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Rabbi Pinchos Kossower

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Rabbi Pinchos Kossower

  • Birth unknown Ukraine
  • Death 18 Nov 1919 Ukraine
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 48417884

Pinchos was born about 1874. He grew up in Krasilov, Khmelnytska Oblast, the son of Raphael Kossower and his wife Sophie, whose maiden name is unknown. He had a sister Sarah, wife of Phillip Asnes of Baltimore, Maryland, and at least two other siblings.

He married Gitel Beitchman around 1892. He met her on their wedding day.

The couple lived in Krasilov. They had 12 children, nine of whom lived: Maurice, Lewis, Nathan, Sophie, Ralph, Max, Norman, Edward and Sylvia. The children spelled their surname either Kasover or Cosover in the New World.

Pinchos was a very learned man, spending all his time in prayer and study. It was said that he taught yeshiva, although this information cannot be corroborated. He was an early proponent of religious tolerance, meeting frequently with local Christian leaders to discuss common interests.

When things started getting dangerous for Jews in the Russian empire, he sent Maurice and Nathan to America. Their mandate was to bring over the others, while Lewis was tasked with remaining behind to support the family until all were safe.

Pinchos was killed during the ongoing pogroms of 1918-1920. Gitel and the other seven children fled the Ukraine for America after his death.

He was very well respected by his students, and remembered and praised long after his death. His widow was afforded great respect within the Jewish community of the Bronx, New York simply because of her association with him.

Pinchos would have been a grandfather of ten, great-grandfather of 18 and great-great grandfather of 14 as of early 2012.

It is assumed that he is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Krasilov.


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