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August 26, 2016  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Esther Jungreis, Orthodox Jewish outreach pioneer, dies


Esther Jungreis Esther Jungreis (JTA) – Esther Jungreis, a pioneer in the Jewish outreach movement and founder of the organization Hineni, died Tuesday, Aug. 23. She was 80, according to the Vos Iz Neiasblog.

Jungreis was born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1936, where her father was chief rabbi.

A child survivor of the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp, she and her family resettled in 1947 in Brooklyn, where she married her distant cousin, Rabbi Meshulem HaLevi Jungreis, according to the Yeshiva World. She and her husband, who died in 1996, founded the North Woodmere Jewish Center/Congregation Ohr Torah on Long Island in 1964.

Jungreis, known universally by the honorific rebbetzin, founded Hineni in 1973 in order to bring young Jews closer to Orthodox Judaism by offering Torah classes, singles events, and Shabbat and holiday services. She spoke to audiences across the United States, including at Madison Square Garden in 1973.

She was known for her work in outreach to young Jews, as well as for self-help books about a variety of topics, including marriage, relationship advice, and how to deal with challenges in life.

Jungreis was part of a delegation of American Jewish leaders who accompanied President George W. Bush on a trip to Israel in 2008 in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th birthday. Other members included Elie Wiesel, Ronald Lauder, Henry Kissinger and Sheldon Adelson.


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