Rabbi Shimon Murciano

The Frisch School

March 5, 2019

Rabbi Shimon Murciano came to the United States from French Morocco to continue his rabbinical studies at Yeshivat Mir, and was ordained by its dean, Rabbi Abraham Kalmanowitz. His ancestry dates back to the 15th century in the city of Murcia, Spain. Most of the Jews who escaped the inquisition landed in the Balkan countries and in North Africa. The Murciano family settled in Morocco. In his hometown of Meknes, he studied under three great sages, namely Rabbis Baruch Toledano, Isaac Sebbag, and Chalom Messas ZT"L. In Yeshivat Mir, he had the great zechut to be a Talmid of Rav Eliyahu Dessler ZT"L and Rav Chaim Kreiswirth ZT"L. In 1953, he left New York to assume his first position in Pittsburgh where he met his wife Ruth Gross Murciano Aleha HaShalom, daughter of Rabbi Pinchas Gross, a member of the RCA. After earning two degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, a B.A. and an M.Ed, and at the suggestion of Dr. Joseph Kaminesky, he accepted the principalship of a Day School in Louisville, KY. He holds a Specialist Degree in Advanced Studies in Education from the University of Louisville, and has completed his course requirements for the Ph.D. at New York University. Rabbi Murciano served as Headmaster of Hillel Day School in Detroit, and he is the founding principal of Hillel Day School in North Miami Beach, FL. In 1972, Rabbi Murciano returned to New York to accept the position of Menahel of the renowned Yeshiva Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik in Washington Heights. Throughout the years, Rabbi Murciano has received several awards in recognition of his dissemination of Tora learning as a teacher and as a Menahel of Yeshivot in cities across the United States for sixty years. Among the yeshivot and organizations who honored him are Yeshivat Mir, The Frisch School, Agudath Israel, and Congregation Ahavath Tora of Englewood. He is licensed to serve as a principal of secondary schools in the States of New York and New Jersey. He chose the field of education as his career because it provides him with the opportunity to continue his own learning. He feels that he gains a great deal of satisfaction out of being able to guide young minds along the right course, one challenge which he always enjoyed and accepts readily and willingly. Rabbi Murciano has been a member of the RCA since 1962, he was on its program of the annual conventions several times. Currently he is teaching at the Frisch School in Paramus since 1986. He is a maggid shiur of the Daf Hayomi at Ahavat Tora in Englewood, in addition he has been teaching a shiur of the Mishna Berura on Shabbat for four decades. His close friends and good neighbors are Rabbi Menachem Genack and Rabbi Shmuel Goldin. He and his late wife are the proud parents of three daughters, Zehava Kraitenberg, Haya Novoseller and Aliza Vogel. They are blessed with eighteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.