Rabbi Dov Nelken, a beloved father and grandfather, and an active member of the Chabad community in Toronto, passed away on Thursday, 20 Av.
Rabbi Dov Nelken, a beloved father and grandfather, and an active member of the Chabad community in Toronto, passed away on Thursday, 20 Av, 5781.
He was 74 years old.
Rabbi Yechiel Dov Nelken was born in Montreal to his parents R’ Avrohom Menachem and Reizel. As a child, he studied in Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim in Montreal and as a bochur he studied in Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Kfar Chabad.
After his marriage to Miriam Bistritsky, they went on shlichus to Richmond, Virginia and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. While on shlichus, he earned his degree in education and was sent by the Rebbe to Montreal to pursue a shlichus in chinuch. Over the years, he was offered jobs in the public school system with much better salaries that what Jewish schools could offer, but he only excepted employment in Jewish schools, saying he only wanted to focus on the education of Yiddishe kinderlach. Over his decades of teaching, he used his kind and gentle approach in education to successfully build up talmidim to realize their full potential.
Approximately 12 years ago, they moved to Toronto where Rabbi Nelken became a vibrant member of the Lubavitch community.
He is survived by his wife Miriam and their children Nechama Dina Arnold – Los Angeles, CA; Toba Freundlich – Montreal, Canada; Zev Nelken – Crown Heights; Chanie Marcus – Melbourne, Australia; Mordechai Nelken – Montreal, Canada; Chanoch Nelken – Toronto, Canada; Yutty Nelken – Flatbush, NY; Leah Morgenstein – Miami, FL; Rivkah Bronchtain – Las Vegas, NV; Abe Nelken – Kingston, PA; and Shlomie Nelken – Hallendale Beach, FL.
He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Ruchie Engel of California, she will be sitting shiva in Crown Heights. She can be reached at 9548251431, for shiva info message 2489908022.
The levaya will take place Motzei Shabbos in Toronto at 10:30 PM at 770 Chabad Gate – front entrance only.
Kevura will take place in Tzfas, Eretz Yisroel on Monday afternoon.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes – Yechiel Dov Ben Avraham Menachem Nelken