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In memoriam: Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky of Crown Heights helped expand Chabad movement globally

June 18, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CROWN HTS. AND QUEENS — Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and Director of the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, drew a crowd for his funeral at Montefiore Cemetery on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Queens. According to an obituary published in the Jewish Journal, Kotlarsky was born on May 28, 1949, in Crown Heights, the home of Chabad’s world headquarters. Working with the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson before his passing in 1994, Kotlarsky is credited with expanding Chabad globally and carrying on the Rebbe’s legacy by establishing thousands of Chabad outposts. An obituary published June 13 in the New York Times chronicled Kotlarsky’s education in Montreal before returning to Brooklyn to work for Chabad, whose mission was to revitalize Jewish life for secular or non-observant Jews in areas around the world where there was not yet a Jewish community.

Kotlarsky also served as chair of the International Kinus Hashluchim, the annual convention of Chabad emissaries, which hosts thousands of emissaries in Crown Heights every year. They gathered along Eastern Parkway for their “class picture” in a lineup stretching several city blocks.

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