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Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Rabbi Simcha Zirkind, 76, OBM

With great sadness and pain we inform you of the sudden passing of Rabbi Simcha Yerachmiel Zirkind OBM, Shliach of the Rebbe to Tunisia and later to Montreal, Canada. He was 76 years old.

Rabbi Simcha was the son of Rabbi Mordechai Shachne and Ada Zirkind, who served as the principal of Beis Rivka for many years.

In the 1960’s the Rebbe sent him on Shlichus to Tunisia. After the Six Day War he was suspected in being a spy for the Mosad and was forced to leave. From there he moved Paris, then to New York and then on Shlichus to Montreal, QC, where he spearheaded the opening of the first Chabad House in Downtown Montreal and many of the programs of Lubavitch Youth Organization.

He was also the director of the Canadian branch of the Machne Yisroel Development Fund.

He is survived by his wife Fraidel and children Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Zirkind (Fresno, CA), Mendy Zirkind (Montreal) Zalman Zirkind (Montreal), Devorah Leah Fox (Crown Heights), Chaya Rosenberg (Sherman Oaks, CA), Nechama Dina Turk (Chicago, IL), Shternie Litzman (Monsey, NY), Yisroel Zirkind (Chicago, IL) and Sholom Ber Zirkind (Baltimore, MD).

He is also survived by his sister Peshy Stern (Brooklyn, NY).

The Levaya will take place Sunday morning in Montreal at 7:00am in front of the Yeshiva on Westbury. It will then pass by 770 in Crown Heights at around 2:30pm.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes




  • 1. bdh wrote:

    The levaya will leave on Sunday morning 7:00am from the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Montreal.
    It will pass by 770 at 2:30pm

  • 2. YMSP wrote:

    BDE. Such a good man who did so many things no one knew about. So energetic and ibergegeben.

  • 3. Gewirtz...Miami wrote:

    We remember him fondly always rushing to do good for others. BDE. He will be a guter beiter for all of Klal Yisroel.

  • 4. OY Gevald I cant believe it! wrote:

    A Yungerman Mamosh! What Happened, What’s Going On Here?! Men Zol Heren Nor Bsurois Toivois.

  • 5. Hindy Lewis, Israel wrote:

    So saddened to hear this news. Devori, thinking of you. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

  • 6. Chossid wrote:

    He brought hundreds if not thousands of people to the Rebbe .

    Terrible loss for Lubavitch

  • 7. BD"E wrote:

    He opened his home and heart to my children when they were in Montreal. Condolences to his dear wife Freida, their children, grandchildren and all the family.

  • 8. Kaplans Maryland wrote:

    We are terribly saddened by your loss and the loss for the entire Chabad community.
    Our condolences to Rabbi Sholom and the entire Zirkind mishpocha.

  • 9. The equalizer wrote:

    The head counselor for the first 5 years in camp gan Israel Montreal 1958 through 1962

  • 10. Thinking of you wrote:

    Sholomke, this is devastating, I have no words!! Moshiach now

  • 11. There is a boss wrote:

    He didn’t let anything stand in the way of getting his work done for the Rebbe

  • 12. Where are they sitting? wrote:

    esp his daughter and his sister Peshy who live in NY?

  • 13. Pinchus Turk wrote:

    Six of the siblings are sitting in CH tonight and tomorrow morning 475 crown
    3 Minyonim at 9:20pm and 3 in the morning at 7:00am
    And then they will join the others in Montreal

  • 15. BDE wrote:

    Which of the 6 siblings are in crown heights and until what time today ?


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