Rabbi Binyamin Katz, Shliach in New Haven, Connecticut, passed away on Tuesday, 18 Nissan, 5779.
He was 78.
Born to Yehuda Yosef and Leiba Rivka Katz in Chicago, Rabbi Katz was the son in law of Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak Hecht, the Shliach sent by the Frierdiker Rebbe to New Haven, CT.
In 1964 he was chosen by the Rebbe to be sent to Communist-oppressed Russia to bring Judaism and Jewish articles to Soviet Jewry.
Known for his brilliant mind and photographic memory, this came to good use in his travels in Russia, when he memorized people’s names and messages to pass on the Rebbe.
Rabbi Katz served as a Shliach to New Haven, and taught in the Chabad School.
He is survived by his wife, Malka, and children, Shneur Katz, New Haven, Detty Leverton Crown Heights, Shulamis Tenenbaum, NMB, FL, Shmaya Katz, NY, NY, Sholom Ber Katz, New Haven, Mendel Katz, New Haven, Alie Katz, New Haven, Sara Leah Fridman, Crown Heights, Bassie Srugo, Buenos Aires, Deena Lehr, Monsey, Dovid Katz, Crown Heights, Yehudis Cohen, Kingston, PA, Yerucham Katz, Crown Heights, Brocha Lerman, Crown Heights, Chaviva New, Crown Heights, Sruly Katz, New Haven, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings, Fraidel Bodenstein, Boro Park, Fishel Katz, Miami Beach, and Avigdor (Victor) Katz, Chicago.
He was predeceased by his sister, Miriam Adolf.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, passing by 770 Eastern Parkway at 2 pm.
Mrs. Malka Katz, Detty, Shmaya, Sara Leah, Yehudis, Yerucham, Brocha and Chaviva will sit at 1373 Union Street on Motzei Yomtov and in New Haven from Sunday morning and on, at 1765 Ella Grasso Blvd. In New Haven, unless specified differently below.
Shneur, Sholom Ber, Mendel, Alie, and Sruly Katz will be at 1765 Ella Grasso Blvd, in New Haven.
Shulamis Tenenbaum will be in Florida, from Wednesday at 17520 NE 9th Ave.
Dovid Katz at 1373 Union Street from Tuesday Morning.
Detty, Brocha and Chaviva at 1373 Union Street from Wednesday morning.
Shmaya Katz at 1765 Ella Grasso Blvd, from Sunday morning. At 1373 Union Street, from Wednesday morning.
The Katz Family asks friends to share memories of Rabbi Katz to the following email address. [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.