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Rabbi Yehuda Barit

September 23rd, 2009 · 21 Comments

Rabbi Yehuda Barit

יהודה ב"ר ישראל

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Mon. February 18, 1895 - Shevat 24 5655

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Cemetery Details
81-10 Pitkin Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417
United States

Phone: 212-874-7005
Contact: Daniel Goldberg


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Notes: It should be noted that Acacia, Bayside and Mokom Sholom are three independent cemeteries and while Acacia and Mokom Sholom are under the same management umbrella, Bayside is independently owned and operated. The cemeteries run along Pitkin and Liberty Avenues from 80th Street to 84th Street. Access to Bayside is from Pitkin Avenue only. Although in a constant state of cleanup, Bayside is in extreme disarray and can be dangerous, use caution when visiting!!! Actual care is provided by Cong Shaare Zeedk on the Upper West Side, they claim that all records were lost in a fire.

Directions to Kever: Although in a constant state of cleanup, Bayside Cemetery along Pitkin Avenue in Queens is in extreme disarray and can be dangerous, use caution when visiting!!! in the event of an emergency call 911. Location: Gate: 55, alongside the kever of Rabbi Yisroel Jaffe

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rev Judah Barit

Biographical Notes:

Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: David Weider , Brooklyn, New York

Credit: David Weider , Brooklyn, New York

Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farshlufen // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Who says that he was a rav?

  • 2 YD Miller // Sep 23, 2009 at 10:41 am

    In Kovne there was a famous Rabbi and Rosh yeshivah Rav Yaakov Barit (the Rabbi of Reb Velvel Margolis of NY, he mentions him countless times) I dont know if they are related.

    There was another Barit, Beb Zevulun Lieb of Plungeon.

  • 3 Baruch A // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Is your question who said he was a Rav in NYC?

  • 4 Chief Rabbi // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    It says Harav on the tombstone!!!!

  • 5 Farshlufen // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The tomstone says that he was here only for a very short before his passing.

    ובטרם ידעת יומך פה
    דרך אנוש להבל דמה.

  • 6 YD Miller // Sep 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The tombstone has in interesting writing all-together, can someone explain the meanings of:
    תחתיך איש אחר לא ידענו,
    נצחך באהבתך .. לנו
    צר לנו צר יגון שמענו
    בלתך אב אחר לא מצאנו

    pretty poor grammer.

  • 7 asher // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    On the base of the headstone (not pictured), it is engraved REV. JUDAH BARIT. If i remember correctly, there’s another person with the title REV buried on his immediate right.

    If you walk through that place, you’ll find many Kevarim with the title Rav – i always wondered how you can tell whether they were and orthodox Rav or not.

    In any case, i’d be thrilled if anyone has any more info on this Rav.

  • 8 Rabbi Stern // Sep 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Do you know the name of the society?

  • 9 asher // Sep 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    If i remember correctly, gate 55, i will double check on the cemetery map and the pictures i have. I haven’t been there in 5 weeks due to the summer schedule, IY”H i am resuming my weekly visits after Yom Kippur.

  • 10 YD Miller // Jan 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I find him listed as the Magid (Preacher) of the Congregation Mishkan Yiroel Anshie Suvolk on 56 Kristi St. in NY in 1892, see link

  • 11 Asher // Jan 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    YD, thank you so much… i am thrilled with your find! Was a magid (in those years) in place of a Rabbi? Does it mention anything on his stone about his livelihood?

  • 12 Ben Bee Zee // Jan 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    a Magid-Bal Darshen was a very famous article in those times. most of the Seforim published in America in that times were from such Magidim

  • 13 curios // Jan 28, 2010 at 3:58 am

    To YD Miller: If I’m not mistaken, Reb Yaakov Barit was in Vilna not Kovno.

  • 14 curios // Nov 30, 2010 at 5:11 am

    About Reb Yaakov Barit see here:
    Or here:

    He was known as Reb Yaakov Kovner, but actually lived most of his life in Vilna.

    About Reb Zevulun Barit mentioned above, see here:

  • 15 mt // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Reb Yaakov Barit was from kovna, then became dayan in vilna and led a yeshiva there..

  • 16 Anthony D Pisciotts // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I am happy to report that I was able to hoist Rabbi Barit’s stone back onto its base. I was able to return Rabbi Jaffe’s stone back to its base as well. I am not Jewish but the condition of these 2 rabbis resting place was upsetting none the less.

  • 17 YD Miller // Oct 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Anthony,

    You are doing a great thing with these restorations, we all owe you a big Thank You for all your efforts in restoring this devastated cemetery.

    Keep up your good work!

  • 18 Eli // Oct 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you Anthony for your great work!
    May you be blessed!

  • 19 chaim // Feb 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks, Anthony,

  • 20 Karin Barit Indig // Dec 28, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Thank you so much for returning the stone of my great-great-grandfather to the base. I wish I could read it so that I could trace back a generation. Yehuda was known to be a Rabbi. I’m not familiar with the other names you mentioned, but will have to add them to my search. Yehuda Barit brought my great grandfather and one of his daughters with him to NY from Vilna, Russia. My great moved to Detroit where he started a successful jewelry store and had 6 children including my grandfather. Most of the family still lives in the suburbs there.

    I want to find out if he came to America to family here or if he had siblings who traveled with him. I will call the number listed above, but if you have any info, I can be reached at or at 248-842-5502. I thought the cemetery may have the records as to who paid for and made the arrangements for his burial. Thank you all so much! Sending blessings for the New Year! Karin

  • 21 YD Miller // Jan 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Hi Karin,

    Yehuda’s father was Yisroel (Israel).

    The Stone mentions that he was born in winter of 1835 and passed away 60 years later in 1895.

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