Petira of Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein Zt”l, World-Renowned Educator And Speaker


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YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein, a world famous inspirational and motivational speaker and educator. He was approximately 64-years-old.

As was reported recently on YWN, Tehillim was requested for Rabbi Wallerstein, who was suffering from an illness for the past few years. Sadly, he was Niftar at his Flatbush home at around 5:00AM, Monday morning.

The Niftar had become an icon in the Jewish world, delivering thousands of speeches around the globe.

He had an over-three-decade career in chinuch. A dynamic educator-with his trademark passion, clarity, and love, touched the hearts and souls of thousands of students from all shades of the religious spectrum.

Around 15 years ago, upon grasping a profound paucity in the spiritual and social resources available to today’s Jewish women, Rabbi Wallerstein dared to step out of the box-and founded Ohr Naava, at a time when no comparable center existed.

With his legendary foresight and gumption, the center has since mushroomed into a panoptic umbrella organization, composed of numerous programs addressing the gamut of Jewish women’s needs, including Ateres Naava Seminary, Tiferes Bnos Yisroel Seminary, Ateres Miriam Seminary, Bnot Chaya Academy, Hakaras Hatov Initiative, Ohr Naava Shidduch Initiative, The Yutta Zicherman Crisis Center for Intervention, and the therapeutic Ranch at Bethel.

He is survived by him mother, Charlotte Bunim, his wife Estee, who was a partner in all his endeavors, his five daughters, grandchildren, and the thousands of people whose lives he touched.

The Levaya will be held on Monday at 11:00AM at Ohr Naava, located at Avenue V and East 22 Street.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. ברוך דיין אמת
    What a loss. I learned so much from his lectures.
    He should be a meilits Yosher for all of klal yisroel

  2. BDE
    I don’t know if there is a Neshoma in Klal Yisroel that has not been directly or at least indirectly moved by his sincere speeches and maasim Tovim

    חבל על דאבדין

  3. a few points that we can take away .. bechina vehachai yiten el liboh..
    1.reb zecharia ; to do his type of klal work needs a very “high level” of ahavas yisroel , to look past the ” kan kan” and see mah sheyesh bo

    2.if you see something “DO” something , better one good deed than many krechtz.

    3.the ability to be in a position of power , in dealings many times with vulnerable woman & girls , yet to stay ” tahor” even bemachshavah , to be a yarei shomayim baseser kebagolui.. is mechayaev us all on our level in our daily dealings ( the proof is that haover beseser is nifroen memenu begaluy and the opposite is also true)

    4.nizdachech beyesurim.. may he sit in gan eden and reap the schar .. yehi zichri boruch

    5. may he be a shliach tzibur as he is privy to a overwhelming amount of yidishe struggles

  4. Iyar is known in the Torah as ziv, brilliance. Ziv can stand for זכריה וולרשטיין. The world lost a brilliant tzadik.

  5. terrible news to hit Flatbush in particular and the world in general on this Rosh Chodesh .he was unusual in that he appealed to so many different Yidden.

  6. He’s being buried in Erez Hachayim cemetery, near Beit Shemesh. Yehi Zichro Baruch, his Neshama should have an Aliya abd he should me a Meletz Yosher for us all.