For sale: one rebbe

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2009

If you’ve got $250,000 to spare, you could buy yourself a day to remember — Shabbat with the reclusive Gerrer rebbe.

The Gerrer Chasids have been hit by the global financial slump and seen a significant fall in fundraising. The Gerrer network has 120 schools and yeshivot around the world with 23,000 pupils. It also has many medical and welfare groups.

The Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, has taken the lead in an emergency fundraising campaign for the network that he controls.

Last Shabbat, he brought together about 15 rich donors for an exclusive weekend in a secluded resort in north Israel. Donors flew in from Europe and the United States to take part in the Shabbat, which was originally planned to take place in France two months ago but was postponed for security reasons.

Last updated: 12:05pm, April 2 2009