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Rabbi Yaakov Kret

January 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov Kret

יעקב ב"ר ניסן

Rav, Old Broadway Synagogue, New York City

Date of Death: Wed. February 7, 2007 - Shevat 19 5767

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Cemetery Details
1180 Wellwood Avenue
West Babylon, NY 11704
United States

Phone: 631-249-7000


Cemetery Map:

Notes: See cemetery website for hours and directions.

Directions to Kever: New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon on Long Island should not be confused with Old Montefiore Cemetery in Springfield Gardens, Queens. Location: Block: 14, Row: 12R, Grave: 4R, Society: Cong Beth Hasidim Sfath Emeth

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: KRET, JACOB B.

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rabbi Yaakov Kret: Credit: Listed

Photo Caption: The Old Broadway Synagogue (Chevra Talmud Torah Anshei Marovi) as it stands today at 15 Old Broadway in New York City, Credit: Google

Bio Information:
The Old Broadway Synagogue is the better-known name of our congregation, the Chevra Talmud Torah Anshei Marovi. we were founded in 1911 in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattanville by a small group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. The congregation originally met in storefronts and in the back of a bar until we built our own building in 1923 on Old Broadway. The congregation was active in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, but by 1950 was struggling when we hired Rabbi Jacob Kret. Together with his wife, Chana, Rabbi and Mrs. Kret brought the shul back to life by recruiting new congregants, at that point, mostly Holocaust survivors. Many of these people moved on, but by this time, Rabbi Kret was a Talmud tutor at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He recruited students from JTS and later also from Columbia (he was a regular at Columbia’s daily minyan and was the mashgiach in the Barnard kosher kitchen). For me Rabbi Kret embodied an ideal of Jewish authenticity: knowledgeable, observant, welcoming, warm and loving. We are doing our best to follow in his footsteps.
In 2001, the shul was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Source: Paul (The Old Broadway Synagogue Blog)



Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grand Rebbe // Jan 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  • 2 MBD // Jan 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  • 3 Anonymous // Jan 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    During a trip in Poland in the mid-1920s, Jacob Kret, a teenage yeshiva student from the northeast part of the country, found himself in the town of Radin, home of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, an aged Talmudic authority who was known as the Chofetz Chaim and was regarded as the Torah leader of his generation.
    Unable to get home in time for Shabbat, the young man stayed in the home of the Chofetz Chaim, sleeping on a straw bed, eating and praying and discussing religious topics with the sage.

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