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Schneersohn (or Schneerson) is a Jewish surname used by many of the descendants of the Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement.


Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745 – 1812), founded the Chabad Hasidic movement in 1775.[1] His son, Rabbi Dovber Schneuri (1773 – 1827), the second Chabad Rebbe, adopted the "Schneuri" surname after his father's first name. The first to use the "Schneersohn" surname was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the son-in-law of Rabbi Dovber and the grandson of Rabbi Schneur Zalman and the third Chabad Rebbe.

Persons with the surname Schneersohn[edit]

Chabad Rebbes[edit]

Rebbes of Chabad offshoots[edit]


  • Chaya Mushka Schneersohn (d. 1860), the wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the third Chabad rebbe
  • Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878 – 1944), a Kabbalist, rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk and the father of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Chabad rebbe
  • Chana Schneerson (1880 – 1964), the mother of the seventh Chabad rebbe
  • Rabbi Isaac Schneersohn (1879 or 1881(?) – 1969), a French rabbi, industrialist, founder of the first Holocaust Archives and Memorial
  • Rabbi Yaakov Leib Schneerson Salzman (1879 – 1941), rabbi in Poland; died in Auschwitz
  • Rabbi Schneour Zalman Schneersohn (1898 – 1980), a French Hasidic Rabbi
  • René Baduel Schneerson Salzman (1921 – 1991), the son of Rabbi Yaakov Leib Schneerson Salzman, direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov
  • Chaya Mushka Schneerson (1901 – 1988), the wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the seventh Chabad rebbe
  • Sheina Horenstein, born Sheina Schneersohn, the daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, the sixth rebbe
  • Menucha Rochel Slonim (1798–1888), the daughter of Rabbi Dovber, the second rebbe. Leader and pioneer of the Hebron community in Israel.
  • Shmuel Schneurson, a leader in the underground Zionist movement Hechalutz in the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1928.
  • Zelda Schneersohn Mishkovsky (1914 – 1984), an Israeli poet, widely known as Zelda