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Rev Yoel Alexander

December 31st, 2012 · 5 Comments

Rabbi Yoel Alexander

יואל ב"ר יצחק אלקסנדר

Rav, First Jewish Congregation Beth Israel, Memphis, TN

Date of Death: Fri. August 10, 1866 - Av 29 5626

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Baron Hirsch Congregation Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request.Section: 53, Row: Z, Plot: 3, old section of cemetery

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rev Joel Alexander

Biographical Notes:

Alexander Joel Port
hoto Caption: Rev Yoel Alexander, Credit: Walter J. Addison and Deborah Addison Coburn

Click attached link:
Rev. Joel Alexander MemorialNew

Bio Information:
The Rav was born in Posen and studied at the Yeshiva in Munster, Germany. He was ordained by the great Rabbonim of Posen and Rav Nosson Marcus Adler (d. 1890), Chief-Rabbi of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.  Soon after arriving in New York the Rav was appointed as Hebrew Reader (equivalent of  Chief Rabbi) of the First Jewish Congregation Beth Israel in Brooklyn, NY. He later served in Memphis, TN where he was interred.

Credit: Randy Adams, Memphis, TN

Credit: Randy Adams, Memphis, TN

Credit: Randy Adams, Memphis, TN

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Pre 1900 · Tennessee

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farshlufen // Dec 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  • 2 Asher // Dec 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Picture of the original Beith Israel Shul. State street corner Boerum Place (downtown Brooklyn).

    (copy link below)

    (history of Beith Israel)

  • 3 Yitzchak // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Does that mean he had semichah and was here before Rav Avraham Rice ztl?

  • 4 Deborah Addison Coburn // Dec 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Rabbi Yoel Alexander was my great-great grandfather.

  • 5 asher lowy // Dec 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    ויואל-בן-יצחק – לשבת את האיש
    פ׳ נ׳

    ירא אלהיו צדיק באמונתו
    ופעל צדק לפני עמו ועדתו
    את בני ישורון הורה דת למו
    לכן ספדוהו כל בני ישראל

    הוא האיש יואל בן יצחק
    אלקסנדר מעיר זאנטאמישל פאזן
    שמו מהולל בשערו ערי אמעריקא
    כי כ״ה עמד ושרת בקדש מ״ג חיים
    עודו באבו באהבה אשר אהב
    את ביתו ואת זרעו ופרי הבטן אילת
    אהבים מת בשם טוב עש״ק על חדש
    אלול ונקבר בו ביום בכבוד גדול
    ויבכו אחריו כל עדת ישראל וספדוהו
    ק״ק בית אל אמת כי רועה נאמן היה לה
    כ׳ ת׳ ר׳ ו׳

    Rev. Joel Alexander
    Born Feb 26, 1823
    Died Aug 10, 1866

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