By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Chaim Serebryanski, one of the elder Chabad chassidim in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, passed away on Wednesday night, 6 Nissan 5775.
He was 85.
R’ Chaim was born in the Soviet city of Kharkov (today Ukraine) to Rabbi Zalman Serebryanski and Bracha (nee Futerfas). His father taught at the Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim there and after the Second World War, his family fled from Russia.
In 1948, the Frierdiker Rebbe instructed the Serebryanski family to go on Shlichus to Australia to inspire the Jewish population there. Over the years, R’ Chaim continued his work and helped establish the Yeshiva Gedola, FREE center for refugees and the men’s Mikvah.
Around 20 years ago, R’ Chaim moved to the United States and settled in Crown Heights, where he had a positive influence on fellow chassidim as a mashpia. For a living, he worked at Royal Wine Corp.
He was known for his love for the Rebbe, and during farbrengens at 770 Eastern Parkway and other occasions, he would encourage fellow chassidim and bochurim to study chassidus and do Mivtzoim.
“So proud to call him my Zaidy,” one of his grandchildren wrote. “A man who knew almost the entire Tanya word for word by heart, full Gemara’s, Maamarim, the whole Tehillim and Mishnayos and more – yet the Rebbe told him not to get Smicha and go into business.”
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Esther Serebryanski (nee Magnus), their children R’ Yossi Serebryanski – Canarsie, R’ Mendel Serebryanski – Melbourne, Australia; Mrs. Bashi Dalfin – Boro Park; R’ Binyomin Serebryanski – Melbourne, Australia; R’ Eli Serebryanski – Toronto, Canada; Mrs. Chana Raichik – Gaithersburg, MD; R’ Moishe Serebryanski – Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia; Mrs. Nechama Dina Mishulovin – Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. Miriam Simon – Crown Heights; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings Rabbi Arel Serebryanski of Melbourne and Nechama Werdiger of Melbourne.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Thursday at Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 11:00 am and passing by 770 at 11:45 am.
727 Eastern Pkwy, between Brooklyn & Kingston
Shachris: 9:00 and 10:00
Mincha: 6:50 (2 minyonim)
Maariv: bizmano (2 minyonim)
Visiting hours 9am to 10pm.
In Melbourne: 118 Hotham St, Balaclava
Shachris: 6:45, 7:30, and 8:30
Mincha: 7:00 (3 minyonim)
Maariv: 8:00 (3 minyonim)
Friday Mincha: 3:00
Sunday Shachris: 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00
Getting up (in both locations) Wednesday morning.
Baruch dayan haemes.