Rabbi Sholom Dovber Halevi Popack, a longtime Crown Heights resident, passed away on Shabbos, 27 Iyar, 5779.
He was 91.
Rabbi Popack was born on 21 Adar, 5688 in Barre, Vermont, known as the world’s largest granite quarry, where his father Rabbi Avrohom Popack OBM served as a Rabbi, shochet and mohel, at the instruction of the Frierdiker Rebbe.
Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber was one of the first students of Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim 770. He was so diligent in his learning and meticulous with keeping the Seder in Yeshiva, that the Frierdiker Rebbe once commented about him, “for such a Tomim it was worth all the hard work.”
In Adar 1951, he married his wife, Chaya Sarah (nee Rimler) and they merited to have the Rebbe be mesader kiddushin at their Chuppah.
After their marriage, he served as the Rov of the Kehillah and shochet in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
He later moved on Shlichus to Pittsburgh, PA, where he was involved in Chinuch.
In the 1960’s he moved to Crown Heights, where he was the owner of a stationery and toy shop on the corner of Union Street in the neighborhood.
His entire life, he was known for his great Yiras Shomayim, and his dedication to learning Torah and avodas Hashem.
He is survived by his wife, Chaya Sara, and children, Rabbi Yehuda Popack – Tzfas, Israel, Malya Bobrowsky – Toronto, Canada, Rivka Brod – California, Mrs. Tila Henya Hecht – Eilat, Israel, Dena Levin – Palo Alto, CA, and Faiga Matusof – Madison, WI.
He is also survived by his brother, Rabbi Yitzchok Noach Popack of Miami, FL.
The levaya will take place today, Sunday, passing by 770 at 3:15 pm, burial at Old Montefiore Cemetery at 4:30 pm.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.