The Sulitza Rebbe, Rav Shmuel Shmelka Rubin zt”l


sulitzer-rebbe-far-rockawayIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of the Sulitza Rebbe of Far Rockaway, Rav Shmuel Shmelka Rubin zt”l.

Born in 1925, the Rebbe was a son of Rav Yaakov Yisroel veYeshurun, who was rov of Sulitza, Romania, and rebbe in Sasregen, who was murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Rebbe’s mother, Rebbetzin Alte Nechama Malka Dachner, was a daughter of Rav Chaim Dachner of Seret.

The Rebbe was a son-in-law of Rav Yissochor Ber Rosenbaum of Stroznitz.

The Rebbe was a brother of the Sasregener Rebbe of Flatbush and, lhbcl”c, the Muzhayer Rebbe of Flatbush, who was niftar in 2008.

Sulitza is one of many offshoots of the Ropshitzer dynasty that were re-established in New York City and Brooklyn after World War II by surviving descendants of Rav Naftali Tzvi Horowitz, the first Ropshitzer Rebbe; others include Beitsh, Dolina, Dombrov, Dzhikov, Melitz, Sasregen, Shotz, Strizhov, Stutchin, and Tseshenov.

The Sulitza Rebbe came to America in 1950 and established his bais medrash in Far Rockaway. The Sulitza Bais Medrash continues to this very day to serve as a powerful beacon of chassidishe radiance for Far Rockaway as well as the Five Towns.

The levaya will take place at 2 p.m. at the Sulitza Bais Medrash , which is located at 612 Beach Ninth Street in Far Rockaway, NY, and the aron will then be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah in Tzefas.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Newscenter/Photo: Flash 87}


  1. baruch dayan emes. I had the zechus to sometimes be in the background at the Rebbe’s home, and most often there was a counseling session going on in the dining room. The Rebbe truly earned that white beard. I don’t think an army of social workers and dr yoetzes could have carried the burdens that he did. Chaval al deavdi velo mishtakchi.

  2. I did not know the Rebbe zt”l well but he was extremely hospitable to so many people welcoming them into his home and shul and making sure they had places to be nourished physically, emotionally and spiritually with a smile and gevaldige warmth.The chessed and true welcoming and comforting feeling to all Yidden coming from the Sulitzer Beis Medrash is enormous.