With great shock, sadness and pain we inform you of the passing of Reb Yosef Raksin, HYD, of Crown Heights, who was shot and killed while walking to Shul Shabbos morning in North Miami Beach, Florida, where he was visiting his daughter. He was 60 years old.
According to news reports, Yosef Raksin was walking along 175th Street in North Miami Beach, Florida on his way to Shul at around 9:00am Shabbos morning, when two black men approached and shot him. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later passed away.
The incident follows several anti-Semitic incidents that occurred recently in the neighborhood, leading investigators to speculate that the murder was a hate crime.
He is survived by his wife, Faigy, and children: Shulamis Rivka (Shuli) Labkowski (N. Miami Beach, FL), Mushkee Ezagui (Palm Beach, FL), Zalman Moshe, Menachem Mendel, Avraham Boruch and Laizer.
He is survived as well by his mother Yehudis (nee Pewzner) Raksin (Crown Heights) and siblings: Shterna Levitin (Crown Heights), Nechama Losh (Crown Heights), Laizer Raksin (Crown Heights), Mendel Raksin (Crown Heights), Boruch Raksin (Crown Heights), Zalman Raksin (Crown Heights), Chani Begun (Five Towns, NY), and Gitty Neuwirth (Montreal, Canada).
Levaya will take place Monday morning at Shomrei Hadas at 9:45am and will pass 770 at around 10:45am.
The family will be sitting Shiva at 738 Empire Blvd. [between Albany and Troy Aves.] from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. Shacharis will be at 7:30am; Mincha and Maariv will be at 7:45pm.
Boruch Dayan Hoemes