By COLlive reporter
R’ Leib Skoblo, a Crown Heights activist who led the Crown Heights Shmira Patrol with dedication for many years, passed away suddenly on Monday, 15 Cheshvan, 5784.
He was 47.
He was named after his great-grandfather, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, who served as the last Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Russia under Communism.
Shortly after the iron curtain fell, Leib was active in helping to bring Yidishkeit to the Russian Jewry.
Leib was a monumental pillar of strength and Chesed for the community of Crown Heights.
He was a long-time dedicated Coordinator of Crown Heights Shmira, and was a member for over 30 years. In recent years he founded the Crown Heights branch of Chaveirim, which assists anyone and everyone who needs it.
He was a big baal Tzedaka who had tremendous Hachnasas Orchim, and together with his wife Sarah Malka had an open home that welcomed many guests. He was always available to answer anyone in need, whether it was for advice, monetary assistance, or a physical presence to assist and help in any manner.
He cared and worked with all his energy for the security and safety of the Crown Heights community, and was available 24/7, 365 days a year for any Shmira-related matters.
He was constantly involved in community safety matters, and was a liaison to the NYPD for the community, tirelessly working to ensure the safety of the neighborhood.
This last weekend, even though he didn’t feel well, he was central base and was dealing with safety issues regarding the Crown Heights community during a large protest that was of concern to neighborhood residents.
“This is a huge loss for the Crown Heights Shmira organization and for the entire Crown Heights community, we need Moshiach now,” said his fellow Shmira members.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Malka and children, Mera Friend, Shaya, Tzviki, Arele, Zalman, and Gisa.
He is also survived by his parents, Yitzchak and Ella Skoblo and siblings Zalman Skoblo, Hersh Skoblo, Fraida Boas, Gutman Skoblo and Rochie Levy.
The Levaya will take place today, passing by 770 at 1:30 pm, and burial at Montefiore Cemetery at 2:30 pm.
Shiva will be held at 323 Crown Street
Shacharis 2 minyonim at 8:00 and at 9:00
Mincha 4 Minyonim at 2:00
Maariv 4 Minyonim bizmanu
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.