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Rabbi Tzvi Yaakov Epstein

August 11th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Epstein

צבי יעקב ב"ר שמעון

Rav, Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh, Rochester, NY

Date of Death: Sun. January 16, 1910 - Shevat 6 5670

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Cemetery Details
188 Britton Road
Rochester, NY
United States

Phone: (585) 663-6937
Contact: Helen Gulack


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Britton Road Cemetery in Rochester, New York, Location: Ohel

Biographical Notes:

Credit: David Weider, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Tags: New York · Rochester, NY · Upstate New York

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farshlufen // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Obit for hisSon Rabbi Betzalel from Cincineti.

  • 2 Shmelke Taub // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

    It’s in the same Beis Hachaim where Reb Yona Landau takes people to the Kever of Reb Yechiel Meir Bergman.

  • 3 Rabbi Stern // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I passed through Rochester last summer and stopped for Mincha / Maariv on my way to Toronto, it’s a beautiful, big shule and most importune still very active. The Rav and congregants were very welcoming and friendly. I still remember that it was very hot and the A/C was broken (hopefully by now it was fixed).

  • 4 Farshlufen // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

  • 5 YD Miller // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    His son Rabbi Avrohom Betzalel Epstien (Born 1877) served as Rabbi in Cincinati, OH on the place of Rabbi Lesser and some other congregations during his life.
    He came from Russia in 1925 (Estonia) where he served as Rabbi in a town named Revel (known today as Tallinn, Estonia)

    Nothing more on the Find-a-grave website, is it possible that he was called Rabbi Jacob H. Epstien? I find a Jewish School in Rochester-Syracuse area by that name but have not had any luck locating the person after who it was named.

    If this is true then he had another son Joseph Epstien who lived in Israel and co-authored the book “The Rav: the world of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik”

  • 6 chaimperachia // Oct 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Rav Tzvi Yaakov Epstein, z”l (1849-1910) was my great-great-great grandfather. He had 9 children. One son was Rav Bezalel (Avrohom Bezalel) Epstein (1878-1938) of Estonia and later Cincinnati, OH (as noted by YD Miller above) and one son-in-law (husband of his daughter Chaya Mushe) was Rav Abraham (Avrohom Chaim) Goodman (1869 – 1931) of Butler, PA.

    YD Miller,
    Yasher koach on that link! I haven’t seen that before. As far as the Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein school, I do not think it is the same person.

  • 7 YD Miller // Oct 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Chaim Perachia,

    Was Rav Betzalel Epstien your GGG-Father? what else do you know on the family history?

  • 8 chaimperachia // Oct 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    YD Miller,
    No, Rav Abraham Goodman was my GGGfather. Please contact me directly at chaimperachiaAT (replace “AT” with “@”).

  • 9 Miriam Reisman // Aug 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I am the granddaughter of Rabbi B. A. Epstein who lived in Cincinnati and is buried there. I am the daughter of his oldest child, Esther, who married Joseph Fish.

  • 10 SYR Rabbi Epstein Family // Feb 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    all of the above post re: Rabbi Jacob Epstein are guesses, not based on facts, that have any relevence to him, except that the school in Syracuse is named in his memory. He was a Skokie musmach, a descendant of 7 generations of Yerushalmi’s and served the Traditional Shul in Syracuse until his sudden death in 1973 and he is buried in Israel. None of these Epsteins have any connection to him. His son, Joseph, was a musmach of YU and Rav Soloveitchik, and yes, he does live in Har Nof, Israel.
    Rochester and Syracuse have no relationship except that they are in the same region of NY State, but are as far apart as teh Catskills are from Brooklyn.

  • 11 Wendy Wolf // Mar 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Rav Tzvi Yaakov b’ Rav Shimon Epstein was my great great grandfather. He indeed lived in Rochester and was a rabbi at Beth Hakneses Hachodosh for about six years until he died on 6 Shevat 1910. He moved there from Duluth, MN, where he had served as a rabbi for a short time. I have the translation from a rubbing of his gravestone which a cousin of mine did many years ago. I also have a portrait of his father, Rav Shimon Epstein. My mother, who grew up in Cincinnati, also remembers her great uncle, Rav Betsalel Epstein, his wife, Chana Malke (whom she called “Tante Malke”) and their family. Feel free to contact me if I can help you with any more information. P.S. Warm regards to Miriam Reisman from your cousin Joyce (my mother).

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