Hundreds at Baba Sali’s Hiloula in Crown Heights

Photos: Oded Kaizerman/

From all over Brooklyn and beyond, hundreds gathered in Crown Heights to celebrate the Hiloula of Harav Yisroel Abuhatzeira, famously known as the ‘Baba Sali’.

Photos: Oded Kaizerman/

Hundreds from Crown Heights and beyond gathered to celebrate the Hiloula of the Tzadik and Mekubal, Harav Yisroel Abuhatzeira, famously known as the ‘Baba Sali’.

The event was organized and emceed by the Rav of the Sefardic community in Crown Heights and Rav of Merkaz Sfard, HaRav Eliezer (Lazer) Avtzon and was co-hosted by two granddaughters of the Baba Sali, Reb Hirshel and Annette Lipsker and their family, together with her sister’s family Reb Moshe and Chaya Zaetz and their family.

Guest speakers included Rabbi Gad Bouskila of Cong. Netivot Israel in Flatbush and Rabbi Yirmi Levy of the Sephardic Congregation of Mill Basin, who shared inspiring stories of the Baba Sali and words of Chizuk and Bracha.

Divrei Bracha from Rabbanit Torjeman, daughter of Baba Sali and mother of Mrs. Lipsker and Mrs. Zaetz was broadcast.

Rabbi Netanel Saadoun who gives a daily Shiur of Daf Yomi in the Kollel of Netivot Yisroel, made a Siyum on Masechet Nedarim which was recently completed. Other guest speakers spoke about the great bond between the Rebbe and the Baba Sali.

Talented Paiytanim Adam Amsallem, Machlouf Krispine, Yossi Sultan, Yair Ellias and Dovid Attias, together with the Zaetz Brothers (great-grandchildren of the Baba Sali) serenaded the evening with melodious Piyutim, accompanied by the famed Jawad the pianist.

A lavish traditional Moroccan Seudas Mitzvah by Mayer Kohen Caterers will further enhance the evening.


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