|Philadelphia Inquirer - December 8, 1918|
|Morris Berman - Rabbi Naftali Riff - Sons of Israel -|
signed by Rabbi Riff
April 8, 1919
January 13, 1920
Rabbi Riff was boarding with Morris Gelman at 1112 Baring Street
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to become a citizen of
the United States of America
December 13, 1920
Riff filed this in Camden with
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|Woodbury Daily Times - June 14, 1922|
harrison - Fred Sirisky - Rabbi Naftali Riff
- Sons of Israel - N. Friedenberg
S. Epstein - M. Kusliner - K. Goldstein - Arthur Sirisky - Raymond Sirisky
November 13, 1922
| Rabbi Naftali Riff - Cantor Mickleman -
Rabbi Solomon Grayzel - Samuel Bashlow - Dora Yuschinsky
February 10, 1928
April 8, 1930
Rabbi Riff was boarding with Morris Gelman at 1112 Baring Street
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|Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1932|
Torah - S.S. Lewis - Rabbi
Samuel Shane - Kaighn Avenue
|Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933|
to Aid Women's Home, Talmud Torah and Free Loan
A campaign to
raise funds for the Federation of Jewish' Charities of Camden was launched
yesterday under the chairmanship of E. George Aaron. The drive will continue a week.
will be contributed to the support of the Hebrew Ladies' Sheltering Home,
the Talmud Torah,
and the Free Loan Fund.
Aaron' announced, will be aided by the Jewish charitable organizations of
Camden and the following have been named team captains:
N, Riff, Samuel Shane, L. Tarter, S. Lippman, A.
Barbell, J. Grossberg, H. Odlen, Leon Rose, Lewis
Liberman, Mrs. S. Litow, Mrs. M. Shapiro, Mrs. H. Kaplan, Mrs. S.
Shane, Mrs. R. Bukstel. Mrs. F. Bloom, Mrs. V. Gerber and Mrs. S. S.
There will be a meeting in the Talmud Torah tonight, when Rabbi B. L. Levinthal, of Philadelphia, will speak in support of the campaign.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933|
CHARITIES RAISE $1500
Camden Federation to Continue Campaign All This Week
More than $1500 in pledges and in cash have been received in the campaign of the Camden Federation of Jewish Charities, it was announced last night by E. George Aaron, chairman of the campaign committee. The drive will continue through this week.
workers seeking funds for the Hebrew Ladies' Charities, Sheltering Home,
Camden Talmud Torah
and Free Loan Fund follow: Rabbi
Mr. and Mrs. S. Shane, Mrs. R. Bukstel, Mrs. S. Litow, Mrs. M. Shapiro,
Mrs. H. Kaplan, Mrs. L. Creskoff, Mrs. B. Ostroff, Mrs. S. Goldstein Mrs.
A. Goodman, Mrs. S. Masel, Mrs. M. Koll, Mrs. F. Bloom, Mrs. M. Cornrich,
Mrs. V. Gerber, Mrs. L. Weiss and Mrs. S. Soloff, Leon H. Rose, Lewis
S. S. Lewis, J. Grossberg, B. Greenberg, S. Lippman, J. Ruttenberg, S.
Stein. H. Odlen, J. Block, O. Praissman, S. Naden, D. Lefkowitz, and David
|Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933|
Michael Shapiro Heads Hebrew Charities
In addition to Mrs. Shapiro the following members of the executive board were installed: Mrs. Rose Bellitz, first vice president; Mrs. Sarah Seidman, second vice president; Mrs. A. Bitman, treasurer; Mrs. Rose Worthrich, financial secretary; Mrs. Louis Creskoff, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Benjamin Ostroff, recording secretary.
The following committees have been named: Mrs. Hyman Kaplan, chairman of the investigations committee; Mrs. W. Waldman, chairman of the meal tickets committee; Mrs. Kaplan and Mrs. Samuel Litow, co-chairmen in charge of food orders.
