By COLlive reporter
R’ Yosef Levitin, from the respected Chabad Chassidim in the frum Israeli city of Bnei Brak, passed away on Shabbos, 7 Teves 5783.
He was 76.
He was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to his parents R’ Pinchos and Ita Rivka Levitin, and was an infant when his family was smuggled out of Communist Russia as part of the “Great Escape.”
The family arrived in France and were among the many Jewish refugees who settled in Paris after the Second World War.
At the instruction of the Frierdiker Rebbe, the family moved to the United States. They later immigrated to the holy land of Israel at the instruction of the Rebbe.
Over the years, he merited to be in Yechidus with the Rebbe a number of times and merited that all of his children are serving as Chabad Shluchim around the world.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Devorah Levitin, their children Mrs. Malka Hartman – Odessa, Ukraine (currently in Germany); Rabbi Chaim Levitin – Tel Aviv; Mrs. Shifra Brod – Hadera, Israel; Rabbi Yechiel Levitin – Chelyabinsk, Russia; grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers – R’ Moshe Levitin – Monsey, New York; R’ Berel Levitin – New Haven, Connecticut; and R’ Mendel Levitin – New Jersey.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.