R' Lazare (Lazard) Isidor, Chief Rabbi of France

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R' Lazare (Lazard) Isidor, Chief Rabbi of France

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Lixheim, Moselle, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France
Death: Died in Montmorency, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
Place of Burial: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Michel Marx Isidor and Jeanne Isidor
Husband of Julie Isidor and Nanette Genendel Meyer
Father of Valérie Aron; Michel Charles Isidor and Ernest Marx Isidor
Brother of Babette Barbe Lévy; Baruch puis Bernard Isidor and Joseph Isidor
Half brother of A Levy

Occupation: Chief Rabbi of Paris, Grand-Rabbin de France de 1867 à 1888
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About R' Lazare (Lazard) Isidor, Chief Rabbi of France

ISIDOR, LAZARD: Chief rabbi of France; grandson, on his mother's side, of Hirsch Katzenellenbogen, chief rabbi of Upper Alsace; born at Lixheim, Lorraine, July 13, 1813; died at Montmorency 1888. At the age of fourteen he entered the rabbinical school at Metz, which two years later became the Ecole Centrale Rabbinique of France, under government control.

Isidor became rabbi of Pfalzburg, Lorraine, in 1838, where he attracted general attention by questioning the validity of the oath "more Judaico," which he refused to take, considering it an insult to his coreligionists. As an incumbent of a government office he was arraigned before the court though, defended by Crémieux, he obtained a favorable verdict.

In 1844 Isidor went to Paris, where he was received with acclamation, and in 1847, at the early age of thirty-three, became chief rabbi of Paris, a position which he filled for twenty years. As chief rabbi Isidor achieved a great success, to which his personal popularity contributed, and he united the heterogeneous elements of the community into one harmonious body. In 1867 he became chief rabbi of France.

Isidor was conservative, and his enthusiasm for unity led him to oppose the Reform party. He was the creator of the rabbinical missions, and especially devoted himself to the task of assimilating Algerian Judaism with that of France. As an orator Isidor was distinguished. His literary efforts include only pastoral letters, funeral orations, sermons, etc. One of the finest of his funeral orations is entitled "Paroles Prononcées sur la Tombe du Commandant Franchetti."


R' Lazare Isidor was the Chief Rabbi of France from 1867.

He was born in Lixheim, Lorraine on 13th July 1813 and died and was buried in Paris in 1888.

He was the first A.B.D. of Pfalzburg (Phalsbourg) in 1838 and then of Paris in 1847.

He married in Phalsbourg in 1838 to Julia Masse who died in Paris in 1855. She was the daughter of Marie Lehmann and Lion Samuel Masse.

They had four children: 1. Nanette, married Blum 2. Ernest Isidor, died in 1934 in Paris. He married Hermine Fallek who died in Paris in 1953. 3. Julie 4. Valerie, married to Marchaud Aron


The Unbroken Chain - Neil Rosenstein (1990) Volume 1. Chapter 11, page 103, G 11.2

cf http://judaisme.sdv.fr/histoire/rabbins/isidor.htm


Lazare Isidor a épousé en secondes noces Nanette Blum, fille de Seligmann Blum, mohel à Bergzabern (article de Généalo-J 118 p. 32)


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R' Lazare (Lazard) Isidor, Chief Rabbi of France's Timeline

July 13, 1813
Lixheim, Moselle, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France
May 31, 1839
Age 25
Phalsbourg, Moselle, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France
Age 39
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
April 13, 1860
Age 46
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
September 16, 1888
Age 75
Montmorency, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France