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Rabbi Yehuda Heschel Levenberg

November 13th, 2007 · 30 Comments

Rabbi Yehuda Heschel Levenberg

יהודה העשל ב"ר צבי הלוי

Rosh Yeshiva, Orthodox Rabbinical Seminary, New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Death: Sat. January 15, 1938 - Shevat 13 5698

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Cemetery Details
66 Jewel Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
United States

Phone: (203) 387-2424


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Jewel Avenue Cemetery is the common name for a number of smaller cemeteries at this location. Among them Congregation Beth Israel Vilner Lodge Cemetery, Adas Israel Cemetery, Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery, and Mt Sinai Cemetery Memorial Park Additional information can be found here:

Directions to Kever: Jewel Avenue Cemetery located along Jewel Avenue between Oynx Street and Whalley Avenue in New Haven, is the common name for a number of smaller cemeteries at this location. Each cemetery maybe independently owned and operated. Location: Congregation Beth Israel, Vilner Lodge Cemetery along the main path, D6

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Yehuda Heschel Levenberg in New Haven, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)
Photo caption: The last known picture of Rav Yehuda Heschel Levenberg, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)
Levenberg Ad
Photo Caption: Advertisement announcing Rav Yehuda Heschel Levenberg visit to Jersey City, Credit: The Jewish Morning Journal, May 13, 1917

Bio Information: 
Rav Yehuda Heschel Levenberg’s first position in the United States was the Chief Rabbi of Jersey City.

Credit: Rabbi Eliezer Greer, The Yeshiva of New Haven Synagogue

Credit: Rabbi Eliezer Greer, The Yeshiva of New Haven Synagogue

Credit: Dov Elias, Kew Gardens Hills

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Connecticut · New Haven, CT · Rosh Yeshiva

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mordi // Feb 13, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    What did he do in the New Haven?

  • 2 Baruch Amsel // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    He founded the first European style Yeshiva in the United States.

  • 3 Mordi // May 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm


  • 4 Jonah Levenberg // Oct 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Who posted this photo? My great grandfather…

  • 5 lizensk12 // Oct 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I did, it was from the first ones to be posted on the website. Do you have any good stories about your great grandfather?
    Thank you,

  • 6 Mitch // Mar 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Who is the Rav buried alongside Rav Levenberg?

  • 7 Miller // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

    His SIL Rav Yitzchok Zvi Ever wrote a complete biography in Yiddish on his FIL, avilable on Hebrew Books website

    The comment from Mitch points out a good note that next to Rav Levenberg it seems like another Rav is buried.
    After adjusting the brightness of the photo I was able to identify it as Rabbi Yisroel Tauber Ben Reb Schmuel, Niftar 5685-1925, do you know more about him?

  • 8 Bamsel A // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I believe he was a talmid of the yeshiva.

  • 9 Blackleibel // Jul 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    The Yeshiva of New Haven was in Cleveland for a time and Reb Sheftel Kramer was also a R”Y. (My father Z”L was a Talmid there.) There was a split and part of the Yeshiva moved to Baltimore to become Ner Yisroel.

  • 10 Chief Rabbi // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I just noticed that his tombstone is not decorated with lavish titles. “Here lies Yehuda Heschel Levenberg” further showing how great he was!!!!!!!

  • 11 Gedalyah // Aug 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I have a good picture of Rav Tuber’s kever that I’ll send in.

  • 12 Farshlufen // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Cheif rabbi, the nusach on his matzeiva is according to his tzava’ah, see in the above mentioned [by miller] bio on him.

  • 13 YD Miller // Aug 12, 2010 at 10:05 am


    Was this your first post? Nov 13 2007, wow!! almost three years ago, and we have noe over 700 posts, Great job!

  • 14 Barry Graham // Aug 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Where was Rav Levenberg born? My family on one side is from Latvia, and married Levenbergs. I’ve never actually met a Levenberg who is related, but then I’ve never actually met a Levenberg either!

  • 15 warren hellmann // Mar 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    i believe my grandfather joseph hellmann was the nephew of rabbi levenberg his mother was a levenburg and they imigrated from latvia to south
    africa at the turn of the century and lived in the orange free state south africa my grandfather recounted the story that he came to newhaven
    in the 30’s to study with his uncle to be a rabbi but ended up going to university of michigan and studied dentistry i am intersted to see if this is the uncle that my late grandfather who passed
    away in 1995 was refering to you an contact me
    on 561-542-9649

  • 16 Farshlufen // Jul 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    FEBRUARY 1, 1933
    City Council Gets Resolution Calling for Probe into Arrest of Rabbi

