Petirah of Rabbi Elkuna Schwartz Z”L

We regret to inform you of the Petirah of Rabbi Elkuna Schwartz Z”L.

For over forty-five years, Rabbi Schwartz has been a bedrock of Orthodox Jewish life in Prospect Heights. A native New Yorker from Manhattan’s lower East side and Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Torah scholar Rabbi Elkanah Schwartz began his Torah education at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, eventually resulting in S’micha Ordination from that institution. Formerly Assistant Editor of Jewish Life Magazine, published by the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Schwartz is a published author of short stories (American Life: Shtetl Style, Stories & Sketches, 1967). A graduate of Brooklyn College, Rabbi Schwartz pursued graduate studies at New York University’s Graduate School of Public Affairs and served as Assistant to Deputy Mayor Herman Badillo in the 1970s.

Read more about Rabbi Schwartz here.

Reb Elkuna Z”L is the father of Reb Moshe Aron of Lakewood, and Mrs. Leah Raizel Peres. He was in his eighties.

The Levaya is scheduled to take place at 3:00 PM today at the Wellwood Cemetery in Long Island.

Shiva information will be published when confirmed.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.

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  1. Harav Schwartz was the Rov of a shul in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn for over 40 years. He was a talented writer whose articles appeared in major Jewish publications.

  2. Rabbi Schwartz, an extraordinary individual, flourished in the heart of America during a time when Yiddishkeit faced challenges. Against the prevailing currents, he not only embodied the essence of a mensch par excellence but also distinguished himself as a Talmud Chacham, deeply versed in the intricacies of Halacha Jewish history and tradition. His journey laid the foundation for a remarkable legacy, as he was blessed with a family of exceptional children and grandchildren who continue to honor and perpetuate his profound wisdom and unique traditions.

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