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Rabbi Yissachar Dov Illowy

November 18th, 2008 · 37 Comments

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Illowy

ישכר דוב ב"ר יעקב ליב

Rav, Congregation Shearith Yisroel

Date of Death: Thu. June 22, 1871 - Tammuz 3 5631

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Cemetery Details
1661 Sunset Avenue
Cincinnati , OH 45238
United States

Phone: 513-961-0178
Contact: David Hoguet


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Part of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Association.

Directions to Kever: Sunset entrance, main path, second to last row of the cemetery on the right

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Bernard

Biographical Notes:

Rav Illowi was ordained by Rav Moshe Schreiber, the Chasam Sofer and was among the first Rabbanim to serve in the United States. From the time of his arrival on these shores in 1853 until his passing, the Rav spent his time fighting to influence and uphold true Torah values in North America. The Rav is famous for his halachic ruling on the kashrus of Muscovy duck.

Credit: Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati

Credit: Needed

Credit: From the Virtual Judaica reference collection

Credit: From the Virtual Judaica reference collection

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Cincinnati, OH · Needs Repair · Ohio · Pre 1900 · Rosh Yeshiva

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Nov 19, 2008 at 2:30 am

    His father in-law was R’ Volf Schiff from Rudnitz
    his sefer “milchamos Alokim” is avilible online.

  • 2 Y. Jacobson // Jan 12, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Were you able to confirm with the cemetery?

  • 3 Baruch A // Jan 21, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I am grateful to David Hoguet the Executive Director of Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati for locating the Rav’s grave and providing a picture.
    Thank you,

  • 4 Rabbi J Klein // Jan 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, I have been looking for his kever for many years. It?s a shame that its fading away. Do you know what it would cost to replace?

  • 5 Baruch A // Jan 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Rabbi Klein:
    Around $5,000.

  • 6 Rabbi J Klein // Feb 16, 2009 at 3:29 am

    A little steep, I”ll see what can be done.

  • 7 YD Miller // Nov 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    A nice discussion with some intresting facts about Rabbi illowy, on the link below (read the full article infcluding the update in the bottom, regarding this site and its intentions)

  • 8 ISAAC // Jan 25, 2010 at 12:40 am

    NOT 5000.00

  • 9 curios // Mar 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Wasn’t he a Rav in New Orleans? Is that near Cincinnati?

  • 10 Rabbi Stern // Mar 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    He was, as a side (I am assuming that you are not form the US) New Orleans and Cincinnati are on two different sides of the Country. New Orleans is in Louisiana and is down south near the Gulf of Mexico while Cincinnati, Ohio is up north near Michigan which boarders Canada.

  • 11 curios // Mar 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks. So I guess he moved at some point.

  • 12 asher // Jul 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I stumbled upon today the kevarim of Rav Illowys’ children buried in Beth Olam Cemetery (near Rav Kursheedt z”l’s kever). 2 sons and i’m almost sure a daughter too (a 4th one who died in 1975 must have been a grandchild, i don’t have a clear picture of his marker).

    Baruch, How do upload here pictures within this post.

  • 13 Farshlufen // Jul 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Asher, send to R’ Baruch @ his email.

    I beleive that only the admin can upload it here.

  • 14 Farshlufen // Jul 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Henry Illoway passed away in NY on or around Jan 15 1932.

  • 15 asher // Jul 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Sure, I’m sending the photos to Baruch as we speak.
    Henry Illoway, actually “Dr” Henry passed away Januray 15 1932. His brother Jabob L. pa’d April 30th 1907. I hope to be there tomorrow and get a better shot of their sister and grandchild (grandchild’s matzeivo is half covered)

  • 16 asher // Jul 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    YD, i have uploaded the picture here.

  • 17 asher // Jul 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    per Baruch, please click link to see location of the kevarim.

  • 18 Farshlufen // Jul 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Thanks Asher.

  • 19 YD Miller // Jul 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Thanks Asher, I see the daughters tumbstone only half, Nettie was her english name, what was her Hbrew name and who was she married to?

  • 20 asher // Jul 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    You are both welcome. I went back today and have a full picture of Nettie’s kever, will upload later as i just got into office.

    YD, Henry and Nettie are buried right next to each other… does that suggest that both were single? Their brother Yaakov is buried right next to his wife. From what I gather, Yaakov Leib had a son and a daughter, both married and buried in the same place – i have pictures of all and will also upload IY”H.

  • 21 asher // Jul 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Below are the pictures:

    Nettie (Nechomo) Illoway
    (daughter of Rav Illoway z”l)

    Gertrude Illoway:
    (daughter-in-law of Rav Illoway z”l)
    Her hebrew name is written Gertrude – is this a hebrew name too?

    Bernard S. Illoway:
    (grandkid of Rav Illoway z”l)
    his headstone is partially covered.

    Lillian Ruth Illoway:
    (grandkid of Rav Illoway z”l – wife of Bernard S.)

