The passing of Rabbi Chaim Moshe Strulovics on April 1 as a result of COVID-19 has shocked residents of Lakewood, N.J., where he was a beloved community leader and generous benefactor.

From his humble roots in Hungary, deeply established in Chassidic tradition, Strulovics maintained a close relationship with many Chassidic courts over his lifetime, and personally contributed millions to people and causes across the spectrum of the Jewish community.

As a young man, he received rabbinical ordination and lived in Belgium for several years after his marriage before relocating to Vienna to try his hand at the family’s real estate business.

As his business grew, Strulovics relocated to Lakewood, N.J., becoming a widely known member of the community, eventually founding the Daas Kedoshim-Butshatch synagogue. He was known for his generosity and kindness, and the positive lens through which he viewed the world.

Strulovics is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

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