By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Sufrin, a beloved figure of the Lubavitch community in London who helped educate many students over the years, passed away on Wednesday night, 12 Elul 5776.
He was 79 and would have turned 80 on Rosh Hashana.
A world renowned speaker and teacher for over 50 years, Rabbi Sufrin was one of North West London’s most well known Jewish educators. During his lifetime, he has touched many with his depth, passion, inspiration and his signature sense of humor.
Originally from Manchester, he began his long service of education by teaching at the King David High School in the city and was the director of the Lubavitch summer camp in Manchester.
He later worked as a teacher the Lubavitch High School for Boys while it was located on Kingsley Way in London. He then joined the staff of the Lubavitch Mechina in London and taught generations of young Chabad bochurim for many years.
Living in Golders Green, Rabbi Sufrin served as a Mashpia for the Lubavitch community in London and mashpia at the Heichal Menachem chassidus center since its establishment 18 years ago, speaking on Shabbos and leading farbrengens.
His phenomenal breadth of knowledge of the classical commentaries, Midrashim and Chassidic literature, always made an eventful discussion at the Lunch & Learn he gave on Wednesday at Chabad House of Hendon.
Rabbi Sufrin established and run the Keren Menachem and Keren Chanah, foundations that assisted with covering tuition fees of boys and girls whose families couldn’t afford Yeshiva and seminaries.
He ran a travel camp for many years, and even when it became difficult for him, he had many experiences by hashgocha protis which he felt were due to the Rebbe’s blessings that he should continue and keep the camp going.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Frayda Sufrin, children Chavi Spalter – Florida; Mendel Sufrin – Leeds, England; Chani Bukiet – Florida; Shlomo Simcha Sufrin – Toronto, Canada; Eli Sufrin – London, England; Shmuly Sufrin – Los Angeles, CA; Yisroel Sufrin – Melbourne, Australia; Trina Tager – Johannesburg, South Africa; Boruch Sufrin – Long Beach, California; Devorah Leah Kievman – Israel; Dovid Sufrin – New York; Moishe Sufrin – Israel; Faige Sufrin – Israel; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings Baila Goldberg – Manchester, England; Yitzchok Sufrin – London, England; Shlomo Sufrin – Manchester, England; Chana Liberow – Manchester, England; and Ettel Westheim – Manchester, England.
The Levaya will take place today, Thursday in London at 6:15 pm from 36 Ashbourne Avenue NW11 and then will proceed to Eretz Yisroel.
The family will be sitting Shiva in London at 36 Ashbourne Avenue.
Baruch dayan haemes.