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Rabbi Yaakov Ben Tzion Mendelson

July 6th, 2009 · 34 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov BenTzion Mendelson

יעקב בן ציון ב"ר מנחם הכהן

Rav, Bais Medrash HaGadol of Newark, New Jersey

Date of Death: Tue. August 5, 1941 - Av 12 5701

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: North Arlington Jewish Cemetery

Biographical Notes:

Mendelshon Yaakov
Photo Caption: Rabbi Yaakov Ben Tzion Mendelson (C) at the opining session of the Knesseth HaRabonim cconvention held at the Broadway Central Hotel in New York City, July 7, 1931, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
Mendelson Newark Stamp
Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Credit: David Weider of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tags: Chief Rabbi · New Jersey · North Arlington, NJ

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bzr // Aug 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Are the other great rabbonim from Newark also buried in america i.e.Rav Meir Blumenfeld ztl,(mechaber of Bshaar Hamelech), Rav Feivel Greenstone ztl (mentioned in Harav Henkin ztl’s seforim?

  • 2 Jacob B. Gross // Aug 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Rabbi Phillip (Shraga Feivel) Greenstein served, in the 1950;s and 60’s, in the shul on Bergen Street that Rabbi Jacob Mendelson had founded in the 1930’s.

    When Rabbi Greenstein retired he moved to Monsey, NY. I do not know where he is buried.

  • 3 David L. Blumenfeld // Jun 20, 2010 at 11:33 am


    My father, Rabbi Meyer Blumenfeld A”H, from Newark is buried on Har Ha-zeitim in Israel.

    He truly was a “godol.” Thank you for your inquiry


  • 4 YD Miller // Jun 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I see on the writings that authored some Halachic Seforim, were they ever printed? What are they?

  • 5 curios // Jun 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  • 6 YD Miller // Jun 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I found his works on Hebrew Books, he authored many Seforim (Shaari Tzion, Midrash Yaavetz, Mishnas Yaavetz and more).

    He was Rabbi in Scottland and England, and later here in Newark, NJ, here he was affiliated with the Lubavitcher Rebbe the Rayat”z, where he served on the board of VP.

  • 7 Dovid // Jul 21, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Rabbi Mendelson adopted Nusach Ari (for himself, not his family) because of some time he spent with the Rashab in Europe. But he never became a Lubavitch chossid.

    As far as I know, Rabbi Mendelson had no affiliation with the Rayatz. He was in England from about 1895 to 1914, and the US form 1914 until his death in 1941. If he knew the Rayatz, it would have only been while the Rashab was still Rebbe. The Rayatz was about the same age as Rabbi Mendelson.

    So if he had any affiliation was with the Rayatz it wasn’t as a chossid, but as an acquaintance and possibly briefly a talmid.

    I don’t know what “the board of VP” is, can you explain?

  • 8 YD Miller // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I passed by the cemetery yesterday and stopped by, I noticed the son of Rav Mendelson, Chazzan Nechemia (Nathan) Mendelson is burried next to his father.

    I found his name listed on the board of Vice Presidents in one of the Lubavitcher Organizations at the time, under the leadership of the Rayaytz Z”l.

    [on a side note; I found in that cemetery two more Rabonim which I already sent to Baruch,
    1. Reb Yaakov Avigdor Blum
    2. Reb Chaim Zev (William) Werbelowsky
    Any information on them?]

  • 9 Michael Allouche // Dec 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

    I would like to get in touch with any of the family member of Rabbi Jacob Mendelsohn e.g. Jacob Gross who replied. I have some questions. He ad apparently acquired a book “Eretz Tvi – Eretz Tov” printed in Jerusalem in 1893 from my great great grandfather (who made Alyah from Constantine Jerusalem) and I wnder how this book arrived to him from Constantine to Glasgow !

  • 10 YD Miller // Dec 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    There is one direct descendant, Rabbi Yaakov B. Mendelson who lives in Connecticut and is a Rabbi for the OU Kosher Certification.

  • 11 Michael Allouche // Dec 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you Mr YD Miller and Shavua Tov from Jerusalem. Do you perhaps have his email address?

  • 12 YD Miller // Dec 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    I googles and found this information:
    “Vaad HaKashrus of Fairfield County. Rabbi Jacob Mendelson, a musmach of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim (Queens), has been president of the Vaad since its inception five years ago. He is the Rav of Congregation Bikur Cholim (Bridgeport, CT), a rabbinic coordinator for the OU, and a member of Agudas Yisroel. The Vaad certifies about a dozen local establishments, as well as coordinating local supervision for such national agencies as the OU, OK, KOF-K and Star-K”
    Rabbi Mendelson

    162 Columbia Blvd.
    Waterbury, CT 06710


    fax 212/613-0616

  • 13 David L. Blumenfeld // Jan 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The Rabbi Mendelson of Newark, NJ is possibly related
    to Cantor Sol Mendelson (Long Beach, NY) and Cantor Jacob Mendelson (White Plains, NY).

