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Rev Yitzchok Isaac Leeser

December 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Rev Yitzchok Isaac Leeser

יצחק ב"ר אורי

Founding Editor, The Occident

Date of Death: Sat. February 1, 1868 - Shevat 8 5628

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Cemetery Details
5500 Market St (near 55th Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19139
United States

Phone: 215-922-5446
Fax: 215-922-1550
Contact: Louis Kessler


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Visits to this cemetery are by appointment only. Call or email the Mikveh Israel office for an appointment and expect to pay $25. Main Office and Archives & Artifacts 44 N. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-2197

Directions to Kever: Congregation Mikveh Israel 55th Street Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A tall obelisk in the middle of the cemetery.

Biographical Notes:

Isaac Leeser
Photo Caption: Rev Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia, Credit: Needed
Leeser Issac Cover Page
Photo Caption: Title page of Rev Isaac Leeser’s book, Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History

Bio Information: 
Rev Isaac Leeser founded The Occident, the first general American Jewish magazine. The Occident is one of the most important records of American Jewish life in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Rev Lesser was the first Rabbinic authority in the United Stated to introduce a weekly sermon as part of the Shabbos morning service delivered in English. The name Lesser is derived from his grandfather, whose Hebrew name was Eliezer.

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Credit: Louis Kessler, Congregation Mikveh Israel

Tags: Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA · Pre 1900

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joe Berger // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Sadly, Rev Leeser, never got married, I think he was sick for most of his life.

  • 2 Zacharyah // Nov 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Rev. Lesser wrote the 1st American english translation of the Torah, opened w/ Rebecca Ganz (of Ivanhoe fame) the first Jewish Day School in America, was the the chazan (aka leader) of Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia and brought Rav Avraham Rice, the first frum Rav to settel in America, over from Germany.

  • 3 Louis Kessler // Dec 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    It is Rebecca Gratz NOT Ganz.

  • 4 Louis Kessler // Dec 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Another spelling error:
    settle NOT settle.

  • 5 Louis Kessler // Dec 5, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    settle NOT settel.

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