    Cleveland –
    A resolution was presented to the city council last night for an immediate investigation of the forcible detention of Rabbi Jehudah H. Levenberg, for questioning in the bombing of the Danches Poultry Market on January 18th.
    The resolution was introduced in the form of an emergency issue by Councilman Herman E. Kohen.
    Mr. Kohen’s demand provides that Mayor Ray T. Miller be requested to direct Director Frank J. Merrick to investigate the action of the police department to determine which members of the department are responsible for “such outrageous conduct and take such disciplinary measures as the case may warrant.”
    Rabbi Levenberg, besides being Dean of the Cleveland Yeshivah, is spiritual leader of three major orthodox congregations in the city. He was taken into custory by police at 3:00 A. M. after the bombing of the Danches Market had occurred.
    The resolution further asserts that Rabbi Levenberg, “one of the outstanding Orthodox Jewish rabbis in Cleveland and considered as such by Jewry of the country, was held incommunicado at the Central Police Station for 14 hours. Furthermore that police abused and insulted the members of his congregation who called at the station for the purpose of making an inquiry as to why their rabbi was detained.”
    It was learned yesterday that Mayor Miller had received telegrams from all parts of the United States protesting against the conduct of police in the case of Rabbi Levenberg. Police Chief George Matowitz has been instructed by Director Merrick to look into the case immediately and make a report to him.
    Police, according to the resolution, accused Rabbi Levenberg of being a racketeer and of having a criminal record. Such accusations, the measure asserts, are “wholly unfounded, false and ridiculous,” and that a great injustice and humiliation had been perpetrated upon Rabbi Levenberg and every member of his three congregations.
    “The wanton disrespect of the rights of the citizens of Cleveland was an affront to Jew and Gentile as well, and was a direct insult and outrage to the Jewry of Cleveland,” Mr. Kohen’s resolution reads.
    Mrs. Danches, owner of the poultry market, the bombing of which has implicated the rabbi, told police that Rabbi Levenberg and another man had come to her house to collect tax on killing of chickens and that these men had threatened her after a dispute had arisen. It was the second time in a month that the poultry shop had been bombed. The truth of Mrs. Danches’ statements to police are being questioned, and the threat is reported to be unfounded.
    The local B’nai Brith will co-operate with the Federation of Orthodox Congregations to control racketeering among Kosher butcher shops and markets.

  • 17 Farshlufen // Aug 16, 2011 at 11:59 am!prettyPhoto%5Bgallery1%5D/0/

  • 18 Jonah Levenberg // Dec 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Barry- I believe he was from Riga, Lavtia. I know that my great-Grandmother was.

    Warren- Rabbi Levenberg was in New Haven. His son, Rabbi Samuel Levenberg was born in 1914 and studied in Europe just before the second world war. He came back and was a Rabbi in New Haven, where my father was born.

    When my great grandfather came to the US, I know that some of the Levenberg’s moved to South Africa and some to Israel. Love to know more about what you found out.

  • 19 Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum // Mar 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    An interesting consideration is that Rabbi Levenberg’s name included Heshel while his father was Zvi. Did his father die before he was born?

  • 20 Tzvi // Mar 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Heshel and HeRshel are two totally different names

  • 21 shoshana levenberg // Mar 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Rabbi Yehuda Levenberg was my grandfather. I’m the daughter of his eldest son, Moishe. Jonah, you must be a grandson of yudi, because shmuel had only two children and i believe that esther (diane) never had kids.
    Tho my grandfather died nearly a decade before i was born, there were many stories about him. None about my grandmother. Does anyone have any info about her?

  • 22 shoshana levenberg // Mar 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    oh, yes. The family was originally from Riga and around the turn of the century split: some going to israel (palestine then), and to the u.s. while others went to south africa, or so the stories went. I stayed with one of the israeli branch in the 1960’s, a man named zalman, who was an editor for ma’ariv. I’d love to know more about the south african branch. Warren, when do still have family in south africa?

  • 23 Rosh Haqohol // Apr 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    There is a yid in Lakewood by the name of Rabbi HERSHEL Levenberg shlit”a. He wrote a few sforim and was a rosh chabura in Bais Medrash Gvoha for many years. He is a son of Reb YH Levenberg ztz”l. I had the honor and pleasure of visiting him in his current ‘home’ (the Lakewood Courtyard). An outstanding talmid chochom and an unbelievable baal middos. He also has an amazing memory. He showed me many photos of his father and his father in law, Reb Moshe Shatzkes ztz”l, with many gedolei yisroel of the previous generation.

  • 24 Jonah Levenberg // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Shmuel was my grandfather. He had two children, Esther (Diane) who did not have children and passed away a number of years ago in Israel, and my dad, Judah, who we lost 4 years ago. So if I follow this correctly, we would be cousins (a few removed obviously). I am trying to work on the family tree, because at this point my son would be the end of the line of this part of the Levenberg family. Can you contact me directly?

  • 25 Farshlufen // Oct 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Cemetery Map: # D29

  • 26 Relative // Feb 12, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Baruch Dayan Haemes.
    Rabbi Levenberg’s son Rav Tzvi Levenberg was niftar this week.

  • 27 Yaakov bienenfeld // Jan 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Anybody going to his kever this monday?
    13th of shevat.

  • 28 Shalom Ever // Jul 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I am the grandson of Rav Yehuda H. Levenberg Z’L, and the son of Rav Isaac Ever author of the famous Yiddish biography of my “Zeide”. My mother was Ethel Ruth (Levenberg). Please, Jonah contact me directly to my email I have additional info you may like to have regarding our common heritage. Looking forward!

  • 29 Raizy Levenberg // Jan 5, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    This has been most interesting to read!! I am a great great grandchild of R’ YH Levenberg zt”l. My great grandfather was R’ Tzvi H Levenberg zt”l. I live in the UK and have always been interested in finding out more details of the extended branches of the family! Would love to be in touch regarding details of the family tree. My email address is

  • 30 Debra Margolis // Aug 21, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    My mother was the daughter of Rabbi Yehuda Herschel Levenberg. Her name was Miriam Margolis. My father Allen Margolis went to his yeshiva in Cleveland Ohio. That’s how they met. They also lived in New Haven where your grandfather Samuel was the Rabbi of the Young Israel. Your father & Aunt Esther ( Diane) lived with us for about a year after their mother died.
    We then moved to New York. It would be nice to connect. I have many stories. I used to be close to your Aunt Esther.

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