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Rabbi Yosef Adler

December 3rd, 2007 · 14 Comments

Rabbi Yosef Adler

יוסף ב"ר שלמה

Rav, Anshe Slonim, New York City

Date of Death: Sun. July 17, 1938 - Tammuz 16 5698

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Society: AHAWATH ZION, Section: 1, Block: V, Gate: 2, along Lebanon Road, a few rows in.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: ADLER, JOSEPH

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Yosef Adler, Credit: N/N

Bio Information:
Rav Adler was among the founders of Mesivta Tifereth Yerusalyim (MTJ) and is credited for bringing Rav Moshe Feinstein to the Yeshiva.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Yosef Adler at the Mount Judah Cemetery

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chaim Dovid // Jan 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I believe he is the one that brought Rav Moshe Feinstein to MTJ.

  • 2 Miller // Jan 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    What a distinct title “Yosef Baal Hachlomos”

    What was his connecions to Slonim?

  • 3 Chaim Dovid // Jan 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    The story goes that after the last Rosh Yeshiva left, Rav Adler told the boys that I am bringing in a Rosh Yeshiva that no matter how much you learn, you will never know more than him????.. and boy was he right!!!!!!!!!!

    Not sure on the connection with Slonim.

  • 4 curios // Mar 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Maybe he came from Slonim. (It was a town also, not only a Chassidus…)

    Why did he leave Torah Vadaas?

  • 5 Ben Bee Zee // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

  • 6 Yossi // Jun 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think he had a son who became a conservative “rabbi” and was murdered in his shul on shabbos in the 1960’s.

  • 7 YD Miller // Jun 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    You are right, Rabbi Morris Adler of Sharri Tzedek in Detroit was shot and killed in 1966 in his shul at the Bimah:

    You can google and find a lot of information on the shooting, here is one:

  • 8 YD Miller // Jun 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Here is an entire book on the shooting:

  • 9 curios // Dec 11, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Why is he called Harav Hakadosh?

    Seems he died tragically, drowned while bathing in Long Island. See Sharei Tzion vol 11, pg 55. Eery that both he and his son had unnatural deaths.

  • 10 A. S. Adler // Nov 16, 2017 at 6:33 am


    Yosef Adler was the 9th in a line of Rabbis from father to son — from the Adlers of Frankfurt. Apparently , at some point before this, they had no sons — and the husband took the name of his wife’s family. His family was from Kletzk. His mother’s name was Golda {Gelfand} He learned in 8 of the most outstanding Yishivot and Kolelim in Eastern Europe — including Eishishok [which was running distance from Radin] Kletzk, Kovno, Mir, Nizhvits, Slutzk, Slobodka and Velozhin. He followed the sheeta of his father — and generations before him — not to make a parnasa from being a rabbi. His father required his sons to demonstrate to him that they could make a parnassa on their own. After that , his father , a wealthy merchant, would pay for them to learn “forever”. He demonstrated that he could make a parnasa as a lumber merchant — when he was 17 , got his first smicha at 17, and I think that he was also married when he was 17. His niece, Mrs. Helen Telushkin, ZL, told me that her mother, Rebitzen Hena Adler, had many shiduchim — she would observe them for a few seconds as they walked past her and when Yosef Adler came along , she said “that’s the one” . R. Yisroel Belsky , Z”TsL, told me that his father, Beryl, Z”TsL, counted R. Yosef Adler among the Gedolei Hador . He was nifter when he went to the mikva in the Atlantic Ocean in Far Rockaway — very early in the morning — before there were any people — or lifeguards. There was a storm — but he was a very good swimmer. However, the ordinary storm turned out to include a “downburst ” [ like a tornado with unidirectional winds] — with 90 mph winds. His body was found several hours later and miles away. Rav Pam, Z”TsL, told me that he was not able to attend R. Adler’s Shior — at Torah Vodaas– because he was too young — suggesting that R. Adler left Torah Vodaas shortly after — to be among the founders of MTJ. He was able to put MTJ on a sound financial basis in the heart of the Great Depression. If you have more info about R. Adler — or would like more info from me — including a nice photo of him in learning MTJ , please contact me. My grandmother, Chaya Rochel, Z”L, was his much younger sister . His oldest brother — and first born – was R. Sinai Adler of Leeds, England, father of Shaul Adler of Yerushalyim. Shaul Adler, who was was the leading person in the life sciences in the Middle East for 40 years — was apparently able to keep down the level forced autopsies — which exploded after he was nifter in early 1966. I am looking for a photo of my grandmother’s kever: Burial New Montefiore Cemetery West Babylon, Suffolk Co., N.Y., USA ,Age: 82 Block: 14 Row: 33 Grave: 21 Sec: 5 Society Name Roosevelt Park Memorial ID 166199586 . Shalom!!! A. S. Adler Yerushalyim Ir HaKodesh.

