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Rabbi Naftali Gutstein

May 15th, 2012 · 15 Comments

Rabbi Naftali Gutstein

נפתלי ב"ר מאיר

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. August 23, 1921 - Av 19 5681

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Cemetery Details
59-63 54th Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
United States

Phone: 718-335-2500


Cemetery Map:

Notes: The cemetery is quite large and can be difficult to navigate, a detailed map from the office can be extremely helpful. Check cemetery website for office and gate hours. A $20 deposit is required for a Mausoleum key.

Directions to Kever: Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Society: BOLSZOWCE, Path: 4AL

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rabbi Naphtali Gutstein

Biographical Notes:

Rav Gutstein, a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov served in Ottynia, a small Galician town in Ukraine prior to arriving in New York.

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Tags: Mt. Zion Cemetery (Maurice Ave) · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Rabbi Naftali Gutsein was born in 1876.

    He married Sarah Perl Taubes.

    Their children were,

    Yakove Gutstein – c.1902

    Vetti Gutstein – 1903

    Morris Ahron Gutstein -1905 – 1987

    Hany Zvi – 1907

    Berta – 1910

    Isaac – 1912

    Joseph – 1915

    This family immigrated from Ottynia, Galicia, Austria to New York in 1921.


  • 2 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 1:36 am


    The Source; is mistaken

    It seems Rabbi Naftali Gutstein came earlier then his family.

    In 1921 he sent for his family to come to America.

    The Manifest list their father Rabbi Naftali Gutstein address as 453 East Houston St, New York

    On Mar 28, 1921
    Sara Gutstein and her children Beta, Aron Hersh, Berta (Brainia) , Isaac and Joseph Immigrated to America.

  • 3 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Rabbi Naftali Gutstein wife Sarah Perl Taubes was a great great granddaughter of Reb Heshel MeZidichov.

    Rabbi Yizchok Charif was her great great great great Uncle.

    A extensive tree is on

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // May 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    what’s his relationship with Morris Guttstein Rabbi in Newport RI and prominent historian? it seems like he was his son

  • 5 YD Miller // May 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    BBZ, he was indeed, see Geni’s comment first comment

  • 6 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    There is a Chelka for a Otynier Society in Beth Moses Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

    I would assume Rabbi Naftali Gutstein is buried there.

  • 7 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Rabbi Yitzchok Isak Taubes was Rabbi in Ottynia for 45 years.

    [את כסאו באוטיניה ירש ר’ יצחק אייזיק טאובס וישב עליו 45 שנה עד פטירתו ב- 1903. ]


    Rabbi Yitzchok Isak Yissochor Taubes was father of Sarah Perl Taubes wife of Rabbi Naftali Gutstein.


  • 8 Geni // May 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    אחריו כיהן אחיינו, רבי יהודה צבי מראזלה בנו של רבי משה מסאמבור‏[1] וחתנו של דודו רבי צבי הירש מזידיטשוב. נולד בשנת תקנ”א. חיבר ספרים בשם “דעת קדושים” ו”עמוד התורה”. נפטר בז’ בחשוון תר”ח והשאיר ארבע בנות. חתניו היו רבי יעקב מזבלטוב, הרב יעקב טויבש‏[2] שכיהן ברבנות בזידיטשוב,

    ‏[2] בניו היו הרב יצחק אייזיק ישכר דוב בעריש שכיהן ברבנות באטיניה והרב אלכסנדר סנדר שכיהן בווסלוי.


  • 9 Cheskel // May 17, 2012 at 3:04 am

    “a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov”

    Based upon ?

  • 10 Geni // May 18, 2012 at 12:58 am


    If you look at the wiki of Morris Ahron Gutstein ( son of Rabbi Naftali Gutstein, it says that Morris was a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov through his “mother” !

    He was a scion of a rabbinical family, descended “maternally” from a long line of renowned rabbis, including Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer (The Baal Shem Tov), the founder of Hasidic Judaism, and Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi), the famous Biblical exegete.

    “On his father’s side” he is descended from a line of Sephardi rabbis with origins dating from the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain.

  • 11 Geni // May 18, 2012 at 1:16 am

    It should say his “wife” was a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov.

  • 12 becky mark // May 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Naphtali Gutstein, a Skokie Illinois resident is the son of rabbi Morris Gutstein OB”M. Rabbi Gutstein moved from Newport to Chicago in the 1940’s. his sons live in Chicago today, along with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • 13 YD Miller // May 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm


    Are the Gutstein’s from Chicago Orthodox?

  • 14 NBH // Oct 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    anyone has more info on the yichus to the Baal Shem Tov?

  • 15 Daniel // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Some of the Chicago Gutsteins are orthodox, some not as much, but all still proudly Jewish with great memories of our grandfather, Rabbi Morris Aaron Gutstein. In a volume of the Karnei Re’em that my grandfather published, he listed the geneology in appendices in the back. Additionally, My father, Solomon Gutstein, and grandfather, published a book about the stained glass windows at Shaarei Tikvah Synagogue, with the geneology delineated in the appendices.

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