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Jakob Hoffmann (later Jacob Hoffman) was born in 1881 in Papa, Hungary. He studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva (today Bratislava) and received his rabbinical ordination in 1905/1906. After serving as rabbi in Vienna; Kostel in Moravia (Podivín, Czech Republic); and Radautz in Bukovina (RădăuțI, Romania), he was Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Frankfurt am Main from 1923 to 1937. Escaping the Nazis to New York, he served as rabbi at Ohab Zedek until 1953. In 1954 he moved to Israel. Rabbi Jakob Hoffmann died in Tel Aviv in 1956.

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Rabbi Jakob Hoffmann, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2497.