By Anash.org reporter
With sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of Reb Leibel Mochkin, a”h of Crown Heights. He passed away on Shabbos Chazon, the 9th of Av.
He was 95 years old.
Reb Leibel was the son of the mashpia Reb Peretz Mochkin. In 5706/1946 he was very active in the escape from the Soviet Union by thousands of Chassidim, bribing officials and helping arrange passports. In New York he remained active in the cause for Soviet Jews, specifically through Ezras Achim, helping send money and other aid to his brethren there.
He was also active in the Crown Heights community and was known for his hachnosas orchim and for helping a fellow in need. He was also a member of the board of several mosdos of Torah and Chesed.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Riva Mochkin (nee Shimanovitch), by his sons Levi – Melbourne, Australia, Yossel – Crown Heights, Shimon – Crown Heights, Mendel – Crown Heights, and daughters Rochel Kaplan – Montreal, Canada, Chiena Cohen – Lakewood, NJ, and Feigy Fellig, Miami Beach, FL.
He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Berel Mochkin of Montreal and Mrs. Gutte Schapiro of Crown Heights. He was predeceased by his brothers Yossel and Mulle of Crown Heights.
The Levaya will take place at Shomrei Hadas at 2:30 pm today, passing by 770 at 3:30 pm.
Shiva will take place at 623 Empire Blvd.
Shachris – 6:45, 8:30, 9:30.
Mincha and Maariv bizmanom.
Baruch Dayan Ha’Emes.
Shiva condolences can be emailed to [email protected]. The family requests of anyone who has special stories or memories to share them with the family.