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Rabbi Yaakov Eliezer Silman

December 22nd, 2009 · 23 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov Eliezer Silman

יעקב אליעזר ב"ר שרגא אהרן

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS)

Date of Death: Sun. December 6, 1936 - Kislev 22 5697

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Cemetery Details
5400 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230
United States

Phone: (718) 377-8690


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Over the years Washington Cemetery has become extremely difficult to navigate due to overcrowding and poor record keeping, getting a map is always recommended.

Directions to Kever: The Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York maintains detailed burial records and will provide assistance upon request. Location: Between 20th and 21st Avenue (see picture below)

Biographical Notes:

Source: Anshei Shem

Bio Information: 
Rav Silman who hailed from Uzda, Russia was a leading figure at the Agudas HaRabonim. The Rav was also associated with the Beis Medrash L’Rabonim in Chicago and Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem (MTJ) in New York City.

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Credit: Asher Lowy, Lakewood, NJ

Tags: Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York · Rosh Yeshiva · Washington Cemetery (Brooklyn)

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Dec 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

    What does the acronin פ.נ.ע.ר stand for, I know thae first two letters are “Poh Nitman” but what is the ‘Eiyin’ and ‘Reish’

  • 2 avremele // Dec 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I would imagine “Poh Nitman Ateres Rosheinu”

  • 3 Asher // Dec 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I emailed Greenbaum Monuments (Brooklyn) earlier and he replied that Peh Nun Ayin Reish (might) stands for: Poh Nitman Ateres Rosheinu.

  • 4 Asher // Dec 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Hey, Avremele, we posted at the same exact moment… what a coincidence.

  • 5 YD Miller // Dec 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Thanks both (Smart people think alike (:)

  • 6 curios // Feb 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Is he related to Rav Silman from Bnei Brak?

  • 7 Rick Bercuvitz // Dec 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I’m working on Silman family genealogy worldwide. (Originally from Darshunishok/Darsuniskis, Lithuania.) Many distiguished rabbis in the family. Still putting all of the pieces together. Anyone interested please contact me

  • 8 Judy Silman-Greenspan // Dec 24, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Yes, I believe my grandfather, Rav Yaakov Elizer Silman was related to Rav Silman from Bnei Brak. The common thread is Kadesh Yehuda Silman hy”d that was murdered by the Arabs, yemach shemam, in Chevron in the 1920’s.

  • 9 curios // Dec 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Interesting. Thanks. Was it A Lithuanian family?

  • 10 YD Miller // Dec 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm


    I see you have a nice photo of the Rav on Geni,
    was his father a Rav as well?

    what else can you share about him?

  • 11 Lee Silman // Aug 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    We liv all his Melbourne Australia and there are somboth Silman’s who came in 1937 and their descendants but I am not from that family. My fathher Israel silman was a holocaust survivor and lost his family. We have relatives in Israel
    Usa and Canada and France as he was a Silman on both sides fom his mother and father. My cousin Bracha tells me that his uncle was a Rabbi in srael from Bnei brak. Also another Rabbi was taken with his family to Aushwitz maybe from Lodz ghetto. My grandfather was Johanan Silman or Sylman. One of the brothers was Itzak silman who died in 1995 in Tel Aviv. My father Israel Silman is still alive and had light brown hair and blue eyes and looks so much like the Canadian relatives.They came from Kielce , Chelm and surrounding areas and lived in Lodz. I know the family came from other places as well not Poland maybe Russia and Germany but am not sure. Can you give us more information re relatives.

  • 12 Rick Bercuvitz // Oct 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

    new email address. seeking any descendants of Silman family originally from Lithuania. you can see the family tree on, descended from moshe silman (born c.1750).

  • 13 Rick Bercuvitz // Oct 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    new email address, seeking any descendants of Silman family originally from Lithuania. you can see the family tree on, descended from Moshe Silman (born c.1750).

  • 14 aron feldman // Oct 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Isn’t there a Silman family in Minesota?

  • 15 Malka (Silman) Weintraub // Nov 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Yes there is. My older brother, Jay (Yaakov Eliezer), me, my younger siblings, Shimon, Judy (see above) and Naomi Zirkind were all born in Minnesota. Rav Yaakov Eliezer Silman z’l was our paternal grandfather.

  • 16 Andy Silman // May 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I am searching for the Hungarian-Romanian Silmans. My aunt Helen died in Haifa in 2008 and my Aunt Paulah died in Petah Tikvah

    I have found our grandmother’s family in Hungary and another sdignificant Silman link from Romania in Israel. If anyone can assist, my email is

    Rick Bercouvitz family is from Lithuania and I believe there is another link for him in Sooth Africa.

  • 17 Lee Silman // Jan 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    We had a Moshe Silman in the family and I have a family tree the Canadian Silman from toronto drew up for me when I visited them and it has Some families had like 12 children so it is easy to see the names are repeated over the generations? does any one know how all the Silman are related or how you go about finding out? There is family in France and Israel but I am slowly losing contact with them I now rougly where a few are but any one with information write and tell me.
    We are in Melbourne Australia

  • 18 Lee Silman // Jan 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  • 19 Judy Silman-Greenspan // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

    YD Miller,

    Yes, rabbis going back 10 generations from my father, z”l. Yaakov Eliezer is my father’s father.

  • 20 Judy Silman-Greenspan // May 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Lee Silman: now I have a daughter living in Toronto. Her name is Tamar Shuchat. She is on Shlichus in the Russian community with her husband Zalman from Montreal.

  • 21 Judy Silman-Greenspan // May 20, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I can be reached at

  • 22 Judy Silman-Greenspan // May 20, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    YD Miller,

    Yes, the Silman family is Litvish. Of note, his wife Sima came from the Koidenover Rov’s family. A bit of a ‘mixed’ marriage. HaRav Yaakov Eliezer Silman was the dean of the Ha Rav Yitzchak Elchanan Yeshiva before it became Yeshiva University. He was against adding secular studies because he felt that the frumkeit would lessen. Indeed, it has moved from an Agudah orientation to a Modern Orthodox orientation. Rabbi Dov Revel was a proponent of adding secular studies. His ideas won out. Hence the name of one of the halls &/ or a program is named after him.

  • 23 Judy Silman-Greenspan // May 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm

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