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Rabbi Shmuel Meir Hurwitz

February 17th, 2011 · 18 Comments

Rabbi Shmuel Meir Hurwitz

שמואל מאיר ב"ר דוב יוסף הלוי

Rav, Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah, Bronx, New York

Date of Death: Fri. June 15, 1917 - Sivan 15 5677

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Cemetery Details
83-45 Cypress Hills Street
Glendale, NY 11385
United States

Phone: (718) 366-5900


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Mount Carmel operates many of the surrounding cemeteries. Gates open Sunday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Closed Saturdays and some Jewish Holidays

Directions to Kever: Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Section: 1 (office side), Block: E, Map/Gate: 57, Line: 14, along the road

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: HOROWITZ, SAM

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah in the Bronx as it stands today at 860 Forest Avenue. Credit: Google 

Credit: IFJCAH

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Feb 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I am thinking that he was a brother of Rabbi Hurewitz from Hartford:
    And the father’s name is just opposite “Yosef Dov” instead of “Dov Yosef”.

    There was a also a Rabbi in St. Paul Minnesota named Rabbi Yosef Dov Hurwitz.

  • 2 asher // Feb 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    What does the word before לשנת read?
    What’s the significance on a marker that he passed away on Tuesday at 4am?

  • 3 farshlufen // Feb 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    שבחל”ח, שבק חיים לכל חי.

  • 4 Farshlufen // Jun 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  • 5 Sheryl prenzlau // Dec 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    This is my great grandfather. Feel frr to write me directly with questions

  • 6 Sheryl prenzlau // Dec 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I also cant figure out why the time of death is written. On his son, my grandfather’s stone, it is also written

  • 7 blackleibel // Dec 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    SP: By stating the time of death (4th hour in the morning), the Yartzeit is properly set on the date of Peteira and not on the following day, as it would be set if the Peteira occurred after nightfall on that day. What is the hour of Peteira on grandfather’s stone?

  • 8 Sheryl prenzlau // Feb 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    My grandfather also has 4 listed, as does my granmother. We never ever saw a time of death listed on any other kevarim, so I doubt this is the reason.
    YD, you are correct. his brother was the rav in Hartford. My great great grandfathers kever on Har Hazeisim has Dov Yosef listed.

  • 9 YD Miller // Feb 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm


    Do you have a photo of you GG-Grandfather’s Kever on on Har Haziesim?

  • 10 YD Miller // Feb 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I see he was rabbi in Beth Medrash Hagodol V’Tomchai Torah in the Bronx NY:

    Here is what the shul looks like today:

  • 11 blackleibel // Feb 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

    SP, I realize this is far out, but
    Re the 4th hour: Any of your other ancestors die during the three weeks? It is specifically during the three weeks, the Midrash teaches, that a harmful spirit surfaces and poses danger between the 4th and the 9th hour.

  • 12 Sheryl Prenzlau // Jul 19, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Yes, I have a picture of the kever on Har Hazeisim and have been there

  • 13 Sheryl Prenzlau // Jul 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Oy, the shul is now a church. how sad.
    The other dates were not during the three weeks, but it is a very strange thing to see time of death, so if anyone else has an explanation, I’d be glad to hear it.

  • 14 Sheryl Prenzlau // Jul 19, 2012 at 4:25 am

    To YD Miller,
    Yes, he was a brother of “uncle from Hartford”, as he was known in our family. There was also “uncle from Parksville”.

  • 15 MBD // Jul 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why is one Dov Yosef and the other brother Yosef Dov?

  • 16 Sheryl // Jul 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

    One ofthem made a mistake. I sent in the picture of their father’s kever on Har Hazeisim

  • 17 blackleibel // Aug 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    This Matzeiva is unique in its simplicity. It is almost entirely devoid of the תוארים we are used to seeing in the other Matzeivos on this site. The method of word abbreviation, is also unusual. For example, ‘להרב הג would be one word, להרה”ג and ‘בהרב הג would have been בן הרה”ג . The designation of the Rav’s age at death, Lishnas ס”ט, etc. normally would have been stated בן ס”ט. Likewise, the spelling of the Rav’s last name, הורביץ, (perhaps acceptable today in Israel as Hebrew) is not the Yiddish spelling, and would have been spelled correctly as האראוויץ. There also appears to be some confusion regarding the actual name of the Rav’s father. All of the above, together with the oddity of stating the hour of death in a Matzeiva that recites the day of the week instead of the day of the month, one could easily conclude that, for whatever reason, this Matzeiva was not prepared by a professional.

  • 18 Sheryl Prenzlau // Nov 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This is how the family spelled Hurwitz, not with a Yiddish spelling. Other members of the family also have the hour of death listed, as I mentioned above. Also, his father’s name (my great grandfather) is correct on this Matzeivah. On his brother’s kever, (in Hartford) it is written backwards. I don’t know who prepared it, but I don’t know that your conclusions are correct, nor do I know what you mean by “a professional”.

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