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Rabbi Yona Forst

January 25th, 2011 · 16 Comments

Rabbi Yona Forst

יונה ב"ר ישראל הלוי

Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Farm Settlement Nitra

Date of Death: Sat. January 1, 1983 - Teves 16 5743

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Cemetery Details
25 Torah Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
United States

Phone: 914-666-8402


Cemetery Map:

Notes: T:(718) 387-0422. Driving directions: Drive up Torah Road, after 5th house, turn right up the steep hill, at the top turn right into forest, follow road to cemetery

Directions to Kever: Yeshiva Farm Settlement Cemetery located in Mount Kisco

Biographical Notes:

Forst Yona pic
Photo Caption: Rav  Yona Forst, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Yona Forst

Tags: New York · Rosh Yeshiva · Westchester County

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 asher // Jan 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Siegmund Forst (Artist) was his brother.

  • 2 YD Miller // Jan 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    פורסט זיגמונד – אשר

    מאייר, מעצב ומחבר אמריקאי. יליד וינה, בן לצורף יהודי-פולני מהגר, הוא למד בבתי ספר לאמנות ובאוניברסיטה בעיר מולדתו והתחיל לייצר את איוריו הראשונים, שהתמקדו בקליגרפיה עברית. היגר לארה”ב ב1939 והיה לאחד מן המאיירים הפוריים והנודעים ביותר בעולם היהודי. אייר וכתב הגדות רבות, ספרי ילדים, חיתוכי עץ, חפצי קדושה ועיצב פונט עברי משלו

    Was Siegmund Forst Orthodox?

  • 3 curios // Jan 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Of course he was Orthodox. He passed away a few years ago. His son put out some seforim on Halacha in English.

  • 4 asher // Jan 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Interview (clip) of Siegmund Forst and thumbnail pictures. The clip is not compatible with my OS, but you can read the transcript.

    He was known (to the public) as Siegmund (not Asher) hence Millers comment is completely orthodox…!

    Besides, Siegmund is not that common today as Robert, Samuel and Solomon that are more Jewish sounding, I believe it’s origin is German. My english name is asher, thank G-d.

  • 5 asher // Jan 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Sorry, I left out the link – here it is.

  • 6 YD Miller // Jan 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks Asher, great interview!

  • 7 Farshlufen // Apr 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

    A Hagaddah illustated by Sigmond Forst:
    גדולה הכבשה העומדת בין שבעים זאבים!

  • 8 reb yona forst // Jan 10, 2012 at 3:18 am

    just came out his brand new sefer # 2 full of droshes & mectavim & haspedim selling it very strong all over the world

  • 9 azi // Jan 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Related to a rabbi of the same surname in Far Rockaway?

  • 10 azi reb yona forst // Feb 28, 2012 at 12:58 am

    yes it is his uncle

  • 11 danny // Apr 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am looking to find who has the rights to the artwork of Siegmund Forst. I wish to reproduce one of his illustrations in a book.
    Does anyone have information on this?

  • 12 Rachel Grünberger // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Reb Yona Forst was born in Vienna as the son of Israel (Isidor) Halevi Forst and Fanny (Franziska) Forst. He had six siblings, one of them my grandmother Rosel (Rachel) Grünfeld z”l, who died in Zurich at the age of 32. Here twin-sister Finny (Seraphine) and the youngest sister Grete perished during the holocaust, Siegmund z”l(the painter), Paula Kravitz(shetichje) and Ella Salzberger z”l made it to New York, and Jenny (Scheindel) Goldberg z”l came to Israel.
    I have three beautiful poems in the German language which Yona Forst wrote as a young man facing Nazi-terror.
    As for Danny’s question: the rights of Siegmund’s art should belong to his children, supposedly in NY.

  • 13 tovia feldman // Nov 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

    where could i see the three poems

  • 14 Yonah Forst // Dec 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Siegmund was my grandfather. My father, Benjamin, might be able to help you regarding artwork rights. His number is 337-6890 area code 718.

    Rachel – I’d also love to see those poems!

  • 15 Swan Mashatisa // Oct 26, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I found a lovely children’s book, “Holidays and Festivals” pub. 1956. Prepared by Rabbi C. Chavel, Illust. by Sigmund Forst. I would love any info pertaining to this book. The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL!!

  • 16 Kathy Lowy // Jul 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Hi, I don’t think I have any useful information alough I was curious if our families are related . My husbands Great Grandfather Moritz Lowy was born in Hungary 1877. He came to America 12/12/1899 on the Kensington from Antwerp his wife Hermain formally Gottlieb followed, as well as his brother Jacob Leopold. Moritz listed his parents as Adolph Lowy and Fanny Ehrlich. Adolphs parents David dob 1815 and Katti 1837. Adolph had 2 brothers Emanuel dob 1857 Leopold 1861 , and 2 sisters Rosa 1863 and Ana 1868. Now I did come across someone else who was researching a Adolph Lowy who had a son Sigmond Lowy born 1848. This person believed that Sigmonds Great Grandfather financed the building of a Synagoge in Budapest and family “rumor” was that Felix Mendolson the composer was a relation. Thank you for reading this overly long email. Sincerely, Kathy Lowy

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