Rebbetzin Leah Preschel a”h


On Sunday, the levaya of Rebbetzin Leah Preschel a”h was held at the Beth Solomon Synagogue and Community Center, home of the Philadelphia Russian Kollel. Rebbetzin Preschel was the wife of the rosh kollel, Rav Chaggai Preschel.

The rebbetzin was a daughter of Rav Chaim Grozovsky zt”lrosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Reuven, and a granddaughter of Rav Reuven Grozovsky zt”lrosh yeshiva of Kamenitz, Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon.

The rebbetzin was an isha chashuva who inspired scores of people to greater observance of Yiddishkeit through decades of kiruv and spreading Torah with mesirus nefesh together with her husband, Rav Chaggai, a great talmid chochom who served as rosh kollel and dayan in both Yerushalayim and Moscow before moving to Philadelphia.

Rebbetzin Preschel spent many years in Moscow with her husband as an active rebbetzin, reaching out to women of all levels of observance. Several years ago, the Preschels moved to Philadelphia, where Rav Chaggai became rosh kollel of Congregation Beth Sholom’s kollel, a kollel comprised of American and Russian yungeleit. The rebbetzinsuffered much during her years of illness, yet managed to accomplish extensively on behalf of the community.

She leaves behind a wonderful Torah family, following in the path that she and her husband paved for them. She is survived by her husband, Rav Chaggai Preschel; her mother, Rebbetzin Feige Grozovsky-Ginsberg; her siblings, Rav Boruch Ber Grozovsky, Mrs. Chaya Sara Altusky, Mrs. Devorah Berenbaum, Mrs. Rochel Lichtenstein and Mrs. Avigail Fensterheim; and her children, Yehuda Preschel, Moshe Preschel, Dovid Preschel, Chaim Preschel, Shaindy Preschel, Chaya Sarah Preschel, and Bracha Preschel.

The family is sitting shivah at 125 11th Street, between Monmouth and Lexington Avenues, in Lakewood, NJ, until Sunday morning. Rabbi Preschel and his children are sitting shivah in Israel until Thursday. Starting Friday, Rabbi Preschel and his children will be sitting shivah at 356 Tomlinson Terrace in Philadelphia, PA.


Yehi zichroh boruch.



  1. You left out her brother in E”Y Rav Yisroel Leizer Grozovsky.
    Leah was the most humble person and never allowed herself to be called Rebbetzin, even though she fully deserved the title any way you look at it. She never had her nose up in the air. Her attitude was non-judgemental; she was completely accepting and loving of every Yid as s/he was. Leah saw the positive in every person and situation. She had a light-hearted air about her even when in pain. Her can-do attitude was inspiring. She was full of creativity, joy, fun and life, doing what she knew was right without caring what others would say. “Rebbetzin Pam” – Leah would not have wanted her picture posted in public. We who were zocheh to know her will have her picture forever etched in our hearts. For those who did not, a picture would be meaningless. Let’s just try to follow her example and be humble, happy, loving, non-judgemental people.


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