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Rav Ephraim Fishel Epstein

Hebrew: הרב אפרים פישל אפשטיין
Also Known As: "Rabbi Ephraim Epstein"
Birthplace: Lithuania
Death: July 14, 1960 (80-89)
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Tzvi Chaim Epstein and Bayla Chana Epstein
Husband of Hannah Epstein
Father of Rabbi Harry H. Epstein; Sidney Epstein; Aharon David Epstein, הי״ד; Emanuel Epstein; Annabelle Temkin and 1 other
Brother of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein; Eliyahu David Epstein and Kraina Golda Hutner

Occupation: Rabbi
Managed by: Susan M Behn
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About Rav Ephraim Fishel Epstein

Rabbi Ephraim Epstein served as senior Rabbi of Congregation Anshe Kneseth Israel in Chicago for 51 years


Rabbi Ephraim Epstein (1876-1960) was an orthodox rabbi and prominent member of the Jewish community in Chicago in the half-century after his arrival in Chicago in 1911.

Epstein was born in Bakst, Lithuania and trained in yeshiva at Slabodka yeshiva, where his brother, Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein served as the dean..[1]:19 He arrived in Chicago in 1911 after being asked to serve as rabbi at Congregation Anshei Kneseth, one of the leading Orthodox congregations in the city.[1]:20 He served as rabbi of the congregation for almost 50 years.[1]:20 Epstein was a renowned Talmud scholar.[2]

Epstein rose to prominence in Chicago's orthodox Jewish community through his many activities outside the synagogue. He raised millions of dollars for aid to European yeshivas during and after World War I.[2] In addition, Epstein served as an officer with a number of other Jewish self-help organizations, including the Central Relief Committee of America, Relief Committee of Jewish War sufferers, and the Federation of Orthodox Charities.[1]:20–21

During the World War II, Epstein helped rescue many Jews from Europe.[2]

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Rav Ephraim Fishel Epstein's Timeline

April 1, 1903
July 4, 1905
Russia (Russian Federation)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
April 1915
Illinois, United States
February 1917
Illinois, United States
July 14, 1960
Age 85
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States