Rabbi Chaim Noach HaCohen Brevda: Rabbi & Holocaust Survivor
Rabbi Chaim Noach HaCohen Brevda was an illustrious and eminent Rabbi in the 20th century. He was born in Baranovitch, Poland, (Lithuania). He studied in various Rabbinical seminaries in Lithuania and he also taught in the Yeshivah in Raduń . He received his Rabbinical ordination from the Chofetz Chaim. During World War II, he escaped to Japan and later to Shanghai, China, where he studied with the Mir Yeshiva.
After the war was over, he entered the United States and ultimately settled in New York City, first in The Bronx and then in Brooklyn. Upon his arrival in New York City, Rabbi Brevda taught in the Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim on the Westside of NYC. After World War II, Rabbi Mendel Zaks, the son - in- law of the Chofetz Chaim, had re-established the yeshivah in the United States. Rabbi Brevda was well known among the survivors of the Rabbinical institutions of Europe, for his knowledge of the oral and written law. He was the Rabbinical leader of Congregation Ahavas Achim of Brownsville and then later of Congregation Bais Avrohum in Brighton Beach. He also established the Yeshivah and Mesifta Tiffereth Avrohum, a post-high school Rabbinical seminary. Rabbi Brevda served as the American liaison for the Yeshivah Shaarai Shamayim, in Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Brevda died on September 14, 1999, the 4th of Tishrei 5760. He is buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery in New York.
May his memory, contributions and teaching be a blessing to all.
Written by Chloe Baker