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Moshe Menuhin

Hebrew: משה מנוחין
Birthplace: Gomel, Gomel District, Homiel Province, Belarus
Death: February 04, 1982 (88)
Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Eizik Menuhin and Sara Liba Menuhin
Husband of Marutha Menuhin
Father of Yehudi Menuhin; Hephzibah Menuhin-Hauser and Yaltah Menuhin-Rolfe-Ryce
Brother of Musya Hochstein; Levi Yitzhak Lewis Menuhin; Sheindel Sonya Menuhin; Mr. Menuhin; Private and 2 others
Half brother of Vera Pnina Greenshpon and Libo

Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Moshe Menuhin

Moshe Menuhin (1893-1983) was born in Russia to a distinguished, religious Jewish family.[1] He was the great great grandson of Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hassidism.[2] When the family moved to Palestine, Moshe was sent to Orthodox Jewish schools, first to Yeshivas in Jerusalem, then to the nationalistic Hebrew Gymnasia Herzlia in Jaffa - Tel Aviv.

In 1913 he came to the United States to complete his higher education, attending New York University where he studied mathematics, political science and education. He later moved to California, where he worked as a Hebrew teacher. A committed anti-Zionist, he was the author of "The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time" and "Jewish Critics of Zionism", and of the family history "The Menuhin Saga".

Moshe Menuhin was the father of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin and pianists Hephzibah Menuhin Hauser and Yaltah Menuhin

his wife; was born Marutha Sher in Crimea on January 7th and was the only one of seven babies to survive beyond infancy. Her father sent Marutha and her mother to live in Palestine after he had been wounded in a pogrom and here she enrolled in a Catholic convent school and shrugged off the restraints of traditional Judaism. It was in Palestine that she met her husband Moshe and they married in 1914. Although both had been raised in Yiddish-speaking families they made it a rule to speak Hebrew at home, admixed with Russian and as they grew older would throw in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Her son Yehudi, made his professional debut at the age of seven with the San Francisco orchestra and was an immediate sensation but they were careful to limit his appearances. When it was pointed out to them that he was being held back he was finally allowed, at the age of 12, to burst upon the musical world. Her other children Hepzibah and Yalta also became musicians of the highest rank. Once their children became international celebrities Marutha and Moshe resigned their jobs and once their children were married and settled down they retreated to Los Gatos, near San Francisco. Moshe died in 1988 and Marutha died in 1996. Hepzibah died in 1984


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Moshe Menuhin's Timeline

November 12, 1893
Gomel, Gomel District, Homiel Province, Belarus
April 22, 1916
New York, NY, United States
May 20, 1920
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
October 7, 1921
San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, United States
February 4, 1982
Age 88
Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, United States
Age 88
Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, California, United States
New York, America
New York, America