  • 14 curios // Jan 14, 2011 at 3:13 am

    What does “libais Meron” mean?

  • 15 YD Miller // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:19 am


    From what the Grandson Rabbi Mendelson from CT. explained to me, the term “LBais Maron’ represents the family tradition that they descent from the Moranos of Spain.

  • 16 Mo. Kennedy // Jan 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Could be that is why part of the family called themselves Morein

  • 17 Jacob Gross // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Michael Allouche:

    Rabbi Mendelson subscribed (and contributed articles) to “המאסף” (Hameassef), a Torah journal that was published in Jerusalem from the mid-1890’s until WWI. (You can download most of the volumes from the HebrewBooks site)

    I speculate that subscriber lists, including mailing address, were made available on request, and were used for distributing proof copies of ספרים in order to obtain הסכמות and/or for distributing the book when published. So that may explain how the sefer, like the journal, found its way to him when he served in Leeds or Gateshead or Glasgow.

    David L. Blumenfeld: Yes, those two hazzanim are my cousins — sons of my uncle Louis Mendelson, a son of Rabbi Mendelson. They grew up in Boro Park, and sang in Beth El’s choir.

    jacobbgross /at/

  • 18 YD Miller // Aug 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Found another rav in the early days of Newark NJ, wonder if anyone has more info.

    Rabbi Shlomo Mier (Solomon) Ben Reb Yoel Halprin Rav of Cong. Kesser Torah in Newark.

    Niftar 26 Teves 1934, buried in Har Haziesim:

  • 19 curios // Aug 2, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Seems he had a son in Pittsburgh. See here 2nd column from left:

  • 20 Mo. Kennedy // Aug 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Rabbi Mendelson had a son by the name of Morein who was a teacher in YHS school in london afterwards lived in the USA

  • 21 YD Miller // Aug 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm


    I am not sure about that, Herman Halperin was a Conservative rabbi, and as per the link below his father’s name was Baer:

  • 22 David Mendelson // Sep 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I am a grandson of Rabbi Jacob B. Mendelson. z”l. I live in Montreal, Canada. I am the son of Hazzan Nathan (Nechemiah) Mendelson z”l. My brother is Yaakov of Conn.

    My grandfather lived in Glasgow Scotland until 1916 when he emigrated to Newark, NJ. He was in Leeds in 1903, Gateshead in 1904, and arrived in Glasgow in 1906. He is listed in the book “Ohalei Shem” and had correspondence with many famous rabonim of his ‘dor” including the Hofetz chaim, Munkatch Rebbe, Orach Hashulchan, S’dei Chemed, and the Rogochover Rebbe who gave him Smicha. His family name was Morein and he changed is to Mendelson because he was the son of Mendel, and for certain strategic reasons. This is the reference to “beit moron.”

  • 23 David Mendelson // Sep 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

    The son of Rabbi J.B. Mendelson whose name was Morein was my uncle Harry Morein who passed away at the age of close to 100, just before the turn of the century. He decided to change his name back to Morein, much to my grandfather’s delight. We also have some Morein cousins in England, Be’er Sheva and Montreal.

  • 24 David Mendelson // Sep 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Note that my grandfather actually arrived in Leeds in 1896. For a brief time before that, he was in Hull.

  • 25 Mo. Kennedy // Sep 22, 2011 at 10:46 am


    has anybody published anything about the family

  • 26 YD Miller // Dec 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    The rav’s stamp as Rav Hakollel of newark:

    (Credit; RFF)

  • 27 Marc // Dec 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Rabbi Yakov Mendelson of Bridgeport CT is a grandson and namesake of Rabbi JBM. He has been a respected rabbi in CT and a kashruth expert for many years; a chip off the old block.

  • 28 Yoni Gross // Oct 11, 2012 at 10:36 am


    R’ YB Mendelson was my great-grandfather. Perhaps I or someone in my family would be interested. Can you please provide more information?

    My email is grossjon1 – at –

    Thank you.

  • 29 Lazy // Oct 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Here is another sefer with his stamp which doesnt mention rav “hakollel”
    Notice it is now part of chabads collection

  • 30 Lazy // Oct 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    His stamp is on page 2

  • 31 Dovid // Apr 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    In the past year, many matzevos in this small cemetery have been overturned. It may be vandalism or it may be the strong storms of the past year. Rabbi Mendelson’s is still erect, but some family members’ are not.

  • 32 Yosef Mendelson // Jul 29, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I am a grandson of Rav Y.B.Z. Mendelson of Newark (A”H).
    I live in Yerushalayim

  • 33 Adam Marin // Dec 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I am a member of the Marin family, that those who have done research on our family history believe that Marins, Marains, Marons and the like are different are related.

    Does anyone out there have any documented evidence that Rabbi Mendelson or any other Marin, Marain, Maron originated in Spain?

  • 34 Jeffrey Maynard // Mar 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    This is the subscription list (in English) from his book Midrash Yaavetz:

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