Michel Twerski

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Hornosteipler Rebbe

Michel Twerski
BornMay 1939 (age 84)
  • Hebrew Theological College (Chicago)
  • Ner Israel Yeshiva (Baltimore)
  • Beth Hamedrosh Govoha Yeshiva (Lakewood, New Jersey)
  • Marquette University (Milwaukee)
OrganizationCongregation Beth Jehudah
PredecessorJacob Israel Twerski
SpouseFeige Twerski
RelativesAaron Twerski (brother)
Abraham J. Twerski (brother)

Michel Twerski (born May 1939) is an American Hasidic rabbi and composer of Jewish music. He currently heads the Beth Jehudah congregation in Milwaukee. He is the brother of the psychiatrist Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.[1] Rabbi Twerski is a descendant of the Chernobyler Hasidic dynasty. He is also known as the Hornosteipler Rebbe of Milwaukee.[2]


Rabbi Michel Twerski is married to Rebbitzin Feige Twerski, a Jewish author and lecturer.[3][4]

Rabbi Michel Twerski is a son of Grand Rebbe Jacob Israel Twerski (1898–1973) of Hornosteipel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin a scion of the Chernobyl Hasidic dynasty, and Dvorah Leah Twerski (1900–1995), daughter of Grand Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam of Bobov. After his father's death, Rabbi Michel succeeded his father as Rebbe of Milwaukee.

Rabbi Michel Twerski is the brother of author, psychiatrist Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski of Israel, and the twin brother of Professor Aaron Twerski, the Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, as well as a former Dean at Hofstra University School of Law.


  • Baila Geldzahler, wife of the late Rabbi Eliezer Geldzahler, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in Canarsie.
  • Cookie Spitz.
  • Chana Malka Singer, married to R' Dovid Singer.
  • Yocheved Weiss.
  • Benzion Twerski, assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Jehudah.
  • Ephraim Twerski, Rabbi of Khal Chassidim in Chicago.
  • Chumie Ausch
  • Chagi Katz, married to R' Chaim Mordechai Katz.
  • HaRav Yaakov Moshe Twerski, rabbi in Monsey.
  • Mordechai Twerski, rabbi in London.
  • BatSheva


Thomas M. Barrett of Wisconsin gave a tribute to Rabbi Twerski in the United States Congress. Rabbi Twerski was honored for his contribution to Jewish life and to the world of music.[3]

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted a tribute honoring Rabbi Twerski's musical contributions.[3]


  1. ^ "Rabbi Michel Twerski". Congregation Beth Jehudah. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved Oct 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of American Jewish History. Accessed February 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c A Tribute to Rabbi Michel Twerski. Congressional Record Volume 143, Number 93 (Friday, June 27, 1997). Accessed February 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Geenen, Paul. Sherman Park: A Legacy in Diversity in Milwaukee. Accessed February 21, 2014.

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