Rav Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l


rav-gershon-yankelewitz1It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l, senior rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon in New York City.

Born in Lubcza, Poland in 1909, Rav Yankelewitz studied in the Radin Yeshiva under the Chofetz Chaim until the latter’s petirah. He then joined the Mir Yeshiva, before being forced to flee from the Nazis at the start of World War II. He fled with the yeshiva to Kobe, Japan, before eventually settling in Shanghai, China, where the yeshiva remained until 1947. He was a talmid muvhak of Rav Yerucham Levovitz zt”l, the Mirrer mashgiach. He was one of the last remaining original Alter Mirrers.

Rav Yankelewitz was appointed as a rosh yeshiva at RIETS and was embraced by his fellow talmidei chachomim and by his hundreds of talmidim. He gave a daily shiur at RIETS for semichah and college students for nearly 60 years.

Rav Yankelewitz’s rebbetzin, Bluma, passed away in April 2010.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. at the Yeshiva University Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study Glueck Bais Medrash, located at 515 West 185th Street in New York.

The aron will then be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. There will be a levaya at 10:AM in Bais Medrash Chayei Oilam Monsey (Rav Yankel Yankelowitz’s Bais Medrash) Francis Rd. corner of Morris Rd.

  2. Levaya in Eretz Yisrael will be at The Mir in Yerushalayim, Tomorrow afternoon Thursday, August 21st at 2:45pm (Israel Time). Kevura will follow at Har Hamenuchos.