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Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Rabbi Moshe Chaim Sapochkinsky, 90, OBM

With great sadness and pain we inform you of the passing of Harav Hachosid Reb Moshe Chaim Sapochkinsky, OBM, a senior and well respected member of the Montreal Lubavitch community, who served as the Rov of the Nusach Hoari Shul for over 60 years. He was 90 years old.

The Montreal Jewish community and Lubavitch Anash lost a senior and well respected member with this mornings passing of Harav Hachosid Reb Moshe Chaim Sapochkinsky. The Rov of the Nusach HoAri Shul for over 60 years and a Shochet.

He was one of the Shanghai Talmidim who came to America in 1946 and was sent to Montreal to establish a Lubavticher community by the Frierdiker Rebbe.

He celebrated his 90th birthday this past Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Leah, and children: Chana Capland (Columbus, OH), Rivkah Laine (Brooklyn, NY), and Rachelle Even-Sapir (Gershovitz) (Chashmonoi, Israel) and  Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Sapochkinsky (Westlake Village, CA)

The Levaya will take place today, Monday, at the Nusach HoAri Shul, 5001 Vezina, at 3:15pm.

Shiva will be observed at 6277 Trans Island, Montreal. The family can be contacted at (514) 342-0155 or at

In a beautiful and moving twist, Reb Moshe Chaim’s grandchildren Ezie and Batel Gershowitz gave birth to twin boys within 2 hours of his passing.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


  • 2. Chana Sharfstein wrote:

    Moshe Chaim was a very special person, a role model indeed for us all. Always with a smile, a cheerful greeting, kind words- a Chossid and a memorable person. He did make this world a better place. With a positive attitude he was successful in dealing with all challenges in life. Our friendship and mishpocha ties are deep. I remeber your participating in our Boston wedding with your daughter Channa just sixty years ago. Our thoughts are with you Leya, and with your wonderful children and grandchildren.Special Mazel Tov for your new twin great grandchildren. May they and all your family continue to give you much naches.You have a lifetime of beautiful memories to cherish. Boruch dayan Emes. Mottel and Chana Sharfstein

  • 3. Ruby Fradkin wrote:

    Had the honor of being a member of his shul for the past 20 years, a man of character and very devoted to his community, his commitment and menchlachkite will be very missed..May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him!

  • 5. Ma Rabbi wrote:

    Although I did not know him I do recognize the famous photo of him as a young boy visiting the famous Gaon Rav Boruch Ber Liebowitz.


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