Rabbi Leopold Friedman Dies at 68

Services were held in Brooklyn yesterday for Rabbi Leopold Friedman, a hasidic leader, who died Saturday at the age of 68. Born in Sevlus, Czechoslovakia, Rabbi Friedman came to the United States in 1948 and established the hasidic educational system in this country, including free-loan societies for Orthodox Jews and all-night medical clinics in Brooklyn’s Orthodox sections. He was a head of Congregation Yetev Lev and of the Talmudical Academy, and was president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg.

Rabbi Friedman, who before World War II was a bank director in Czechoslovakia and then a disciple of Grand Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum of Jerusalem, was incarcerated in Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps during the war. His first wife died in one of the camps. Mayor John V. Lindsay was one of more than 10,000 mourners who attended the services for Rabbi Friedman.

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