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Rabbi Yaakov Friedman

August 13th, 2009 · 13 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

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

13 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.

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