Saturday, October 22, 2005

Passing of a Great: R' Naftali Neuberger



The entire Jewish world mourns the irreplaceable loss of Rabbi Naftali Neuberger, zecher tzadick levracha, who passed away this Shabbos Chol Hamoed at age 87.

Rabbi Neuberger became the Executive Director of Yeshiva Ner Yisroel of Baltimore, shortly after his brother-in-law Rabbi Yackov Yitzchok Ruderman ZT"L (who also passed away at age 87) founded it.

Known to many as Herman Neuberger, he remained at the helm of the world famous Yeshiva as Director/President for over half a century helping lead it's phenomenal growth- in students and Harbotses HaTorah.

Remarkably he accomplished all with a soft spoken, humble manner that endeared him to everyone.

He is widely acknowledged for his genius at fundraising and cultivating broad Political support.

The present Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Aron Feldman said about him in an old profile with the Baltimore Jewish Times: "He doesn't look for power or prestige. He's a selfless person interested in the welfare of the Jewish people."

When they rated him number #33 of the most powerful people in Baltimore, Baltimore Magazine wrote:
...The Bridge Builder Power Play: Adviser to many of Baltimores most influential leaders. Power Source: Wise, accessible, and morally unimpeachable president of the largest yeshiva campus in the world manages to foster dialogue, both between Jews and non-Jews and among the various sects of the Jewish community. Bottom Line: Sen. Barbara Mikulski told The Jewish Times that she once turned down dinner with Vice President Al Gore to dine with Rabbi Neuberger.

He leaves behind five sons, all active in the Yeshiva, and tens of thousands of talmidim forever grateful for his tremendous leadership.

May his memory be a blessing.

The Levaya is to take place Sunday at two 0'clock by the Yeshiva.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:08 PM

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