By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yosef Loschak, one of the veteran and respected Chabad Shluchim in California, passed away on Tuesday, 3 Tammuz 5774.
He was 62.
Rabbi Loschak grew up in Australia where he began his Rabbinic ordination.
He has been the Director of Chabad in S. Barbara since 1979. The outreach center has grown since to include two facilities on Stow Canyon Road and at University of California, S. Barbara (UCBS), three Rabbis, the Aleph Bet Preschool and numerous programs.
He was also the director of the Chabad Chaplaincy program for Jewish inmates in California, in which the number of Jewish prisoners overall is in line with the overall Jewish national population.
“Everybody has made mistakes — and some of these prisoners have made terrible mistakes — but our mission is not to judge them for their past,” he would say. “These inmates are still human beings, regardless of what brought them to prison; we have an obligation to reach out to them.”
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Devora Loschak, their children Rabbi Mendel Loschak – Isla Vista, CA; Mrs. Shterna Kudan – S. Barbara, CA; Mrs. Ella Potash – Redwood City, CA; Mrs. Nechama Dena Dinerman – Crown Heights; Rabbi Ahrele Loschak – Crown Heights; Rabbi Hersh Loschak – Glassboro, NJ; Mrs. Mushkie Rabin – Crown Heights; Mrs. Yochi Lipinski – Crown Heights; Mrs. Estee Steinmetz – Crown Heights; Avi Loschak, Miri Loschak and Chaim Loschak – S. Barbara, CA; and grandchildren.
The levaya will be taking place in S. Barbara on Wednesday 1:00 pm and then passing by Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad at 6pm.
Levaya in New York on Thursday, leaving Shomrei Hadas at 12 pm and passing by 770 at 12:30 pm.
Shiva will be taking place after the levaya at 1584 Carroll St. Brooklyn NY only until Thursday night.
Mincha at 7:30pm; maariv bizmanoi.
They are in need of five minyanim for shacharis in CH on Friday at 4 a.m.
If you are able to help make a minyan please text Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman 917.806.2539.
Shiva will continue in S. Barbara on Friday until Wednesday morning.
Davening times in SB:
Sunday Shacharis 7:30, 8:00, 8:30am; mincha/maariv 8:00pm
Monday/Tuesday 7:00, 7:30, 8:00am; mincha/maariv 8:00pm
Wednesday 7:00, 7:30, 8:00am
To donate to the Rabbi Loschak Memorial fund to support the continued growth of Chabad of S. Barbara, visit www.sbchabad.org/memorial.
Baruch dayan haemes.