The life and work of Rabbi Shlomo Matusof OBM, the Rebbe’s Shliach to Morocco, was remembered Tuesday night at a memorial event in Crown Heights.
Held at the Sephardic Shul at Bais Levi Yitzchak, where the 91 year-old davened in his later years, family members, friends and students gathered.
Matusof built a vast educational network of yeshivas that counted some 70 separate institutions, producing thousands of graduates.
Three of them attended the yahrtzeit: Rabbi Leib Schochet, Rabbi Zalman Labkowsky and Rabbi Gershon Mendel Avtzon.
A Russian native, Matusof was imprisoned by Soviet authorities before being sent to Morocco in 1950 by the Rebbe, where he worked tirelessly to shepherd the Jewish community in North Africa.
Among the speakers were his sons Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Matusof of Toulouse, France; Rabbi Yehuda Leib Matusof of Cannes, France; Rabbi Eli Matusof, member of Otzar Hachassidim – Kehot; Rabbi Yona Matusof of Madison, WI; Rabbi Reuven Matusof of Paris, France; Rabbi Shmariya Matusof, a Mashpia in Brunoy, France; and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Matusof of Alberta, Canada.