Levi Yitzchak Horowitz
Bostoner Rebbe
File:Bostoner Rebbe at Koissel.jpg
Praying at the Western Wall, Jerusalem
Term 1944 – 2009
Full name Levi Yitzchok Horowitz
Born 3 July, 1921
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 5 December, 2009
Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Buried Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel
Dynasty Boston
Predecessor Pinchos Dovid Horowitz
Father Pinchos Dovid Horowitz
Mother Sora Sosha
Wife1 Raichel Ungar
Issue1 Pinchos Horowitz
Mayer Alter Horowitz
Shayna Frankel
Naftoli Horowitz
Toby Geldzahler
Wife 2 Yehudis

Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz (known as the Bostoner Rebbe, born July 3, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, died December 5, 2009 in Jerusalem, Israel)[1] was a Hasidic rebbe.


File:Bostoner Rebbe LYH at age 4.jpg

Reb Levi Yitzchak parents were Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid Horowitz and Rebbitzen Sora Sosha Horowitz. His father, founder of the Boston Hasidic dynasty, died in November 1941. In 1942, shortly after his father's death, he married Rachel Unger Leifer of Cleveland, Ohio[2][3], a descendant of Reb Naftoli Ropshitzer.

Communal activism

In 1943, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz was one of the four hundred-plus rabbis led by Rabbi Baruch Korff who traveled to Washington, D.C. just before Yom Kippur, to plead with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to rescue Jews from Hitler.[4]

In 1944, upon becoming the first American-born chasidic rebbe, he announced that his primary thrust as rebbe would be aimed at the area's large number of college students, many of whom were away from home and in a perfect position to partake of all that he felt the New England Chassidic Center could offer them. Many tried to dissuade him, saying that chasidus and college did not and could not mix, but the Rebbe persevered and was personally responsible for returning many hundreds of students at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to their Jewish roots.

In 1984, the Rebbe made a decision to create a Chassidic community in Har Nof, Jerusalem, Israel. In 1999, an additional community was established in Beitar, for the next generation of Bostoner Chassidim.

The Rebbe served as a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel of Israel.

The Rebbe suffered a cardiac arrest on July 6, 2009, and hospitalized in the Sharei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem[5]. He died at the Sharei Tzedek Medical Center, on Saturday, December 5, 2009 (Shabbat Vayishlach). He was buried the same night on the Mount of Olives.[6]. The Boston Globe carried a comprehensive obituary on December 24, 2009 [7]



  1. Ronen, Gil (5 December 2009). "Bostoner Rebbe Passes Away at 88". Arutz Sheva (Israel). Retrieved 5 December 2009. "The Bostoner Rebbe, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, passed away at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem on Sabbath" 
  2. The Bostoner Rebbetzin
  3. Raichel Horowitz
  4. International Jerusalem Post, January 19-25, 2007, Page 19
  5. Thousands Daven for the Bostoner's Rebbe Refuah. Yeshivaworld.
  6. Bostoner Rebbe Levi Yitzhak Horowitz dies at 88. Jerusalem Post, December 6, 2009.
  7. Boston Globe obituary - December 24, 2009

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