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Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph

December 19th, 2007 · 20 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph

יעקב יוסף ב"ר דוב

Chief Rabbi, Agudath HaKehilos, New York City

Date of Death: Tue. July 29, 1902 - Tammuz 24 5662

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Cemetery:

Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Union Field Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. Location: Path 42, at the corner of Main and Maple Road.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Chief Rabbi Joseph

Biographical Notes:

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Photo Caption: Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph, Credit: VirtualJudaica.com

Photo Caption: Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Joseph, Credit: IFJCAH

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Photo Caption: Police attacking mourners at the Chief Rabbi’s funeral, Credit: Institute  For Judaic Culture and History
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Photo Caption: Mourners at the funeral of Chief Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, Credit: New York Herald, July 30, 1902

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Picture Caption: Kever of Rebbetzin Esther Rachel, d. 1925, wife of Chief Rabbi  Yaakov Yosef Joseph, interred alongside the Chief Rabbi at Union Field.
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Photo Caption: Kever of Mrs. Chana Anna Brody, d.1940 eldest daughter of Chief Rabbi  Yaakov Yosef Joseph, interred at the New Mount Carmel cemetery in Queens
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Photo Caption: Kever of Dr. Simon Robert (d. 1929) and Mrs. Nechama Dorothy Schultz. Dr. Schultz was Chief Rabbi  Yaakov Yosef Joseph’s son-in-law and personal physician and was present at the time of his passing. His wife Dorthy was the office manager for the Rabbanu Yaakov Yosef  School (RJJ) on the Lower East Side for many years until her passing in 1963.  Like her mother, she was well  known for he philanthropic work. Sadly they left no children.
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Photo Caption: Meyer’s Hotel, Hoboken, New Jersey. Rav Yaakov Yosef Joseph, Chief Rabbi New York City, stayed there on his first night on these shores after after arriving on shabbos and not disembarking until after nightfall. Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History
General Slocum Steamboat Fire
Photo Caption: The PS General Slocum was a passenger steamboat owned by the Knickerbocker Steamship Company. See “Ah Shtikle History” comment number 4 below. Credit: (wikipedia) needed.


Bio Information:

Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, the previous Satmar Rebbe would encourage his chassidim to pray at the tzion of the Rav Yaakov Yosef. It is reported that many people have found salvation after visiting the tzion.
Full biography to be posted.


Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY


Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Union Field Cemetery - Queens

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Irving Barnett // Dec 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    His grandson State Senator Lazarus Joseph campaigned for the Kosher Meat Laws in New York City during the years that he served as the City Comptroller.

  • 2 J Berger // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Has anyone ever connected the General Slocum fire and the R. Hoe and Co riots at the Chief Rabbi?s funeral?

  • 3 RSS // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    The Readers Digest made the connection in an article published in c.1930.

  • 4 Ah Shtikle History // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    R. Hoe and Co:
    As funeral procession following the Chief Rabbi’s bier past the printing plant of R. Hoe and Co. the mostly German workforce angrily hurled stones, hot oil, metal pipes, and garbage at the passing procession below. As the ensuing riot unfolded an anti-Semitic police force of over 200 took to clubbing the attacked rather that the attackers. When the dust settled it found scores of mourners hospitalized or incarcerated while the R. Hoe and Co. received a slap on the wrist. The attack led to what was considered the largest “cleaning of house” for the New York City Police Department initiated by then New York City Mayor Seth Low.

    General Slocum Steamboat Fire:
    On June 15, 1904 more than 1,300 members of New York City”s Kleindeutschland (little Germany), which included the majority of the R. Hoe and Co. workforce, boarded the General Slocum steamboat to spend the day at Locust Grove on Long Island Sound. As the steamboat passed East 90th street on the East River it became engulfed into a ball of fire. More that 1,020 people died by the time the boat finally docked. Due to the tragedy within the next few years the entire neighborhood collapsed.

    We report you decide!!!!!!

  • 5 Moshe Gross // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Read The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum by Professor Edward T. O’Donnell as well as his article on the RJJ funeral, I think the connection is pretty clear cut.
    The Al-mighty never leaves a debt unpaid!!!!!!!

  • 6 S Jacobson // May 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I am looking into the extended members of RJJ’s family, I know he had a brother Yehuda Leib (listed on this site) and Chaim. There may have been a sister Chaya as well. Does anyone know of other sibling? I am also looking for information on Chaim, any tidbit would be appreciated.

  • 7 Admin // May 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    S Jacobson:
    In response to your request, I have recently learnt of another sibling, Shmuel Moshe who lived in a suburb of Kovno, Lithuania. His daughter Sara, an only child immigrated to New York in 1888 and lived with her uncle who had recently become the city’s Chief Rabbi. After marring Avroham Philips in 1891, the young couple moved to Bethlehem, PA where Avroham operated a retail clothing store. Sometime prior to the turn of the Century the Chief Rabbi made a trip out to Bethlehem to visit his endeared niece. In 2010, with modern modes of transpiration Bethlehem is about 2 hours from New York City. One can only imagine that it was a bit longer back in the 1890’s.
    With gratitude to Mr. Ira Berman for providing the above information.

