Wolff, Max

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Plot Location 1C6
Surname Wolff
Given Name(s) Max
Place of Birth Kadan Kurland (western Latvia)
Date of Birth (Eng)
Date of Birth (Heb)
Date of Death (Eng) July 14, 1868
Date of Death (Heb) 24 Tammuz 5625
Age at Death
Hebrew Name מרדכי בר זאב וולף
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Sex M
Marital Status M
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Title (e.g., Dr) Reverend
Religious Status (כ/ל/י)
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Inscription (Eng) SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF MY DEARLY BELOVED AND REVERED FATHER REVEREND MAX WOLFF BORN IN KADAN KURLAND DIED IN HONGKONG CHINA 14TH JULY 1868 MAY HIS PURE SOUL REST IN PEACE
Inscription (Heb) פ״נ איש יקר ונכבד מורינור״ מרדכי בר זאב וולף נפטר ביום ג כ׳ד׳ תמוז ת׳ר׳כ׳ה׳ ת׳נ׳צ׳ב׳ה׳
Inscription (Other) “54” on bottom of pediment
Historical “Max Wolfe and his daughter Augusta came from western Latvia to New York about 1850. Max’s wife wouldn’t go so he took Augusta. He worked as a minister to the Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Boston and published a book in NY in 1859 entitled ‘Explication of an Engraving Called the Origin of the Rites and Worship of the Hebrews’. In the late 1860s or early 1870s, he received a commission from the Sassoon family in England to be the rabbi in Hong Kong. Somehow he and August reached San Francisco. There, Augusta met Rubin Isaacs and they married. Once he saw his daughter safely taken care of, Max set off for HK. He passed through Japan shortly after it opened and sent word to Augusta that he thought “there is great opportunity here!”, which later had an impact. Then he set off for HK. Shortly after arriving, he died.

A short time later, Israel Isaacs, the brother of Augusta’s husband, set off for Japan and started a small import/export business which lasted through World War II and later was bought out by the Japanese. Rubin went out to Japan several times but Augusta raised 7 children and I think did not go. She and Rubin moved to New York because there was no market for Japanese goods in California but New York was important. They had an office on Lower Broadway. The building is still there.” (Source: Great-great grandson, Bob Green (US))

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