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Rabbi Bernard Louis Levinthal

Also Known As: "Dov Aryeh"
Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Vilnius County, Lithuania
Death: September 23, 1952 (88)
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Levinthal and Bat Sheva Levinthal
Husband of Minna Levinthal
Father of Lena L Ehrlich; Israel Herbert Levinthal; Abraham Allen Levinthal; Louis Edward Levinthal; Cyrus Levinthal and 2 others
Brother of Rasha Leah Savolman

Managed by: Ofer Biran
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About Rabbi Bernard Louis Levinthal

Rabbi Dov Arye b. Abraham ha-Kohen Levinthal (Bernard Louis, 1865–1952), was born in Lithuania, went to the United States in 1891 after having studied at the yeshivot of Kovno, Vilna, and Bialystok. Settling in Philadelphia, he succeeded his father-in-law, Eleazar Kleinberg, as rabbi of Congregation B’nai Abraham, where he served until his death, and as head of the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of Philadelphia.

Levinthal was an able organizer and was responsible for the establishment of a number of institutions tending to the religious and social needs of the immigrant Jewish community, such as the Central Talmud Torah, out of which later grew the Yeshivah Mishkan Israel, and a municipal va’ad ha-kashruth to supervise ritual slaughtering. One of the founders of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada in 1902, of which he was the first president, his energy and wide range of interests enabled him to represent the Orthodox point of view in the greater Jewish community.

He was a founder of the American Jewish Committee and a member of the delegation sent by the American Jewish Congress to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. An active Zionist as well, he helped to establish the Mizrachi Organization of America and was an honorary vice-president of the Federation of American Zionists.

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Rabbi Bernard Louis Levinthal's Timeline

May 12, 1864
Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Vilnius County, Lithuania
January 4, 1887
Age 22
February 12, 1888
Age 23
Vilnius, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Vilnius County, Lithuania
April 5, 1892
Age 27
Pennsylvania, United States
May 25, 1895
Age 31
PA, United States
Age 37
PA, United States
September 23, 1952
Age 88