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Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twersky

May 4th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twersky

יעקב ישראל ב"ר בן ציון יהודה ליב

Hornisteiple Milwaukee Rebbe

Date of Death: Wed. August 8, 1973 - Av 10 5733

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Beth Hamedrash HaGadol Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, large ohel

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Alternate spellings: Tweski

Biographical Notes:

Twersky 44 Milwaukee
Photo Caption: Rebbe  Yaakov Yisroel TwerskyCredit: Yitz Twersky, Kew Gardens Hills, NY
Twersky Number 37 Hornistaiple
Caption: Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twersky’s grandfather, Rebbe Mordechai Dov of Hornistaiple, d. 1903, Credit: Yitz Twersky, Kew Gardens Hills, NY
Twersky Yaakov
Photo Caption: Newspaper clipping announcing Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twersky arrival on these shores. 

Credit: Yitzchak Fox, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Credit: Yitzchak Fox, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Credit: Yitzchak Fox, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tags: Admorim · Chernobyl · Mystery · Wisconsin

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 walter // Jul 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    He was the son in law of Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam of Bobov Zt”l Hy”d the קדושת ציון

  • 2 curios // Jul 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

    He is the father of all the famous Twerskys (R’ Michel, R’ DR. Avrohom etc.). His grandfather was the Horonsteipeler rav Reb Mordechai Dov (Mottele) was a son-in-law of the Divrei Chaim, and passed away in 1903 . One of his chassidim was R’ Chaim Peretz Kanievsky, who after his wife passed away, on his Rebbe’s advice remarried a young woman, and their son is R’ Yaakov Yisroel (named after the grandfather of R’ Mottele) – the Steipler.

  • 3 Tzedek Yisrael // May 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    There is a mesorah that just before he passed, he told people that people who beseech haShem at his kever will not go unanswered.

    I have personal knowledge of several yeshuot.

  • 4 chicago // Sep 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    His yahrtzeit was a few weeks ago. I daven with his grandson, Rav Efraim Twerski at Kahal Chassdim in Chicago

  • 5 Moshe Escott // Jan 14, 2011 at 1:17 am

    See the following three images:
    The caption for the image at that web site reads:
    “1956: Early Meeting of the Council of Rabbis at Welfare Fund Office. Rabbis: Paul Greenman, David Shapiro, Harry Pastor, David Becker, Louis Swichkow, Israel Feldman, Jay Brickman and Jacob Twerski. Standing: Larry Katz, Bernie Sampson, Harry Plous, Morris Weingrod and Melvin Zaret. “

  • 6 YD Miller // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Nice photo Moshe, Thanks.

    Who is the other bearded Frum Rabbi on the photo, would that be Rabbi Israel Feldman? assuming the caption represents the Rabbis left-to-right.

    If so who was Rabbi Feldman?

  • 7 Moshe Escott // Jan 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    btw – R. Y.Y. Twersky was a member of the Degel HaRabbonim

    No idea re: Rabbi Feldman – I would assume that you are correct about his placement in the picture

    After a quick search it seems that R. Feldman is mentioned in the following articles (search for feldman within)

  • 8 YD Miller // Jan 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Same photo in the book “Jewish Milwaukee”

    There are some othe nice photos there of Milwaukee Jews and rabbis including a nice photo of Rabbi Solomon Schienfeld.

    Rabbi Feldman was the Rav of Cong. Agudas Achim

  • 9 Y Fox // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I have picture of Reb Yaakov Yisroel’s ohel and matzeiva. How can I send them to you? May Hashem bless you for the wonderful work you are doing.

  • 10 Moshe Escott // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    R. Fox – those are some great pictures on your Picasa site! I guess for the moment, people will have to visit the following link to see R. Yaakov Yisroel’s matzeiva:

  • 11 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Amazing! thanks

  • 12 Y Fox // Jul 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The inscription is on the outside of an ohel so its not really a matzeiva, per say. On the inside of the ohel there are just plain wooden boxes over the kevarim and no matzeiva, k’minhag of the old Chernobyl. I also heard a rumor that the Rebbe, zy”a, asked the at they made everything as simple as possible.
    For more pictures of the ohel, etc. go to

  • 13 Y Fox // Aug 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Here are some pictures of the recent yahrtzeit (10 Av), if anyone is interested.

  • 14 blackleibel // Aug 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Very interested. Thank you.

  • 15 Mo. Kennedy // Aug 17, 2011 at 8:20 am


    how can i contact you


  • 16 Y Fox // Aug 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Mo. Kennedy,
    email: or by commenting on

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