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Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Rabbi Azriel Schanowitz, 88, OBM

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Azriel Schanowitz OBM, a longtime resident of Crown Heights who raised a large family. He was 88 years old.

He was known for his work in selling Seforim and Hafotzas Hamaayanos.

He was also known for his passion in the Rebbe’s Maamorim and organizing weekly chazzarah of a Maamar between Mincha in Maariv. He originally started this Inyan in the 1980’s in the Chevra Shas Shul then moving to Shain Shul where he diligently prepared the weekly Maamorim for over 20 years.

“This was one of his famous inyonim that he delved in, arranging the Maamorim for Shabbosim and Yomim Tovim,” said his neighbor and friend Rabbi Michoel Seligson. “He even has the Maamorim prepared all the way to Shabbos Chayei Sara.”

He is survived by his wife Shifra and their children Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz (Highland Park, IL) Rabbi Mayer Schanowitz (Chicago, IL) Mrs. Leah Engel (Denver, CO) Mrs. Shterna Edelman (Burnoy, France) Mrs. Rivkah Vogel (San Jose, CA) R’ Levi Schanowitz (Crown Heights) Mrs. Rochel Polter (Oak Park, MI) Rabbi Shmuel Schanowitz (Buffalo, NY) Rabbi Yisroel Schanowitz (Las Vegas, NV) R’ Chaim Schanowitz (San Deigo, CA) and Mrs. Nechama Dina Gansburg (Aubervilliers, France).

He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Sholom Ber Schanowitz.

He is predeceased by his daughter Mrs. Hindy Scheiman OBM.

The Levaya will take place Sunday, 12:30pm at Shomrei Hadas and passing by 770 at around 1:30pm.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


  • 2. To Mrs. Schanowitz wrote:

    I am at a loss for words. Just seeing you walking together with your husband A”H was an inspiration. A perfect picture of the dignity, love and respect that every couple should have. May his memory be for a blessing. My heart goes out to you and your amazing family. May Hashem comfort you Anand the mourners of Tzion v’Yerushalayim.


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