Yehezkel Katzenellenbogen (1668 - 1749) MP

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Nicknames: "Ezekiel", "Jecheskel"
Birthplace: Brest Litovsk, Poland
Death: Died in Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Occupation: Chief Rabbi of Hamburg; ABD of of the tri-communities of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbeck., Rabbi, author of "Knesset Jecheskiel", Cheif Rabbi of Sislowitz, Chief Rabbi, Hamburg, ABD Hamburg, Chief rabbi of Altona and Hamburg, author of "Kneset Yehezkel"
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About Yehezkel Katzenellenbogen

Born 1668 or 1669, Ezekiel himself was uncertain of the fact. He grew up in Brest where he studied under R. Mordecai Susskind,son of R. Moses Rothenberg who lived there until about 1691. He was first A.B.D. of the toen on Zdzieciol (Zitel) then A.B.D. Raseiniai. In 1707 he was called to Keidaniai and to Altona in 1714 where he served the commiunity for 35 years until his death. The community at this time was under Danish rule.

Elekiel married Ester , daughter of R. Solomon Zalman, who was the son of R. Joel of Brest (the grandson of R. Joel Sirkes called the BaCh). Ester died in 1748 and was buried in the Koningstrasse Cemetry, Altone (Tombstone no 3072).

The Chief Rabbi (Av Beth Din or ABD) of Keidaniai, until 1714, was Rabbi (R’) Ezekiel Katzenellenpogen (a descendant through the female line who had adopted the name from the Katzenellenbogen male line.)[1] He then became ABD of the famous triple community of Altona-Hamburg-Wansdbeck where he remained until his death in 1749.[2]

He died in Altona July 9th (23rd Tammuz) 1749. Buried next to his wife. Tombstone 3073.

His son R’ David succeeded him in 1714 as ABD Keidaniai, and he was succeeded by his son, R’ Meshullam Zalman ABD Keidaniai.


Author of "Kenesset Yezekiel" Mayim Yechezkiel (published 1786) Tefillot le-Yartzheit (published 1727) Tzava'at Yechezkiel - His Ethical Will (published 1750, and again in 1871 by a descendant) Me'orer Zikkaron (published 1727) He wrote numerous approbations

Chief Rabbi of Beth Din of Hamburg

Profile photo: The Great Synagogue of Altona

ויקיפדיה עברית

The Unbroken Chain, Neil Rosenstein, 1990, page 584, G7.2


  • Emden, Megillat Sefer, pp 121-140, Warsaw 1897:
  • Furst, Bibl, Jud.ii 179:
  • Gratz, Gesch. x 375;
  • Kohan (Kahana) in Ha-Shahar, 1874 p. 299
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl

Rabbi Yehezkel Katzenellenbogen, Ba'al "Knesset Yehezkel"'s Timeline

Brest Litovsk, Poland
Age 32
July 9, 1749
Age 81
Altona, Hamburg, Germany
July 9, 1749
Age 81
Königstraße Jewish cemetery, Hamburg-Altona, Preussen
Brody, Czechoslovakia