the early 1920s.

  • 12 Ariel Fischer // Apr 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Rabbi Burnstein’s second wife, Chava had two sons from her first marriage and they took the name Burnstein when they moved to the U.S. The older one was my grandfather, Harry (Reuven Zvi) Burnstein

  • 13 Frida Cielak // Apr 12, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I am Frida Cielak (nee Grapa-Markuschamer) from Mexico City, where a WYSZKOW Poland PROJECT is being carried out under the direction of the well known Mexican Historian, essayist and publisher DR ENRIQUE KRAUZE.
    I am his assistant researcher centered at this moment, in the investigation about the Jewish life and history in, and about Wyszkow, pre,- during- and past- World War II and the Holocaust.
    This exhaustive research includes looking for facts, documents, letters, family & shtetl stories, testimonies and any information sources available for this theme.
    I happened to find today this website and read with great interest your comments about Rabbi Burstein from Wyszkow!!!!!!!
    Would you think that his sons or grandsons know something about Wyszkow or have Wyszkow memorabilia? Is there any way i can contact them by internet?
    We will be looking for your kind reply to our request and, we THANK YOU in ADVANCE for your help!
    We kindly ask you, too, to PLEASE acknowledge reception of this e-mail.
    Zayt gezunt, kol tuv, Yours,
    Frida Cielak from Mexico City

  • 14 Ariel Fischer // Apr 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Much of the Wyszkow data was indexed thanks to the efforts of Stanley Diamond of Montreal. He sent me some indexed data.
    My great grandmother was Rabbi Burnstein’s second wife so my grandfather was his step son, but he took the name Burnstein for immigration purposes.
    My grandfather was born in Dlugosiodlow, in the Wyszkow area.
    I have kind of become the family mishpachologist so I have about as much information as any of my cousins. Contact me at

  • 15 Johannes Heil // Sep 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Dear all,

    my wife Deborah, born in Haifa/IL 1960, is the daughter of Moshe Burstein z”l from Wyszkow (born 1919) who’s brother was Hersch Burstein, living in a Kibbutz near Herzelyia. They were the only two of a great family who escaped in time and were not murdered by the Germans in Sep. 1939.
    Given the names, this family may be related to the family of rabbis you are searching for. Deborah knows from her father that their ancestors were Rabbis at Wyszkow.
    We are planning to visit Wyszkov after Succos.
    You can write here on

    Shana tova, Johannes Heil from Heidelberg, Germany

  • 16 Terri // Mar 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you for all your help, but I think that I am looking for a different Rabbi Max Burstein. The 1930 Missouri census and SS death index lead me to believe that he was born in Russia, 1886-1888. He lived on Olive Street in KC, Missouri and he died in March, 1969. His wife’s name was Jennie. I’d like to see an obit or a picture of a tombstone or any other information that anyone may have. Thanks

  • 17 Mariel O. Burstin // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hello, I am the great-great-granddaughter of Rabbi Yosef Burshtein of Brooklyn. I am looking for some information about him. My great-grandfather (one of his sons) was Yehoshua Burstin , I think the last name was changed at immigration when they arrived to Argentina. My grandfather’s name is Samuel Burstin. It would be wonderful if someone has any information about him, please contact me. Thank you.

  • 18 YD Miller // Sep 12, 2011 at 11:23 am


    I found a note in Haprdes in year 1940 where your GG_Grandfather Rabbi Yosef Burshtien notifies that his Brother Rabbi Yitzchok Burshtien who was at the time the Rabbi in the Polish city Ostrelenka had sent him some copies of his newly released seforim Matami Yitzchok and he is willing to sell them, his given contact information:

    Rabbi J. Burstien
    298 Schnectady Ave.
    Brooklyn NY

    He mentions that before coming to the US he was a Rabbi in Warsaw, Poland

    In a previuos editions of Hapardes in year 1931 and 1934 he is announcing that he sells Tefillin and Mezuzahs that was sent to him by his son Yechiel Burshtien of Warsaw.

    So after looking for the Sefer of his brother:
    I found that thier father was named Reb Shlomo Burshtien of Lomza.
    Another point, the two brothers were Mechutanim, Avrohom the son of Reb Yosef was the SIL of his uncle Reb Yitzchok married to his daughter Rivka and lived in Warsaw.

  • 19 azi // May 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    what is his relation to rabbi dov burstein of botasani?

  • 20 Mariel O. Burstin // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Dear YD Miller,

    I just saw your message! Over 4 years later!!
    thank you so much for all this valuable information!!
    I’m so curious to know where you found the information about Avrohom and Rivka being married. Avrohom is my grandfather’s uncle. We would love to see any documents or old records that exist!
    I hope you see this message, I will make sure to check back for your answer in this thread, in case it doesn’t forward it to my personal email.
    Thank you so much!! and Hanukah Sameach!

  • 21 YD Miller // Dec 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Mariel,

    Here is where I found the information about Avrohom and Rivka being married:

    Rivka’s father acknowledges their financial support in printing his works.

    R’ Yitzchok also mentions his wife Yenta in that same note.

  • 22 Tattale // Apr 26, 2016 at 3:26 am

    His son Rav Yehoshua Berstein Rav in Washington D.C (son in law of Rav Moshe Menachem Spiegel of Ostrov-Kalushin) is buried in the Ostrov-Kalushiner Chelka in Woodbridge, NJ.

  • 23 Tattale // Apr 26, 2016 at 3:52 am

    A photo of Rav Menachem Mendel & his Rebetzin

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