|Rabbi Hershel Fogelman|
Rabbi Hershel Fogelman, the longest serving Chabad-Lubavitch emissary who led the growth of Jewish life in Massachusetts, passed away on June 2 at the age of 91.
He immigrated to the United States from Poland, and in the early 1940s, was sent on shlicus to Worcester, Mass., by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory. There, he founded the Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Academy and synagogue, and subsequently served as director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Western Massachusetts.
The school, which comprises pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade, has educated thousands of Jewish children since its establishment in 1942.
The rabbi and his wife, Rochelle Fogelman, ran a Chabad House that became so successful that it prompted emissaries to settle in vicinities east of Worcester, towards the growing suburbs of Boston. Today, six other Chabad Houses are situated in Framingham, Milford, Natick, Sudberry, Wellesley and Westborough.
In addition to his wife, the rabbi is survived by their children: Bassie Levin (Worcester, Mass.); Rabbi Menachem Mendel Fogelman (Worcester, Mass.); Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Fogelman (Natik, Mass.); Rabbi Shmuel Binyomin (Mushi) Fogelman (Los Angeles, Calif.): Sheva Liberow (Worcester, Mass.); Rabbi Mordechai (Mutty) Fogelman (Crown Heights, N.Y.); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Rabbi Chaim Yosef Fogelman of New York.
A more extensive obituary on Rabbi Fogelman is being prepared by Chabad.org.