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Joseph Newmark

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Ritterberg-Neumark, Prussia
Death: October 19, 1881 (82)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Meyer of Brodnik Newmark
Husband of Rosa Newmark
Father of Abraham Newmark; Matilda Kremer; Myer Joseph Newmark; Sarah Newmark; Caroline Newmark Lazard and 2 others
Brother of Phillipp Fabian Neumark

Managed by: Judith Berlowitz, busy writing
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About Joseph Newmark

Joseph Newmark

Joseph Newmark, Early Unofficial Rabbi of Los Angeles Values Code: I-H-E-L-P Joseph Newmark was born at Ritterberg-Neumark, Prussia in 1799. In 1818, at 19 years of age, he was a trained schochet (ritual slaughterer) and was married to his first wife. Together they had two children before her early death. Early Life in America Mr. & Mrs. Newmark arrived in New York City in 1824. There he was a founder of B’nai Jeshurum, the first Ashkenazic Congregation in the city. It was known as the Elm Street Synagogue. Joseph Newmark became a Mason in 1831 and a U.S. Citizen in 1834.

Into the Wild West

Joseph & Rosa Newmark & Mrs. Leon Loeb (nee Newmark After extensive travel in the mid-West Joseph Newmark settled in San Francisco in 1852. His family left New York in 1852 and traveled around the Horn to San Francisco. A trip well documented by their 14 year old son, Meyer. Not doing too well, Newmark moved South to Los Angeles in 1854 where he went into business with his nephews, Joseph P. Newmark and Harris Newmark, and Maurice Kremer. The company was known as Newmark, Kremer & Co. - a wholesale and retail dry goods business. Newmark Family and Los Angeles Family Connections Joseph Newmark had married his second wife, Rosa, in 1835. Together they had six children. Matilda, Meyer, Edward, Sarah – who married her cousin Harris Newmark, Harriet – who married Eugene Meyer - and Caroline – who married Solomon Lazard. In this way the Newmark family became related to the core of the early Jewish pioneers of Los Angeles. Joseph Newmark in the Jewish Community

Joseph Newmark Joseph Newmark became the lay Rabbi of Los Angeles as well as its schochet until 1862 when he was instrumental in bringing Rabbi Abraham Wolfe Edleman from San Francisco to lead Congregation B’nai B’rith (now Wilshire Boulevard Temple). Joseph Newmark was the Vice President of the Congregation. Joseph Newmark was also a founder of the Hebrew Benevolent Society - the first chartered charity organization in Los Angeles. Its major early accomplishment was the creation of the Jewish cemetery in Chavez Ravine. Joseph Newmark had the honor of performing the first Jewish wedding in California in 1852 between a Mr. & Mrs. Newman. He also officiated at the weddings of all his children.

Joseph Newmark led a full life and passed away in Los Angeles in 1881 or 1883. There seems to be two different dates claimed.

More information can be found in the following issues of Western States Jewish History. Newmark, Joseph; A Leading Jewish Businessman of Pioneer California; 1799-1833?; San Francisco; 1967; Unknown author, copied by Norton Stern; 41/3 Newmarks and Meybergs; Interview with Mrs. Marco Newmark; LA; Norton Stern; 41/3

Note: Moved from the old Los Angeles Jewish cemetery when it was closed.

Note: Moved from the old Los Angeles Jewish cemetery when it was closed.

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Joseph Newmark's Timeline

June 15, 1799
Ritterberg-Neumark, Prussia
Age 19
June 29, 1837
Age 38
New York, New York County, New York, United States
August 4, 1838
Age 39
New York, United States
January 9, 1841
Age 41
New York, New York, United States
September 14, 1845
Age 46
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
April 1851
Age 51
New York, New York County, New York, United States
October 6, 1851
Age 52
New York, NY, USA
October 19, 1881
Age 82
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
October 19, 1881
Age 82
East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States