Rabbi N. Riff, of the Congregation Sons of Israel, addressed the group at the installation and urged harmony and co-operation in the organization as a means to the greatest accomplishment in its work..
|Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933|
RAISE CHARITY FUNDS
George Aaron, chairman of the campaign, announced that more than $5000 was
pledged. Talks were made by
Herman Odlen, Samuel Shane, Samuel Lippman,
Barbell, Mrs. S. Litow, Mrs. M. Shapiro and Mrs. C. Riff.
Rabbi N. Riff presented a walking stick to Aaron for his work as head of the drive.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933|
WILL PUSH AID FOR HITLER VICTIMS
All Organizations Join in Plan to Raise $10,000 Relief Fund
Representatives of every Jewish organization in Camden were in attendance last night at an emergency meeting of the United Committee for relief of German Jews, held in Talmud Torah Hall, Kaighn Avenue near Seventh Street, when plans to complete a drive for $10,000 by July 3 were adopted.
Leon H. Rose, Camden attorney and chairman of the committee, appointed a special committee to push the drive for funds to aid the 600,000 German Jews, victims of Hitler persecution.
Addresses were made at the meeting by Rabbi N. S. Arnoff, of Beth El Synagogue and Rabbi N. Riff, of Sons of Israel Synagogue. The committee includes Mark Marritz, Samuel Shane, Bella Ostroff, Joseph Shapiro, Mrs. Esther Rosen, Mary Mann, Benjamin Friedman, Herman Odlen, Harry W. Markowitz, Mrs. William Laud, A. David Epstein, M. Snyder, Louis Tartar, Dr. I. S. Siris, J. Richterman, Mrs, David Esterman, Harry Steinberg, Sylvia Sandgrund and Mrs. Hattie Michel.
An additional $300 was collected at the meeting and turned over to Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor, who is treasurer of the committee.
September 13, 1935
|Who's Who in American Jewry - 1938|
Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938
RABBI SPEAKS IN CAMDEN TONIGHT
Rabbi Israel Goldstein, of New York, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, will speak tonight at a mass meeting at the Hotel Walt Whitman, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Jewish National Fund.
Preceding the meeting, he will be the guest at a dinner tendered by members of the Jewish community here.
Leon H, Rose, Camden attorney, who is president of the Jewish National Fund Conncil of Southern New Jersey, will be toastmaster. Rabbis N. H. J. Riff and Philip L. Lipis [of Congregation Beth El- PMC] will speak.
Dr. Goldstein is rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshrun, and active in Jewish communal, civic and interfaith movements. He is a member of the New York Regional Relations Board and of the National Executive Committee on Workers and Farmers Rights, and president of the Jewish Conciliation Court of America. The Jewish National Fund of America, of which he is head, has for its purpose the purchase of land in Palestine.
Those at the dinner will include:
David Breslau, Ben Zion Steinberg, Isaac Singer, Mrs. Samuel Kaplan, Mrs. Abraham Kaplan, Samuel Varbalow, Meyer Adelman, E. George Aaron, Jacob Leventon, Jesse Satenstein, Lewis Liberman, A. J. Rosenfeld, Judge Joseph Varbalow, Elias Klein, Mark Marritz, Albert B. Melnik, Dr. Samuel H. Blank, Barney B. Brown, Jacob Naden, Samuel Ginns, Ernest Dubin, Ellis Goodman, Leon Naden, Louis Rovner, Joseph Ruttenberg. Morris Liebman, Albert Caplan, Lester Abrahamer, I. J. Milask, Isadore H. Hermann, Milton C. Nurock, Harry Trautenberg, Manuel Winigrad, Hanan Yarden, Morris Drob and Mrs. Dora E. Rose.
Courier-Post - February 12, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
The new edition of the Who's Who in America Jewry" lists eight residents of Camden among the 10,140 Jewish notables in Camden, to wit: Bernard Bertman, A. M. Ellis, Dr. Hyman Goldstein, I. B. Levine, Herman Natal, Rabbi N. H. J. Riff, Leon H. Rose and Samuel Shane.
