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Rabbi Yisroel Jaffe

February 2nd, 2010 · 22 Comments

Rabbi Yisroel Jaffe

ישראל ב"ר ידידיו

Rav, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. November 26, 1896 - Kislev 21 5657

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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 Rav Yehuda Barit

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rev Israel Jaffe

Biographical Notes:

Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: David Weider , Brooklyn, New York

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

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Asher // Feb 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    He died 11/27/1896 – 22 Kislev 5657 – age 94.
    There’s a Solomon Jaffe (age 57) buried in that same gate, he died in 1897. I didn’t find the actual headstone yet.
    Hope someone can dig up some info on him.
    Rav Barit is buried on his left.

  • 2 Ben Bee Zee // Feb 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    There was A Rabbi Yedidya Jaffa a Rav in the city Boisk who was the son of Reb Avrum Abli Jaffa the Rav of Ponevizh.

    The famous Rav Rabbi Elchanan Sholom Jaffa from NY was a grandson of this RA”A Jaffa his father Reb Shimon Peretz was a son of RA”A.

    Being so, then Rabbi Israel Jaffa’s father was RE”SH’s uncle.

  • 3 Rabbi Stern // Feb 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Once again BZZ you came through with the detective work good job!!!!
    Rav Shimon Peretz also lived in the United States at one point. He eventually went to EY where he passed away.
    There is one more Jaffe listed Rabbi Shlomo Tuvia Jaffe, where does he fit in?

  • 4 YD Miller // Feb 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I think that this is not the same Rabbi Yedidya Jaffa, I found a source (link below) that this Rabbi Yedidya Jaffe was the son of Reb Israel Zuta JAFFE son of Reb Ahron Jaffe who was the the son of Reb Israel Saba (changed name to Jaffe) who was the son-in-law of Rabbi Joseph TEOMIM FRANKEL, Rabbi of Cracow.

    In thi link below, you can listed chilren of this Rabbi Israel jaffe:

  • 5 YD Miller // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    And if I am correct in my previuos post, we are talking about Rabbi Yiroel Jaffe (or Yufeh) of Suwolk-Subolk, who printed the Toras Haolah of the Rema”h (Rabbi Moshe Iserlis of Cracow) with his commentary named Ishie Yisroel.

    See link, with the Sefer with somewhat 15-20 fascinating Haskamahs.

  • 6 Asher // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    woe! you guys are awesome! the best DD yet!

    YD, i think you nailed it, he’s buried in the Suwalker section, can get closer than that.

    In that sefer he signs off his name with SHA”TZ – does that stand for Shliach Tzibbur – that explains his title as REV. Would that make him a Chazzan?

  • 7 Asher // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    YD, according to your link above –
    1. Solomon Jaffe buried in that section is his son.
    2. He was 73yo – his headstone fell (or was vandalized) the wrong way.

  • 8 Ben Bee Zee // Feb 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I came through the Reb Yedidya Yaffa Shatz of Sauvolk, But according to the years it’s probably not that same one. It makes more sense that this is the Yedidya i mentioned above.

  • 9 Ben Bee Zee // Feb 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    So you wanna say that he’s the one who published the Toras Haola? (in 1853 Rabbi Jaffa was then 50 years)

  • 10 MBD // Feb 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    If only we could get a look at that tombstone!!!! Perhaps a few of us can get together and turn it over, any volunteers?

  • 11 SEJ // Feb 18, 2010 at 1:26 am

    My husband is the Great-Great Grandson of Rav Solomon E. Jaffe….Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Synagogues of Greater New York.

  • 12 Ben Bee Zee // Feb 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    SEJ: on this site there’s a post of your great grandfathers biography we would appreciate if you can share with us more information on this famous great man.

  • 13 david wieder // Mar 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    harav jaffe was not a rabbi he was a chazzan

  • 14 Chaim // Mar 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Where and how do you know?

  • 15 david wieder // Jul 27, 2010 at 3:21 am

    i saw it in a chazonisha book (1930)he was a chazzan and a mchaber sfurim. his son is also buried in the cem. died in 1898 age 56-58

  • 16 YD Miller // Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Still waiting for this Matzieve to be flipped over in order to confirm who this Rabbi/Chazzan was, in the mean time Found the following in Jewish Encylopedia, which adresses the question above as for which Yedidia was his father:

    Israel b. Jedidiah (K):

    Cantor at Suwalki and in New York city; author of “Ishshe Yisrael,” commentary to Moses Isserles’ “Torat ha-‘Olah” (Königsberg, 1854-57); died in New York city 1888; descendant of Israel b. Aaron of Shklov (as is evident from the preface to “Torat ha-‘Olah”) and not of Jedidiah b. Abba of Bausk (as given by N. Sokolov in “Sefer Zikkaron”).

    Read more:

  • 17 Tattale // Aug 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Who was the Rabbi Yaffe that had a Yeshiva in Kansas City, MS in the late 1950s. My grandfather Rabbi Shatz was the Shochet at that time and he hosted some of the talmidim at that time. In fact he even took one of the talmidim as a SIL.

  • 18 Eugene R. Fidell // Dec 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Chief Rabbi Solomon Jaffe married my maternal grandparents, Jacob Tulman and Adeline (Ada) Greenberg, at Beth Medrash Hagadol in New York on December 25, 1910. I would be thrilled to hear from any descendants of R’ Jaffe.

  • 19 YD Miller // Sep 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Another sefer printed by Rav Jaffe:

  • 20 YD Miller // Sep 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    and here some more biographical notes:

    We found the stone flipped over on the correct side, Reb Baruch should post the full picture on his first convenience.

  • 21 Anthony D Pisciotts // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I am happy to report that I was able to hoist Rabbi Jaffe’s monument back on its base. I was also able to upright Rabbi Barit’s stone as well. Although I am not Jewish, I was deeply upset that the stone of this holy men had been desecrated . This abomination had to be corrected.

  • 22 chaim // Mar 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks Anthony

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