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Rabbi Meshulam Fivel Koblentz

June 4th, 2009 · 33 Comments

Rabbi Meshulam Fivel Koblentz

משולם פייוויל ב"ר

Rav, Congregation Agudath Achim Anshei Libowitz

Date of Death: Sun. May 10, 1914 - Iyar 14 5674

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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: Society: Congregation Lubowitz Weinzein, Path: A, Gate: 13, on the right side a few graves in. The second section from the Liberty Avenue entrance.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rav Feivel Koblentz

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

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

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farshlufen // Jun 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

    What is the word after the yearתרע”ד is it bed beach or maybe Bethpage?

  • 2 Farshlufen // Jun 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

    If he was 80 in תרע”ד then he was born as early as תקצ”ד.

  • 3 avremele // Jun 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I would imagine it says bath_beach

  • 4 Tully // Jun 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Niglah and Nistar that is impressive.

  • 5 Chaim B. // Jun 4, 2009 at 10:43 am

    His son, Rav Yehuda Zundel was a Rabbi in Brooklyn at Congregation Chevra Kadisha. He also wrote a safer titled Ragshi Yehuda. Interestingly, the safer has a memorial page for his father (Meshulam Fivel) and just like on the tombstone there is no mention of the grandfather. Another thing, the safer was published in 1915 and lists the Rav’s yartziet as 13 Iyar.

    I think it says “Bethpage”

  • 6 Ah Shtikle History // Jun 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Not sure if there is a connection however Koblentz (or Coblenz) is name of a German city on the Rhine.

  • 7 Miller // Jun 4, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Where is bethbeach?

    There was a conservative rabbi Adolph Coblenz in Baltimore, not sure if there is any connection.

  • 8 Yisrael // Jun 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    There’s an Anshei Lubowitz burial section at the Old Mt. Carmel cemetery in Queens. The shul was in Brownsville, Brooklyn on 195 Watkins Street. My great-great grandfather was a mispallel at that shul. Does anyone know if any shul records still exist or if there any photos?

  • 9 Farshlufen // Jul 1, 2009 at 9:53 am

    R’ Yisroel, for photos check with NYC municipal records.

  • 10 Rabbi Stern // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

    They have a section at Beth David as well. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Dachowitz, one of the last Moreh Dasrah of the congregation, and one of the leading Rabbanim of Brownsville is buried in that location. The shule records may be with the City or State’s recording office. Prior to liquidating they would have had to contact the State Attorney Generals office.
    Does anyone know if the building is still standing?

  • 11 Cheskel // Jul 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Though I don’t C this congregation listed.

  • 12 Cheskel // Jul 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Knowledge about the building should B in the book of Ellen Levitt “The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn” available through

    This comment should B be4 the 1 above.

  • 13 Rabbi Stern // Jul 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Listed where?

  • 14 Farshlufen // Jul 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I beleive that the building is not standing anymore, look here:

  • 15 Farshlufen // Jul 2, 2009 at 8:11 am

    In the above link enlarge the street view.

  • 16 Ellen Levitt // Jul 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I wrote THE LOST SYNAGOGUES OF BROOKLYN. Sorry to inform you that the shul at 195 Watkins St. no longer stands. In my book I featured text and photos of those buildings of former synagogues that still stand. I did mention a few others in passing.

  • 17 asher // Oct 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Quoting Chaim B. above:
    “His son, Rav Yehuda Zundel was a Rabbi in Brooklyn at Congregation Chevra Kadisha. He also wrote a safer titled Ragshi Yehuda.

    Does anyone know where this shul was/is located?

  • 18 asher // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Never mind, Yisroel answered had answered this above.

  • 19 YD Miller // Nov 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

    The son Reb Yehuda Zundel had a son Rabbi Abraham Konlentz who was Rabbi in the Cong. Chizok V’emunah in Baltimore MD

  • 20 YD Miller // Sep 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  • 21 Farshlufen // Sep 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Asher, Yisroel answered to the question where the anshei libowitz shul was, the congregation Chevra Kadisha was located in 46 Moore street in the Williamsburg Bushwik area.

