Rabbi Dovid Niyazov, a resident of Borough Park who lived with great self-sacrifice in communist Russia, passed away on Monday, Tisrei 26, 5778.
He was 88.
Rabbi Dovid Niyazov was born in Samarkand, Russia, the son of the Chossid R’ Eliyahu Mani (Jura) Niyazov OBM, who was known for his mesiras nefesh.
After his marriage, he and his wife Mrs. Rivka Niyazov Obm worked to keep Judaism alive with great self-sacrifice in communist Russia.
The Niyazovs maintained a Mikvah in their home, which they allowed people to use in secret. Together they fought for thier children’s upbringing, bribing doctors and officials to keep her children from being drafted into the army.
In 1978, after receiving a blessing from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he and his family left Russia and emigrated to the United States.
Residing in Boro Park, Brooklyn, they raised children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are Shomrei Torah and Mitzvos.
He helped establish the first Bucharian Shul in Boro Park, Lmaan Achai Bucharim with his son Rabbi Shlomo Chai Niyazov and would give weekly shiurim on shabbos.
He is survived by his children Tamara Shamel, Rabbi Shlomo Chai Niyazov- Rov of Lmaan Achai Bucharim and of the Bucharian community in Boro Park, Rachamim Niyazov – Flatbush, Tzivia Yungries, Yair Niyazov, Chana Davidov and Yisroel Niyazov.
He is also also survived by his brother, Aryei Niyazov– Lod, Israel and brother Zerubavel Niyazov – Boro Park and sister Miryam – Israel.
He was predeceased by his wife Rivka in February 2014.
The levaya will take place today, Monday, at 1 pm at Fort Hamilton and 43rd Street in Boro Park, Brooklyn.
Condolences can be sent to [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes – R’ Dovid ben Eliyahu Mani