Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

We thought our readers may be interested in a recent ‘find’ we came across while transcribing and transliterating burial records for – our sister site that deals mainly with pre civil registration, Synagogue records such as births, marriages and burials. See SynagogueScribes Sources for more information.

There are already a large number of articles on the web regarding Rabbi Samuel Falk, the Baal Shem of London, and each of these record his name, using various sources, as any one of, or all of, the following:

Chayim Samuel Jacob Falk
Chaim Schuml Falk
Samuel Jacob Chajim, the son of Raphael, the Sefardí
Samuel De Falk
Samuel Falk
De Falk
Doctor Falk

However, our ‘find’ of his burial record amongst the the Burial Records we are working on  shows the following:

5542 – 4 Iyar, died,  Morenu Reb Abraham Shmuel ben Morenu Raphael, buried 5 Iyar, Baal Shem.

Suprised by the addition of the name Abraham, we had our reading checked by an expert, known to us as, the Prof, and our transliteration was confirmed as correct.

The JHSE published an article ‘The Baal Shem of London by the Rev, Dr H Adler in 1903  which includes a copy of the inscription said to have been on the tombstone of Samuel Falk, this shows his name as Samuel Jacob Chayim.
So we are curious to know whether anyone has an answer to the addition of the name ‘Abraham’ ? Please use the comment box below!

Samuel Falk has variously been described as a Charlatan; a Cabbalist; a Miracle Worker; and a Mystic. He was buried on the 5th Iyar which is the date of Israel’s Independence day: was this a sign of his “supernatural” powers?  His followers would certainly have seen it as such.

For an extract of the will of Samuel Falk please see SynagogueScribes NA116

We have also added inscriptions and tombstone photos from Alderney Road (Globe Road) Jewish Cemetery, to and hope to add to this data once we have completed transliterating the burial records.

For further information on the Samuel Falk see:
JHSE – THE BAAL SHEM OF LONDON. By the Rev, Dr. H. ADLER, Chief Rabbi. (Read before the Society on November 29, 1903

8 comments for “Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

  1. veterinary technician
    August 10, 2010 at 4:08 am

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  2. Carol Collins
    December 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Hello! I have found several refernces to Samuel Falk having a dughter, Sarah, who was married to his assistant Zvi Hirsch Kalisch. I have traced my husband’s direct line (Collins) back to Hyman Collins (Kalisch) son of Zvi Hirsch Kalisch and ??. I have found that his grandfather, Isaac Levi was a “government agent of Kalisch”, and his brother-in-law was Myer Solomon (whose Book of Circumcisions backs this up). Also, I found it mentioned that Zvi Hirsch Kalish’s father-in-law was Simha Isaac HaLevi. This would mean that he was not married to Samuel Falk’s daughter, Sarah, or that he was married twice. I found a story written bay an American writer that says that Falk had a daughter called Sarah. I have written to the author’s daughter as he passed away a few years ago and am waiting for a reply. It would be interesting to see where he did his research. But, on the whole, I am not savvy enough to get much further with this and am getting bogged down in all the different names these people had (Jewish & English). A professor in Israel who just translated both Falk’s and Kalisch’s journals says there is no mention of Falk having a daughter. Anyway, onwards and upwards. I would love to hear from anyone researching this connection. Carol Collins

  3. Laurinda Laxay
    January 7, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I also am related to Samuel Falk. I have it recorded that he is the descendant of Raphael the Sephardi and that Samuel had a daughter Sarah Falk who married Zevi Hirsch Kalisch, they had a daughter Gittel Kalisch who married Meyer Solomon. I am the great-great-great-great-great-great grand-daughter of Samuel Falk. I am able to give you further information if you wish.

  4. Barton Cante
    May 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Great information 🙂

  5. sonya Daniels
    September 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I believe i am also related and would love to discuss with anyone who believes to be so that we can possibly create a full tree.

  6. Anthony Scott-Norman
    May 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hi I have a detailed tree and have links with carol Collins and my ancestor was myer Solomon of London.the big question is where and when was he married to. Gittel please find proof

  7. CemeteryScribes
    May 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Unfortunately, SynagogueScribes can not provide a research service, but wish you every success with your search.

  8. Susan Leybourne
    April 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I am a research student working in the field of Jewish mysticism, and been contacted by an old friend who is also a relative of Rabbi Falk. I just came across this site; I will forward the link to her. Thanks for the information.

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