Rabinovitz Family
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#rab-6: RABINOVICH, David son of Isak 1911
#rab-7: RABINOVICH, Girsh son of Sheim 1911
#rab-8: RABINOVICH, Yoshk-Yudel son of Josek-David 1907
#rab-9: RABINOVICH, Ruvim-Israel son of Leib


Sitting in the middle the elderly rabinocvich  from Shavli to the left is their son-in-law Nachum Levitan to the right is the german nanny of Ruven levitan next to her is Nachums sister Dr. Chienna Shereshevsky.  Children are Ruven and Zvi, next to Zvi sits his nanny.  Zvi Shereshevsky perished in Auzhwitz in 1944


Date 1906
City Vilnius
Photographer Chonovitz, J.
Description Portrait of Nina Rabinowicz, as a toddler.

Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz, lobbied Congress for Holocaust rescue Baruch Rabinowitz (Robbins), an American rabbi who lobbied on Capitol Hill for U.S. action to rescue Jews from the Holocaust, died in Jerusalem Dec. 8, after a long illness. He was 89.
One of the first full-time Jewish lobbyists in the nation's capitol, Robbins -- then known as Rabinowitz -- was the chief Washington, D.C., representative of the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, better known as the Bergson group.
Rabinowitz was known for his ability to forge relationships with members of Congress from both parties. That bipartisan support proved crucial in the Bergson group's crowning achievement, a November 1943 congressional resolution urging the Roosevelt administration to establish a government agency to rescue Jews from Hitler.
The hearings and publicity surrounding the resolution played a major role in convincing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to establish the War Refugee Board. During the final 15 months of the war, the board helped rescue an estimated 200,000 Jews, including current U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.). Part of its work involved facilitating and financing the rescue activities of Raoul Wallenberg.
After the Holocaust, Rabinowitz remained with the Bergson group in Washington, lobbying for U.S. support for the creation of a Jewish state. He also quietly raised funds for the Irgun Zvai Leumi, the Jewish militia battling the British in Mandatory Palestine.
Rabinowitz successfully solicited support for the Irgun from such diverse sources as the singer Frank Sinatra, boxing champion Barney Ross and underworld figure Mickey Cohen.
In 1947, Rabinowitz helped break down racial barriers in Baltimore. He and his colleagues forced the city's Maryland Theater to permit unrestricted seating for African Americans at performances of the Bergson group's Zionist play, A Flag is Born, which was authored by Ben Hecht and starred young Marlon Brando.
Rabinowitz also was sent by the Irgun to solicit backing from world leaders such as Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.
Trujillo gave Rabinowitz false passports that helped several future Israeli leaders escape British imprisonment in Eritrea, Africa.
They included Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Justice Minister Shmuel Tamir, Finance Minister Yaacov Meridor and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Arieh Ben-Eliezer.
Rabinowitz, who was born in Brooklyn in 1914, was a seventh-generation direct descendant of the founder of Chasidism, the 18th-century rabbinical scholar known as the Baal Shem Tov. He spent his childhood in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, Canada and Bayonne, N.J.
The gregarious Rabinowitz was expected to take the mantle of his father, Rabbi Samuel A. Rabinowitz, who was known as "the Brooklyner Rebbe." But in 1932, at age 17, Rabinowitz boarded a ship and sailed to British Mandatory Palestine to study under its first chief rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook, from whom he received rabbinical ordination.
Upon his return to the United States, he became active in the nationalist Revisionist Zionist movement, led by Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky.
He served briefly as the rabbi of a small congregation in Frederick, before becoming rabbi of Congregation B'nai Abraham, in Hagerstown in 1937.
But following the death of his wife, Harriet, in an automobile accident in 1940, Rabinowitz left the pulpit and became a full-time Jewish activist.
After the Six Day War in 1967, Rabinowitz -- by then known as Baruch Robbins -- moved to Israel. In 1978, although 64 years old and legally blind, he left his home in Caesarea to settle in the fledgling frontier community of Elon Moreh.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Malkah; eight children; 25 grandchildren, including a former WJW editor, Jonathan Stern of Takoma Park; four great grandchildren; a brother and a sister.