Samuel (Smul) Bertenthal

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Samuel (Smul) Bertenthal

Birthdate: (72)
Death: March 21, 1930 (72)
Immediate Family:

Son of Yeshuah Bertenthal
Husband of Harriet Rose Bertenthal
Father of Saul (Sam) Shea Bertenthal; Frank Bertenthal; Israel (Joe) Bertenthal; Eva R. Propper and Isadore Bertenthal

Managed by: David Allen Bertenthal
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About Samuel (Smul) Bertenthal

Ellis Island Information

Last name - Bertenteil

First name - Smul

Last residence - Srogow Lwow Wojewodztwa/ Rzeszow Province

Arrival - 9/19/1900

Ship -[] Noordland

Departure port - Antwerp

Buried in Machskei Hadas Cemetery.

Machsikei Hadas, an Orthodox synagogue founded in 1900 on Wylie Avenue in the Hill District. The founders of Machsikei Hadas, like the Jews of the Maccabean era, had known persecution. They were Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors had been expelled from 15th century Spain. Over generations they migrated to Galicia, a region that many armies had conquered over many centuries. It is now in Poland, but then belonged to Austria. Galicia had suffered waves of anti-Jewish persecution. Some who fled in the late 19th century came to Pittsburgh.

The Hill District was then a center of Jewish life. But the Galitzianers started a new congregation to keep their Sephardic traditions. With echoes of the Maccabees, they named it Machsikei Hadas, "Defenders of the Faith."

Another large menorah in the Machsikei Hadas collection isn't a Hanukkiya, or Hanukkah menorah. That's clear because it has no shamash to light the others, she said. Its lights are electric, and it is inscribed with the Hebrew for "I have the Lord always before me," from Psalm 16.

"It would have been placed in front of the congregation to remind people of the presence of the Lord," Ms. Melnick said.

It stands before the synagogue's ark, a cabinet for sacred Torah scrolls. The ark is topped with an unusual decoration: two carved hands making the sign of priestly blessing. The sign is well known to Star Trek fans because the actor Leonard Nimoy adapted it for Spock's "live long and prosper" salutations.

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Samuel (Smul) Bertenthal's Timeline

March 20, 1882
Age 24
May 15, 1884
Age 26
Sanok, Subcarpathia, Poland
March 20, 1888
Age 30
June 3, 1893
Age 35
June 3, 1899
Age 41
March 21, 1930
Age 72