Return from European trip
form Amsterdam, Hollan
K.L.M. Royal Dutch Airlines
July 19. 1951
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|Scroll down for a translation of this letter written by Rabbi Riff|
The script in the middle of the two printed addresses on the stationery is the hardest to make out, and it’s unfortunate, because it’s the date! It reads:
Baruch Hashem Blessed be God. Wednesday, the fifth of the month Marcheshvan in the year of creation 5708 or 5728. [this corresponds to either November 28, 1947 or November 20, 1964. I would guess it’s 1947 because I’m not sure if Rabbi Riff was still active as late as 1964, but I don’t know.]
To my exalted, respected, dear cousin, Rabbi __________, may he long live, [a pity, the name is obscured] Shalom, and blessings.
I am requesting my exalted and dear cousin, in every language of entreaty, to perform an act of charity [a bit of a guess because the writing is not entirely clear] on behalf of the daughter of my departed brother-in-law, Reb Mordechai Sand...[complete name obscured] of blessed memory, who is an orphan of her father and mother, ….??...[a few obscure words] that if you would be able to try and [arrange] her acceptance to the Mizrachi School for Young Girls in Tel Aviv, it would be good; and if you were not successful, an admissions to a different place. If you would inform me of your efforts in this.
I look forward to the compassions of heaven.
Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Riff
|Thanks to Elliot Rosen for taking the time to translate this letter|
|Biography of Rabbi Riff, from May 1976 Testimonial Dinner Program|
A Biography of Rabbi Naftoli H. J. Riff
In conjunction with the splendid celebration which the City of Camden is planning in honor of its great spiritual leader, Rabbi N. H. J. Riff, it is my pleasant duty to congratulate both him and his community. I wish to indicate herewith several characteristics which distinguish Rabbi Riff as one of the most illustrious Rabbis of today.
I am, it seems to me, the proper person to give a genuine evaluation of his prominent personality, his outstanding gifts, his beautiful character and widespread influence. I know him well, for he has been a close friend of mine since he first arrived in this great and free country of ours.
Rabbi Riff was known long before he came to America. He was born in Russia in 1894 to a family renowned for scholarship and Jewish authority. (He is a descendent of Rabbi Isaac Al-Fasi, the much-cited Jewish codifier of 900 years ago.) He was privately instructed by his father up to the age of fifteen. He then entered the Yeshivah of Walozin, where he was taken care of by his grandfather, Rabbi Raphael, then the head of that Talmudic Academy. He studied there both the Babylonian and the Palestinian Talmuds as well as the post-Talmudic literature. When he reached the age of twenty, he had managed to acquire unusual versatility and skill in the wide spaces of Talmudic literature.
His learned ancestors believed that the study of the Torah is the greatest principle of Jewish life. Rabbi Riff is much influenced by his great ancestors, whose methods of study he follows very closely. All his ethically beautiful conduct is based upon the teachings of the Torah.
In 1916 he married into the eminent family of the late Rabbi Isaac Elhanan of Kovno. That very year he was elected Rabbi of Telechon, Russia, as the successor of his father-in-law. The community was soon completely destroyed as a result of the Great War. He then left Europe and came to the United States in 1920. We immediately recognized him to be an unusual personality, and recommended him as the Rabbi of Camden, whereupon he was elected without further delay.
Rabbi Riff is constantly aware of his duty to teach, preach and inspire his people. And like the responsible leader that he is, he never ceases to exert every effort to improve the religious life of his fellow-Jews. His public addresses are on all occasions replete with references to all branches of Jewish lore. He particularly stresses Jewish ethics, intending thereby to induce his audiences to the practical discharge of their daily duties of charity and benevolence rather than merely amusing them.
