The Krakow Rabbinate
The following is a list of Chief Rabbis, Roshei Yeshiva, and Avot Beit Din for Krakow starting in the middle of the 16th Century. These positions were the most prestigious rabbinical ones, and sometimes they overlapped. Those listed in the first column below were, in many cases, also Avot Beit Din simultaneously, but there were exceptions. For example, Joshua ben Yosef is known to have given Yom Tov Lipman HELLER the job of Chief Rabbi in exchange for the lower-paying job of Rosh Yeshiva at some point; but insisted on retaining his position as Av Beit Din.
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(Data provided by Heshel Teitelbaum)
Rabbi Rosh Yeshiva 1550-1572 Moshe Isserles 1550-1572 Moshe Isserles (Remah) 1572-1576 Mordechai Saba SINGER b. Jacob 1576-1582 Isaac b. David SPIRA 1582-1591 Yosef ben Gershon KATZ 1576-1591 Yosef ben Gershon KAC (brother-in-law of Remah) 1617-1618 Nathan Nata SPIRA 1617-1633 Nathan Nata SPIRA 1618-1640 Yoel SIRKES (Bach) 1633-1640 Yoel SIRKES (Bach) 1640-1643 Joshua ben Yosef HARIF 1640-1648 Joshua ben Yosef HARIF (M'ginei Shlomo) 1643-1654 Yom Tov Lipman HELLER -1654 Mordechai MARGOLIOS 1654-1663 Joshua Heschel 1654-1663 Joshua Heschel 1663-1688 Moshe HARIF (son of Joshua) 1688-1694 Moshe ENZELS 1694-1706 Mordechai DEICHES -1713 Yitzchal Eyzyk ZAK 1713-1731 Yehuda Leib ZAK 1731-1741 David Schmelke ZAK 1742-1745 Yosef Yonah FRENKEL 1745-1751 David Schmelke ZAK 1754-1769 Isaac LANDAU 1754-1769 Isaac LANDAU 1776-1799 Isaac Ha-LEVI 1799-1816 Moshe Shlomo Zalman 1816-1832 Tzvi Hirsch David Ha-LEVI 1832-1856 Dov Ber MEISELS 1860-1883 Shimon SCHREIBER-SOFER 1925-1933 Yosef Nechemia KORNITZER
Batei Din 1680-1683 Isaac SEGAL-HARIF-SPITZKOPF, son of Benjamin Wolf. Isaac was the great-grandfather of Isaac LANDAU (the Rabbi from 1754-1769). -1701 Saul (son of Joshua Heschel, the Rabbi from 1654-1663). 1831 (There were 2 Batei Din in this year) Dov Ber MEISELS (Av Beit Din) Saul Rafael LANDAU (Av Beit Din) S. KOHN Kalman REINHOLD Lazar DAMASK (1772-1847) M. LANDAU M. HOROWITZ Szmelke HOROWITZ J. FRANKFURTER Zelig GELDWERTH A. HIRSZ P. LANDAU A. JENNER