By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, Regional Director of the Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois who had a leadership position at Lubavitch Headquarters, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Adar II 2, 5774.
He was 59.
The tragic news came as a shock to the Jewish community in Chicago and the state, as well as the Chabad community worldwide and his colleagues on Shlichus.
Before undergoing routine gall bladder surgery on Tuesday, his colleagues wished him well and expected to hear from him soon after. Instead, they have been getting shocking phones calls about “tragic news” when he didn’t regain consciousness afterwards.
Moscowitz was born on the North Side of Chicago to Frank (Ephraim) and Cynthia (Tzivia) Moscowitz. In his youth, Moscowitz’s father, Frank—a longtime public-school teacher and principal—had studied in the Lubavitcher Yeshivah in Brooklyn, NY, Chabad.org reported.
Daniel and his younger brothers were sent to Bais Yaakov, a local Jewish day school. As a young teen, he attended the Telshe Yeshiva in Chicago. Following in his father’s footsteps, he then went on to study at Chabad yeshivahs in Montreal, Canada and Brooklyn. He was among the young students selected to serve as senior students at the Chabad yeshivah in Brunoy, France.
Shortly after his marriage to Esther Rochel Aronow, the newly ordained Rabbi Moscowitz headed back home to Chicago, where he joined Chabad representative Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Hecht of Congregation Anshei Lubavitch and Head Shliach of the state.
After Rabbi Hecht’s passing, Rabbi Moscowitz was appointed to the role by Rabbi Mordechai Isaac Hodakov, Director of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.
Under his leadership, Chabad of Illinois established some 37 new institutions around the state, holding large-scale and memorable events on Jewish holidays and throughout the year. He was the senior Rabbi at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook.
He served as President of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC) and was a member of the Executive Committee of Merkos, the Chabad body that oversees the global Shlichus network, and of the International Kinus Hashluchim convention.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk tweeted: “Saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and #Illinois leader Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz. May his memory be for a blessing.”
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Rochel Moscowitz, their children Mrs. Sterna Sarah Newman – Crown Heights; Rabbi Meir Shimon Moscowitz – Northbrook, IL; Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Moscowitz – Bucktown, IL; Rabbi Yehoshua Zelik Moscowitz – Northbrook, IL; Mrs. Chana Teldon – Northbrook, IL; Mrs. Rivka Sternberg – Montreal, Canada; Mrs. Chava Kagen – Chicago, IL; Rabbi Leibel Moscowitz – Chicago, IL; and Mrs. Chaya Mushka Hecht – Brooklyn, NY; and grandchildren.
He is also survived by his parents, Rabbi Efraim and Tzivia Moscowitz – Chicago, IL; and brothers Rabbi Moshe Moscowitz – Chicago, IL; Eli Moscowitz – Brussels, Belgium and Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz – Chicago, IL.
The levaya will take place at Congregation Bnai Ruven in Chicago on Wednesday, at 11:00 AM. Upon his request to family members, he will be buried at the Lubavitch section of the Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, IL.
The family will be sitting shiva at 1025 Landwehr Road in Northbrook.
Baruch dayan haemes.