R’ BenTzion Novack, a longtime member of the Los Angeles Chabad community and more recently of Las Vegas, passed away on Friday after a short illness.
He was 64.
Known to many by his nickname “Chuck,” R’ BenTzion and his wife Yocheved were from the early Chabad community in Los Angeles, who advocated for achdus throughout the community, “and lived a life of Chesed and goodness which added chayus to the community,” West Coast Head Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Cunin said.
Beginning in the 1980s he regularly published the Los Angeles Anash Directory, made Torah on the Line (via telephone) available throughout Southern California, and beginning immediately after Gimmel Tammuz, established the weekly Anash Bulletin, sent originally as a fax, then email and now published as a blog.
On moving to Las Vegas in 2013, R’ BenTzion continued adding to the community at Chabad of Summerlin, drawing families and community together with annual events such as the King in the Field Picnic, Men’s lag b’Omer Barbeque and Kumzitz, and arranged for sofer visits to the city.
He was most of all a proud husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Yocheved and children Rabbi Hershey Novack, Shliach to Washington University, S. Louis; Rabbi Shmuli Novack, Shliach to Southside, Jacksonville, Florida; Mrs. Tzipora Lifchitz, Jerusalem; Mrs. Bryna Webb, Crown Heights; Mendel Novack, Menlo Park, California; Yossi Novack, Crown Heights; Rivky, Los Angeles, Chavi, Crown Heights and Esther, Las Vegas. He is also survived by his brothers James Novack and Steve Novack.
The Levaya took place Sunday in Los Angeles.
Shiva will be at 8252 Dolphin Bay Court, Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Memories and condolences may be sent to [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.