BDE: Harav Shimon Halevi Raichik, 68, OBM
With great sadness we report the passing of Harav Shimon Halevi Raichik OBM, a Shliach and Rov in Los Angeles California. He passed away on Wednesday, the 20th of Kislev, 5782.
He was 68 years old.
Shimon Raichik was born a twin on the 13th of Teves תשי”ג to Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid and Leah Raichik who were Shluchim in California.
Shimon was named after his grandfather on his fathers side, while his twin was named Yosef Yitzchak.
After learning in Yeshiva in Montreal, Canada, he was sent with a group of bochurim to Melbourne, Australia, where he learned until the year תשל”ג.
After finishing his time in Melbourne, he married Chana Leeba Ganzburg and settled in Crown Heights until תשמ”א, when he moved to Los Angeles to work at the Ohe Elchanan Lubavitch Yeshiva, where he remained.
Harav Raichik gained renown as a Rav and teacher, becoming the Lubavitch Rov of the surrounding areas and the Shluchim worldwide.
He is survived by his wife Chana Leeba, and their children; Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Raichik (Boynton Beach, Florida), Rabbi Yisroel Noach Raichik (Crown Heights), Rabbi Moshe Raichik (Brooklyn, NY), Rabbi Avrohom Abba Raichik (Los Angeles, CA), Mrs. Simi Ghods (Los Angeles, CA), Mrs. Sterna Sarah Gurary (Los Angeles, CA), Mrs. Chaya Mushka Zaltzman (Toronto, Canada), and many grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his twin brother Rabbi Yossi Raichik OBM, who was the Director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl.
The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 11:00am in Los Angeles, CA. The Kevurah will take place at approximately 1:00pm at Mount Olive Memorial Park, 7231 E Slauson Ave, City of Commerce.
The Aron will stop at YOEC, Ohel Chana, Bais Chaya Mushka and Cheder Menachem on there to the cemetery.
Shiva information to be announced.
Boruch Dayan Hoemes