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Chabad service in memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch

Chabad service in memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch

Palm Beach Daily News | April 21, 2017

 

Chabad service tonight for rabbi who died of injuries suffered in attack

Palm Beach Daily News
Friday, April 21, 2017

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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch

 

A special Shabbat will take place at 7 p.m. today in memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, the uncle of Rabbi Zalman Levitin, leader of The Chabad House in Palm Beach. Mr. Deitsch died Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Shabbat of Passover, in Jerusalem. He was 64.

Rabbi Deitsch had been in a coma since Oct. 8, 2016, when he was injured in an anti-Semitic attack in the central train station in the city of Zhitomir, Ukraine, said Rabbi Levitin. He was airlifted to a hospital in Israel and underwent surgeries. Four suspects were arrested in the beating and robbery.

Rabbi Deitsch served as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and Israel and had resided in Caesarea, Israel.

He would travel to Zhitomir “to take care of the Jewish graves there, most notably the grave of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (the Alter Rebbe, author of the Tanya and founder of Chabad Chassidism) and lead hospitality and programming at the burial site for visitors,” said Rabbi Levitin.

Rabbi Deitsch is survived by his wife, Shterna Sara; and their 11 children, Menouha Friedland (Aubervilliers, France); Rabbi Shnieur Zalman Deitsch (Minsk, Russia); Chana Appelbaum (Migdal HaEmek, Israel); Rabbi Yisroel Deitsch (Jerusalem); Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Deitsch (Jerusalem), Yehudis Fradkin (Rechovot, Israel); Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Deitsch (Krayot, Israel); and ShlomoYehuda, Shmuel, Yocheved and Dovber, all of Caesarea.

He also is survived by three brothers, Rabbis Chaim Sholom Deitsch, Shneur Zalman Deitsch and Moshe Deitsch.

Services today at The Chabad House will be followed by Shabbat dinner “to discuss what we can do to add in acts of goodness and kindness, making some of the darkness of this world turn to light,” according to the Chabad.

 

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