Rabbi Selig STARR Family Tree
Rabbi Selig STARR born Zelig STAROBINSKI (b. 15 June 1893
or Yanaveh, Poland,
d. 2 Nov 1989 = 4 cheshvan 5750 Chicago, buried Yanover Cemetery, Waldheim,
Illinois, Gate 125, Lot 317, Row 3, Grave 4, Id no. 29243) son of David STAROBINSKY.
(In the photo on the right
taken around 1901, Selig is eight years old and is standing
on the right next to his sister Rifka, grandfather Benjamin, and aunt Sarah.)
his early years, Selig studied at Navaradak, Telz, and Slabodka at Kovno,
Lithuania. At 17, he came of Slobodka Yeshiva "Knesses Israel". His
Talmudic training there was so thoroughly and rapidly absorbed that through
scarcely no more than a boy he was ordained as Rabbi, in 1921, by the world
famous Rabbi Moses Mordecai EPSTEIN and Rabbi Solomon David CAHANA
He immigrated to the United States on the S. S. Latvia sailing
from Danzig (14 July 1921) along with his widowed mother Guta Tova.
came to Chicago in 1921, and immediately became member of the faculty of Beth
Medresh Latorah (Hebrew Theological College).
At his Yeshivot in Europe there were very heated arguments for and against Hascalla.
Rabbi Starr was very much in favor of the Hascalla, but still staunchly aligned with extreme traditional orthodoxy.
At the same time he pursued his
secular studies at the University of Chicago and received degrees of Ph. B
(1928) from University of Chicago's College. and Master of Arts (1930) for the Social Sciences Division. His dissertation in English history was entitled
"Exclusion Bills of the 1679-1681".
Rabbi Starr met up with his English teacher—with whom he had started studying upon arrival in Chicago,
presumably as part of immigrant group study—at UC, the teacher of course having expressed amazement at his progress.
He obtained U.S. citizenship, on 16
May 1929. The 1930 census shows he lived on 3619 Douglas Boulevard in Chicago's 24th ward along with his
daughters Muriel and Jean, his wife Pearl and her step-mother
In 1931, elected Rabbi of Am Olam (8006 Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chiccago). His scholarly article "Historical and Present Day Judaism"
was published in Ohel Moed.
Rabbi at Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, Illinois).
Tremendous Lamden, who knew all the Masechtot that are regularly studied in
yeshivot, as well or better than any Rosh Hayeshiva anywhere in the world. Even
more than diligent Torah study, Middos Tovos or Tefilla Betzibbbur, he
emphasized Ahavas Yisroel. He has taught thousands of young Jewish men
Torah, Jewish ethics and culture. Due to his influence and inspiration many of
these students later became leaders and teachers in Israel. There are at least
25 rabbis in Chicago alone (as of 1956) who were his students.
Rabbi STARR was
also the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Joseph South Shore (5433 W.
In 1984, Rabbi Selig STARR became Rosh Yeshiva at Darchai Noam (Jerusalem).
Selig STARR enumerated "Ten Modern Important Commandments" for his
students and family. They were as follows:
- Remember to embrace equally all the three fundamentally Jewish loves:
Ahavas Hashem, Ahavas Torah and Avahas Yisroel.
- Remember not to minimize any one of them in anyway whatsoever.
- Remember that time is the most precious element in your mental treasury
therefore spend it very carefully.
- Remember not to spend your spiritual harvest time more on one crop than on
- Remember that personal flattery (chenipah) is your worst enemy, while
expert criticism is your best friend.
- Remember that human behavior must be analyzed and comprehended; some people
are acting as spiders, while others, like flies enwrapped in the deadly silken
threads of the spiders. Avoid the company of either one of them.
- Remember that six million of American Jews are waiting for your spiritual
orthodox guidance. Do not disappoint them.
- Remember that you have been trained to fight two internal enemies,
ignorance and confusion, the latter is the greater.
- Remember that our spiritual orthodox survival depends solely on the ability
of our leaders to rescue the wine while the barrel is broken, to watch over
the Torah inheritance while the ghetto walls have been eliminated.
- Remember that destiny (hashgachat haborei) has bestowed upon the incoming
Jewish generation the greatest amount of the most precious blessings, and, at
the same time imposed upon our selected Talmudic Scholars the greatest
responsibilities to be sincere Servants of G-d, Torah, and Israel (as an
independent State and everlasting people).
He was a great tsadik but disdained
displays for appearances only. Once he criticized a student for wearing his
tsitsis hanging out. His student replied that wearing tsitsis is one of the
greatest mitzvot and he wanted to show how proud he was. Rabbi STARR replied
that the brit milah is an even greater mitzvot but it is not displayed.
Rabbi Selig STARR married (1924) Pearl (Penina) COHEN
(Born 15 December 1904.
Died 1970, Buried Yanover Cemetery, Waldheim, Illinois, Gate 125, Lot 317, Row
3, Grave 3, Id no. 42520), an active social worker.
Jean Idelle STARR (b. 1925, d. 28 July 1998), married LUBELCHYK.
Jean's children were raised by her parents until Pearl's death, and then
by her brother and sister-in-law Donald and Dorothy STARR.
