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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Geffen

April 28th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Chaplain Beth Shalom Nursing Home, Richmond, VA
d. 25 Tishrei, 1977
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Richmond, VA 23231

Tags: Virginia

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yitzchak // May 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Rabbi Gefen received his smichah in Lithuania, and served as a Rov in Savannah, GA, for 25 years at Bnei Brith Jacob Synagogue. He “retired” to Richmond, VA, where he is buried, and dedicated his time as a chazzan (at Keneseth Beth Israel synagogue), a melamed to children whose parents could not afford to send them to school, and chaplain of the Beth Shalom Home.

  • 2 Rabbi Stern // May 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Was he related to Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta?

  • 3 Yitzchak // Jun 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    he was also a high level Freemason, the only Jewish member of a certain masonic level that consists of less than 100 members on that particular level

  • 4 Yitzchak // Jun 25, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    some information about Rabbi Gefen, on a card from a
    dinner that honored him in 1969:
    here is the text:


    Ordained in Lithuania, Rabbi Hirsh Gefen served the B’nai B’rith Jacob
    Synagogue of Savannah, Georgia for 25 years. A 32nd degree Mason,
    Rabbi Geffen is the only Jewish member of the Philalethes Society of
    the Royal Society of Freemasonry. Likened to the immortals of the
    French Academy, this international society includes only forty

    Rabbi Geffen served as cantor of Beth Israel synagogue in Richmond for
    many years, and is currently chaplain at the Beth Shalom Home.”

  • 5 Yitzchak // Jul 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    it looks like he was the brother of Rabbi Tobias Geffen

  • 6 azi // Jul 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    are you from Va? I recently learned that R’ Avroham Jofen (Yaffen) the Rosh Yeshiva of Beis Yosef Novordok in Bialystock and later of Brooklyn had a brother who lived in Va named Leizer Jofen. I found a ship arrival manifest from 1930 for R’ Avroham, and listed his brother Leizer as his relative in the states. and although on the document Leizer’s place of residence was listed as North Carolina, his brothers grandson told me that he soon after moved to Va where he remained until he died.

    Are you familiar with this person? Where in Va he’s buried?

  • 7 Yitzchak // Aug 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I haven’t heard of him before – I will look into it – do you have a date of death? I live in Richmond, VA – there are kehilos in other VA cities as well (were more in the past, though)

  • 8 yankel // Dec 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    My father was a Rav in Richmond in 1970 -1971. I was a little boy when I met Rabbi Geffen. He was a brother -in-law to Reb Leizer Telzer.

  • 9 Moshe // Dec 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Reb Yankel:
    Who was your father?

  • 10 Menachem // Dec 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Hirsch Geffen was Tobias Geffen’s brother (as related to me by the latter’s grandson, Rabbi Dr. David Geffen, of Jerusalem). For a short while, he was chazan in his brother’s shul in Atlanta. He became rav of his own shul in Savannah after obtaining permanent resident status. He retired to Richmond, VA.

  • 11 YD Miller // Dec 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Photo of the Rabbi:

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