Kevarim of Tzadikim in North America

Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz

משה שמעון ב"ר יחזקאל

Chief Rabbi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Thu. July 30, 1936 - Av 11 5696

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Cemetery Details
827 Stewart Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
United States

Phone: 412-421-8855
Contact: Linda Pasternak


Cemetery Map:

Notes: The cemetery is located in South Pittsburgh the Carrick section of the City.

Directions to Kever: Both the Shaare Torah Cemetery and the Beth Abraham Cemetery run along Stewart Avenue in the Carrick section of Pittsburgh. Contact the cemetery office for additional information: Location: Center, H 18

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name on tombstone: Rabbi M.S. Sivitz

Biographical Notes:

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Photo Caption: Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Poster announcing the passing of Rabbi Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: The Caplan (Matzah) Baking Co, Source: Tugblat (Jewish Daily News), March 11, 1918

Bio Information: 
Rav Sivitz was born in Zhitovyan (Kovno), Lithuania and studied in the Yeshivos of Slovan and Chelm, where he became a close disciple of Rav Eliezer Gordon, the Telzer rosh yeshiva. He also received semicha (ordained) from Rav Gordon and additional semicha from Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector, the Kovner Rav.
The Rav’s first pulpit was in Phikelin, Lithuania in 1885 but soon after moved to the United States. Before becoming the Chief Rabbi of Pittsburgh the Rav spent two years in Baltimore. Rav Sivitz, known as an outspoken critic against the Reform movement, organized the first talmid torah (day school) in Pittsburgh. The Rav was held in high esteem by many Rabbonim in Europe among them Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan, the Chofetz Chaim who wrote the approbation to his commentary on Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud). As a side, the Rav delivered the keynote eulogy at Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph’s funeral.

Credit: Rich Boyer, Pittsburgh, PA

Credit: Rich Boyer, Pittsburgh, PA

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