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Rabbi Yaakov Friedman

August 13th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov Friedman

יעקב ב"ר דוד

Chief Rabbi, Clairton, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sun. July 28, 1940 - Tammuz 22 5700

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Cemetery Details
770 Center Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
United States



Cemetery Map:

Notes: Also known as Elrod Cemetery and Old Gemilas Chesed Cemetery

Directions to Kever: Tree of Life Sfard Cemetery also known as Elrod Cemetery in located in McKeesport (Versailles), Pennsylvania. McKeesport is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Biographical Notes:

Friedman Yaakov McKeesport 3
Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman
Friedman Yaakov McKeesport 4
Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Friedman, Credit: Yankie Friedman

Credit: Yankie Friedman

Credit: Yankie Friedman

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pennsylvania · Pittsburgh, PA

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hocker // Aug 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Is it Friedman or Freedman ?

  • 2 Yankie Friedman // Aug 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    his real name if FRIEDMAN, but as many of his family was in Europe when he was nifter, the locals made a typo….
    Yankie Friedman (Great Grandson and namesake)

  • 3 YD Miller // Jan 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    “Rabbi W. Lieter of Pittsburgh and Rabbi Jacob Friedman of Clairton officiated”

    See at the Recht-Sandhous Wedding announcment in the Pittsburgh Jewish Criterion 9/04/1931:

  • 4 Farshlufen // Jan 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    “Sfard Cemetery” or “Nusach sefard cemetery”?

  • 5 Yankie Friedman // Jan 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    on Center street off Walnut st by route 48. I think Sfard cemetery. Is there a difference??

  • 6 Yankie Friedman // Jan 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Do you have any other information on Rabbi Yaakov (Jacob) Friedman?? Pictures perhaps??

  • 7 YD Miller // Jan 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    What is the definition of:
    יקר במצלות
    I guess this is an error, from:
    יקר במצוות
    which is poor Grammer for itself.

    What do you know about your GG-Father? was he from a Rabbinic Backround? where did he immigrate from?

  • 8 asher // Jan 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    how about יקר במעלות ובמדות

  • 9 YD Miller // Jan 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    You are probably right on the Money

  • 10 Yankie Friedman // Jul 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

    for GPS purposes the address of the cemetery is: 770 Center street.

  • 11 Jan Harris // Aug 20, 2012 at 3:40 am


    I am from Clairton but moved to Pgh when I was 8 years old in 1962. I remember the Synagogue-what was the name of it and is there a membership list of any time era? Thanks

  • 12 Yankie Friedman // Aug 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Jan, did you know or hear of my GGF the rabbi of the shul in Clairton? If you live in the Pittsburgh area try to do some research …….

  • 13 Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz // Oct 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    when I was the Rabbi of the tree of life, and Anshe Sfard congregations of, McKeesport, his son Milton was a member of our congregation. He was a lovely man, and read the Torah for us.

    He told me that on Friday afternoons. His father would stand by the window of the home. Hopefully, looking for a guest for Shabbos. I believe he is only the family had a connection to theNodeh B’Yehuda.

  • 14 Jeffrey Friedman // Feb 26, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Rabbi Lefkowitz,

    Thank you for sharing your memories of our Great uncle Milton as well as the memories he shared with you about his father (Rabbi Yaakov Friedman). The family does have a connection to the Nodeh BiYehuda. The Friedman families pathway to the Nodeh BiYehuda is through R’ Yaakov’s paternal grandfather (R’ Meir Friedman) who married Perl Landau the great granddaughter of The Noda BiYehuda.

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