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Rebbe Ben Tzion Walkenfeld

January 2nd, 2009 · 31 Comments

Rebbe Ben Tzion Walkenfeld

בן ציון ב"ר אלימלך

Lizensker Rebbe

Date of Death: Tue. July 7, 1942 - Tammuz 22 5702

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Wellwood Cemetery on Long Island maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Agudath HaAdmorim Section on South Avenue

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rabbi Chaim Wolkenfeld, the Rav’s first cousin (Poland / Germany), Credit: Nathaniel Wolkenfeld


Tags: Admorim · Lizensk · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Wellwood Cemetery - Long Island

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Jan 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    How was he a descendant of the Rebbe R’ Elimielech?
    Any more biographical information on the Rebbe?

  • 2 Baruch A // Jan 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Still working on it.

  • 3 Grand Rebbe // Jan 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Baruch & Miller:
    It says so on the matzeiva.

  • 4 Allan // Jan 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Why do many Rebbes omit their last name on the tombstone?

  • 5 mib // Jan 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    if he is a walkenfeld, i recall that they descend from r ‘elimelch through the wagshal line.

  • 6 David // Jan 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    How many children did Rebbe Elimelech have?

  • 7 miller // Jan 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Not a Wagshal, his mother was a Weissblum.

  • 8 joel // Jan 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    his mother’s father was r’ zisha weisblum m’nadvorno b”r naftali m’lizensk

  • 9 Baruch A // Mar 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Being that today is the yartziet of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk, lets see if we can identify some of his descendant: Does anyone have any information about this Rebbe?

  • 10 Cheskel // Mar 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Identified he is as joel stated his genealogy,
    you’re seeking bio. info.

  • 11 Baruch A // Mar 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you,

  • 12 eli walkenfeld // Mar 26, 2009 at 1:27 am

    He was my great uncle. (My grandfather’s brother) From what my father o”h told me about him, I am aware of only one daughter that survived the war . After the war the daughter married a Mr. Perl from Toronto who had a well known meat business there. My brother has a son living in Ertez Yisroel named after R’ Ben Zion.

  • 13 eli walkenfeld // Mar 26, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Joel is correct in that Reb Ben Tzion’s (and my father ‘s o”h”) father , Reb Elimelech Walkenfeld, was a son-in-law of Reb Meshulem Zisha M’nadvorno (and later Tzfas) b”r Naftuli m’lizensk. And in fact, Reb Bentzion was a descendant of the Rebbe R’ Meilich M’ lizensk two ways, as his father Reb Elimelech Walkenfeld was himself a descendant from the Rebbe R’ Meilch (thus the name Elimelech). It is not clear to me how R’ Bentzion’s father was a descendant too, but I believe that it has to with the Wagshall line. So I believe he was a descendant from his mother through the Weisblums and from his father through the Wagshals

  • 14 Miller // Mar 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the information, I once have found on the internet a family-tree of the Walkenfelds, but I was not able to connect R’ Milech Walkenfeld to the Rebbe Reb Mielech of Lizensk from his side.

    What was the name of your Grandfather and what can you tell us of Rebbe Benzion, did he have a Shul here in the US, when did he arrive, where was he living in Europe?

  • 15 Cheskel // Mar 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    The Pearls R still in Toronto.

  • 16 Fester Guy // Mar 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Is that a question or statement?

  • 17 Cheskel // Mar 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Statement, 1 of them had 4 a couple of years Kosher LePessach hotels together with the Friedman family.

  • 18 eli walkenfeld // Mar 27, 2009 at 12:30 am

    My grandfather’s name was R’ Yisroel Tvi (yisruel Hersh) Walkenfeld. He came to the U.S. , from Lizensk in 1921 with his wife and children (my father , 2 brothers and a sister O”H). He eventually settled in Wiliamsburgh and lived there until his Petirah in either 1937 or 38. He recieved kabballah for shechitah when he came to the U.S. and worked as a shochet. I believe his brother (Reb Bentzion) came to the U.S. in the 1930’s leaving his family behind (with plans of returning for them) when the war broke out and he never had the oppurtunity to return for them. (I believe many of them were murdered) While in the U.S. he lived on the lower east side and davened in the nine and ninetzeker shul. (I was once told he was Ruv there, but have never been able to confirm this)

  • 19 eli walkenfeld // Mar 27, 2009 at 12:32 am

    To be more accurate, when my grandfather came here from Lizensk in 1921 , he came with 2 children (my father and my aunt), and 2 boys were born here in the U.S.

  • 20 Miller // Mar 27, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Thanks Eli, very informative.

    A few questions if I may,
    1) where is your GFather Reb Yisroel Hersh Buried?
    2) What was R’ Mielech Walkenfeld’s father’s name?
    3) In Antwerp, Belgium there is a Walkenfeld family, also descendants of Lizensk, how close are they to your family?

  • 21 eli walkenfeld // Mar 29, 2009 at 5:25 am

    my grandfather is buried in mount hebron cemetery in queens. As far as R’ Meilich Walkenfeld’s father’s name, i’m not sure. I have heard from others that there is a Walkenfeld family in belgium, but I don’t know them personally

  • 22 Miller // Mar 29, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Thanks Eli,

    If you have a photo of your grand fathers tumbstone please send it in.

  • 23 MBD // Apr 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    What is the Nine and Ninetzeker Shul?

  • 24 Cheskel // Apr 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    That shul was a piece of history.

  • 25 HaRav // Apr 2, 2009 at 2:41 am

    What was the schule’s actual name?

  • 26 Z Walkenfeld // Jun 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    The Last name was originally spelled Wolkenfeld – it was changed at some point.

  • 27 Chaim Laufer // Aug 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The name of the 99 shul was Adas Israel
    In the 1950s it merged with Cong .Sheriath Israel
    And now its Cong.Sheriath Adas Israel

  • 28 M Wolkenfeld // Dec 20, 2010 at 2:54 am

    If his surname was Wolkenfeld he was a brother from R Yisroel Hersh the sons from R Elemielech Wolkenfeld the son from R Yehuda Leib the Rav of Brzostek , They had a brother a great Talmud chachom R Chaim who took over the Rabunus until he was murdered in the war , I am a grandchild from R Chaim ,only one son out of about 9/ 10 children suvived.

  • 29 p kohn // Mar 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    ר אללימל מוזכר כאן

    בהספר צפירת תפארה בסופו מובא כי רבי בןציון וואלקענפעלד היה נשוי בעיר בארשא, ומשפחתו נשאר שם

  • 30 p kohn // Mar 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I found some info here

    A traditional, Hassidic spirit pervaded the city until the end of the First World War. From among the rabbis of the town, we know of Rabbi Yehuda Leibush the son of Rabbi Shmuel Wolkenfeld, who was appointed to his post in 1873 and served until 1912. Rabbi Yehuda Leibush participated in the convention of Galician rabbis that took place in Krakow in 1903. His son Elimelech, and subsequently his grandson Rabbi Chaim Wolkenfeld took his place after him.

  • 31 Zvi Walkenfeld // Mar 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    To M Wolkenfeld:

    Correct – Yisroel Zvi Walkenfeld was my grandfather, who I am named after. The name was originally spelled with an O.

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