Rabbi Goodman “George” Lipkind

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Rabbi Goodman “George” Lipkind

Whitechapel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Death 1 May 1973 (aged 94)
Long Beach, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 83732591 View Source
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Rabbi Lipkind served the United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, Missouri as senior rabbi for 2 years (1912-1914) and he is listed along with other rabbis who served St. Louis congregations. The full list can be found at SAINT LOUIS RABBIS.

Father: John Lipkind (England)
Mother: Rebecca Lipkind (England)

Annie Lipkind (dob 1871)
Rose Lipkind (dob 1874)
Nettie Lipkind dob 1880)

Rabbi Goodman Lipkind was a London rabbi who later emigrated to New York through Ellis Island in 09/12/1903 at the age of 28 on the S.S. New York. The JEWISH CHRONICLE of Oxfordshire notes that he officiated as a rabbi in the years 1901 and 1902. He wrote several articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia in 1906. He is today mainly remembered for having been the factual base for the picture of Joseph Strelitski, the Rabbi who emigrated to America in Israel Zangwill's "Children of the Ghetto". Lipkind was the rabbi at Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1910-1911). (That congregation disbanded in 1915). He was rabbi of the Gates of Heaven temple in Schenectady, New York from 1921-1926.

In addition to his contributions to THE JEWISH CHRONICLE, he wrote or co-wrote the following:
NEW YEAR (book) 8 pages **
PAY-CASH CLOTHES (comedy) 1 act play **
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY (drama)1 act play **
WANTED: A HOUSEKEEPER (comedy) 1 act play **
HERE'S HOPING (a farce-comedy) 3 act play **

** Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets

Dateline: June 13, 1911
Largest Hebrew Congregation in the
United States Elects the Milwaukee
Preacher Its Rabbi

Rabbi Goodman Lipkind, of the congregation Temple Sinai(1), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been elected rabbi by the United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, Missouri, to succeed Rabbi Henry Messing who has just resigned, dispatches from the Missouri city announce. Rabbi Messing, ten years ago, was elected Rabbi of the Hebrew congregation for life, being the first rabbi in the United States who had ever received that honor at the hands of a congregation. The United Hebrew Congregation is one of the largest in the United States.

Rabbi Lipkind when asked when he would move to St. Louis and he had not yet given the matter final consideration.

(1)Temple Sinai folded in 1915

New York Times
October 15, 1915
Wedding Announcement


Rabbi Marries Charlotte G. Harris in Eighty-Sixth Street Temple

The marriage of the Rev. G. Lipkind, rabbi of the Eighty-Sixth Street Temple, and Miss Charlotte Glendyle Harris took place last evening at the temple and was largely attended. The Rev. Maurice H. Harris officiated.

The bride wore a traveling costume and carried a bouquet of orchids and lilies of the valley Mrs. Ruth Schram-Rosenfeld was her only attendant.

Dr. Jacques Zipser was best man and the ushers were Joseph Kann, Abraham Tobias, and Samuel S. Kogan.

After returning from the honeymoon, the Rev. Mr. & Mrs. Lipkind will reside at 112 Cathedral Parkway.

Lipkind published a on-act play in 1924 titled "What Happened on Chanuka?"
New York, Bloch Publishing Company

Author Israel Zangwill's book Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People ed.1977 featured a character named Joseph Strelitski. The character was inspired by Rabbi Goodman Lipkind: "These chapters enable Zangwill to portray the opposite extreme of the London Jewish community, for the Kensington Synagogue is no doubt based on ... Joseph Strelitski is Rabbi Goodman Lipkind, who later served as a Rabbi in New York." Author Zangwill and Lipkind grew up in the same Whitecastle area of London so Zangwill was very familiar with Lipkind.

On page 201 of the The History of the Jews of Milwaukee the following reference is made of Rabbi Lipkind.

"B'ne Jeshurun was religiously more thriving. In controverting an attack on Milwaukee's Jewish "indifference" and "Rip van Winkle slumber" by the departing Rabbi Lipkind of Congregation Sinai, Rabbi Caro admitted "some pith of truth," but insisted that there was "equally as much indifference" elsewhere."

Lipkind died at age 94, Long Beach, NY

Lipkind was born on 27 June 1878 in Whitechapel, London. His parents were John and Rebecca Lipkind.[1]

On 13 June 1911 the Milwaukee Journal reported that "the largest Hebrew congregation in the United States", at St Louis, had elected Lipkind, who was then at the Sinai congregation in Milwaukee, to succeed Henry Messing as it new Rabbi.[4]

On 15 October 1915 the New York Times reported his marriage to Charlotte G Harris in Eighty-Sixth Street Temple where he was Rabbi.[1]

He was rabbi of the Gates of Heaven temple in Schenectady, New York until 1926.[5]

He died on 1 May 1973 at Long Beach, Nassau County, New York.[1]

Congregations served:
Temple Israel, Jamaica, NY
Temple of the Gates of Heaven, Schenectady, NY
Agudith Jeshorim, New York, NY

The rabbi featured on this Find A Grave page is one of many included in a "Virtual Cemetery" of rabbis who've passed but who served on St. Louis pulpits during their rabbinate. The complete "Virtual Cemetery" list can be found at SAINT LOUIS RABBIS. Questions about this "Virtual Cemetery" project may be directed to:
Steven Weinreich

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