Rabbi Israel Friedlander

Rabbi Israel Friedlander

Birth
Death 5 Jul 1920 (aged 43)
Burial Jerusalem, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem District), Israel
Memorial ID 64563110 · View Source
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He was a rabbi, educator and biblical scholar. He was born in Kovel, then in the Russian Empire, now Ukraine. He attended Berlin University and the University of Strasbourg where in 1901 he received his PhD. He received ordination at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. A translator and Arabist, he was Professor of Biblical Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America teaching Bible, Philosophy and History. He was part of the Governing Board of the Intercollegiate Menorah Society, the Executive Committee of Bureau of Education of the Jewish Community of New York City and the Executive Committee of the Federation of American Zionists. In 1912 he created the Young Israel movement of Modern Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. In January, 1920, he left for Europe and traveled to Poland. The situation in Poland and Eastern Europe was rapidly deteriorating. A typhus epidemic raged in the Ukraine and Russia was wracked by civil war. Eastern Europe at the time was in complete turmoil. Soviet soldiers advanced into Poland, which had declared its independence, and there was chaos in the border areas. In June, he set out to locate General Pilsudski of the Polish army in order to solicit his help in protecting the vulnerable Jews. In Kamenets-Podolsky, he met up with Rabbi Bernard Cantor, who had arrived in Poland. Cantor and Friedlaender, together with a leader of the Tarnopol Jewish community named Grossman, set out early on Monday morning July 5, 1920 (19 Tammuz 5680) to return to Lvov. On the highway leading from Kamenets-Podolsky at the entrance to Yarmolintsy, in the village of Sokolovka, they attacked by members of a Red Army cavalry. Friedlaender and Cantor who were mistaken for Polish officers and Grossman for a Polish landowner, were killed by the Bolshevik soldiers. Friedlander was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bureau of Education of the Jewish community in New York. He was part of the Governing Board of the Intercollegiate Menorah Society, the Executive Committee of Bureau of Education of the Jewish Community of New York City and the Executive Committee of the Federation of American Zionists. He was known for his ardent support of Zionism.


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Gravesite Details Friedlaender was buried in the Yarmolintsy Cemetery, Ukraine - but was reburied in Jerusalem in 2001

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  • Added: 23 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64563110
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rabbi Israel Friedlander (8 Sep 1876–5 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64563110, citing Bentwich Family Cemetery, Jerusalem, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem District), Israel ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .