Rav Refoel Yitzchok Schechter zt”l

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refoel-yitzchok-dovid-schechter-smallIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Refoel Yitzchok Schechter zt”l of Lakewood, NJ. Rav Schechter was a noted talmid chochom and rebbi who, approximately eight years ago, became seriously ill. He endured tremendous yissurim during that period, displaying remarkable gevurah as his choshuveh rebbetzin, children and family likewise demonstrated incredible strength and bitachon. Rav Schechter’s pure neshamah returned to the Yeshiva Shel Maalah overnight. He was 51.

rav-refoel-yitzchok-dovid-schechterRav Schechter, prior to his illness, had served as a maggid shiur at Yeshiva Peer Hatorah in Lakewood.

Rav Schechter was a son of Rabbi and Mrs. Herzel Schechter of Yerushalayim. His wife, Mrs. Sora Schechter, a menaheles at Bais Yaakov High School of Lakewood, is a daughter of Rav Chaim Dov Keller, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Telshe-Chicago.

Rav Schechter is survived by his devoted wife, as well as nine children and grandchildren who follow in his ways of chashivus haTorah, hasmodas haTorah, humility and unwavering avodas Hashem. He also leaves behind both his parents and three brothers and three sisters, who are joined by the Lakewood kehillah and Yidden all over the globe who mourn the passing of this ish choshuv, a special individual who touched many people during his lifetime and served as a role model for countless others.

TheĀ levaya will take place at Yeshiva Yesodei Hatorah, located at 2 Yesodei Court in Lakewood, NJ, at 10 a.m. Kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisroel. The levaya in Yerushalayim will take place tomorrow at Rav Dovid Soloveitchik’s yeshiva on Rechov Grossberg at about 1:30 p.m. Kevurah will follow at Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Shmiel Gellman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. right before he got sick he was suppsoed to become a maggid shiur at rabbi rothschild’s yeshiva. then he got ill.
    mi yitein lonu temuraso. what an aveidah. what an aveidah.

  2. Coming from Vine Street, turn on to Oak Street and right before Bais Tova make a left on to Bellinger, and that will take you to Yesodei Hatorah on Yesodei Court.

  3. On a GPS, type in 555 Oak Street which is Bais Tova and then youll be right there and can just follow people. you can also come from the Albert Street side and you would make a right into the complex instead of a left and you’ll pass tigferes bais yaakov before you get to bais tova. coming from vine you will pass schi on your left first on yesodei it is the first building on your left

  4. Yeshiva Yesodei Hatorah is Rav Treff’s yeshiva. Rav Treff is a brother in law of the niftar, his wife is also a daughter of maran harav hagaon rav chaim dov kelley, maran rosh hayeshiva of telshe chaicago

  5. Special neshama, special family. I know Reb Avromie his brother, he was so dedicated, they all were, such choshuve people.

    Reb Hertzel, his father, shines with simcha always

  6. i was his talmid of his from 16 years he gave me advice that still shapes my life till today i will remember him forever probably everything i am today is owed to him may he be a mailitz yosher for all of klal yisroel

  7. My heart goes out to the Schechter Family it was a privalege n a honor to take care of such a man as Rabbi. To Mrs. Schechter I send all of my love n prayers to you n the family for he will sure be miss. Thank you for the oppertunity.sincerely,Melissa


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