List of Rabbis in New York Area mid 1800's #records


Jill Golden
 

My 2 great grandparents were married by Rabbi Samuel Micheals in New York City in 1886. I'm wondering if there is a way to determine what synagogue he was associated with. I have the marriage record and names and addresses of both the bride and groom. Thank you

Jill Golden


Steve Stein
 

You might try searching the archives of various newspapers of the era. Even if your GGPs' marriage was not announced, that Rabbi probably performed other weddings that were. Those announcements would certainly have a geographic location and possibly a synagogue affiliation.

You could also check city directories. His residence would almost certainly be located near a synagogue.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ


Ellen
 

Jill,

I would suggest checking a few websites.  One contains volumes of the American Jewish Year Book in PDF, which you can search.  The yearbook didn't begin until 1899, but perhaps the rabbi was still with the same synagogue.  You could also try the Synagogues of New York City list on the website of the Museum of Family History.

If neither of those pan out, contact the Center for Jewish History in NYC.  The organization has a map of New York historical synagogues online.  One of the librarians may be able to help you track down the name of the synagogue where this rabbi worked.  You can e-mail them at  inquiries@...

Good luck!

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Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY

Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN/ESTERKIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)


Sherri Bobish
 

Jill,

I looked on Ancestry and cannot find a Samuel Micheals.  Under the spelling Samuel Michaels there are none that I see listed as rabbi or reverend.

I also looked at old digitized newspapers:  https://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html

The handwriting on certificates can be hard to read.  Can you post the certificate here?  There may be another interpretation of the name.

Good luck in your search,
 
Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)


Jill Golden
 

Ellen the map of New York historical synagogues was a big help. I searched the city they came from in Lithuania, and it identified one synagogue which is near the address of both the bride and groom and the witness. Seems like a good guess. Unfortunately it appears the synagogue is long gone and there is no mention of the Rabbi. Thank you for the great lead. 

Jill Cohn Golden
Searching KAGAN/COHN, SIMPSON (Ritova, Lith./ New York Lower East Side
HARRIS/HIRSH (Germany, NY Lower East Side)


Jill Golden
 

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. I'm attaching a copy of the certificate and applications. Here is both the application and Certificate. 

Jill Golden
Newport Beach, CA
Searching: COHN/KAGAN, SIMPSON, (RIETAVAS, Lith.)
HARRIS/HIRISH (Germany)


Paul Chirlin
 

I do not think that Michaels is the Rabbi, he is a witness to the marriage.  The name of the Rabbi is shown on the smaller form as Dr ????.  That's the name you need to chase

paul chirlin
florida


Odeda Zlotnick
 

On Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 11:56 PM, Paul Chirlin wrote:
I do not think that Michaels is the Rabbi, he is a witness to the marriage.  The name of the Rabbi is shown on the smaller form as Dr ????.  That's the name you need to chase

paul chirlin
florida
I agree.  The witnesses are Michaels and Hydecker (part of the latter name appears on the second document).  The Rabbi may have been Dr. -- Miller.
 
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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.


pweinthal
 

City directories contain prefatory materials that include house of worship listings. These often include names and addresses of clergy.

Far too many people nowadays only access online city directories for name searches. Those of us who examined physical volumes in our research learned the true value of a city directory is more than that. They contain a history of a region's development, announce street re-naming and numbering schemes, census and demographic statistics, and provide lists of civic offices, schools, fraternal organizations, and more. They often contain a reverse street directory. The table of contents will guide you.

It is worth taking the time to scroll to the beginning and the end pages of online/microfilmed city directories and not limit yourself to using them merely for name searches.

Good hunting!
Pat Weinthal, USA


Jill Golden
 

I would like to thank everyone for all of their great suggestions, I would not have been able to find the information if it was not for your help. 

It turns out the Rabbi was Louis Miller, age 25, Immigrated to the US in 1886, the same year as the wedding. He is listed in the 1900 census as a piano teacher. For those of you interested in him here is his Family Search page https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSJ2-VNF

The Synagogue or more likely an Aid Society was Rodfe Zedek Anshe Retove  , 225 East Broadway, New York 10002, found at Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, New York Historical Synagogue Map. I'm sure this is the right one, since much of my family came from Rietavas (Lithuania). https://genealogy.cjh.org/synagogue-map?inputtext=rietavas&searchtype=words&Search=Search 

I learned so much about searching street addresses, my eyes are a little crossed but glad I found something. He is listed in Enumeration District (ED) 70 in New York. I used Stephen Morse, One-Step Census to find it. 

I'm hoping to connect more of my family to this Synagogue, yes the search goes on. Thank you again.

Jill Golden 
Searching COHN/KAGAN, HARRIS/HIRSH, SIMPSON/SIMSON