New Shluchim’s Home Burns Down

The morning after they arrived on their new Shlichus to Stoughton, Massachusetts, a fire destroyed the home of Rabbi Aizik and Mrs. Brochi Katzman.

The fire broke out at around 6:30am. “I heard loud noises from the apartment below me, but before I could go check what it was, the fire alarm sounded. I realized that I must get out of the building quick. I lifted up my 7-month-old daughter, grabbed my phone, and walked right out the door. There was already smoke in the stairwell, so I swiftly exited the building,” Rabbi Katzman told

Outside the Shliach saw a young woman, who said to him “I don’t know what happened! The pan caught on fire, then the couch, and then it was everywhere!” The woman’s mother was injured in the inferno.

It was a three alarm fire, and altogether seven fire companies came to the scene.

The smoke and fire rendered the building uninhabitable, and much of the young shluchim’s property was damaged and will need to be replaced.

The Katzmans are committed to continuing the Rebbe’s Shlichus despite this unfortunate interruption, and are reaching out for the community’s help to recuperate from this disaster. To donate, please click here.


  • 2. Aiziks fan wrote:

    Aizik, you’re amazing! Keep making the Rebbe proud and spread your positive and easy attitude to everyone you come in contact with and may hashem bentch you and give you only hatzlacha from now on! Noch a fayer zait men raich!

  • 3. Anonymous wrote:

    How awful. Don’t know what’s going on in Stoughton.
    There were also 2 bad car accidents on the same day on the same street.


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