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Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Greenwald

January 23rd, 2008 · 18 Comments

Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Greenwald

יקותיאל יהודה ב"ר יעקב

Rav, Congregation Beth Jacob, Columbus, Ohio

Date of Death: Mon. April 11, 1955 - Nissan 19 5715

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Cemetery Details
2505 Performance Way
Columbus, OH 43207
United States

Phone: 614-237-8641


Cemetery Map:

Notes: The cemetery is located near Alum Creek Drive

Directions to Kever: New Beth Jacob Cemetery located between the Agudas Achim Cemetery and Alum Creek Drive in Columbus, Ohio. Location: Section: 8, Lot: 3

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Rabbi Leopold Greenwald

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Carol Shkolnik, Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Credit: Carol Shkolnik, Columbus Jewish Historical Society (Of Note: The kever of Rabbi David Stavsky can be seen in the background)

Tags: Columbus, OH · Ohio

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Menachem // Dec 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Rabbi Greenwald was a prominent rav in Columbus, Ohio, from 1924-1955. He battled assimilation, and fought for the perpetuation of Orthodox, Halachic standards during those tough years. He wrote over 40 seforim, many of which are available on Any student of Halacha probably can appreciate his contribution, most notably, to the laws of Aveilus (lo oleinu), with his sefer “Kol Bo al Aveilus.”

  • 2 Asher // Dec 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Any relations to the Chust/Tzelim family?
    It looks like to be part of a larger headstone, what does the full marker look like.

  • 3 Menachem // Dec 14, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Do you mean the Chuster Rav? If so, I know Rav Greenwald’s grandfather was the Chuster Rav (as related to me by Rav Greenwald’s son.) He was also a distant cousin of the Arugas Habosem.

  • 4 Asher // Dec 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    TY. You mentioned hi son – is he still around?
    Do you have a pic of the Rav?
    Was there/is there a big community?

  • 5 Rabbi Stern // Dec 14, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    He has a son Jack who lives in Denver, perhaps Baruch has his contact info.

  • 6 Menachem // Dec 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Yes, his son Jack resides in Denver. He is an attorney. I don’t have a picture; however, in the back of one of his seforim (titled “Hashochet V’Hashechita-available at Hebrewbooks) there is a short biography of Rabbi Greenwald, which includes a picture.

  • 7 Asher // Dec 15, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Thank you.

  • 8 Farshlufen // Dec 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

  • 9 Farshlufen // Dec 15, 2009 at 9:24 am

    The picture that “Menachem” mentioned:

  • 10 Admin // Dec 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Per Yankele (Jack) Greenwald anyone wishing to contact him regarding his late father Rav Yekusiel Yehudah Greenwald is asked to do so via email:
    Please let us know what you learn.
    Thank you,

  • 11 Asher // Dec 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Awesome Admin! Thanx for the email info.

  • 12 Menachem // Dec 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve located another picture of Harav Greenwald. It is from the Ohio Jewish Chronicle, from the week he died (1955).

  • 13 John Markstein // Aug 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Notes on Ohio:
    Rabbi Gruenwald was, of course, the author of the Kol Bo al Aveilus. He also authored numerous other books and articles during his life-time. He attracted large crowds to his Friday night lectures. It is said that when he learned that one member of the audience had driven to shul to hear him speak, he cancelled the rest of that season’s speeches.
    His successor at the Beth Jacob (Beis Yeinkev) in Columbus was Rabbi David Stavsky zt’l, who served the shul for 47 years. Rabbi Stavksy zt’l won the position by being the only candidate who could give a derasha in both Yiddish and English (such were the demands in the 1950s). He never compromised religious standards, but instead made classical Torah-observant Judaism attractive to a new and young generation. To wit, he cast the annual kinus teshuva of the aseres yemei teshuva as “Religious Emphasis Week,” and brought to Columbus rabbonim and roshei yeshiva to deliver thunderous smhoozim. By doing so he was not only makriv people to Torah, but exposed those would otherwise not have seen the faces and wisdom of leading rabbonim

  • 14 YD Miller // Aug 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Where was rabbi Stavsky burried?

  • 15 Shtikel Gabi // Aug 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Rabbi David Stavsky Zt”i passed away about 6-7 years ago and is burried in columbus ohio.

    His succesor today is (my freind) Rabbi Naftali Hertzka Weisz which is b”h very successful.

  • 16 chaimperachia // Oct 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I have a picture and actually a video with Rav Greenwald at my father’s bris. If anyone is interested, they can contact me at

  • 17 Chico // Oct 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I found that his parents were Rabbi Jacob Greenwald and Esther Rosenbaum. Anyone know who were his grandparents. Asking for relatives of Rabbi Leopold’s sister Sarah Greenwald Weiss. Thanks.

  • 18 Daniel Greenwald // May 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm


    I am Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Greenwald’s Grandson, Danny. If anyone knows where I can find some english translations of his work, please reach out via email or phone. I am a graduate student and would like to potentially use some of his works in a project of mine. Thanks!
    (301) 395-4005

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