Reb Moshe Rabkin, a survivor of Communist Russia and the shamash of the F.R.E.E. shul in Crown Heights, passed away on Shabbos.
He was 78 and suffered a long illness.
Born in the Former Soviet Union, Rabkin was active in the underground Yeshivas in Russia and merited to be arrested (he was released because he was a minor).
When Gorbachev came to power, he managed to obtain a Visa to leave Russia, and quickly joined the immigrant community at F.R.E.E. in Crown Heights.
R’ Moshe soon became an active member of the Shul and was appointed Shamash, coordinating davening and farbrengens.
R’ Moshe would fondly recall the Chassidim in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
“He was a very warm person,” said Rabbi Meir Okunov of FREE. “He was a dedicated and committed Chossid.”
He is survived by his wife Sonia, and two sons, Chaim and Tolik.
The funeral will take place Sunday at 10:00 am, leaving from Shomrei Hadas and passing by 770 at 10:45.
Shivah will be at the Rabkin residence, 742 Montgomery St. #A3, Brooklyn.