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Rabbi Yehuda Dov Galinsky

February 13th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Moreh Dasrah Congregation Shaarei Tzedek of Brooklyn
d. 10 Shevat, 1956 (5716)
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  • 1 Rabbi Mallen Galinsky // Mar 19, 2008 at 10:15 am

    He arrived in the US as a 6 year old from the city Astryn, near Grodna, attended Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva on New York’s East Side, subsequently studied with Rav Simcha Soloveichick (brother of Rav Chaim Soloveichick of Brisk), was rabbi at Cong. Anshei Toras Chessed Vezichru Toras Moshe in Manhattan and delivered lectures at the Youing Israel of Manhattan. In 1931 he married Leah, the daughter of Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Halpern (formerly Chief Rabbi of Denver, CO) and became the rabbi of Colchester,CT, where he served until 1944. In 1945 he was elected as the rabbi of Coney Island’s Congregation Sharei Zedek-Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah, and immediately established its Yeshiva Sharei Zedek. He was a well known orator, radio personality (WEVD) and was instumental in changing the religious landscape of Coney Island by raising a generation of G-d fearing Jews. He died on 10 Shevat, 5716 (1956).

  • 2 YD Miller // Aug 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Rabbi Galinsky,
    Was your Grandafther a Rabbi as well?

    Rav Galisky’s brother:

  • 3 HAL ALTMAN // Mar 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Starting in 1946 or 1947, I was a student at Yeshiva Sharei Tzedek, from Kindergarden through 4th Grade, along with fellow students Harold Lipschitz, Martin Sens, Arlene Kirsch, Barbara Gordon and Marilyn Zeff. Two teachers that I recall were Miss Markowitz and Mr. Baychok.

    In the late ’60s, I heard a story that Rabbi Yehuda Dov Galinsky’s son, and successor, Rav Mallen Galinsky, moved to Israel–along with the entire remaining congregation (about a dozen elderly people). Further, he created a synagogue in Israel named Sharei Zedek or Shaarei Tzedek. Is this story true?

  • 4 David Rosenbaum // Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hal, I am Rabbi Galinsky’s son-in-law. You can see his post above.

    He moved to Israel in 1976 with his family, but not with the congregation.

    He did not found a synagogue called Shaarei Tzedek. He was the director of Yeshivat Shaalvim for many years. He passed away three weeks ago.

    One thing I can tell you is that he said Kaddish for many former congregants from Shaarei Tzedek who evidently had no one to say kaddish for them on their yahrzeit, even these many years after his aliya.

  • 5 Maurice H Bank // Nov 16, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I grew up in Coney Island and attended Sharei Zedek from 1955-1963. My father, Max Bank, a roofer, sent me there and became a great friend of Rav Mallen Galinsky. My teachers were Mrs Mennen, Principal, Mrs Dulch, Mrs Deutsch, Mrs Maida, and Mrs Buxbaum. The Hebrew part I will leave out, as I was not good in that area. Still, going there enabled me to learn to daven, so when my father died in 1985 I said the Kaddish for him every morning, afternoon, and night, for 11 months. Rabbi Malen was always a pleasure to listen to on the radio every Friday afternoon, and his death brings sadness to my heart.

  • 6 elliot fishman // Sep 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    i attended ysz from 1960-1966 and remember Rabbi Galinsky and everyone from Mrs Mennen to Rabbi Brun and everyone in between. Wonderful memories from 23rd and Mermaid

  • 7 Harold Orenbuch // Feb 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I was in 3rd grade there when Kennedy was shot.I had many good Hebrew teachers such as Rabbi Dov Chechick,Rabbi Scheinerman who later became Principle,(not so good.)The one English teacher I loved was Mr. Elk who got me to play Handball @W5th street park and taught me the meaning of respect..Rabbi Galinski came to our morning Minyan.We were on our best behavior He was a good Rabbi and often sat in on classes.He also comforted us at the outbreak of the six day war in the Negev and the Gollan. My oldest sister was there at the time and Rabbi Galinsky words on Shabbat gave strength and Hope to my parents who were Holocaust Survivors and knew the meaning of war.The shuul was beautiful with a full 360 degrees painted mural of Heaven painted on the rotunda ceiling.On the high holidays he was a fire and brimstone orator who helped raise all who heard him “consciousness to the highest level.

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