Joel LUBELL (b. Chicago 2 November 1960) tax lawyer,
Married 22 May
1989 Margalit daughter of Yemenite family,
Israel. They live with their 3 children in Jerusalem, Israel in the Ramot
neighborhood. He obtained his J.D. from
Loyola University in Chicago.
His career is focused in the tax area and he worked for several years
negotiating tax treaties for the Israeli Government.
He is now an international tax lawyer for
a pharmaceutical company in Israel. They moved to Philadelphia
- Ravit LUBELL (b. January 1992 Jerusalem).
Attends Touro in Manhattan.
- Noa LUBELL (b. 19 Jan. 1994 Jerusalem).
Will graduate Torah Academy in 2012.
- David Zelig LUBELL (b. 7 Apr. 1996 Jerusalem).
Attends New Israel Yeshiva (Baltimore).
- Jonathan LUBELL (b. 4 Dec. 2004 Jerusalem)
- Avishag LUBELL (b. 13 Nov. 2007 Philadelphia)
- Geri LUBELL (b. 16 April 1959) m. and div. Larry ROOS (b. South
Africa). She now calls herself Geri ROSE and has a daughter from a
Dina ROSE (b. 24 April 1991).
- Muriel Ruth STARR (b. 20 October 1926, d. 20 February 1934 appendicitis, only seven years
old, buried Yanover Cemetery, Waldheim, Illinois, Gate 125, Lot 317, Row 3,
Grave 6, Id no. 42522).
- Sarane Rochelle
(Sarah Rachel) STARR. See Mom's
Rabbi Donald Burton (David Benyamin) STARR (b. Chicago 30 May 1936, d. Chicago 4 Iyar, April 1994) accountant.
He obtained a B.A. in Accounting from Roosevelt University. He also
earned his Rabbinical degree from the Hebrew Theological College
in Chicago, Illinois. Donald worked as a C.P.A. for much of his career with
BLACKMAN Kallick Bartelstein, LLP.
Donald STARR passed away in April, 1994. He is sorely missed by friends and family.
Donald STARR married
Dorothy STERN (b. Chicago 31 October 1944)
DorothyS at WigodaandWigoda.com.
She obtained her B.A. in Education from Northeastern University.
Dorothy worked as a Teacher for many years and is currently working as a Receptionist with the law firm of Wigoda & Wigoda in
Chicago. She enjoys her family immensely and particularly her grandchildren.
Dorothy remarried (14 Sep. 2003 Chicago) Baruch APLEBAUM.
Stuart (Shmuel) STARR (b. 3 February 1966 Chicago)
Married (5 June 1994, Oak Park, Illinois) to
(b. 16 November 1966 Chicago).
Stuart left for a year in Israel in 1983 and lived there for 7
years living for a year on
Kibbutz Beirot Yitzhak, earning a BA in Economics from
Ilan University in Israel and then working in Tel Aviv.
He returned to the U.S. in 1990 and earned a Masters in
Accounting from the
He is a C.P.A. working with
Smith Hermes and Diamond in San Diego, CA.
Jennie obtained a B.A. in Political Science from
University, a J.D. from
in St. Louis and a Masters in Information Science from
of Illinois in Champaign, IL.
She does product marketing for software companies in
San Diego; currently with
They live in San Diego, CA with their dog, KushKush.
(Kush Kush is half
Chow Chow and half Siberian Husky.)
- Rabbi Jared (Yehoshua) STARR
(b. 1 November 1969 Chicago) married (21 June 1992, Rosemont, Illinois) to
(b. Chicago 3 September 1972).
Yehoshua earned his degree in Hebrew Literature from the
Hebrew Theological College
and earned a Rabbinical Ordination as well. He is a
bookkeeper with Brisk Rabbinical College in Chicago.
Jennifer earned her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of
Illinois, Chicago. She is a Physical Therapist at Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
Chaim Mordechai STARR (b. 23 November 2000 Chicago).
- Minda Gayle STARR (b. Chicago 23 July 1969)
married (15 August 1989, Chicago)
to Aaron Ezekiel WAGSCHAL,
aaron at innopex.com.
Minda obtained her BA from the University of Illinois and is an
accountant. They live in Toronto.
- Penina WAGSCHAL (b. 29 February 1992 leap day Toronto)
- Asher WAGSCHAL (b. 25 December 1993 Toronto)
- Zahava WAGSCHAL (b. 19 March 1996 Toronto)
- Nechama Bracha WAGSCHAL
(b. 29 September 1999 Toronto)
- Raiza WAGSCHAL
(b. 14 May 2002 Toronto)
Elie Eliahou STARR (b. 11 April 1979 erev Pesach). Elie is a student
at the Neir Israel Rabbinical College. Elie married
(17 Jan. 2002 Baltimore, MD)
daughter of David FRIEDMAN.
More wedding photos.
- Benjamin STARR (b. 25 May 2003 Baltimore)
- Haim Yosef STARR (b. 2004)
To be placed: Gertrude STARR probably pictured with Jean and Guta
Tova above. Yanover Cemetery, Waldheim, Illinois, Gate 125, Lot 317, Row 3,
Grave 5, Id no. 42521
Daniel E. LOEB,