Rabbi Riff is a saintly character. When he opposes someone, he never does so from a personal dislike. He remonstrates with transgressors out of love for them. Therein lies the secret of his success with people. His relationship to his human surroundings is extraordinarily friendly. That is undoubtedly the reason that he is always listened to. His sympathy with .„the sufferings of others is boundless. Indeed, he symbolizes truth, justice, and uprightness. That is why he exerts an enviable influence upon all those who come in contact with him. In a word, he is beloved by all. He despises personal gain. This alone marks him as one of the few truly outstanding men in the Rabbinical world. His mani fold charity is far beyond his financial means and too often at the expense of his own family welfare. His house is open wide to anyone in need. He and his devoted wife and daughter are invariably the hosts of many a stranger passing through town.
Rabbi Riff is very public spirited and he has been instrumental in making the Camden community one of the finest in the United States. The works and accomplishments of this distinguished Rabbi are too numerous to catalogue. His interests have found expression in a variety of activities in addition to his regular Rabbinical duties.
His untiring efforts have helped to establish the Federation of Jewish Charities, the Talmud-Torah, the Mizrachi Organization, various Palestine and relief drives and any other local, national and Holy Land charitable and educational institutions that may be mentioned. He has been named by the State Board of Health to be the local inspector of all kosher meats in Camden County. He is the director, with sole authority to issue licenses, for Shochtim in our community.
His influence is nation wide as evidenced by the position he holds as Vice-President of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada. Happy is the community that knows properly to evaluate and respect their most learned Rabbi. May God lend new strength to my dear friend, Rabbi Riff, his devoted wife, and his gifted daughter in order that they may continue their splendid work without interruption, and may God bless all of you for your interest in behalf of so great and so good a man.
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Nathan S. Rubin - George E. Brunner - Rabbi Bernard L. Levinthal - Mrs. Betty K. Kapel
E. George Aaron - Rabbi Wolf Gold - Louis E. Levinthal - Rabbi L. Selzer - Jacob Zuckerman
Meyer Adleman - Mrs. Meyer Adleman - Dan S. Rosenberg - Nathan S. Rubin - Samuel Yaffe
Samuel A. Weiss - Mrs. Samuel A. Weiss - Joseph Getzov - Emanuel L. Kapel - Manuel Ross
Joseph Ruttenberg - Joseph Shapiro - Harry Antelman - Mrs. Harry Antelman - William Remer
Morris Finkelstein - Benjamin P. Rosensweig - Mrs. Benjamin P. Rosensweig - Irwin L. Levy
Saul Lippman - Mrs. Harry Albert - Mrs. Samuel Bellitz - Mrs. S. S. Lewis - Henry Gaulton
Mrs. Edward Markowitz - Mrs. Ben J. Rosensweig - Mrs. Abe Stoolman - Allan Hecsh - Morris Kress
Samuel Zeff - Mrs. Samuel Zeff - Nathan W. Elkitz - Hyman Bloom - Simon Abramson - Isidore Savage
Benjamin F. Friedman - Maurice H. Clyman - Mrs. Maurice H. Clyman - Edward Adelman
Louis Markowitz - Michael Albert - Dr. Alexander Ellis - Stanton Tarter - Henry Schreibstein
Jules Jaspan - Nathan Wolpert - Samuel Rosen - Benjamin Asbell - Leon Faerber - Samuel Shane
Israel Heine - Joseph Grossberg - Barney B. Brown - Jacob L. Furer - Sol Hoffman - Martin Yuderfriend
Samuel L. Reichman - William Arensberg - Henry J. Bass - Cantor and Mrs. Louis J. Herman
Emil Wise - Abraham Brandt - Congregation Sons of Israel - Eskin & Son - Greenetz and Greenetz
Joseph Rosenberg - Dr. Samuel Yubas - Max Weisfeld - Harry Katz - Morris Finkelstein - Benjamin Davis
Mrs. Bessie Rubin - Ruby's - Charles H. Blank - Philip Kalikman - Manuel I. Wertheimer - Meyer Leider
Beth Israel Sisterhood - Dealers Liquor Co. - Ladies' Auxiliary of Congregation Sons of Israel
Rabbi and Mrs. Harry B. Kellman - Rabbi Albert Lewis - Rabbi Isaac Furman - Rabbi Lester Hering
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