Stories & Memories of Rabbi Hershel Pfeffer

Rabbi Hershel Pfeffer

Rabbi Hershel Pfeffer, sent by the Frierdiker Rebbe to Pittsburgh in the 1940s and was one of the elder Chassidim of the local Chabad community, passed away on Sunday, 20 lyar 5781.

He was 98.

Rabbi Pfeffer was born in 1922 in the Lower East Side. A few years later, his family moved to Brownsville, where he attended Yeshiva Chaim Berlin.

After greeting the Frierdiker Rebbe at the docks upon his arrival in New York, he became a Chabad chossid and in 1941 began studying in 770. Within a few short years, he was sent by the Frierdiker Rebbe to Pittsburgh to teach in the new Yeshiva there. In 1946, he married his beloved wife Rosella (Rivka Hinda Mendlowitz).

Over the years, he served as a shochet, sofer stam and gabbai of the Lubavitch Center in Pittsburgh.

Rabbi Pfeffer was beloved by all who knew him. He lived a full life committed to loving peace and pursuing peace, and he lived with a genuine anticipation of Moshiach.

He was predeceased by his beloved son Chaim Yeshayahu and his dear wife Rosella. He is survived by his daughter Neshi Pfeffer of Pittsburgh, grandchildren Rena and Schneur Plotkin of Crown Heights, and Ari and Leah Sollish of Atlanta, and great-grandchildren.

Life advice from Rabbi Pfeffer:

-Don't consider yourself inferior to anyone, if you have good ideas speak up to make them work.

-Get the most education possible.

-Be patient with children no matter what they do.

Share Your Story

Rabbi Hershel Pfeffer

BM-135 cropped.jpeg
WhatsApp Image 2021-05-02 at 2.39.05 PM.jpeg
04 Pesach 6 - Boat Ride.jpg
32 The Whole Family with Baba & Zydie.jpg
30 Sara Walking with Zydie & Baba.jpg
01 Succos - Sara helps Zydie with Lulav.JPG
61 Zydie & Chaim Shaya.jpg
IMG-20180719-WA0012 -Edited with circle.jpg
Plotkin Bar Mitzvah-ALL PHOTOS-0127.jpg
01 Atlanta - Zydie, Baba, & All the Kids at Delta Museum.JPG
66 Zydie with Sara & Yakov 2.jpg
Zydie & Yakov 1.JPG
loading Processing...