  • 8 Aibish // Apr 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Slocum fire was June 15, 1904, not 2004.

    More details on the Slocum disaster here
    http://www.newyorkhistory.info/Hell-Gate/General-Slocum.html

  • 9 asher // Aug 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Does anyone know wether his name was really – יעקב יאסעף or יעקב יוסף יאסעף. I took it for granted the way it’s inscribed on the Matzeivoh, but now that I looked into his sefer (there’s a bio and collection of letter etc), his signature does not appear to be consistent. To list just a few, kindly see below.

    1. In the Shaar Blaat of his sefer (printed in Vilna), he signs off as‫:‬
    יעקב בלא”א מו”ה דובער ז”ל יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4900.jpg

    2‫.‬
    יעקב המ”מ ומ”צ דפה המכונה יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4912_2.jpg

    3‫.‬
    יעקב המ”מ ומ”צ דק”ק ווילנא
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4914.jpg

    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4909_2.jpg

    4‫.‬
    יעקב יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4901_2.jpg

    5‫.‬
    יעקב יאזעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4904_2.jpg

    6‫.‬
    יעקב יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4910_2.jpg

    7‫.‬ Letter written by the gabaim of RMB”H.
    ‪(‬his own signature) יעקב יוסף
    יעקב יוסף יאזעף ‪(‬his stamp‪)‬
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4905_2.jpg

    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4915_2.jpg

    8‫.‬ Another stamp
    יעקב יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4918_2.jpg

    9‫.‬ Another stamp
    יעקב יוסף יאזעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4906_2.jpg

    10‫.‬ Letter from Harav Shmuel Salant
    יעקב יאסעף
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4908_2.jpg

    11. Drawing of RJJ
    יעקב יוזפא
    http://s949.photobucket.com/albums/ad339/aman51/odds%20n%20ends/?action=view&current=IMG_4913_2.jpg

    12. Marker: As you see above.
    יעקב יוסף בן דוב

    13. His son’s Marker.
    יעקב יוסף
    https://kevarim.com/rav-rafael-joseph/

    14. Wedding Invite
    https://kevarim.com/in-the-news/a-recently-found-picture-of-rabbi-shmuel-moshe-joseph/

    Rabbi Yonah Landau, who knows a thing or two about RJJ, isn’t sure himself.

    Hope someone here can get to the bottom of this.

  • 10 Zevy // Oct 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Moshe Gross // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Read The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum by Professor Edward T. O’Donnell as well as his article on the RJJ funeral, I think the connection is pretty clear cut.
    The Al-mighty never leaves a debt unpaid!!!!!!!

    Unpaid? The former Church is now an Orthodox Shul!!!

  • 11 Farshlufen // Jul 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Cheskel, the German church became in 1940, the:
    http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/

  • 12 Shmelke Guttman // Jul 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    General Slocum Steamboat Fire:
    On June 15, 2004 more than 1,300 members of New York City”s Kleindeutschland (little Germany), which included the majority of the R. Hoe and C. PLEASE Correct the Date when the fire on the Steamboat happened. NOT On June 15 2004

  • 13 Yaakov Shalom // Jun 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

    L’Kovod The Upcoming Yartzeit Here Is The Link To Rav Yaakov Yosef’s Sefer L’Beis Yaakov.
    http://hebrewbooks.org/6002
    There is an inyan to learn from the Sefer of The Tzadikim On and Around their Yartzeit.

    Zechusoi Yagen Aleinu. Amein!!!

  • 14 M.kennedy // Sep 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I have just now read in the blat (satmar reb aron) that the satnere rebbe said that reb yakov yosef was the first one in america to attack how the yidden educated in the america the youth does any body know more about what the rebbe said

  • 15 PatentlyJewish // Mar 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    The organizer of the yartzeit event wrote a biography of the Rav. Here’s a review of it –

    http://patentlyjewish.com/chief-rabbi-yaakov-yosef-of-new-york-stepping-stone-to-torah-democracy/

  • 16 Yisroel Freeda // Jul 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    On this page is stated the following: “Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, the previous Satmar Rebbe would encourage his chassidim to pray at the tzion of the Rav Yaakov Yosef.” Can anyone here provide a solid source for it? It would be appreciated.

  • 17 יודל // Jul 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    yesterday there was a interview with rabbi yona landau on kol mevaser about this

  • 18 tattale // Jul 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I was there, there were throngs of people non-stop. ZY”U

  • 19 R Schwartz // Jul 31, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Where besides the stone enclosure is the original matseva?

    Is this a word for word transcription? Is it made up, new?

    There’s no question there was an original stone. Where was it removed to? Why? By whom?

  • 20 Rabbi Stern // Jul 31, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Why do you say that it’s a new stone? I believe its just freshly painted.
    Ask Rabbi Marvin Shick he may know as he was there as a little boy over 70 years ago.

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