    Miriam Ruth Philips:
    (grandkid of Rav Illoway z”l – daughter of Yaccov Illoway)

    Edward Phillips:
    (Husband of Miriam Phillips/Illoway)

    There’s a good few people with the name phillips buried in the section behind the Illoways. On the right there’s a family plot GRAFF – the wifes maiden name is phillips, see below – any connection? who knows…

  • 22 YD Miller // Jul 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks so much Asher for the photos.

    On your question about the name “Gertrude” whther it is a Hbrew name, the answer of course is NO, this is of a German origin (see ) the question is if this was used as a given name in Yiddish as well.

    I dont see this name mentioned in Bies Schmuel which is the most common refrence for Given Names (needed for writing a Get) I do see a similar name Gutreid (see

  • 23 Kathryn Wallach // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I am Kathryn Wallach nee Illoway, a great-grand-daughter of the rabbi. His son Jacob Leib, ( Yakov Yehuda) Illoway had 3 children, Miriam Ruth Illoway who married Elward J. Phillips. They had no children. His son, Bernard Samuel Illoway married Lillian Ruth Jacobs and I am their only child. A son Saul died in infancy supposedly of diphtheria. Unfortunately, I believe that I am probably the only living Jewish descendant since neither Henry nor Nettie married. I am most interested in seeing that the his grave and his wife’s grave are restored. I would be grateful if a new matzevah could be made . If I can be contacted off list, we could decide how payment for this ould be arranged. The small grave next to him is his grandson Saul.
    To se some more information about my great grandfather, please see the link below.
    This site also has a picture of the Rav.

    My son Natan and I found these graves in June of 1993. Their condition was only fair then, and the cemetery was not well maintained.

    If you have suggestions, and I would hate to see the matzevot totally ruined, please let me know.

    Shabbat Shalom.

    Kathryn Wallach (Gitel Malka bat R’ Yissachar Dov Shmuel Illoway)

  • 24 asher // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Kathryn, hi! Wow, what a small world after all!
    Where about did his children, including you parents live – NYC? I’d appreciate if you can share any pictures you have of your illustrious grandfather or family.

    Are there any original pictures where these were painted from?

  • 25 asher // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Scroll back up for a front view of his marker.
    Reb Elya – I’m sure you know Henry was the Rabbis’ son – perhaps you are referring to something else?

  • 26 YD Miller // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Reb Elya,

    See the earlier posts, he was another son of Rav Illowy

  • 27 asher // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Search for Henry Mosler Illowy and you’ll get a nice rendering of the Rav and his wife. Wonder if he actually wore a ring.

  • 28 Kathryn Wallach // Dec 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Henry Illoway z'”l was 1 of 3 sons of Rabbi Bernard Illowy ( also spelled ILLOWAY). He was a physician who graduated from the University of Cincinnati.He practiced medicine in Ohio & NYC.

    Another son of the rav was Adolph who lived in Philadelphia. He too had a son named Bernard.

  • 29 Farshlufen // Dec 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

  • 30 Mordechai Perlman // Mar 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Can anybody tell me what date is written on the Matzeiva of Rav Yisachar Dov Illowy zt”l as to his yarzheit? I cannot make it out on my PC.

  • 31 curios // Mar 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    ג’ תמוז תרל”א

  • 32 Avraham Chaim Bloomenstiel // May 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I have been collecting information on the Rav for a number of years with the eventual goal of producing a Biography. He was a seminal figure in American Frumkeit. Here is the famous Moser portrait of the Rav:

    The painting was done toward the end of the Rav’s life.

  • 33 Rachel // Apr 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Shalom! Was the rebbetzin Gitel or Gitel Malka?

  • 34 Kathryn Wallach // Mar 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I never found the Hebrew name of Katharina Illovy nee Schiff. I have senen her birth record from Roudnice nad Labe, CZ.

    Gertrude Illoway nee Kahn’s hebrew name was Gitel. Her father Samuel Kahn was from Schwarza, Thuringen, Germany. He was a merchant and finally settled in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • 35 Yonah Gross // Oct 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Ms. Wallach,
    Thank you for identifying yourself. I just came across the Sefer Milchamos Elokim and plan on using some of the material for a shiur I’m giving over Succos. I am the Rabbi of a shul in suburban Philadelphia named Congregation Beth Hamedrosh. Please feel free to contact me as I’d love to find out more about this hero of Jewish history.

  • 36 C. H. // Feb 23, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    It says here that he arrived in 1853, was an ordained rabbi, and was the rav of a kehilla, yet under rabbi avrohom Yosef rice it says he was the first ordained rav to serve as a mara dasra of a congreagation and as such decided on the halachic names of all the cities in America.
    is all this information accurate?

  • 37 Kapooreh Hindel // Jul 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    There is a lot of information about Rabbi Illowy and his struggles for Yiddishkeit at

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