By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Mordechai Dov Altein, the first Chabad Shliach in modern times and the oldest Chabad Rov, passed away on Sunday, 3 Kislev, 5780.
He was 100.
Born in 5679, he was sent by the Rebbe Rayatz to establish Yeshivos and schools in Pittsburgh, New Haven and the Bronx of New York. He was considered the first Chabad Shliach in modern times.
He was married to Rebbetzin Rochel Altein, the daughter of Sheina and Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson, the Chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad in America and a leading Chabad Rov.
The Rebbe and Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson attended their L’chaim engagement celebration. The Altein couple also had the great merit that the Rebbe was the Mesader Kidushin at their wedding.
He is survived by his wife Rebbetzin Rochel, and their children, Mrs. Malka Cohen – Manchester, England, Mrs. Sara Pinson – Nice, France, Mrs. Chanie Gurarie – Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Sima Zalmanov – Tzfas, Israel, Rabbi Avrohom Altein – Winnipeg, Canada; and Rabbi Leibel Altein – Crown Heights; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son Yossi OBM.
He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Miriam Popack of Crown Heights.
The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, leaving Shomerei Hadas at 1:30pm and passing 770 at 2:30pm.
Shiva will be at the Altein’s
1378 Union Street
Schachris 8am and 9am
Emails can be sent to [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Haemes.