Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson
Great Lubavitcher Rebbe
Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson (1880-1950) was the sixth spiritual leader of the Lubavitcher Movement (Chabad) and one of the most prominent and influential Jewish religious figures in the world. Outspoken against communism and the Soviet Union’s anti-Semitism, he was put in prison and sentenced to death. After an international outcry the Soviets allowed him to leave Russia. Trapped in Warsaw during the beginning stages of World War One, he was eventually able to make his way to the United States. In Brooklyn he established America’s headquarters for the Lubavitch Movement, where it remains today.