Skverer Rebbe to Arrive in Williamsburg Today for Week-Long Visit


skverer-rebbeThe Skverer Rebbe, Rav Dovid Twersky, is scheduled to arrive in Williamsburg today and will return to New Square next Thursday. From the time of his arrival, through Shabbos, the Rebbe will be hosted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Shraga Feivel Hoffman on Bedford Avenue. From Sunday, November 15, thru Thursday, November 19, the Rebbe will be at his Williamsburg quarters on Bedford Avenue. This is the house where the Rebbe’s father lived before he established New Square.

The Rebbe’s Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah schedule is as follows: Tefillos and tish will be held in the main ballroom of the Rose Castle at 380 Flushing Avenue. Erev Shabbos Minchah will begins at 5:15 p.m. and tish at 9:30. Shabbos Shacharis is at 10:00 a.m., tish at 3:15 p.m., Minchah and seudah shlishis at 4:15 and the Rebbe’s seudah shlishis tish at 5:15, and Maariv at 7:30 p.m. After Havdalah, there will be a grand torch-lit procession along Bedford Avenue, to escort the Rebbe back to the Hoffman home.

Skverer History

New Square is the English-version name of Skvira, a village in the Ukraine, where today’s Skverer Rebbe’s ancestors reigned. The Upstate New Square community was launched in 1957 when approximately 20 Skverer families moved from Williamsburg onto a 130-acre former farm in North Spring Valley, under the leadership of the previous Skverer Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Yosef Twersky zt”l, who arrived in the United States in 1950. Before the end of its first year, almost 40 families resided in New Square.

In 1961, New Square became the first village in New York State to be governed by a religious group. Over the years, incremental annexations of bordering properties have increased its size. New Square’s population, according to the 2000 Census, impressively increased 77.5 percent between 1990 and 2000.

New Square’s success motivated other Chassidishe groups to plan and build their own versions of a Chassidishe community outside the maelstrom of America’s large cities. Notably Kasho, Nitra, Pupa, Satmar, Tash, and Vishnitz have established  Chassidishe communities away from big metropolitan areas.

Skver Today

The community in New Square, Spring Valley, is populated exclusively by chassidim, almost all Skver, who wish to maintain a Chassidishe lifestyle insulated from outside secular influences. The village is substantially self‑sustained with its own businesses and shopping areas, primary and secondary schools, schools of higher religious education, as well as community, religious, and charitable organizations. The village is essentially one community with a large bais medrash serving its entire population.

2006: Homowack Hotel, Spring Glen, N.Y.

In December of 2006, the Skverer community purchased 408 acres in the Town of Mamakating for $6 million dollars, including the old Homowack Lodge and surrounding property in Spring Glen, N.Y., with the intention of establishing a Chassidishe year‑round community there. Shabbos Parshas Beshalach, February 2‑3, 2006, the Skverer community gathered its then almost-200 yeshiva rabbeim at the Homowack for an exhilarating Shabbos with Rav Yitzchok Twersky, son of the Skverer Rebbe.

Since then, the facility served as the Skverer girls’ summer camp. During this past summer, due to the deteriorating conditions of the aging facility, local safety authorities had it closed.

After six years of intense effort, a parcel of land, consisting of 12- and-a-half acres of State land, immediately adjacent to New Square, was put on the auction block. Representatives of the Skverer community participated in the bidding process and submitted the winning bid. With the successful bid, the growing population of New Square will expand to its northeast, extending from Reagan Road to Garfield Drive, opening new streets and allow building new homes.

Rabbi Dovid Twersky, the current Skverer Rebbe, was born in 1940. In 1958, he married Rebbetzin Chana, born in 1943, eldest daughter of Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager, Bnei Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe. Their children are: Rav Aaron Menachem Mendel Twersky, born in 1962, married in 1980 to Rebbetzin Chava Reizel, daughter of Rav Mordechai Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe (the Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe is a son-in-law of Rav Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899‑1968), late Skverer Rebbe: Thus, he is a brother‑in‑law, an uncle by marriage, and a mechuten to today’s Skverer Rebbe); Rav Yitzchok Itzik Twersky, born in 1963, married in 1981 to Rebbetzin Malka, daughter of Rav Yisroel Hager and granddaughter of Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager, Bnei Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe; Rebbetzin Hinda Twersky, married in 1982 to Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Twersky, son of Rav Chaim Yitzchok Twersky, Rachmestrivka Rebbe in Boro Park; Rebbetzin Tzipora, born in 1965, married in 1983 to Rav Eliezer Goldman, son of Rav Yaakov Goldman, scion of the Zvhiler Chassidishe dynasty.

Rebbetzin Tzima Mirrel, born in 1969, married in 1987 to Rav  Yaakov Yosef Hager, son of Rav Yisroel Hager, Vishnitzer Ravin Monsey, and grandson of Rav Mordechai Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe; Rav Yaakov Yosef, born in 1973, married in 1992 to Rebbetzin Chana Yenty, daughter of Rav Yeshaya Twersky, Chernobler Rebbe in Boro Park; and Rav Chaim Meir, born in 1981, married in 2000 to Rebbetzin Rochel Dinah, daughter of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Halberstam and granddaughter of Rav Moshe Halberstam, Kiviashder Rebbe in Williamsburg.

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