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Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs

December 9th, 2008 · 16 Comments

Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs

שמואל מאיר ב"ר

Spiritual Leader, Congregations Bnai Jeshurun and Shaaray Tefila , New York City

Date of Death: Sun. May 19, 1878 - Iyar 16 5638

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Cemetery Details
2 Cypress Hills Street
Ridgewood, NY 11208
United States

Phone: 212-535-8008
Contact: Jane Fincke Orenstein


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Beth Olam is broken into 3 sections, the Shaaray Tefila section is accessed from the second entrance (from the Jackie Robinson Expressway) front section before the cul-de-sac (approximate). Please note that paths are not well marked and there is no onsite caretaker.

Directions to Kever: Beth Olam Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens is kept in pristine condition. Unfortunately their records are in total disarray and paths are not well marked. Location: Second cemetery  entrance (from Jackie Robinson direction). Follow the road all the way up the hill until the last section before cul-de-sac, on the left side, family plot (See map below). Section: Shaaray Tefila

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Samuel Myer Isaacs

Biographical Notes:

Isaacs SM Pic
Credit: B’nai Jeshurun

Photo Caption: Rev Shmuel Meir Isaacs, Credit: Rabbi Mordechai Hecht, Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC

Bio Information:
Rabbi Isaac’s primary teacher was Rav Solomon Hirschell (d. 1842), Chief Rabbi of the British Empire. In 1839, with the encouragement of his Rebbe he accepted a position in New York as the spiritual leader (Moreh Dasrah, Chazan, preacher, est.) of Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. He later moved to Congregation Shaaray Tefila.  In 1859 the he tried organizing the first American national kehillah.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rev Samuel Myer Isaacs

Tags: Beth Olam · New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Baruch A // Jan 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I am grateful to Nancy Schneider, the Executive Director of Shaaray Tefila for helping me find the Rav?s kever.
    Thank you,

  • 2 G Wiess // Jan 12, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Thanks for posting the directions, I went today in the freezing cold.

  • 3 Cossid // Feb 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Wow, he was niftar 130 years ago!!!!!!!

  • 4 Miller // Feb 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    The Rav had a son Rabbi Abraham Isaacs who lived in Paterson NJ, do you know where he is buried?

  • 5 G. Wiess // Feb 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Whatelse do you know about him?

  • 6 Miller // Feb 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Mr. Weiss,
    I found the name of his son in one of the Biography works availible online, I no nothing else about the Isaacs.

  • 7 Rabbi Stern // May 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I saw the article in the Hamodia and went out this morning to daven (who knows perhaps I am among the first in many years). I also stopped at Rabbi Morris Jacob Raphall kever (great directions) who is buried in the same cemetery.
    Keep up the good work!!!!!!

  • 8 MBD // May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Please post the Hamodia article?

  • 9 GrandRebbe // May 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I was there along with some of my “chassidim” this afternoon the daven.
    Great job!!!!

  • 10 LS // Dec 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Here is a link to the Isaacs family website.

  • 11 asher // Dec 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    LS, TY for the link.
    Interesting that his fathers’ name was Myer Shmuel, while his was Shmuel Myer.

  • 12 Farshlufen // Aug 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    The NY Times on his passing:

  • 13 YD Miller // Aug 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The Illustrated Magazine upon his death

  • 14 YD Miller // Aug 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The above article is about the son Myer Samuel Isaacs

  • 15 MBD // Aug 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

  • 16 John Isaacs // Aug 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    RABBI SAMUEL MYER2 ISAACS (MYER SAMUEL1) was born January 04, 1804 in Leeuwarden, Holland, and died May 19, 1878 in New York, NY. He married JANE SYMMONS June 25, 1839. She was born 1823 in London, England, and died May 21, 1884 in New York, NY.
    Rev. Samuel Myer Isaacs was born on January 4, 1804 in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Holland. He moved with his family to London, England, in 1814. He was a professor of Hebrew and principal of an orphan asylum in London.
    He was chosen to head a Jewish congregation in New York, B’nai Jeshurun. He married Jane Simons (originally Symmons) on June 26, 1839, and then embarked on a 63 – 65 day sea voyage to New York City. Most of his siblings stayed in London, although one brother spent many years as a rabbi in Sydney, Australia.
    Isaacs was the first U.S. rabbi to deliver sermons regularly in English. In 1845, he helped found Congregation Shaaray Tefila. He was a defender of orthodox Judaism against Reform Judaism. He established a weekly newspaper called “Jewish Messenger.” He was an ardent abolitionist, driving away many Southern readers of his newspaper.
    He was active in many civic and philanthropic organizations: founder of Board of Delegates of American Israelites (1859), which worked for Jewish civil and religious rights in the U.S. and abroad and treasurer of Palestine Society from its founding in 1854; one of the founders of Jews’ Hospital, later named Mt. Sinai Hospital; chosen to represent the Jewish Community at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral in New York in April 1866.
    He died on May 18, 1878.
    Emigrated: 1814, London, England
    Interesting fact: Rabbi at ShaarayTefila Temple
    Job: Rabbi
    Notes for JANE SYMMONS:
    Jane Symmons has also been spelled Symons and Simons
    Children of SAMUEL ISAACS and JANE SYMMONS are:
    6. i. JUDGE MYER SAMUEL3 ISAACS, b. May 08, 1841, New York, NY; d. May 24, 1904, New York, NY.
    ii. RABBI JACOB STANLEY ISAACS, b. 1843; d. June 19, 1911.
    7. iii. ISAAC S. ISAACS, b. November 01, 1845; d. December 07, 1906.
    iv. MIRIAM ISAACS, b. October 20, 1849; d. Unknown.
    8. v. ABRAM SAMUEL ISAACS, b. August 30, 1851, New York, New York; d. December 22, 1920, Paterson, New Jersey.
    vi. REBECCA ISAACS, b. 1857; d. 1890.
    vii. RACHEL ISAACS, b. October 10, 1858; d. July 07, 1904; m. V.E. ABECASSIS.
    viii. SARAH ISAACS, b. 1859; d. May 26, 1917.

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