With sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of Dayan Rabbi Yakov Yehuda Refson of Leeds, England, who passed away Sunday night.
By Anash.org reporter
With sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of Dayan Rabbi Yakov Yehuda Refson of Leeds, England, who passed away Sunday night, 27 Adar.
He was 73.
Rabbi Yehuda Refson had been serving as shliach and the head of the regional Beth Din of Leeds, England, since 5736/1976.
Rabbi Refson and his wife were also co-directors of the Leeds Menorah School. He went to court to force the city council in Leeds to provide transportation to those attending frum schools.
Rabbi Refson was a talmid of the Gateshead Yeshiva who was niskarev to Lubavitch through Reb Bentche Shemtov. Later he traveled to the Yeshiva in Brunoy, France, where he was mekabel from the mashpia Reb Nissan Neminov. He also received smicha from Rav Moshe Feinstein, the last person to have that honor.
He is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Ettel, and children: Rabbi Abba Refson – Five Towns, NY, Rabbi Yossi Refson – Charleston, SC, Saroleh Jaffe – Whitefield, England, Leah Wolf – Melbourne, Australia, Rabbi Michoel Refson – Athens, GA, Rabbi Sholly Refson – Long Island, NY, Chavi Steiner – Minneapolis, MN, and Rabbi Zalmy Refson – Savannah, GA.
He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Dovid Refson of Yerushalayim.
Baruch Dayan Ha’Emes.