Accession consists of two scanned photographs of Rabbi Rosensweig in 1953: his wedding picture with Gitel Flicht of Toronto, and his inauguration dinner at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Kitchener, with guest speaker Rabbi Avrum A. Price of Toronto.
Inauguration photo, identified left to right: Philip's parents, Meyer and Mary; sister-in-law Miriam and brother Rabbi Bernard Rosensweig; Gitel; Philip; Rabbi Avrum A. Price; synagogue president Nat Budd and his wife Helen.
Rabbi Philip (Shragah Phyvle) Rosensweig was born in Toronto to Meyer Rosensweig and Mary Rosensweig (née Naftolin), who had emigrated from Poland and Russia. As a young man, Philip studied at Yeshiva University in New York City, then the Jewish Theological Seminary in Toronto. There, he was privileged to study under Rabbi Avrum A. Price, one of the world’s leading talmudic scholars. Rabbi Rosensweig married Gitel Flicht of Toronto in 1953. Soon after, he was invited to serve as rabbi for Beth Jacob Synagogue in Kitchener. There, he and Gitel raised five children: Etta, Chavi, Naomi, Leah and Avrum. The rabbi was actively involved in congregation and community activities. He established the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at the Waterloo Lutheran University (Wilfred Laurier University); visited Jewish inmates at local prisons, counseling them and advocating on their behalf for kosher food; he gave tours of the synagogue to visitors, and frequently addressed high school and university students, service clubs, churches and community groups. As well, the rabbi served for decades as principal and teacher at the Talmud Torah. Rabbi Rosensweig died suddenly on 27 October 1989 of a heart attack. He was buried in the family plot at Beth Shemesh in Israel, a special cemetery for rabbis and their families.
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Copyright: Inauguration photo is stamped "Kitchener-Waterloo Record photo." The archives of the Record are held by University of Waterloo Special Collections.