Monday, August 17, 2015

Yosef Goldman - Jewish Book Dealer 1942 - 2015

Yosef Goldman, a veteran Jewish/Hebrew bookseller, passed away on Aug. 4, 2015. Born in Neipest, in 1942, where his father, Rabbi Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Goldman (1907 – 1980) was Rabbi, and where the family survived most of WWII disguised as non-Jews. In 1950, the family immigrated to the United States, his father having a synagogue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and where he operated a publishing house. Yosef attended Beth Medrash Elyon, in Monsey, NY.

Y. Goldman was the authoritative dealer on American Jewish Printings, and the 2 volume Hebrew Printing in America, 1735-1926, A History and Annotated Bibliography, which he co-authored and which was based on his collection is the standard reference in the field. Many prominent American Judaica collections were built through his guidance and expertise.

Yosef is remembered as an erudite scholar, kindhearted and giving when it came to charity, well versed and a passionate lover of Eretz Yisrael, where he chose to be buried. He passed away on Aug. 4 after a brief illness.


  1. Dear Mr. Mizrahi, Just in the last few days I have learned of Mr. Goldman's passing. I had been trying to contact him since last year, obviously without success. He had in his book collection a copy of Shefa Tal, that had belonged to Rabbi Jacob Franco Lagarto of the Sephardi congregation where I live, here on the Island of Itamarac√°, in Brazil.
    The book has a manuscript note by Rabbi Lagarto, and it is this note that I am anxious to aquire information, a photo or a scan of, it is a very important part of establishing the history of what was the earliest Synagogue in the Americas.
    In short, I would be extremely grateful for any information on the present whereabouts of the volume that you might possibly be able to provide. Thanks in advance, Christopher Sellars.

  2. Hi
    I will contact the family and see what I can do. Is there an email I can reach you at? Mine is Judaicaused
    thank you

  3. Dear Mr. Mizrahi, Wonderful ! Thank you very much. My email is christopher.sellars gmail and I will send you an email right now with more information Chris.


  4. Dear Israel, were you able to speak to Mr. Goldman's son ?