Rabbi Michoel Namdar, who helped Iranian Jews escape persecution as a Shliach in Italy, and more recently lived in Crown Heights, passed away on Wednesday, 17 Shevat.
Rabbi Michoel Namdar, a beloved husband, father, son and brother from Milan and later of Crown Heights passed away on Wednesday, 17 Shvat after battling an illness.
He was 67 years old.
Michoel was part of a prominent family that had a close and unique relationship with the Rebbe and was a driving force in enabling hafotzas hamaayonos in Italy, by helping in establishing the local Bais Chabad in Milan and supporting Chabad Lubavitch in general.
In 1979, with the help of a number of tireless activists, among them Rabbi JJ Hecht, Chabad managed to bring hundreds of Jewish students out of Iran under the guise of traveling to America to study. R’ Michoel, in his position in Milan, served as one of the contact points, helping the students as they traveled through Italy on their way to the USA.
In the 1980s, Jewish refugees were escaping from Iran and transiting in Ladispoli, Italy. Upon the instructions of the Rebbe, R’ Michoel took responsibility for establishing support and care for all the families and their needs, setting up a Chabad House and full-time shluchim to serve the refugees.
He was a member of the Chevre Kadisha in both Milan and Crown Heights.
He is survived by his wife Perel (nee Altein) and their children Menachem Namdar – Crown Heights; Levy Namdar – Crown Heights; Chanie Mockin – Montreal, Canada; Toba Leah Golomb – Crown Heights; Devora Rivkah Namdar; and Daniel Namdar.
He is also survived by his mother Mrs. Malka Namdar, and siblings Yisroel Namdar – Milan; Rachel Vardi – Tel Aviv; Batsheva Chamami – Rechovot; Shmuel Namdar – Long Island; and Rabbi Alexander Namdar– Gothenburg, Sweden.
He was predeceased by his father Refael a”h and his brother Daniel a”h.
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He was always with a smile and cared about me. Will be very mised.