By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yossef Attuil, one of the prominent Chabad Shluchim in the French capital of Paris, has suddenly passed away on Wednesday, 29 Adar I 5779.
He was 61 and suffered a heart attack.
It happened while he was standing this morning at the Chabad House he co-directs on Avenue Simon Bolivar in the area which is a flagship for urban regeneration and enjoys the views of the Canal de l’Ourcq with its waterfront promenade and bike lane that leads to Parc de la Villette.
Rabbi Attuil was one of the many Chassidim who grew up in a secular Jewish home and has chosen to follow the path of Torah and Chassidus by the influence of the legendary late Shliach Rabbi Shmuel “Mulle” Azimov.
Serving alongside Rabbi Attuil at the 19th area Chabad center were Rabbi Raphael Halimi, Rabbi Chimon Laloum and Rabbi Dovi Benhamou. Together, they have been offering davening, youth and teen clubs, after school programs, community events and Shabbatons.
His sudden passing came as a total shock to his fellow Shluchim, community members and the wider Jewish population who have had the merit of knowing him.
He is survived by his wife Osnat and his children. The levaya was held Wednesday in Paris. Burial will be in Israel.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.