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  • on May 12, 2016

Rabbi Moses Richman

(Grateful thanks to Rabbi Richman’s great granddaughter, Marilyn Boxer, for supplying this information about Rabbi Richman and his family and for directing me to , ‘A Standard history of Kansas and Kansans’ compiled by William E Connelly in 1918 ,Vol V p 2238 which gave more information about Rabbi Richman and his family)

Rev. Moses Richman was buried in the cemetery at Middlesbrough in 1888, before there was a Jewish cemetery in Darlington. He was rabbi of Darlington Hebrew Congregation when he died in September of that year and was buried in Middlesbrough. An extract from the Jewish Chronicle dated 5 October 1888 confirms this information. The website for the Middlesbrough cemetery includes his name (grave 11 in the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation old cemetery) but it seems there is no stone.

Marilyn first came across reference Rabbi Richman’s link with Darlington when family research unearthed a biographical article about her grandfather, Benjamin Richmond, in a book about the State of Kansas, USA and prominent Kansans published in 1918.

Rabbi Richman’s grandson, Dr Monte (Moses) Richmond was the son of the rabbi’s son David Richmond of London, a cantor, and lived in London during the 1980s and 90s . Dr Richmond died in 2003 at the age of 98.

Marilyn was also able to supply information on the rabbi’s other children. His son Isaac is assumed to have died in France during WW 1 but his daughters Anna and Deborah as well as Rabbi Richman’s widow Bessie, emigrated to the USA. Bessie is buried along with other family members in Kansas City’s Sheffield cemetery. Some descendants of Anna and Deborah now live as does Marilyn in California.

Marilyn’s grandfather Benjamin Richmond is the prominent Kansan of 1918 who has an entry in Mr Connelly’s book. It says that he came from a cultured Jewish family, the son of Rabbi Moses Richmond (Richman) and his wife Bessie and that the family had come to the UK from Russia where Benjamin had been born in the 1870s where Rabbi Richman/Richmond was appointed as rabbi of Darlington Hebrew Congregation by Dr Alder, ‘ the senior rabbi of England’. Benjamin had been educated by his father to follow in his footsteps as a rabbi but being tooyoung to take up the post when his father died in 1890 (actually 1888), he left England to seek his fortune in the USA, “his record of success is in every way unusual and most creditable”. So much so that by 1901 he was one of the leading merchants of Kansas City, head of a department store. Interestingly the book explains that Benjamin learned to speak English whilst working in various stores which suggests that perhaps the family did not learn English whilst in Darlington

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