Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, regional director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Illinois, died in Chicago on March 4 at age 59, after a routine surgical procedure.
Rabbi Moscowitz was Chabad's head shliach (emissary) in Illinois. He had also served as President of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC), senior Rabbi at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, and as an international leader of Chabad's network of emissaries.
A native of Chicago's North Side, Moscowitz and his younger brothers attended Bais Yaakov. He then attended Telshe Yeshiva in Chicago, followed by study at Chabad yeshivahs in Montreal and Brooklyn. He was selected to serve as a senior student at the Chabad yeshivah in Brunoy, France. After marrying Esther Rochel Aronow, the newly ordained Rabbi Moscowitz returned to Chicago. Here, he joined Chabad representative Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Hecht of Congregation Anshei Lubavitch, the Head Shliach of the state, succeeding him upon his passing.
Under Moscowitz's leadership, Chabad of Illinois established some 37 new institutions in 21 Illinois cities, including the Tannenbaum Chabad House that serves Jewish students at Northwestern University. The Chabad community of Illinois now boasts full kindergarten- through-12th-grade educational institutions for boys and girls, as well as services for seniors and children with special needs. In 1995, Moscowitz opened a new synagogue on Chicago's far North Side, named Bais Menachem Nusach Ari, in honor of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Upon Moscowitz's passing, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk tweeted: "Saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and Illinois leader Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz. May his memory be for a blessing."
Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf, the director of Seymour J, Abrams Cheder Lubavich Hebrew Day School, called Moscowitz "a towering figure, not only in Cheder Lubavich of Illinois, but in the global work of Chabad. He was prominent in leading 4,000 shlichim (emissaries)… in every state, and in 84 countries. Has done so much for Judaism; the roots that he planted decades ago resulted in the beautiful trees that we see now."
Rabbi Moscowitz is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Rochel Moscowitz, and their children: Mrs. Sterna Sarah Newman, Rabbi Meir Shimon Moscowitz, Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Moscowitz, Rabbi Yehoshua Zelik Moscowitz, Mrs. Chana Teldon, Mrs. Rivka Sternberg, Mrs. Chava Kagen, Rabbi Leibel Moscowitz, and Mrs. Chaya Mushka Hecht.
Rabbi Moscowitz's children live in New York, Illinois, and Canada. He also is survived by many grandchildren, by his parents, Chicago residents Rabbi Efraim and Tzivia Moscowitz, and by his brothers, Rabbi Moshe Moscowitz and Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz, both of Chicago, and Eli Moscowitz, who resides in Brussels, Belgium.
The levaya (funeral) took place at Congregation Bnai Ruven in Chicago on March 5, with interment at the Lubavitch section of the Silverman and Weiss Cemetery in Forest Park, Ill. To write directly to the family, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, 2833 West Howard Street, Chicago, Illinois 60645, or at www.chabadillinois.com.