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Rabbi Chaim Alter Friedman

August 17th, 2010 · 59 Comments

Rabbi Chaim Alter Friedman

חיים אלטר ב"ר אשר לעמיל

Rav, Congregation Bris Shalom Yitzchok, New York City

Date of Death: Thu. July 24, 1930 - Tammuz 28 5690

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Cemetery:

Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Mount Hebron Cemetery along Main Street in Queens maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. Location: Block: 9, Reference: 21, Section: H, Society: BR SCHOLEM BNEI YITZCHOK, a littled reccesed off the road

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: FRIEDMAN, CHAIM

Biographical Notes:

Rac Chaim Alter Friedman Mt Hebron
Photo Caption: Rav Friedman relaxing during a summer vacation in the Catskills. Credit: From the library of Jonathon Leibowitz, Brooklyn, NY

 


Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY


Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: Mt. Hebron (Main Street) Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hindee Alpert Rosner // Nov 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Hello Family! My daughter Ruthee is researching a project for her 8th grade history project. It’s about Ellis Island and the Lower Eastside. I suggested that she research her great great great grandfather Rav Chaim Alter Friedman. I am Zane and Malkie (Schreiber) Alpert’s daughter. I am named after my grandmother-Hinda Greenfield Schreiber-Sura and Benjamin Greenfield’s eldest daughter, Chaim and Malka’s daughter. Please send me any information you have. Pictures and all. It will be so helpful for this project and so wonderful for the family!!! My email is gingeefam@yahoo.com

  • 2 Gary Friedman // Nov 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Does anyone have a translation of the Rabbi’s headstone and the other two in the pictures? My family and I have determined the one on the left is Mollie’s and the one on the right is Chaim’s. No one in my family can figure out the small one between them. We’ve even sent the image out to a friend in Israel but haven’t heard back yet.

  • 3 Trisha Sindler // Nov 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Gary, my understanding is that the small headstone in the middle is a Torah from the Rabbi’s shul that was burnt in a fire.

    Hindee, Jonathan Leibowitz has tons of great info and pictures.

  • 4 Gary Friedman // Nov 16, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Thanks for the response Trisha.
    When I posted my last message, all the other posted messages disappeared. I now show the message “53 Response so Far”, but am only displaying 3. If anyone knows how to get them back, please post.

    Regarding the headstones, our Israeli contact got back to us yesterday and gave us this translation:

    Here is buried our father our Shepperd a loyal friend to our mother and none for his rightness and admire the Rabbi Haim Eltar.
    (there’s an Acrostic with Haim Eltar’s name in Hebrew).
    Life of Torah
    Songs you read
    You had great sons
    You rushed to leave our house
    We saw the death in our window
    Your wonderful bright face we will not see again
    How’s going to heal us
    Our cry and shouting will be of you. May your soul be in the life of the livings.

    The one on the left:
    Here is buried the wife of the Rabbi Malca Friedman she found here her forever rest. She is merciful there is not a lot like her

    The one in the middle:
    In the memory of the fire that burned Torah books and holy books peace covenant sons of Isaac in 14 of Shvat month 1922.

  • 5 Hindee // Nov 26, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Trisha, How do I reach Jonathan Leibowitz?
    Hindee Rosner
    gingeefam@yahoo.com

  • 6 Trisha // Mar 25, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Hindee, I am sorry. I just saw this. Do you still need his email? If so, I will see if I can find it.

  • 7 harold liebowitz // Apr 27, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    does anyone have a photo of the shul where r. chaim alter was the rabbi

  • 8 Jeff Goldner // Jun 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Shalom Harold

    In 2016, my wife and I set out to find the old places where ancestors lived on the Lower East Side. Using the information from http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/erc-syn-manhattan.htm, we could find R. Friedman’s synagogue in 1920-21 listed as:

    6 Avenue D
    –B’rith Sholom B’nai Isaac (Brith Sholom-Benei Jitzchok)
    1920-21: Chaim A. Friedman, Rabbi
    1924-25.
    –First Brith Solam
    1910-11.
    –Brith Sholem
    1915-16.
    –Beth Hamid Hag.
    1915-16: Morris Wechsler, Rabbi; Joseph Marsschak, Sexton
    The cemetery block where R. Friedman is buried was owned by this organization. Sadly, that building and entire block was replaced by New York City Housing Authority Wald – 12 Avenue D Community Center. I also had various addresses from census records, and most of those buildings were replaced by the 40s or later, including some new construction in the area.

    This photo at http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/eb9399 was taken looking down Avenue D from 3rd Street. Ave D ends at the intersection of Houston, where 2nd Street also terminates. The temple you can see on the corner of Houston and Columbia is visible in the photo was likely Talmud Torah, now part of the Hamilton Fish Park Library. #6 would have been very close to the corner on the left side of D past the El Tasco Cigars sign probably around the Electrical Motors sign – which you can see if you zoom in.

    We also visited E 6th St. There is a community center which was once a synagogue – we were able to enter the building. Some of it is in good shape. I have pictures or you can find it online as well. Probably not related to the rabbi but in the same neighborhood where they lived.
    638 East 6th Street
    –Ahavath Jeshurun Shaare Torah
    –Shearith B’nai Israel
    –Congregation Ahawath Jeschurun
    1933-34.
    The Lost Synagogues of New York City is a good resource as well. They lead tours several days a week in various boroughs. http://www.avotaynu.com/books/LostSynagoguesManhattan.htm.

  • 9 Jeff Goldner // Jun 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Good news – here is a picture of the synagogue from about 1940: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/s/q1a042

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