David de Sola Pool

David de Sola Pool
David de Sola Pool
(Hebrew: דוד די סולה פול)

de Sola Pool (unknown date).
Position Rabbi
Synagogue Congregation Shearith Israel
New York City, New York, United States
Began 1907
Personal details
Born 1885
London, England, United Kingdom
Died 1970 (aged 84–85)
Spouse Tamar (née Hirschensohn) de Sola Pool
Children Ithiel de Sola Pool (1917–1984)
Occupation  • Rabbi
 • Writer
Alma mater Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary
Berlin, Germany

David de Sola Pool (1885–1970) (Hebrew: דוד די סולה פול) was an American rabbi and writer.


Early life and education

He was born in London, England, and later received his rabbinic ordination from the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary, located in Berlin, Germany.


In 1907, de Sola Pool was invited to become the minister of Congregation Shearith Israel — often called the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue — located in New York City, New York. The oldest Jewish congregation in the United States,[citation needed] he served as its minister for sixty-three years.

De Sola Pool translated and edited the Sephardic prayer book for the Union of Sephardic Congregations and the Ashkenazic prayer book for the Rabbinical Council of America. He also wrote a book The Kaddish (1929), a well-regarded work[by whom?] on the origins of the Kaddish prayer. In addition, de Sola Pool wrote a book Why I am a Jew (1957).

American Jewish Historical Society

He was a president of the American Jewish Historical Society, located in New York City.

de Sola Pool wrote several books about Jewish history in Colonial America including Portraits Etched In Stone — Early Jewish Settlers, 1682–1831 (1952) and together with his wife, Tamar de Sola Pool, An Old Faith in the New World — Portrait of Shearith Israel, 1654–1954 (1955).

Personal life

His wife, Tamar, was the daughter of Chaim Hirschensohn.

His son, Ithiel de Sola Pool, was a pioneer in the development of social science and founder of the political-science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His daughter, Naomi de Sola Pool, was a physician.

Richard (Dick) Rodstein, his grandson, is a voice-over announcer.



  • de Sola Pool, David; Angel, Marc D. (editor) (1980). Rabbi David de Sola Pool — Selections from Six Decades of Sermons, Addresses, and Writings. Union Of Sephardic Congregations (New York City, New York). ISBN 978-0-814-80753-8.

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