Rav Avrohom Yitzchok Garfinkel z”l


candle-small6It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Avrohom Yitzchok Garfinkel z”l. Rav Avrohom Yitzchok was a noted talmid chochom and yorei Shomayim and a rebbi to thousands.

Rav Garfinkel was a rebbi at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva and was the last survivor of Shangai Lubavitch, where he served as rosh yeshiva.

The levaya will take place on Motzoei Shabbos at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, located at 3803 14th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn, at 8 p.m., followed by a stop in Crown Heights en route to JFK Airport for kevurah in Eretz Yisroel.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Shmiel Gellman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. in answer to comment number 1. rabbi garfinkel was the last survivor of the lubavitch shanghai talmidim. we don’t know about mir yeshiva.

  2. There are at least a few still survivors of Lubavitch Shanghai talmidim still living. What about Rav Yosef Wineberg? And a few others?

  3. Last week another Rav from the talmidei tomchei temimim past away after coming to visit Rabbi garfinkel- leaving Rabbi garfinkel the last talmid to pass away.
    Rabbi Garfinkel was given a special Brocha from the previous Rav for Arichus yamim…
    the levaya will take place this evening at 20:00 at har menuchot with many talmidim.

  4. I am taking the time to answer number 6, even though I am getting ready to leave to go to my father’s levaya in a couple 0f hours.
    There were 37 talmidim from Lubavitch who originally came to Shanghai. After a few weeks, 9 of them were given visas from Canada.(Canada gave out 81 entry visas, and 9 of these were given to the Temimim).With a little research, you would have discovered that Rabbi Yosef Wineberg left for Canada by boat. The remaining talmidim (with the exception of Shmuel Lederhandler, who was stuck in Tientsin for the war years)are the ones referred to as the Shanghai Temimim. They were there for about 5 years.
    Please check your facts in the future, before making claims.
    To answer number 3, my father turned 90 over Sukkot of this year. He had been given a brachah of arichus yomim when he had yechidut in warsaw, before leaving for Vilna.