With sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of Reb Sholom Ber (“Berke”) Raskin of Crown Heights. He passed away on Shabbos Parshas Behar, 20 Iyar. He was 84.
Reb Berke was a son of the chossid Reb Aron Leib Laine, who died during the siege of Leningrad during World War 2. His mother Doba Reiza (nee Raskin) managed to live out the war in the Russian city of Gorki with her four sons and made it to Crown Heights after the war, where she was niftar in 5730/1970.
Reb Berke was a fixture in the Crown Heights business scene for well over 50 years and did much chesed in that capacity.
On Rosh Chodesh Adar I 5719/1959 he married Esther Lipskier, daughter of Reb Yankel Lipskier, and was zoche to have the Rebbe be mesader kiddushin.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Esther Raskin – Crown Heights; Children: Aron Leib Raskin – Crown Heights, Yossi Raskin – Crown Heights, Chanie Greene, Rochester, Minnesota, Shaina Moss – Yerushalayim, Bracha Richler – Los Angeles, Shlomo Raskin – Crown Heights, Doba Rimler – Crown Heights, and Basya Komar – Crown Heights.
He is also survived by his brothers Michel Raskin – Crown Heights, Chaim Dovid Laine, Crown Heights and Bentzion Raskin – Crown Heights,
The Levaya will take place Sunday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Borough Park at 12:30pm and pass by 770 at 1:30pm.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.