Manchester Mesivta community left ‘devastated’ after head teacher found dead

Tributes paid to 'dedicated and skilled' Rabbi Binyomin Sulzbacher


Tributes have been paid to a leading figure in Jewish education, who was found dead close to his home in Prestwich, Manchester last week.
Rabbi Binyomin Sulzbacher, 48, was appointed the principal of Manchester Mesivta School (formerly Manchester Jewish Grammar School) in 2011.

According to the Jewish Telegraph, police had appealed to the public after Rabbi Sulzbacher, a father of eight, was reported missing earlier in the day.

Foundation governor at the school, Tim Dempsey told the JC: “Rabbi Sulzbacher was a dedicated and skilled headteacher and menahel (manager).

Under his tenure, the school doubled in size and saw hundreds of boys graduate to yeshivah, university and through to fulfilling careers.

“His swift action at the beginning of lockdown saw the school move online almost seamlessly, and he worked hard to maintain pastoral care during that period.”

Mr Dempsey added: “In a difficult and demanding job, he made sure that both students and staff were comfortable and well catered for. We are all devastated by his passing.”

Rabbi Sulzbacher stepped down as the school’s head at the end of the last academic year. He stayed on as leader of religious studies, but just before the new academic year began, he announced he would also be leaving that role.

On her Facebook page, Rabbi Sulzbacher’s cousin, Suzy Kahati, paid tribute, writing that it was “a sad day for our family and a sad day for the Jewish community”.

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