Harav Avraham Sternbuch, zt”l, former Rosh Yeshivah of Bobov Yeshivah, London, was niftar on Monday. He was 90 years old.
Born in Switzerland, Rav Sternbuch’s father was Harav Yitzchak and his mother, Recha Sternbuch, z”l. His parents were well-known for their hatzalah work during the Holocaust. His maternal grandfather was Harav Mordechai Rottenberg, zt”l Hy”d, Av Beis Din of Antwerp before the Holocaust.
Growing up in Switzerland, he participated in hosting Harav Steinman, zt”l, when the latter was living alone in Switzerland, and Mrs Sternbuch redt the shidduch with his wife.
He studied in Ponevez Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, where he was a favored talmid of Harav Shmuel Rozovsky, zt”l, the Rosh Yeshivah. He later married the daughter of Harav Raphael Feldman, a Rav in London. They first lived in Yerushalayim, then moved to Switzerland, followed by a number of years in Gateshead. From there, they settled in London, where Harav Sternbuch was appointed Rosh Yeshivah of Bobov Yeshivah, where he educated thousands of talmidim over the years.
He leaves a dor yesharim umevorach; sons and daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren: His son, Harav Eliyahu Chaim Sternbuch, Dayan of the Bobov-45 Yerushalayim kehillah and and Rosh Yeshivat Toras Binyamin in Davos; Harav Yitzchak Sternbuch, head of the Kolishitz Kollel and chairman of Halacha Bria; and his daughters: Rebbitzen Sarah Berezovsky (wife of Harav Yisrael Berezovsky, shlita, Rav of the Slonim community in Beitar and son of the Admor of Slonim), Rebbitzen Kendy Perlow (wife of Harav Yehoshua Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe, shlita), Rebbitzen Devorah Feldberger, and Mrs. Esther Rochel Halberstam.
The levayah left from the funeral home on Shamgar St. to Har Hazeisim, chelkas Galicia.
Yehi zichro baruch.