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Rebbe Meir Leifer

April 4th, 2012 · 9 Comments

Rebbe Meir Leifer

מאיר ב"ר ישכר בער

Clevelander Rebbe

Date of Death: Wed. April 9, 1941 - Nissan 12 5701

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Cemetery Details
1022 S Downey Road
Los Angeles, CA 90023
United States

Phone: (323) 653-8886
Fax: (323) 654-3917
Contact: Yossi Manela


Cemetery Map:

Notes: The Agudath Achim Cemetery is not located near any of the Jewish neighborhoods in Los Angeles and does not have an on grounds caretaker. Access is 24-hours via the front gate. Combination: 7613 then push latch in.

Directions to Kever: The Agudath Achim Cemetery is not located near any of the Jewish neighborhoods in Los Angeles and does not have an on grounds caretaker. Access is 24-hours via the front gate. Combination: 7613 then push latch in. Location: Northside, Row: 56, Grave: 2, Ohel

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Leifer

Biographical Notes:

Meir Leifer Clevelander Rebbe LA
Photo Caption: Rebbe Meir Leifer, Clevelander Rebbe, Credit: Needed 
Meir Leifer LA
Photo Caption: Rebbe Meir Leifer, Clevelander Rebbe, Credit: Needed 

Leifer Meir LA
Photo Caption: The Jewish Morning Journal, May, 1922
Announcement advertisement the Rebbe’s Matzo bakery:
Leifer Meir LA 2

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: KCSY

Tags: Admorim · California · Los Angeles, CA · Nadvorna

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike Halber // Mar 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    The Cleveolander Rebbe came to the USA in 1922 he autored the Oros Hameirim

  • 2 Ayin BiWikipedia // Apr 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    The Cleveland Hasidic dynasty currently located in Williamsburg, New York, was founded by Grand Rabbi Meir Leifer, who died in Los Angeles, California in 1941. The first Clevelander Rebbe was the author of Oros Hameirim, Likitei Amorim, and Hakufes Nadvorne. He was a scion of the Nadvorna Hasidic dynasty. He also was a disciple of Rabbi Moshe Greenwald of Chust, author of Arugas Habosem. He founded the current synagogue in Williamsburg in 1934 after he moved there from Cleveland, Ohio, making it currently the oldest Hasidic dynasty in Wiliamsburg. Reb Meir came to USA in 1922, and settled in Cleveland where he was the first rabbi of Congregation Bnei Yaakov Anshei Marmorish (currently known as the Green Road Synagogue Beis Ha Knesseth Shearis Hapleita Bnei Yaakov Kehilas Marmorsh) and later he founded the congregations Shomrei Shabbos, and Shomer Hadass Yisroel. Prior to living in the USA, Reb Meir lived in Budapest, Hungary, where he led a large following.
    Reb Meir was succeeded by his son-in-law, Grand Rabbi Usher Mordechai Rosenbaum, author of Sifsei Riem, and Amoirois Tehoirois. In 1962 Reb Usher Mordechai founded the Clevelander yeshiva under the name of Yeshivas Bnei Mordechai. In 1981 the yeshiva was renamed Yeshivas Bnei Yisachar Ber. Reb Usher Mordechai also founded a kollel under the name of Kollel Yad Issumer. Reb Usher Mordechai died in 1991; he was succeeded by his son, the present Clevelander Rebbe, Grand Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Rosenbaum.

  • 3 Shmuel // Apr 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    The Cleveland/Ranana Rebbe, Rabbi Isaac Rosenbaum is a son of the late Stroznhitzer Rebbe. His grandfather was Rabbi Issamar of Nadvorna whom I believe they called the Nadvorna Zaida. Among his brothers was the Mashlo Rebbe ZY”A, and the Kalish, and Sulitzer Rebbes

  • 4 S botchy // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Sulitzer Rebbe is a brother-in-law, not a brother to the Cleveland/Ranana Rebbe, and son-in-law to Rabbi Yisachar Ber of Strozhnitz

  • 5 Tattale // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

    R’ Asher Mordchai Z”l clevlander Rebbe was also a brother. In other words, R’ Yissocher Ber Of Stroznitz Z”l had 4 sons:
    1) R’ Asher Mordchai Z”l who succeeded his father in law of Cleveland
    2) R’ Meir of Moshlo Z”l
    3) R’ Yitzchok Isaac Of Clevland-Ranaana/Israel
    4) R’ Yosef Of Kaslish Shlit”a
    Also a daughter The wife of the Sulitzer Rebbe

  • 6 avremele // Jun 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The Strozhnitzer Rebbe was a son-in-law of his Great Uncle Rav Yisocher Ber The Nadvorna Rebbe of Satmar. Thus, the Cleveland/Ranana Rebbe was a nephew of Rav Meir. Though I don’t think he moved to Cleveland because of this connection.

  • 7 doodle // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Today was the Clevelander Rebbes yartzeit, I wonder if anyone is going to the kever tomorrow? Also does anyone know of any stories about him?

  • 8 doodle // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:12 am

    On the blog circustent I came up with this “Nesanel Dovid said…
    Ah, BOTH are the Clevelander Rebbe. OK. My grandfather, who lived in Cleveland (born there in 1899) knew the Rebbe and help him during the Prohibition in making, selling & transporting Ritual Wine (& sometimes something a little stronger). Grampa spent a night in jail for his efforts.”
    Any more info sounds interesting.

  • 9 Doodle // Apr 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    75 years ago on the 12th of Nissan, the Clevelander rebbe was niftar here in Los Angeles. He was a grandson of the renowned צדיק and בעל מופת the Rebbe Reb Mordechai of Nadvorna.

    The Clevelander Rebbe was one of the first Rebbe’s to have lived in LA, he was a tremendous tzadik. In his will, he specified that he be buried in the city where he is Niftar.

    He’s buried at a Agudas Achim right here in the Los Angeles. For the last 10 years the Los Angeles community has had the merit to make a minyan at his grave on his יאהרצייט YAHRTZEIT. This year it falls out on Wednesday, April 20. The minyan will commence at 10:00 am. May the merit of the tzadik protect over the entire city.


    Agudas Achim cemetery on 1022 S. Downey Rd.

    The Nadvorna-Clevelander Rebbe’s stepdaughter Raichel Horowitz (the late Bostoner Rebbetzin), frequently said that her stepfather’s honesty and integrity made such a powerful impression on her, that even decades later, telling a “white lie” for the sake of diplomacy caused her discomfort. He was well known for always having a house full of guests, bringing home anyone in need. He used to tell his Rebbetzin, “I do not enjoy eating a meal unless I can share the meal with others”.

    People used to come to him for advice and blessings. Many times when miraculous results transpired, he would humbly say “people need a bracha, and Hashem has rachmanus (mercy). The brachos come true because Hashem wants to help people, not because of me”.

    He passed away at the age of 60, and according to his wishes he was interred in the city in which his life ended.

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