Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic


Seeking descendants of the famed Rabbi Lippman Heller

Martin Surkis

Jack Berger


 I went to Yeshiva with a classmate, the late Dr. Bertrand Agus. Regrettably both of his younger brothers have also passed away.

Bert was very clear that his family had documentation that traced their ancestry to Rabbi Yom-Tov Lipman Heller. He went further to say that this validated the family's supposition that the Agus family could trace its lineage back to Rashi.

The passing of these brothers has left me without a contact to their progeny. To them I am a dinosaur.  I believe they have relatives in Baltimore and somewhere in California.

Their original family name in Europe was Agushevitz (opssibly Ogushwitz).and they are from Svisloch in modern day Belarus.

Quite apart from this, in translating the Zolkiew Yizkor book, I see references to a "Lipman Heller."

Let me know if you find anything.

Kol Tuv
Jack Berger, PhD
Mahwah, NJ

Dick Plotz

My great-great-grandfather Chaim Bluestone claimed descent from Yomtov
Lipman Heller, but by the time I came along, none of my great-uncles
knew the details. They did know about the Agus connection. They also
knew of the connection to the Margolis family, whose descent from
Lipman Heller is well-documented, but our connection to the Margolis
family was just over the horizon. Ruth Kaufmann, daughter of Rabbi
Elias Margolis, once wrote to me that she remembered a visit from one
of my uncles, when her father got out a little red book in which he
kept genealogical notes. She told me that after her father died in
1946, they were unable to find the little red book. I was born in
1948, just a bit too late.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

David Seldner

I am a descendant. My G-G-Grandmother Frajda Pacanowska's maiden name was Michelson. One of her ancestors was R. Shlomo Zalman Sirkes of Brisk, Grandson of R. Yom tov Lipman Heller.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany


geni.com has information on Rabbi Heller

Dassy Wilen


According to the work of others, I am the 12G grandson of Yom-Tov Lippman Heller.

Have you been in touch with either Prof. François Cellier or Uri Shani, who jointly maintain a Borchardt Family Tree on My Heritage? They have extensively chronicled the descendants of the Tosfot Yom-Tov Lippman Heller. 

Michael Tuteur


I remember 2 sisters, Carole and Arlene Agus from my yeshiva. I don’t know their married names if they married. They would be in their 70’s now, and might be helpful.

Frayda Zelman
Mahopac NY

Steve Stein

You don't mention if you are aware of the book written about his genealogy, The Feast And The Fast by Chaim Lipschitz and Neil Rosenstein.


Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ USA