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Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shmulewitz

June 11th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shmulewitz

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Rav, Congregation Beth Israel Hospital, New York City

Date of Death: Fri. June 25, 1937 - Tammuz 15 5697

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Cemetery Details
81-14 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 718-821-1060
Fax: 718-381-1551
Contact: Todd Ivler


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Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Block: P, Section1, Path: R21, Society: Moscow Benevolent

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: SCHMULEWITZ, LOUIS M.

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Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 asher // Jun 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Can anyone confirm him being conservative, please see link…

  • 2 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    He was definitely not, I also found this article yesterday but from other sources, I clearly determined that he was indeed orthodox.

    for a short period he was the Rabbi of the Congregation Beth Israel (hospital)
    on 252 West 35th Street


  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  • 4 Farshlufen // Jun 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Asher, keep in mind that this was in 1928, long before the תנאי בנשואין issue.

  • 5 blackleibel // Jun 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I could not open the JTA article so I don’t understand the relevance of Farshlufen’s comment. (Also, the famous sefer opposing תנאי בנשואין was published in 1930).

  • 6 asher // Jun 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    BL, something is amiss with their (JTA) website, it ain’t working now. The reason for my suspician cuz it mentioned that 35 Rabbanim gathered on behalf of the conservative movement to strengthen he traditional Judaism (i’m not quoting exact text). Also I didn’t recognize any of the other Rabbanim who participated I’d expect at least one famous Rav to be there, but again , I didn’t analyze it thoroughly. As far as T’nai issue, I wasn’t aware before of this story.

    (as a side note: there’s a spelling error in the name)

  • 7 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    the קדושין על תנאי issue is not black and white that whoever was on the permitting side should be condemned

  • 8 blackleibel // Jun 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Many Rabbonim and several famous Gedolim.

  • 9 asher // Jun 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Below is the article in full.

    SEPTEMBER 19, 1928
    To Ask New York Jewry to Contribute $150,000 to United Synagogue


    Plans for New York to take the initiaive in the $500,000 national campaign to strengthen traditional Judaism in this country were formulated yesterday at a luncheon conference called by Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Dropsie College.

    Thrity-five rabbis representing the leading conservative congregations in New York City attended and pledged their aid in raising the sum of $150,000 for the United Synagogue of America, which is to be New York’s quota.

    Organization of campaign machinery is now under way and the campaign will be officially launched at a conference to be held either late in October or early in November.

    According to the present plan, the sum of $150,000 is to be raised by committees representing each of the forty conservative synagogues in New York.
    Judaism in this country is in a most critical position, declared Dr. Cyrus Adler, due primarily to the fact that the last thirty years has seen the virtual transference of an entire people. Conservative Judaism, such as expounded by the United Synagogue of America, is most calculated to meet the sound needs of American Israel. Neither extremes will serve as well, for the one is too attenuated, and the other is too rigorous.

    There is a definite and very dissatisfying relationship, he declared, between the less than 3,000 synagogues in this country and the more than 4,000,000 people who constitute the Jewish population of America.
    The United Synagogue is faced with large responsibilities and great possibilities, in meeting this important problem. The deplorable condition which exists in virtually all Jewish communities is due in part to lack of co-ordinated effort, he stated. calling upon those present to work together for the increased activity of the United Synagogue.

    Referring to the criticism which has been launched against the mushroom synagogues, Dr. Adler said, If there were no mushroom synagogues in New York, there would be no place for those who want to go to High Holiday services. While I do not like to see men advertised as the greatest Chazanim in the world, such as was done in Philadelphia, and eight, nine and ten dollars charged for admission, the fact remains that the Academy of Music of Philadelphia was filed and these men are doing something we have not been able to do.

    The entire country is looking to New York for inspiration. Dr. Adler said. Insofar as Judaism is concerned, as New York goes, goes the entire country. The extent to which other Jewish communities will acquit itself, he pointed out.
    As explained by Rabbi Elias Margolis, National Chairman of the United Synagogue Campaign Committee, the sum of $150,000 raised in New York will be used in entirety to strengthen the work of existing conservative congregations in New York.
    The work of organizing the entire country is proceeding rapidly and campaign headquarters, in charge of Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, executive Director of the United Synagogue, have been established at 19 West 44th Street, New York City.

    Among those present at the luncheon were: Dr. Elias Margolis, Rabbi Solomon Katz, Rabbi David N. Shohet, Rabbi A. Dubin, Rabbi J. B. Grossman, Rabbi M. M. Goldberg, Rabbi I. Signer, Rabbi Elias Walitzky, Rabbi Arthur H. Neulander, Rabbi Israel Goldfarb, Dr. I. Herbert Levinthal, Rabbi A. M. Heller, Rabbi J. J. Newman, Dr. Harry Halpern, Rabbi M. J. S. Abels, Rabbi Jacob Bosniak, Rabbi B. Reuben Weilerstein, Rabbi Joseph Miller, Rabbi B. Leon Hurwitz, Rabbi Philip Alstet, Dr. Jacob Kohn, Rabbi Lewis Grossman, Rabbi J. Sonderling, Rabbi Louis Shmulewitz, Rabbi Jacob Katz, Rabbi A. Burstein, Rabbi J. L. Hahn, Dr. Elias L. Solomon, Rabbi A. Basel, Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Rabbi Henry A. Schorr, Rabbi Jacob S. Minkin, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohen, Dr. Cyrus Adler, Rabbi Henry Fisher.

  • 10 YD Miller // Jun 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Rabbi Shmulewitz was born in Radim, Poland

    He served as the Rabbi of Cong. Adath Jeshurun in Houston, Texas, where he married Mrs. Emma Schiff, this is where their daughter Rosalie Lorraine Shmulewitz was born in 1914:

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