Hasidim from Timisoara (Temeswarer Hassidim)

Adherents of Hasidism Nadvorna

Hasidim from Timişoara are followers of Hasvism Nadvorna, from Bucovina, the branch of the admor‘s (Admor - Adoneinu Moreinu V'Rabeinu - means "our master, teacher and rabbi") from Premiszlan - Nadvorna - Timisoara, from the Leifer family.

Nadvorna - Timisoara is a branch of the third generation of the hasidic rabbinic dynasty from Nadvorna that was founded by Nadvorner Rebbe, Mordehai Leifer (1824-1884). Leifer (1824-1884).

The founder of the Timisoara branch was Rabbi Aharon Arie Leib (Leopold) Leifer “Temeswarer Rebbe”, who died in 1963, who was the son of Rabbi Yehiel of Mihalovitz (Michalovce) and the son-in-law of Rabbi Eliezer Elimeleh Waldman of Bardejov (Slovakia). He was at the head of a small Hasidic community in Timisoara between the two world wars. He had a beit midrash - a house of prayer and teaching in the Fabric neighborhood. He and his brother Levi Itzhak, who had settled in Arad, admor‘s of Nadvorna-Arad, were the only ones of the rabbis, sons of Mihalovitzer Rebbe, who survived the Holocaust.

After World War II, Rabbi Aharon Arie Leifer emigrated to Israel. He set up his own Hasidic center in Jerusalem. He died in 1963, according to the Jewish calendar, on 12 Nisan 5723.

The sons of Aharon Arie Leib Leifer: Yosef, Yehiel, Meshulam Zalman and Levi Itzhak.

  • ⦁ Yossef Leifer „Temeswarer” (1920 – 2002), the eldest son, he also came to Israel to visit Petah Tikva and founded the community of Nadvorna - Petah Tikva. He then moved to Bnei Brak, keeping the name Nadvorna - Petah Tikva. Beit Midrash of his congregation is located on Kotler Street in Bnei Brak. One of his sons, Haim Leifer, Temeswarer Rebbe of Bnei Brak, became famous for his sermons. She is the son-in-law of Rabbi Yehiel Michel Michalowitz, admor of Zloczow.
  • ⦁ Yehiel Leifer „Temeswarer” (March 13, 1931 - February 4, 2010) he took over his father's beit midrash in Jerusalem, Hagay Street, after his death. He later sold it and moved to another beit midrash, on Ezra Street. His wife was Țipora, the daughter of Rabbi Nahman Papirna (Driver). Rabbi Yehiel Leifer's son-in-law is Moshe Kahn, the leader of the Toldot Aharon ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem.

The son of Rabbi Yehiel Leifer of Jerusalem is Rabbi Yehoshua Leifer, born in 1957, more tzedek in the Skvira and Monsey neighborhoods of New York, president and founder of the Talmudic Institute and the Oz veHadar Publishing House in Jerusalem, considered one of the largest beit midrash (house of prayer) in the world. He is the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Neishloss of Skvira, New York.

  • ⦁ Meshulam Zalman Leifer (died in 1987) he led the Hasidic community in Timisoara, then emigrated to the U.S., where he led the Temeswar-Brooklyn Hasidic community. He was the son-in-law of Rabbi Levi Itzhak Leifer from Arad. His sons are Rabbi Yehuda Leifer, admor of Temeswar-Antwerp in Belgium, Issachar Ber, admor of Temeswar-New York, Tzvi, admor of Temeswar-London and Haim, who lives and works in Elad, Israel, where he leads Beit Midrash Temeswarer - Elad
  • ⦁ Levi Itzhak Leifer of Temeswar-Jerusalem (1929 - 1999) was a disciple of Rabbi Yona (Jonas) Weinberger from Timisoara, survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Israel, where he taught at Kolel Emek Halaha in Jerusalem.

In New York in Borough Park there is currently a beit midrash Beer Moshe of the Temeswar / Temeshvar Hasidim.


  • ⦁ Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Jewish Temeshvar endures in my Machberes, The Jewish Press http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/my-machberes/my-machberes-45/2012/11/29/2/?print
  • ⦁ Nadvorna Hassidic dynasty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadvorna_(Hasidic_dynasty)
  • ⦁ Temeswar Rebbe in the Hebrew wikipedia
  • ⦁ Baruch Tercatin, Lucian Zeev Herscovici, Rabbinic presences in the Romanian perimeter of the XVI-XXI century. Hasefer, Bucharest 2008