FOUND! 1947 Photograph of Klausenberger Rebbe’s Talmidim by R. Yair Hoffman


by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times

The Klausenberger Rebbe zatzal was a remarkable individual who started a Yeshiva in Williamsburg called, “Sheiris HaPleitah” – for those young men who had lost everything in the holocaust. People came to hear him in the DP camps,a nd they learned with him when the boat strike occurred at Bremen Harbor. Indeed, even on the boat ride from Bremen Harbor to New York City – he recruited people to come to his Yeshiva. The Klausenberger Rebbe helped rebuild a lost world.

In the above photograph taken in 1946 or close to it- there are 27 young men – many of whom ended up earning in the Yeshiva on South Fifth Street in Williamsburg. They are numbered and research is being done to identify who they are, and what happened to them.

If anyone has any additional information, please contact the author below.

A group of people came from Ner Yisroel in Baltimore. When the group of boys came from Ner Yisroel, a photographer took the picture.

#1 Refoel Sempolinsky z”l, originally from Holland and remained in Klausenberg
#2 is Yidel Brisk z”l – He worked for Kalusenberg and teh Pupa Yeshiva. he also helped Laniado hospital
#3 Chaim Alter Roth z”l – went into real estate. One son is close to the Klausenberger Rebbe in Eretz Yisroel, another son is in Monsey
#4 is Moshe Rubin who later dedicated Machon Rubin Maarava (Rav Boruch Chait’s yeshiva) in memory of his parents
#5 is Isaac Waldman
#6 has been identified as either Yidel Frankel or Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Spira born Purim Kotton 5681 – passed away 13 Tishrei 5773.
#7 is Binyomin Hirsch Berkowitz z”l, a Rebbe in Klausenberg and Satmar. he lived in Kiryas Yoel
#8 is Yankel Moskowitz z”l who owned a shoe store in Boro Park
# 9 is Reb Aharon Shia Nussenzweig From Williamsburg- Union City NJ (niftar Elul 5776)
#10 is Kalman Eidlis z”l he was in the food business
#11 is Yaakov Mordechai Margaretten z”l
#13 is Rabbi Shea Brisk shlita
#18 Mendel Fliegman z”l – he was a Kohain
#19 is Leib Ber Pollack, living in Williamsburg
#23 Moishe Apter – He was a mashgiach in Mount Sinai hospital
#25 Sender Feig z”l – he was in a business
#26 is Rav menashe Klein’s brother, Hershel. he had a fish store in Williamsburg
#27 is someone named Shimshon Goldstein – father of the owner of B&H Photo
#28 Mendel Shteinmetz z”l – he was in diamonds