  • 11 Just asking // Jul 15, 2019 at 10:40 am

    A. S. Adler writes that: His niece, Mrs. Helen Telushkin, ZL, told me that her mother, Rebitzen Hena Adler, had many shiduchim — she would observe them for a few seconds as they walked past her and when Yosef Adler came along , she said “that’s the one” .
    How does that make sense? Rabbi Yosef Adler’s niece’s mother was married to Rabbi Yosef Adler?
    Also I assume your surname Adler is just a coincidence seeing that you’re descended from his sister, or did her children choose that name?
    Also, I read that Reb Moshe’s Rebitzen was some sort of relative. Does anyone know how?

  • 12 A.S.Adler // Nov 25, 2019 at 8:11 am

    It was not Helen Telushkin’s mother, it was her aunt — thanks for noticing the mistake. Also , I have not found a yeshiva with the name Nizhvits– but I remember that there was a yeshiva that sounded something like this. Rabbi Tendler, Reb Moshe’s son in law, wrote that Rabbi Adler was a first cousin of Reb Moshe’s wife, Sima. Found at I wrote to the site and others to find how they were related but received no reply. I was looking for a photo of my grandmother’s grave — when I first found this website. After some years of communicating with the cemetery , they told me that there is no grave stone on her grave!!! — after 50 years!! I wanted to know how her married name “Funaroff” — is spelled on her grave stone in the Aleph Bes. The cemetery said that they don’t have any records of her name in Hebrew or the name of the Chevra Kadisha that took care of the kvera. She had a very impressive Orthodox Leveya . I was there . I don’t know why she does not have a grave stone — but intend to have one maid and installed. If I can’t find how the Chevra Kadisha spelled her name , I will use the way it is spelled on my uncle Sol’s grave in the same cemetery. Plot Last Name: FUNOROFF[sic] First Name: SOLOMON Age: 31 Date of Death: 1942-11-01 Block: 8 Row: 21 Grave: 25L Section: 3 Society Name: IWO, Memorial ID 166194678 His name is misspelled on the cemetery website– they were told about this years ago but apparently have not corrected it. Shalom!!!! A. S. Adler Yerushalyim Ir HaKodesh.

  • 13 Just asking // Dec 6, 2019 at 10:05 am

    In other words, Rebitzen Feinstein’s mother, Rivka Kustanovich was either a nee Gelfand or nee Adler which just don’t know which one. Is that so?

  • 14 A.S.Adler // Feb 23, 2020 at 10:49 am


    If R. Tendler, Shleeta is correct , Rebbitzen Sima Feinstein’s mother had a parent whose last name was either Adler or Gelfand.

    Meawnhile , I discovered that there are people in the New Montefiore Cemetery who have no grave stones — just grass like an ordinary lawn where people are free to walk without knowing that they are walking on graves !!

    ” Unfortunately we have graves that are unmarked, It is the families responsibility to purchase a stone. We do not keep track of how many graves go unmarked.”

    A. S. Adler

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