12 Facts About Leib Groner


Yehuda Leib "Leibel" Groner was an American Hasidic Jewish teacher, scholar, and author.


Leib Groner is best known for having served as the personal secretary to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, for 40 years.


Yehuda Leib Groner was born in New York City on April 25,1931.


Leib Groner's parents were Rabbi Mordechai Avrohom Yeshaya Groner and Menucha Rochel Groner.


Leib Groner studied at the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he excelled as a student.


Leib Groner often spoke in learning with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the future Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was then known as the son-in-law of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and had an office in the building.


In 1949, Schneerson asked Leib Groner to join the team of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, working in the Kehot Publication Society, thus adding Leib Groner to his secretariat.


Leib Groner maintained his role until the Rebbe's death on June 12,1994.


Leib Groner is a co-author, with Rabbi Volf Greenglass of Montreal, of Sefer HaMinhagim, the authoritative book describing Chabad-Lubavitch customs.


Leib Groner was an editor of Otzar HaChasidim, the editorial group that publishes works on Chabad Hasidut.


Leib Groner taught at Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights, a school for girls who are part of the Chabad-Lubavitch community.


Leib Groner died on April 7,2020, aged 88, after being infected with COVID-19 for several weeks.