First Yahrtzeit of Leiby Kletzky z”l


leiby-kletzkyLeiby Kletzky’s countenance remains etched in the hearts of Yidden across the globe, who will never forget the saga of last summer, when the news of his tragic petirah became known.

Today, 11 Tammuz, is twelve months since his passing.

One month ago, a matzeivah was erected at the site of his kever at the Washington Cemetery in Deans, NJ.Leiby’s father, Reb Nachman Kletzky, accompanied by his rov, Rav Binyomin Eisenberger, mara d’asra of Khal Heichal HaTefillah of Boro Park, led a group of about 25 men to the kever, where Tehillim was said and Keil Molei Rachamim was recited.

The matzeivah – with an acrostic identifying him by his name, Yehudah ben Nachman – describes Leiby as a “yeled nechmad vena’im yorei vetomim,” calling him a “korban tzibbur” and describing how all of Klal Yisroel was moved totefillah and teshuvah as a result of his heartbreaking petirah.

May Leiby’s neshamah continue to have an aliyah, and may Reb Nachman and Itta Kletzky, along with their children and extended family, have a nechamah.

Hamakom yeracheim eleim veyotzi’eim mitzarah lirvacha umei’afeilah le’orah.

The following message from Reb Nachman and Itta Kletzky was provided to

A year has passed since the tragic death of our dear son Leiby. With the approach of the first anniversary of his death on July 1st, comes deep reflection upon an innocent life cut so short. The pain surrounding our loss is more tangible than ever, as we vividly recall the final agonizing moments of Leiby’s short lifetime. With his yahrtzeit upon us, the struggle to comprehend and cope with this tragedy gets increasingly stronger. The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund was formed as a way to bring solace to all and ensure his memory would live on. The Fund is dedicated to helping families that are facing medical, tragic, or other urgent crises.

Leiby Kletzky Camp Fund, a division of the Memorial Fund was organized to protect children from abusive homes. Children that come from abusive or troubled homes are often neglected and forced to fend for themselves. These children are confused and distressed, not knowing a carefree youth or feeling the affection of someone close. They face a constant threat of danger, at the place they call home and at the hands of the very people who are supposed to love and protect them. For these unfortunate children, summer camp is a safe haven – a desperately needed respite. For these children camp is not a luxury, but an absolute necessity that literally changes their lives.

For these kids, summer vacation isn’t just freedom from school, homework and tests.
It is freedom from abuse, isolation and neglect. These children are provided for with care, affection, and fun, that unlike most children, they don’t experience all year long. The Leiby Kletzky Camp Fund provides these children with clothing, shoes, bedding – whatever they lack – due to a lifetime of deprivation. The benefits of summer camp last a lifetime and are means by which these children can learn and grow.

Leiby was a little boy too innocent to be aware of any danger, and we lost him in a manner so beyond our control and one that we were so helpless to prevent. But we are very aware of youths in troubled homes and the lurking dangers they face. We can can rescue them! We are in a position to help prevent them from suffering a tragic fate. But we desperately need your help.

Summer camps are not subsidized by government aid, so it is critical that each and every one of us reaches out to support this cause. We appeal to your generosity for the sake of these innocent, precious children. In the merit of protecting our less fortunate young ones, may G-d bless you with good health and tidings and may your children bring you pride and joy always.

Donations to the Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund may be mailed to Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund, 5225 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11219, or called into 718.438.3809.

{Casriel Newscenter}


  1. anyone remember what the wake-up call of the Kletzky tragedy was?

    During the month of june 2011-over the time of 2 weeks-3 tzaddikim, from 3 different corners of the world left to the Olam Haemes (true world) & they’re names were Harav Yitzchok Dov Koppelman ZT”L from Europe, Harav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz ZT”L from Eretz Yisroel & Harav Chaim Stein ZT”L from the U.S.A. When a tragedy like this strikes the world everyone is asking what is the message from Hashem?. The RAMCHAL in Sefer Derech Hashem quotes, when klal yisroel is in a state of Sinning R”L, suffering & pain may be imposed upon a tzaddik as an atonement for his entire generation. In doing so the Tzaddik is raised to a level of leadership in Gan eden. When THREE tzaddikim are niftar in a matter of two weeks, Hashem is already on the level of begging klal yisroel to just start Teshuva & show a sign of remorse & repentance so that it does not need to continue Chas V’shalom on to a fourth tzaddik. Then These 3 Tzaddikim (above) were not enough. so this time Hashem sent a DIFFERENT KIND of tzaddik-a boy at the age of 8 R”L who has not sinned yet-to wake us all up to come to teshuva & STOP KEEP ON PUSHING IT OFF. This tragic event-of Leiby Kletzky- brought Achdus (unity) to klal yisroel but it was not enough to bring klal yisroel to confess & start doing teshuva so Hashem took 3 more tzaddikim away to the olam Haemes to wake us up to teshuva- Rabbi Dunner from England, The spinka rebbe of Yerushalyim at the early age of 79 & the next day the Baba Sali’s grandson Rav Elazar Abuchatzeirah was Stabbed to Death by another yid- that makes 7 Tzaddikim niftar in a matter of 5 weeks. will this be enough or will it need to continue? that is up to all of us.


  2. There’s not a day that passed by this year that I didn’t think about this precious neshomo, a boy I never met.
    al eileh ani bochia…..
    may his neshomo have an aliyah.

  3. Very good idea! Most abusers start off as victims themselves. If that cycle can be broken, it is beneficial to all.
    May the RBS”O help them find some nechama.

  4. Why do you allow “Dovid”, comment#2 to continue with the same drivel time & time again? He seems to be an expert on all the death’s taking place.

  5. #6, I see you hate wake up calls. You want to live in your daled amos and be oblivious to messages from Hashem. Rachmunus