By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yehuda Yaakov Refson, a senior Chabad Shliach and Dayan from Leeds, England, passed away Sunday night, 27 Adar, 5780.
He was 74.
Rabbi Refson studied at Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch of Brunoy, France, and received Smicha at the central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn both as a rabbi and as a rabbinical judge.
For decades, he served as the Rebbe’s Shliach in Leeds, England, and also served as the head of the regional Beth Din of Leeds, England, since 1976.
He led the Shomrei Hadas Synagogue in Leeds, and along with his wife, Ettel served as co-directors of the Leeds Menorah School.
He also held an oversight position regarding the local kosher meat supply.
He is survived by his wife, Ettel, who is the daughter of the chossid Rabbi Yehoshua Raskin, from the head Shochtim of London.
His son, Rabbi Abba Refson, is the Shliach to Ohel Chabad Lubavitch in Queens, NY.
He is also survived by his children Rabbi Abba Refson – Queens, NY, Rabbi Yossi Refson – Charlston, SC, Saroleh Jaffe – Whitefield, England, Leah Wolf – Melbourne, Ausralia, Rabbi Michoel Refson – Athens, GA, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Refson – Long Island, NY, Chavi Steiner – Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rabbi Zalman Refson – Savannah, GA.
He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Dovid Refson of Yerushalayim.
The Levaya will be taking place tomorrow at midday, time to be confirmed.
at Addas Yisroel Cemetery, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4BG.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.