  • 22 asher // Sep 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I found in public records Harry Koblentz who resided on Cropsey Avenue. Born Oct 12 1904, Died May 26 1994 age 84. Must be related somehow.

  • 23 asher // Sep 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I am doing teshuva – Rav Zundl wasn’t Rav in Bath Beach, total mistake on my part. Bath Beach is adjacent to Bensonhurst.

    Farshlufen, can you upload a clear picture of Rav Yehuda Zundl Koblents’ marker. TY.

  • 24 Farshlufen // Sep 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Asher, I Emailed them to R’ Baruch.

  • 25 asher // Sep 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you.

  • 26 YD Miller // Sep 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

    In the link above you can see a clear picture of the marker. While the name Koblentz is spelled with a K on the fathers marker, it is spelled with a C as Coblenz on the sons marker in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

  • 27 asher // Sep 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I’m a bit confused – my assumption from Farshlufens’ comment below –

    “Asher, בעוה”ר Adolph coblenz was the son of Rav zundel son of Rav faish.”

    is that Rav Zundel’s son was not kinda orthodox while RBE has him listed in his sefer – why would RBE list him if he wasn’t completely orthodox – was he orthodox but his congregation not so?

    Another question:
    Rav Koblentz name is spelled here –
    Meshulem Feivel
    while on his son’s marker it’s spelled –
    Shraga Feivish
    In Ragshay Yehuda he spells it
    Meshulem Feivish
    I understand that MF is the same name as SF but why would they spell it differently – OK, it’s not a Kesubah but why spell it differently.

    if i wanna light for his neshomo, how would you suggest i say “l’ilui nishmas….”

    Is it fair to assume that his son wrote this nusach so this should be the most accurate.

  • 28 YD Miller // Sep 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Asher, to clarify;

    RBE’s works are not limited to Orthodox, he lists famous jews and Rabbis from all walks of life.

    Adolph Coblenz was the 2nd or third Rabbi in his Cong. Chizuk Amunah in Baltimore, under his leadership the Congregation voted to adopt mixed seating (רח”ל) in the shul, see:–mission/

    About the confusing name of R’ Feivish/Feivel Koblenz, the answer is לאו מר בר רב אשי חתים עלה as it was the case in many instances where the children cared little about thier father’s vlaues they did not make the effort to even spell and write correctly thier parents markers.
    I am not saying that is the case here, but as one of the Gedolim used to say “America hut ales farentfert” (America was the excuse for everything)

  • 29 Robert // Nov 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Rabbi Meshulam Fivel Koblentz, who called himself Philip in America, was in Riga in 1858, where his son Yehuda Zundel (Sigmund) was born. He emigrated to America in 1888 with his wife and several children. In 1900 the family was living at 29 Attorney Street in Manhattan, in 1903 at 305 Madison Street in Manhattan, and in 1910 at 120 Bay 14th Street in Brooklyn.

    Two questions:

    1. His congregation, Agudath Achim Anshei Libowitz, was evidently established in Brownsville in 1906. Is there information about which congregation(s) he was associated with between 1888 and 1906?

    2. New York City directories from 1894 to 1896 list a Philip Koblentz in the “meat” business, presumably as a butcher, at 80 Essex Street. Since Philip Koblentz (using all possible spelling variations) was an otherwise unique name in America at that time, is it possible that this Philip was Meshulam Fivel?

  • 30 Joanne // Sep 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    According to the incorporation papers, my great-grandfather, David Albert, was one of the founders of Lubowitz Weinzein, and his son, a lawyer, Abraham Albert, drew up the legal documents. I’d appreciate any more information about this landsmanshaft.

  • 31 asher lowy // Feb 3, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Pix of Frume Hinda (Fannie) Koblentz’s Marker (Wife of Rav Koblentz)

  • 32 Joel Weinberg // Nov 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Yisrael, my great-grandfather, Sholom Schwartz, was a founder of the Watkins Ave shul but he is buried at Beth David Cemetary where there is in section A1 an Anshei Lubowitz of Brownsville burial section. There is also one at Mount Carmel cemetary?

  • 33 asher lowy // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    According to the NYC MD records – his father’s name was William Coblentz, mother’s name, Gussie Levine. Occupation: Rabbi.

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