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Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman

Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman

Male 1886 - 1969  (82 years)

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  • Name Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman 
    Born 2 Jun 1886  Kuhl, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Rabbi Kahaneman was born in Kuhl, Lithuania, a small town of about 500 of which about a third were Jews. At the age of 14 he went to study Talmud at the Telshe yeshiva, where he studied Torah until he was twenty, under the direct inspiration of Rabbi Eliezer Gordon, who saw his potential. Another mentor of his in Telshe at the time was Rabbi Shimon Shkop. He then spent a half year in Novardok yeshiva, after which he spent three years in Radin studying under the tutelage of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (known as the Chofetz Chaim). He married the daughter of the rabbi of Vidzh, and became rabbi there at the end of 1911, when his father-in-law became the rabbi of Vilkomir (Ukmerg).
    With the passing of Rabbi Itzele Rabinowitz in 1919, Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman was appointed the new rabbi of Ponevezh, one of the largest centres of Jewish life in Lithuania. There, he built three yeshivas as well as a school and an orphanage. He was elected to the Lithuanian parliament. All of his institutions were destroyed and many of his students and family were killed during World War II.
    Rabbi Kahaneman immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1940 and built Kiryat Ha-Yeshiva ("Town of the Yeshiva") in Bnei Brak and Batei Avot orphanages. Rabbi Kahaneman travelled widely in the dispora to secure financial support for his yeshiva, which he constantly improved and extended. In the face of scepticism and opposition, he succeeded in turning the re-established Ponovezh yeshiva into one of the largest in the world.
    He sought to take care of many orphans and tried to avoid handing them over to secular Zionist organizations, especially the Yaldei Tehran ("Children of Tehran") - children who escaped from Nazi Europe by walking across Europe to Tehran (including the famous Biala Rebbe - Rabbi Ben Zion Rabinowitz).
    Rabbi Kahaneman was a distinguished member of the Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel, a man of deep piety and wit.  [1
    Hebrew Birth 28 Iya 5646 
    Immigration 1940  Bnei Brak, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Rosh Yeshiva Ponovezh 
    Residence Kuhl, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1940-1969  Bnei Brak, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1969  Bnei Brak, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I454  Blank Family
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2009 

    Family UNNAMED,   b. Yes - date unknown,   d. Yes - date unknown 
    Married Yes - date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Rabbi Avraham Kahaneman,   b. 13 Oct 1911, Vidzh, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 2009, Bnei Brak, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2006 
    Family ID F1974  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jun 1886 - Kuhl, Lithuania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1940 - Bnei Brak, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Kuhl, Lithuania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1940-1969 - Bnei Brak, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1969 - Bnei Brak, Israel Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.


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