Herschel LeibowitzRabbi emeritusRabbi Herschel Leibowitz...


November 08, 1993

Herschel Leibowitz

Rabbi emeritus

Rabbi Herschel Leibowitz of Pikesville, rabbi emeritus of Greenspring Valley Synagogue, died of heart failure yesterday at Sinai Hospital. He was 73.

He was rabbi of Greenspring Valley Synagogue from 1958 until his retirement in 1985.

"He was known for his interpretations of the Talmud and for his marvelous sermons," which emphasized tolerance, said Dr. Morris Steinberg, a member of the synagogue who was Rabbi Leibowitz's personal physician and close friend for many years. "Everybody loved him."

Rabbi Leibowitz was a former president of the Eastern Seaboard Region of the Rabbinical Council of America.

The Union of Jewish Orthodox Congregations of America

presented Rabbi Leibowitz with its first Rabbinic Leadership Award for his work on behalf of orthodoxy in general and youth in particular.

Rabbi Leibowitz was also a former president of the Vaad Harabonim of Baltimore, a local rabbinical council, and a longtime member of the Baltimore branch of the Religious Zionists of America.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, he came to the United States in 1936, at the age of 16, to study at the Ner Israel Yeshiva in Baltimore. He became a U.S. citizen in 1940.

He was ordained as a rabbi in 1944, and from 1946 to 1958 was rabbi of the old Lubawitz Nusach Ari Synagogue in Baltimore.

Rabbi Leibowitz's first wife, the former Nachoma Rabinowitz, died in 1981.

Surviving are his wife of almost 11 years, the former Ruth Heiffer Spiegel; a son, David Leibowitz of Chicago; his daughter and son-in-law, Rabbis Shoni Labowitz Philip Labowitz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a stepson, Alan Spiegel of Jerusalem; two stepdaughters, Brenda Winkler-Feld of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sharon Bennett of Baltimore; and 22 grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Ner Tamid Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Road.

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