Zvi Elimelech Halberstam

Zvi Elimelech Halberstam (born 1952) is the present Sanz Rebbe of Netanya, Israel. He is also known as the Sanzer Rebbe. He is the eldest son of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam, the first Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, who in his will divided the leadership of the Klausenburger Hasidim between his two sons, Rabbi Zvi Elimelech and Rabbi Shmuel Dovid (the present Sanz-Klausenburger Rebbe of Brooklyn).[1] He holds his court in the Kiryat Sanz, Netanya neighborhood founded by his father.

Zvi Elimelech Halberstam
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TitleSanz-Klausenburger Rebbe
of Netanya, Israel
Zvi Elimelech Halberstam

  • Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam (father)
  • Chaya Nechama Ungar (mother)
Jewish leader
PredecessorYekusiel Yehudah Halberstam


Halberstam was a child of his father's second marriage in 1947 to Chaya Nechama Ungar, the orphaned daughter of the Nitra Rav, Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Ungar.[2] This marriage produced two sons — Rabbi Zvi Elimelech and Rabbi Shmuel Dovid — and five daughters.


Upon his father's death in 1994, Rabbi Zvi Elimelech became the spiritual leader of the Sanz community in Israel. He is responsible for the Sanz Torah and chessed organizations in Netanya, Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Petah Tikva, Haifa, Safed, Ashdod, Modiin, Beitar Illit, and Elad.[3] and in borough park, Williamsburg, Monsey and Lakewood. He is also directly responsible for all the institutions built by his father in Israel, including Laniado Hospital, where he serves as president.[4]

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  1. ^ "Union City, NJ - Arson Investigation Into Chasidic Girls School Continues". vosizneias.com. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  2. ^ Landesman, Yeruchem. The Wedding that Changed Despair to Hope. Mishpacha, 11 November 2009, pp. 30-34.
  3. ^ Tannenbaum, Rabbi Gershon (12 December 2007). "Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe's Anticipated Visit". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  4. ^ Feinberg, Linda (23 November 2002). "Snatching Lives from the Angel of Death: Laniado Hospital refuses to give up hope". aish.com. Retrieved 25 December 2010.

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