Rabbi Emanuel (Manny) Holzer, z’l, passed away Monday (Feb. 22) after a lifetime of service to the Jewish community.
Holzer served for decades as the chairman of the Rabbinic Kashrus Commission in the advancement of communal kosher supervision.
The rabbi was also involved in the growth of the kashrut supervision at the Orthodox Union (the “OU” kosher supervising agency) since its inception and was a member of the OU’s Joint Kashrus Commission.
In addition, Holzer served as the chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)’s Shechitah Committee and the Synagogue Council’s religious observance committee to coordinate efforts to prevent the passage of restrictive laws in the state legislature.
The rabbi was a graduate of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS) at Yeshiva University and a student of the late, venerated Rabbi Yosef B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, whom he assisted with many projects.
Rabbi Emanuel Holzer was laid to rest in the Eretz HaChaim cemetery near Beit Shemesh after a funeral held at Sinai Chapel in Fresh Meadows, New York. He is survived by his wife Norma, a Jewish leader in her own right, their daughter, Cheryl Greenfield and their sons Jay, Rabbi David and Rabbi Dr. Barry Holzer.
Shiva is being observed until 9 pm Tuesday evening at 20 Shimon Street in Beit Shemesh. Starting Wednesday morning, Shiva is being observed at: 69-69 147th Street, Kew Garden Hills, NY.
Baruch Dayan HoEmes.Hana Levi Julian