Rabbi Isaac C. AVIGDOR
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AVIGDOR, Rabbi Isaac C. Spiritual Leader of the United Synagogues of Greater Hartford for 50 years passed away on November 24, 2010 at the Sephardic Home in Brooklyn, NY. Rabbi Avigdor was born in Sanz, Poland in 1920 to a legendary Rabbinic family with an unbroken chain of rabbis dating back to King David. He was the son of Rabbi Dr. Jacob Avigdor, known as the Drohobyczer Ray and later the Chief Rabbi of Mexico City. As a 15 year old boy, Rabbi Isaac studied in the famous Yeshiva of Chachmei Lublin, the Mir Yeshiva in Poland as well as the Belz Yeshiva. When the 2nd World War broke out, he was separated from his parents and incarcerated at the infamous Mathausen Concentration Camp where he was liberated on May 5, 1945 together with the well known philanthropist, David Chase, After liberation, Rabbi Isaac founded a rehabilitation Kibbbutz in Abbiate Guazona, Italy where he gathered refugees and survivors of the war, rehabilitated them and relocated them to Israel. After reuniting with his illustrious father, Rabbi Isaac Avigdor relocated to the United States where he built a new life in New York City as the Executive Director of the Shiomo Kluger Yeshiva on the East Side, and the Director of the National Hapoel Hamizrachl. He was a well known author who published five books and countless articles in Hebrew, English and Yiddish and a contributing member and writer for the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Avigdor leaves behind his beloved wife Esther, his four sons, Rabbi David Avigdor, spiritual leader of Cong. Bikur Cholim of New Haven, Rabbi Morton Avigdor, Rabbi Merrill Avigdor and Mt Jacob Avigdor of Toronto as well as his brother Dr. Abraham Avigdor of Mexico City. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Rabbi Avigdor used to say that he wanted to live to be a "Tzaddik". He passed away at the age of 90, which is the mathematical equivalent of the Hebrew letter "Tzaddik". May his memory be for a blessing. The family is sitting Shiva at the family apartment, 515 Ave. I, Apt. 2-F, corner Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230 through Wed., Dec. 1, 2010. For further information contact Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven, 203-562-8244 www.shurefuneralhome.com.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Nov. 27, 2010.
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February 25, 2011
Our condolences to your entire family.It made our hearts heavy to read of his passing..

Martin and Joanne Schwab
joanne& martin schwab
December 22, 2010
Dear Esther: I remember your husband from when we lived in Colchester where my husband was the Rabbi in the '60's (Rabbi Philip Kaplan). Phil died in 2006. So sorry for your great loss.
Esther Kaplan
December 20, 2010
Please accept my sincere condolances. Our family owes a debt of gratitude to your family for being a part of just about everything in our lives from Bar Mitzvahs to Funerals to Wedding Anniversaries...we respect Rabbi Avigdor and all that he has accomplished. Keep us in your hearts as we keep you in ours. Bert, Demetria and our daughter Emily Livingston, Bloomfield CT and now Jacksonville, Florida.
Bert Livingston
December 20, 2010
My condolences to the entire Avigdor family. Rabbi was such a dear friend, teacher and spiritual leader to all of the Guttenplan family.
Paul Guttenplan
December 3, 2010
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Esther, and the family. During my time at home in Connecticut, I remember how the Rabbi and the family became almost a part of the Golden family because of the love and strong friendship that developed. He was very special and remains very much alive in my memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

Rita V. Golden, South Carolina
December 3, 2010
Mrs. Avigdor; it was with sadness that I read of your husband's passing. You took such good care of him for so many years.
Sandy (Grella)Mitchell
December 1, 2010
My condolences to you , Mrs. Avigdor.
I won't forget how nice it was of you to visit my late Mother at the appartments on Starkel Road in West Hartford.
Shirley GER Sundilson
Shirley Sundilson
December 1, 2010
My condolences to you, Mrs. Avigdor and the whole family.
נחמה מן השמי� - From Isaac Avigdor - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil.
Isaac Avigdor
November 29, 2010
That illustrious generation of Hartford Rabbis has now re-gathered. My condolences to you, Mrs. Avigdor and the whole family.
Rachel D Lindenthal
November 29, 2010
Dear Esther and family,
We were saddened to hear about the Rabbi's passing. He was a large part of our Jewish upbringing and part of the Golden Family. We have many wonderful memories of times together, both happy and sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. With love,

Sheila Golden-Baker and Tom Baker
Sheila Golden-Baker
November 28, 2010
Mrs. Avigdor and Family-So sorry to hear about the passing of Rabbi Avigdor. As a child I remember him at Kenneseth Israel and later at the United Synagogues. He always had a friendly greeting for me.
George Golden
November 28, 2010
Dear Mrs. Avigdor and Family,
We are thinking of the many cherished memories we have of our dear Rabbi, from our Hebrew School days at Knesseth Israel to his heartfelt eulogies at the passing of our parents. We are sure the many wonderful memories you have of him will help you through these difficult days.

Beverly (Seiford) and Barry Wolfgong
Beverly Seiford
November 28, 2010
Esther- our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Our families shared many years of joyous occasions and we cherish the wonderful memories. Fondly, Adrienne (Golden) & Alan Silver
Adrienne Silver
November 28, 2010
Dear Rebbitzen and Avigdor Family,
Rabbi Avigdor was at the heart of our Jewish upbringing. We have many wonderful memories of times spent together with all of you as we grew up.
My Dad remembers going to New York to interview Rabbi Avigdor for the Rabbinical job at Ateres Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Hartford, and of course each of my siblings and I have countless things to say Thank you for. We have each grown in the path of righteousness. Rabbi and our parents led the way.
Our love and deepest sympathy to you and yours at this very sad time. May Rabbi's memory be for a blessing and as the days pass, may you remember only the golden moments that made up his life.
Love from my Dad, Milton Golden, and my siblings, all... Adrienne and Alan Silver, Roxanne Fried, Debbi and Gerry Barker, and my husband and I, Marilyn and Alan Byer, as well as our families.
November 28, 2010
Esther Avigdor and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. The Rabbi had a large impact on our lives and was like an extended member of our family and made us feel like we were part of yours. We worked closely together for many years as part of the synagogues leadership team.


Jan and Sheila Cohen
November 27, 2010
To Mrs. Avigdor and Family
Remembering a fabulous caring rabbi.
Rest in Peace.
Stan Newborn
November 26, 2010
May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. (2 Corinthins 1: 3,4)
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