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Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Swift

December 15th, 2009 · 24 Comments

Moreh Dasrah Congregation Ahavath Torah, Englewood, NJ
d. 11 Sivan, 1991 (5751)
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Directions to kever:
Congregation Emanuel Cemetery
Passic Junction Cemeteries
400 Deery Avenue (at the end)
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Photo Credit: David Weider of Williamsburg

Tags: New Jersey

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Asher // Dec 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I called Cong. Ahavath Torah, where he served as Rabbi. He is buried in Passaic Jewish Junction, Saddle Brook NJ. According to this map
    they have 2 sections.
    It says on this (linked) page and also on another site, that PJJC is “not a REAL cemetery but an area with several society plots”. Davis how did you find this place?

  • 2 Baruch A // Dec 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Good detective work, it’s a good chance that Rav Chapler is in the same cemetery.

  • 3 MBD // Dec 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Good work!!!!
    I also found this online:
    Jewish Federation of North Jersey Cemetery Association
    P.O. Box 436, Totowa, NJ 07511
    Owns and manages twelve (I only included the Dewey Avenue sections) small one congregation / one landsmanshaft cemeteries in north Jersey. Cemeteries are as follows:
    Bnai Sholom Organization, Dewey Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ
    Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, Dewey Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ
    Workmen’s Circle Branch #121, Dewey Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ
    Workmen’s Circle Branch #970, Dewey Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ
    Yanover Lodge, Dewey Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ

  • 4 Asher // Dec 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Baruch, thank you, yes, it’s very likely that Rabbi Chapler is buried close by, as according to link below, there was a Mendel Chapler living in Passaic, NJ as of 1909.

  • 5 Gedalyah // Dec 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Is Rabbi Swift related to the Dayan Moshe Swift?

  • 6 BP // Dec 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Who is Dayan Moshe Swift?

  • 7 Gedalyah // Dec 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I believe he was a London dayan.

  • 8 Asher // Dec 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    According to the president of Ahavas Torah, he had relatives in Australia and England.

  • 9 Aubrey // Jan 10, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Rabbi Isaac Swift was the younger brother of Dayan Moshe Swift

  • 10 Gamliel // Jan 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Aubrey is correct. There were actually three Swift brothers (Harris, Moshe, and Isaac), each of whom served as rabbi at major London congregations before moving elsewhere.

    Moshe, whose hesped for the Ponevezher Rav was published by Artscroll and reproduced many times thereafter, is mentioned several times in the Igros Moshe of Rav Moshe Feinstein. Some of his Torah writings are published in a sefer zikaron; his drashos are published in a two-volume set titled Moreshet Moshe (Feldheim 1989). And his hesped of the Ponevezher Rav was published by Artscroll and reproduced many times thereafter.

    Harry’s drashos are published in Because I Believe (Bloch, 1955, with a haskama from Rav I. Herzog.)

    Isaac published a set of drashas on Sefer Shemos in the 1965 RCA Manual and many other Torah writings in Jewish Life and other journals. B’ezras Hashem other chiddushei Torah will soon be published.

  • 11 M // Jan 13, 2010 at 2:07 am

    R. Isaac Swift was also Rabbi at First Cong. Anshe Sfard in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY, at one time.

  • 12 Sonny Katz // Nov 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I was in the choir, as a young boy, in Brondesbury Shul in London under Rabbi Moishe Swift. Some years later, in Johannesburg, South Africa he was the Rabbi at Berea Shul where he conducted my wedding on 21 December 1952. I am now a Board member at Holland Road Shul in Hove (Brighton), UK, where there is a plaque showing that he laid the foundation stone for an extension to that Shul.

  • 13 M.kennedy // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:26 am


    who was the rov of Brondesbury Shul when you were there as a choir boy

    Kind regards

  • 14 Sonny Katz // Nov 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    To M. Kennedy.
    To the best of my memory, Moishe Swift was the Rabbi. I am now 85 years old so so the memory is not so good. But i am pretty sure it WAS Moishe Swift.

  • 15 M.kennedy // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:43 am


    thanks for getting back to how far is Brondesbury from wilsden

  • 16 Sonny Katz // Nov 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

    M. Kennedy.
    When my family were living there, Brondesbury Shul was in the NW suburb of London called Willesden. Any reason for your question?

  • 17 Sonny Katz // Nov 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    M Kennedy.
    Must be a mix-up somewhere. I never knew Rabbi Yitzhok Yehuda Swift. I knew only Rabbi
    Maurice (Moishe) Swift. Shabbat Shalom.
    Regards, Sonny Katz

  • 18 M.kennedy // Nov 11, 2013 at 9:13 am



    do you remember any other rabbis in the area

  • 19 Farshlufen // Nov 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    ספר הזכרון לר’ משה סוויפט ז”ל

  • 20 Shani Kletz // Dec 27, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The Three Rabonim Swift were my Great Uncles.. Brothers of my Grandmother Sarah..
    Their Father (my Great Grandfather) was Beryl Swift from Liverpool..

  • 21 stewart myers // Mar 10, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Just discovered these comments about the Swift brothers z”l .
    Does anyone recall tle late Myer (Marks) and Millie Freedman who were my mothers. parents and who lived on Neasden and helped establisg Neasden shul – now closed?
    My mother was Esther and her brother was Arnold/Aharon.They were both niftar in 1978.

    Stewart Myers

  • 22 Moshe Escott // Sep 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I found the following 3 photos of Rabbi Swift from a collection of old Baltimore Sun photos:

  • 23 sam // Jun 25, 2018 at 11:52 am

    just found this amazing story in canadian jewish news feb 5 1960 about rabbi issac swift
    Brooklyn Rabbi Helps Canadian
    New York (CJN) —On the plea of a Brooklyn rabbi, a 28-year-old defendant won a dismissal of a burglary indictment in Kings County Court.
    Jenoe Leitner of Montreal, Que., wept when Judge Hyman Barshay announced the dismissal, The judge said he had taken the action after reading a probation report disclosing that the defendant had been in a Nazi, concentration camp during World War II where his parents and five brothers were executed.
    Leitner had been accused of burglarizing the home of Rabbi Isaac L .Swift at 1463 Forty-eighth Street, Brooklyn, on July 26, 1958. The rabbi wrote a letter urging that the man be permitted to rehabilitate himself.
    Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Wiseman- said a Jewish social service agency had promised to help leitner until authorities decided whether to return him to Montreal. judge Bapshay, started a collection from court attendants and spectators .contributed an undisclosed amount to help Leitner.

  • 24 Yachsan // Nov 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I would like to know how the rav was an einikel of the Berdichever Ruv.

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