The “Oholei Tzadikim” organization, directed by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Gabay, has completed a momentous project for the Chabad community.
In a recent trip to Eastern Europe, the organization was able to locate various cemeteries which include the grave sites of Chabad Historical figures. In each location, the cemetery was located, and the approximate location of the grave.
The organization then placed monuments on each of these cemeteries, specifying the Tzadikim who are buried there.
The full list:
1) The Alter Rebbe’s brother, HaRav HaTzadik Yehuda Leib of Yanovich, known as the Maharil, passed away in the city of Yanovich, Ukraine, and was buried in the local cemetery there. Despite efforts by the local Non-Jewish community to eradicate the cemetery, by destroying the headstones and building houses, Rabbi Gabay was able to locate the location of the cemetery and place a monument.
Maharil of Yanovich
2) The Alter Rebbe’s brother, HaRav HaTzadik Moshe, passed away in the city of Rodnya, Russia, and was buried in the local cemetery there. However, the cemetery was destroyed, and only after locating an old Jewish lady in the city, Rabbi Gabay was able to locate the location of the cemetery and place a monument.
R” Moshe, brother of the Alter Rebbe
3) The Tzemach Tzedek had descendants in the city of Lyadi, Ukraine, who served as the Rebbes of the Chabad-Lyadi dynasty, among them were HaRav HaTzadik Chaim Schneur Zalman Schneerson and his son HaRav HaTzadik Yitzchok DovBer Schneerson, known as the Maharid. The local museum in town was able to provide Rabbi Gabay with old maps which included the location of the cemetery, where he placed a monument.
4) The Alter Rebbe had a disciple known as the Strasheler, HaRav HaTzadik Aharon HaLevi Segal-Horowitz, who founded a Chassidic dynasty in the city of Stroshelye, Ukraine after the passing of the Alter Rebbe. Rabbi Gabay located his burial place and renovated the Matzeiva.
5) In a previous trip, the organization located the cemetery in the city of Kopust, where the descendants of the Tzemach Tzedek led the Chabad-Kopust dynasty. The monument marks the approximate location of the graves of HaRav HaTzadik Yehuda Leib Schneerson and his son HaRav HaTzadik Shlomo Zalman Schneerson who served as Rebbes of the Kopust dynasty.