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R’ Yisroel Francis, 70, OBM

R' Yisroel Francis, a Chossid and longtime resident of Crown Heights, passed away on Motzei Shabbos, 22 Elul, 5782. Full Story

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September 18, 2022 9:20 am

Didn’t personally know him but he seemed to radiate many amazing qualities. Just had a great vibe.

Boruch Dayaan Haemes
September 18, 2022 9:47 am

Boruch Dayaan Haemes

September 18, 2022 9:53 am

Baruch Dayan Haemes.
Irreplaceable loss. Can’t control my emotions…

September 18, 2022 10:05 am

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes

ברוך דיין האמת
September 18, 2022 10:25 am

Reb Yisroel ז'”ל was a very special Chosid who greeted everyone with a kind word and a big smile. Always. I remember him in the early nineties walking all the way to Reb Michoel Teitelbaum’s ז”ל Shul in East Flatbush to help make a Minyan. Reb Yisroel ז”ל would stay after Davening and Farbreng with all that came. He was Mekusher בלב ונפש to the Rebbe and did whatever possible to encourage the Rebbe’s Mivtzoim. May his נשמה have an Aliya to the highest levels in Gan Eden and may we be Zoche to תחיית המתים speedily in our time.… Read more »

I remember from maybe 1999?
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September 18, 2022 2:13 pm

Being asked on Shabbat to help a minyan far out, wonder if this was it? Was kinda far and Rabbi Francis was there, he gave us a ride back to ch after.

September 18, 2022 10:34 am


Beautiful family, beautiful children!!!

הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם

Great wonderful man
September 18, 2022 10:45 am

One of the nicest and finest Chosid ever.
ברוך דיין האמת
נחמה to the wonderful Mishpacha
Moshiach Now!!

Boruch Dayan Ha"'emes
September 18, 2022 10:57 am

Boruch dayan haemes. So sorry to hear!

September 18, 2022 11:03 am


Very special man
September 18, 2022 11:18 am

Always with a smile. Strength and dignity! May Hashem comfort his beautiful family.

ברוך דיין אמת
September 18, 2022 11:23 am

So sorry about your loss. We need Moshiach. It shleps too long.

September 18, 2022 11:32 am

We need Moshiach Now!

We all need this positive energy
September 18, 2022 11:32 am


September 18, 2022 11:36 am

This is a tremendous loss. Rabbi Francis was a great man who inspired everyone he met.

A special yid and chassid
September 18, 2022 11:38 am

Baruch Dayan Emes his varimkeit and geshmack when he would sing niggunim would be felt by all that joined their Shabbos meals. My condolences to the entire family. May we share only besuros tovos betov hanireh vhanigleh going forward.

Kalman Leib
September 18, 2022 12:05 pm

Very Sad news, a Great CHASSID!!! Moshiach Now!!! will miss him!!!

Boruch Dayan Haemet
September 18, 2022 12:23 pm

הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם

Moshe K.
September 18, 2022 12:36 pm

RabbiYisroel Francis,OBM,was a very special man who loved life and truly cared about everyone and had real empathy for everyone.He was connected to the Rebbe from the core of his Neshamah.He was a source of strength,warmth,and guidance to those who knew him.He was a spiritual diamond in the truest sense of the word.His departure has left a void that cannot be filled.He ,and the Rebbe together should stand in front of Hashem and ask Hashem to bring the Geulah Shlaimah now Momish.Baruch Dayan HaEmes.

Big Z Schapiro
September 18, 2022 12:38 pm


Oy bde
September 18, 2022 12:39 pm

Always the warmest rare in CH!

Childhood icon
September 18, 2022 1:16 pm

I grew up on crown street as a young child
Remember him always passing by with a smile

These kind of people are a real loss

I’m so sorry for your loss

My encounter with the niftar
September 18, 2022 1:55 pm

The man was a tzaddik. I just want to recount a story that happenned to me around 35-40 years ago. I was a bochur living in 1418 President. It was summertime and due to the heavy usage of air-conditioners and an outdated electrical wiring system, the fuse in our apartment blew – at 1 a.m. on a motzei Shabbos! Being stupid & brash – and very very hot – I decided to go to the convenience store located at President & Troy, in order to buy a new fuse. Needles to say, I was standing in line, (on the other… Read more »

Dear Taphara:
September 18, 2022 3:22 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Your father was such a lovely neighbor, I remember him very well. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and you epitomize the wonderful upbringing you received from Rabbi Francis and your dear mother, zol zei gezunt. I’m sure the zchusim your father amassed will give him a lichtige Gan Eden.

Hamokom yenachem eschem b’soych sha’ar aveilay Tzion v”Yerushalayim

Hindy Lewis, Israel

Miriam Esther
September 18, 2022 3:44 pm

I had the honor of meeting this Tzadik at his grandaughter Ely’s Bat Mitzva in Houston Texas. Like his father of Rabbi E Frannces & Rebbetzin Gittel reflect the light of the Patriarch whose Neshama now elevates in Hashm’s next world.

Baruch Dayan Haemes
September 18, 2022 5:28 pm

Completely shocked and saddened to hear.
He’s an example of the word righteous. His kindness always shined through to everyone he met. May his neshama have an aliya and may his family find comfort. Ad mosai?! Moshiach now!!

I'm so sorry..!
September 18, 2022 6:01 pm

What a decent and refined man. I remember Mr Francis from years ago, the only Jew on the subway when I used to work very early. He always had a chumash open and would give a friendly nod. I remember how comforting that sight was as a young person on my first Manhattan job. Such a loss. May he be a blessing for his family and for all of us.

Very Special Man
September 18, 2022 6:29 pm

Holy man
May his memory be a blessing

Baruch Dayan HaEMES
September 18, 2022 8:43 pm

B”H Remember him very well from around 1979-1993 when HaShem would cause both our paths to connect in 770 when i visited from Israel a number of times. If I am not mistaken he has a Daughter and Grandchildren in Gush Etzion,Israel? May His Name and works be for a Blessing to all Bnei Yisroel! OBM Z”L

September 18, 2022 11:20 pm

Very special man with a special connection to the Rebbe. His dear wife, Enan, Gershon and sisters should all be very proud and comforted. He is in a very holy special place and will be pushing for good things for the whole family. We will see him soon with Moshiach!

Leslie Peterson
September 19, 2022 3:56 am

Saddened-Love to my cousin.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes
September 19, 2022 10:24 am

Baruch Dayan HaEmes!!!

Joyce Dixon
September 19, 2022 6:08 pm

My heart is truly saddened by the loss of such a dedicated loving son brother cousin and nephew. Even though I have not seen you in many many years I love you will always remain

Esquire Canada
September 21, 2022 3:34 pm

As a young newlywed, I had the opportunity to live next door to Rabbi Francis for a few months. I remember him as a caring and noble human being with a constant warm and friendly smile—my sincere condolences to his family.
הַמָּקוֹם יְנַחֵם אֶתְכֶם בְּתוֹךְ שְׁאָר אֲבֵלֵי צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם


Austin, TX
September 25, 2022 3:38 am

I know the family from visits to Houston where Rabbi Enan is principal of the Orthodox Day School.. Wonderful, friendly, Chasidish family, BDE

Michele Francis
December 28, 2022 4:30 pm

Farewell cousin, until we meet again.