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Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Hurwitz

July 26th, 2009 · 20 Comments

Rav in Lynn, Massachusetts
d. 10 Sivan, 1931
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Pride of Lynn Cemetery
Lake Shore Road (Near Cavour Street)
Lynn, MA 01904
(912) 651-6843
Photo Credit: David Weider of Williamsburg

Tags: Lynn, MA · Massachusetts

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Jul 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Do you have a close-up of the script? what was the name of his father?

  • 2 Reb Elya // Jul 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This reminds me of the Ohel of Rav Elya Meir Bloch ZT”L, just it is like on the road.

  • 3 craig keller // Oct 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    my great grandfather was jacob hurwitz i know not much about him other than he was alive in 1922 . He was a Rabbi as far as I was told his daughter rebbecca was my grandmother .I am not certain if this is the same one ,but am searching to find my roots .

  • 4 YD Miller // Oct 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I have long searched for any information of this Rabbi Hurwitz, given that the information above is all correct, with no luck.

    I don find that in 1969 a Sefer was published in NY by Menachem Mendel Kaufman named “Chidushie V’kisvie HuRa”i Hurwitz” from the auther Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Hurwitz.

    I could nnot locate an online version of this Sefer, and the only Library where I find through the World Cat program is the AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY in Los Angeles CA.

    Perhaps if you locate the Sefer we can learn more about this Rabbi.

  • 5 craig keller // Feb 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    This was my Great Grandfather his daughter was my fathers mother . He cam from russia in 1911 and brought with him 8 of his 9 children he was Rabbi at Torah Chaim in pittsburgh and moved back to Lynn MA in fall of 1930

  • 6 Carol Sales // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    This was my grandfather. His son was my
    father. My dad passed in 1970. Craig you are my
    cousin. I live in Culver City CA. I am the
    administrator for Temple Akiba of Culver
    City. 310 398-5783 Please contact me.

  • 7 Carol Sales // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Joseph Hurvitz was my grandfather
    His son was Robert Harvey. What is said is true
    but Rabbi Hurvitz was from Lithuwania not
    Russia. Kaufmann did publish is letters but
    he published them not a publisher. My father was
    15 when his father Jacob Joseph died in 1931.
    Rabbi Hurvitz wife was named Rosemary.
    She died in the 50’s . Jacob Joseph son Nathan
    was a Rabbi in Venice Ca. He died in 1960. He
    had 3 sons which I am in contact with.

  • 8 curios // Mar 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Tshuva to him here:
    Says there that he was a Kohen.

  • 9 Nechunya // Apr 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

    From which town did he came originally?

  • 10 Hasirpad // Apr 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    In HaPardes (Tishrei 5690) there is letter to the editor (הערות בדברי תורה) from a Rabbi Yaakov Yosef HaKohen Horowitz from Pittsburgh:
    Searching “הכהן הורוויטץ” on HebrewBooks brings up many similar results from the 20’s.
    Could this be the same Rov?

  • 11 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    from here you can get the earlier part of his biography

    here’s a picture of Rabbi Hurvitz

  • 12 YD Miller // Jun 20, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hi Craig and Carol,

    Would any of you know if RJJ Hurwitz had a daughter who married to Rabbi Meyer Osher Greenberg of Roxbury, MA?

  • 13 I. N. // Dec 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I found another set of his published works here
    perhaps someone could read through it and get some info

  • 14 marla // Feb 25, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Joseph Hurvitz was my great grandfather. I am the grand daughter of his youngest daughter Anne. She was the youngest of 10, i can list them all if you need. His wife was named Maria Rose, however only referred to as Miriam Raezel, as I am named for her directly. Jacob Joseph was born 1870 Lublin Poland. The original family name was Kaplan, however in order to escape induction into the russian army they purchased last names in order to escape and be allowed to emigrate. Jacob took the name Hurvitz, his brother Morris took the name Shapiro, their fathers name was Samuel Elihu Kaplan.

  • 15 marla // Feb 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Also, my son is named for him, Jacob Joseph..directly

  • 16 Haya Kaufman // Jul 3, 2017 at 2:04 am

    My husband , Barry Kaufman is the grandson of Rabbi Yakov Yosef Hurvitz and we live in Denver, Colorado. His mother , Mary (Nechama Kaufman) was Yakov Yosef Hurvitz’s daughter and lived in Charlton , Mass. and later in Worcester, Mass.
    She was married to Morris Kaufman and they had 5 children, Bette Kaufman Miles, Maxwell Oliver Kaufman, Mendel Kaufman, Isadore Bernard Kaufman( Barry Kaufman ) and Polly Kaufman Miller. Barry has two sons and one is named after his grandfather Yakov Yosef and the other son is named after his other grandfather Paltiel Kaufman.

  • 17 Haya Kaufman // Jul 3, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Nechama Kaufman, the Rabbi’s daughter always had her fathers picture near by. She came to live with us in Columbus ,Ohio for a few years and always admired his photo. We have several copies of the books that we purchased of Yakov Yosefs writings and the money went to Kfar Chabad in Israel. We have donated several copies to Yeshivas and some Rabbi’s home libraries. Barry ,my husband remembers sitting on his Zaidys lap and asking him as a small child why he had so many books. He has fond memories of his Zaidy.

  • 18 Erin Keller // Aug 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Hurvitz was my great grandfather too. My grandmother, Rebecca Hurvitz, was his daughter. Herbie was my dad. We were raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and then I relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1985. Would love to see photos and learn more about The Rabbi and his family, hence, my family. Please keep in touch. Thank you,

  • 19 Heather Cohen // Mar 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Rabbi Hurvitz married my grandparents in 1916. I would like to see his records of that ceremony and others he may have done for my family. Please write me. Thanks.

  • 20 Pesach Laufer // Aug 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I found the sefer by Rabbi Hurvitz. I live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. If any of his relatives are interested please contact me.

    Be well

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