By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Shalom Gurewicz, who spent his life in the kashrus field and had a positive influence on many people in his travels and encounters, passed away on Shabbos, 10 Nissan 5780.
He was 56 and was infected by coronavirus.
Rabbi Gurewicz served for many years as the rabbinical coordinator for the Kof-K Kosher supervision in Chicago and the midwest and was dedicated to upholding kashrus standards.
In 2010, Rabbi Gurewicz wrote an article for COLlive.com describing his visit to R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin while he was in an Iowa prison.
In the article, he wrote: “My zeida, Nochum Zalman Gurewicz, once took my aunt Ida to see the Lubavitcher Rebbe. She told the Rebbe that her husband Hershel was not a Chossid but a ‘finer poshuter yid’- a simple Jew (in fact he was a Yid a Talmud Chochom). The Rebbe answered her ‘un vos is a Chossid? A finer poshuter Yid!’- ‘and what is a Chossid, a fine simple Jew’.”
Down to earth and approachable, Rabbi Gurewicz was both a chossid who was dedicated to ways of Torah and Chassidus. He was part of the Chabad community in Chicago for many years, and had recently moved to Pomona, New York.
“He had an open home through which he and his wife were welcoming all types of people,” a relative told COLlive.com. “So many people become closer to Yiddishkeit because of them and through them.”
He is survived by Mrs. Chaya Sara (nee Korbel), his children Mrs. Chana Feigel Hyams – London, England; R’ Dov Ber Gurewicz – Holywood, Florida; Rikki Honickman – Chicago; Mrs. Layle Kenigsberg – New Jersey; Mendel, Menucha – Pomona, NY; grandchildren.
He is survived his parents Rabbi Shmuel and Chava Gurewicz – Melbourne, Australia; and his siblings R’ Shaul Gurewicz – Kfar Chabad, Israel; Mrs. Hadassa Neparstek – Melbourne, Australia; R’ Shloimy Gurewicz – Ashdod, Israel, and Mrs. Chagit Rimler – Melbourne, Australia.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes – Sholom ben Shmuel Halevi.
I ate in his house numerous Shabbos meals when they lived in SydneyShare
Bde can’t anymore! Hashem, mercy. PleaseeeShare
Hub Rachmanua ouf unz!!!!AD MOSAI!!!!AD MOSAI!!!!AD MOSAI!!!!Share
Hamakom yenakhem etekhem betokh shaar avelay tziyon viyrushalayim.Share
He was such an amazing man! Moshiach now!Share
My heart bleeds for you chaya sara!Share
I am so sorry for your loss
There are not enough words
Hashem should give you strength and peace to handle this. This is so sad
Yankel and Toby Lieder
He was my friend.Share
his eishes chayil told us to add in simchha… im crying writing tis but i know the rebbe wants us to dance with tears now.. with faith that moshiach is coming now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1Share
So young! No words! HASHEM THIS HAS TO STOP! We need Moshiach now!Share
So heartbreaking, ad mosai!!!Share
Hashem you must bring Moshiach Now!
A friend from CH.
BDHE HOW MANY MORE OF OUR RABBONIM .Share
One of the sweetest men I’ve been priveledged to know! Too soon!!! Oy abishter – too soon!Share
We miss you Sholom!!
Simply the sweetest man I’ve ever met and had the privilege to know! He will be terribly missed. Er zal Zayn ah gutteh better.Share
Sholom was a good friend… a real person. With a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. A real down to earth guy. His warmth was contagious and together with his Eishes Chayil, Chaya Sara, they spread Torah, Yiddishkeit and the Rebbe’s Mivtsoim. He will be sorely missed by so many throughout the world. May his family and Klal Yisrael be consoled by only one way – with the coming of Moshiach NOW!! עד מתי?!Share
Shalom was the Kvater to two of my three children. He at every bris, upsherin, and Bar-Mitzvah. One of my kids shared with me that he loved him so much because he never felt judged by him and felt so accepted and comfortable. I have known him personally for 22+ years. I feel the same as my son. Shalom was loving, kind, accepting, open. This morning I remembered a sweet conversation we had before they left Chicago for New York. My heart is broken alongside the entire Gurewicz Family. We will miss him but will remember him always. Love, the HuntsShare
Baruch Dayan Haemet heartbreaking news
Chaya Sara, our hearts are with you…Share
– Basha Botnick
I knew Rabbi Gurewicz 20 years ago. The news of his passing nevertheless leaves me broken. He was a tremendous human being who helped me in many ways. I hope his wife, children, and grandchildren will find some comfort in the coming months. His soul is unquestionably now residing in the highest levels of paradise.Share
This is the most shocking news of all. I am so sorry for your loss Chaya Sora. I think of you a lot and had no idea you are nearby in Pomona!?? This is so heartwrenching. Sending you tons of love and hugs.Share
If you had the privilege of knowing Shalom, he was automatically your friend.
Kind, gentle and such a wise soul.
He is deeply and so sadly missed. We lost a good one. A really good one.
Hashem, please, stop & bring Moshiach now.Share
hamakom yenakhem etekhem betokh shaar avelay tziyon viyrushalayim.Share
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He was our plant Rabbi in Waukegan, IL. He was great to deal with, very personable. I am glad we got to know him and very sorry to hear about his passing.Share
The Weiler/ Cretors clan
I was with his son this Shabbos and he trained him well. May His neshama have the biggest aliya ever!Share