Rabbi Aaron Lazer Ceitlin, 61, OBM

With great sadness and pain we inform you of the untimely passing of Rabbi Aaron Eliezer Ceitlin, OBM, one of the Rebbe’s first personal Shluchim to Eretz Yisroel, director of the Chabad kindergarten network in Tzfas and a Mashpia who inspired tens of thousands all over the world. He was 61 years old.

Rabbi Ceitlin was born in Montreal to Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel OBM and Rivkah YBD”L Ceitlin. He is named after his grandfather, who battled the Soviets by spreading Judaism in Russia in defiance of the communist regime.

He was one of the Shluchim sent personally by the Rebbe to Eretz Yisroel in the mid-1970s. He settled in Tzfas, where he oversees a network of kindergartens dedicated to giving 15,000 of the city’s young children a proper Jewish education.

Rabbi Ceitlin’s passing comes after a year-long battle with a terrible illness.

He is survived by his wife Ruti and their children; Levi Yitzchok (Haifa, Israel), Mendy (Tzfat, Israel), Chani, Devorah Leah Edelkopf (Crown Heights), Sternie Edelkopf (Crown Heights), Chaya Wolosow (Tzfas, Israel) and Heshy.

He is also Survived by his siblings; Shterna Sara Kalmanson (Cincinatti, OH), Brocho Teitelbaum (Crown Heights), Zelda Yarmush (Montreal, Canada), Esti Benshimon (Montreal, Canada), Yosef Yitzchok Ceitlin (Toronto, Canada) and Devorah Leah Mishulovin (Los Angeles, CA).

The Levaya will take place today, times will be posted when they are announced.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes

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