A mentor and role model to many in the community of Monsey, N.Y., where he lived, Rabbi Gershon Sabol was executive director of Yedei Chesed in Monsey, an organization that helps developmentally challenged children and their families. He passed away on March 29 after contracting COVID-19.

He was also a board member of Yaldei Shluchei HaRebbe, a similar organization that provides support and guidance Chabad emissaries raising children with special needs. Remembered for his extraordinary patience and kindness, he always had the time to help those in need.

In previous years, he served as the assistant director of development at Ohel Children’s Home; administrator of Beth Rivkah Schools in Montreal, Canada; and consultant to the NCFJE.

Born in 1956, he grew up in East Flatbush, N.Y., in the home of Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda “JJ” and Rebbetzin Chava Hecht.

“He was a true leader, with smarts and discipline,” attested Rabbi Shea Hecht. “A tremendously talented individual with a knack for administration. He had an exceptional work ethic.”

After marrying his wife, Rochel Levine, in 1978, he was an administrator for the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife and seven children. He is also survived by his brother, Rabbi Dovid Sabol.

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