Jakob Jankele Szpiro (c.1840 - 1933)

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Nicknames: "R' Jakob Szpiro of Będzin"
Death: Died in Będzin, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Occupation: Glass Smelting Trader, supplyer of smelting for glassworks
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Jakob Jankele Szpiro


A wealthy man, Reb Jenkele Szapiro, was known in Bendin as a gentle man and a very charitable man.

Reb Jenkele Szapiro kept five young boys in his house that learned Torah; lived in this home on the top floor room under the roof (in the attic). Thus Reb Mendel used to learn with thee 5 boys until his father-in-law married them off.

In the Gerer Shtibel, which was not far from Reb Jenkele's house, as early as four in the morning, winter and summer, serious students began learning. There were such as Reb Izaac Erlichman, the 80-year old Jankel Dancygier, Reb Abram Mordechai Gutensztajn, Reb Joszua Dawid, Majer Fiszel Rinsky, Abram Zelig Erlich and Reb Jenkele Szapiro.

By Reb Jenkele Szapiro there was always a guest for Shabbat. In one of those Shabbosim – at the beginning of World War I, when all the foreigners fled Bendin, all the children sat around the table, but Reb Jenkele did not make Kiddush – he was distressed by the fact that there was no guest for Shabbat. He asked a grandchild to go quickly to the shtibel or to another synagogue and see perhaps there was indeed someone left that had nowhere to eat for Shabbat. When this grandchild came to the Shtibel he saw a man sitting engrossed in his learning. The child said to the man: “Reb Yid, come to my grandfather for Shabbat”! This man who was indeed a stranger in the city, was however a wealthy businessman and was staying in a hotel. He then answered the child: “I have where to eat”.

The grandchild insisted: “Come to us, Reb Yid. Because my grandfather refuses to make Kiddush if we have no guest.” The stranger understood that he can help a Jew do a good deed (a mitzvah), and he went along. Reb Jenkele was very happy with the guest.


Reb Jekele (Jenkel)? led High Holy Day services at the Gerer Shtibl in Bedzin, Poland into his 90's. (see Gerer Shtibl document) -------------------- Year of birth estimated from age on birth records of her children Dwojra and Fiszel

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Jakob Jankele Szpiro's Timeline

Age 32
Będzin, śląskie, Polska
Age 50
Age 51
Bedzin, Poland
Age 93
Będzin, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Bedzin, Poland