Yaakov Aryeh Alter

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Yaakov Aryeh Alter
Gerrer Rebbe
Rabbi Alter as Sandek at a bris milah
Term March 1996 to the present
Full name Yaakov Aryeh Alter
Born 1939
Łódź, Poland
Dynasty Ger
Predecessor Pinchas Menachem Alter
Father Simcha Bunim Alter
Mother Yuta Hena Alter

Yaakov Aryeh Alter (Polish: Jakub Arie Alter, Hebrew: יעקב אריה אלתר‬, born 1939), is the eighth and current Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty of Ger, a position he has held since 1996. He lives in Israel and has followers in the United States, Europe and Canada. The Gerrer Rebbe is internationally known for his menschlichkeit.


Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh's father was Rabbi Simcha Bunim Alter, also known as the Lev Simcha, the sixth Gerrer Rebbe. When Rabbi Simcha Bunim died in 1992, he was succeeded by his half-brother, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter. Upon the latter's unexpected death in 1996, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter was chosen as the next Rebbe of Ger.

He has introduced significant innovations in the curriculum of the educational institutions operated by the Gerrer Hasidim in Israel and abroad —[citation needed] primarily broader knowledge of the expanse of the Talmud, while postponing the learning of Iyun (learning a smaller portion of the Talmud in-depth).

He and his wife have five sons and four daughters.[1]


  1. ^ "Gur Hassidic wedding of the year". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
Jewish titles
Preceded by
Pinchas Menachem Alter
Gerrer Rebbe
Succeeded by