Rabbi Chaim Zev (Herbert W.) Bomzer z”l


herbert-bomzerIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Chaim Zev (Herbert W.) Bomzer z”l. Rabbi Bomzer was a longtime member of the Rabbinical Council of America and served for over four decades as rov of the Young Israel of Ocean Parkway, located between Kings Highway and Avenue R in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was 84.

Rabbi Bomzer received semichah from Rav Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik and Rav Moshe Feinstein, and was an expert in geirus, presiding over conversions for more than forty years.

Rabbi Bomzer, in addition to leading his Young Israel shul, was a maggid shiur for many years at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon of Yeshiva University, teaching more than 3,000 talmidim over the course of 50 years.

Rabbi Bomzer also served as a chaplain for the New York City Department of Corrections at Rikers Island.

The levaya took place yesterday at Riverside Funeral Home in Hewlett, Long Island.

Rabbi Bomzer is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leona Bomzer, and his children, R’ Moshe Bomzer, R’ Gedalia Bomzer, Mrs. Etty Bloom, Mrs. Tzippy Rapps, Mrs. Suri Lewis and Mrs. Esther Sklar.

The family is sitting shivah at l400 Church Avenue, between Carlyle Street and West Broadway, in Cedarhurst.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. A very special and kind person. He was especially nice to all Talmidim of Mirrer Yeshiva who used to come and daven in the Young Israel

  2. Rabbi Bomzer zt”l was a truly great Rav. In addition to his superlative service as a Rav in Flatbush, he was a rosh yeshiva in YU and the leading expert on conversions. He wrote a manual that is literally the textbook for geirus. Modestly and quietly, he was a true giant. The Lubavitcher Rebbe told a ger (convert) of Rabbi Bomzer that he was just as Jewish as the ger. No greater testimony is possible. Boruch Dayan Ha’emes – he will be mist.

  3. I knew Rabbi Bomzer, as a neighbor on the same st as myself and family resided , a fine human being , never to busy to say a few kind words , his friendly smile and intelligent comments always left you in a good frame of mine , the world has lost a good soul , kind and gentile ill miss him .

  4. He was my Rebbe in YUHS-Bklyn(BTA), senior yr. He taught us Makos and we made a siyum on it. In the beginning of the yr, he asked each of us to give a dollar and with the money he bought a Me’eri on Makos and an Acharon (think it was Pnei Yehoshua). He would read from these seforim as he taught. At the end of the yr we had a raffle and I won the Me’eri. I stll cherish it. I became more intersted in learning Gemorah because of him (and because of winning the raffle). Whenever we would listen to his explanations and not take notes, he would warn us – “Don’t rely on your phenominal memory!” (i.e. write it down!) He always “lifted us up”, never talked down to us. Met him many times during the yrs. He walked with a stature. Spoke with dignity. Class A mentch!
    To Rabbi Moshe – thank you so much for bringing me over to see him at the recent chasunah. And of course for hosting me when work brought me to Albany. HaMakom Yenachem Eschem…
    Tears are shed when Tzdikim leave this world.

  5. Rabbi Herbie will be missed by all who knew him. An amazing scholar and very kind and thoughtful man. He spoke from the heart.I feel very honored to say that I was related to him. May he rest in peace.

  6. Rabbi Bomzer was not only the Hebrew principal during my years at BTA, but he was my Rabbi and a friend. He always had a kind word to say to his students, and you sometimes found him on the court shooting a few baskets. He will be missed by all. Z”L.