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Mr. Leibel Zisman

Mr. Leibel Zisman

Leibel Zisman, of blessed memory, was born in Kovno, Lithuania in the midst of a prominent family. At the age of 13 he was taken from the ghetto to Dachau and then Birkenau. His experiences in the Holocaust are recounted in his recently published book, “I Believe”.

After the war, Leibel was reunified with his brother, Berel, his sole remaining family member. He came to America and started his amazing life’s journey. He received Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from United Lubavitch Yeshiva. After completing his Rabbinic studies, he went on to acquire numerous degrees in mathematics, architecture and engineering. He taught higher math at CUNY School of Engineering while working as an actuary.


Leibel started Elzee Construction and became a well known builder and developer throughout New York City and beyond. His staunch adherence to Jewish law was reflected in his business life and contributed to his success.


Following his retirement Leibel devoted a significant amount of time speaking at college campuses, private schools and other venues around the world about his Holocaust experiences, and together with his wife Myrna he took numerous trips with Birthright to the extermination camps of Europe and to Israel. Leibel passed away on the 14th of Tammuz, 5773. May his memory be for a blessing.