Rabbi Boruch Gelfand passed away in April, during the first days of Passover, after contracting COVID-19.

At a time when it wasn’t assumed that every student in a Jewish day school would progress to a yeshivah for a higher Torah education, Gelfand was among the first American-born boys to enroll and study in the Brooklyn, N.Y., branch of the famed Mir yeshivah.

He became exceptionally close to his teachers during his time there, most notably the dean, Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz.

At his wedding, Gelfand’s parents walked on one side as they walked down the aisle, with Kalmonitz on the other, the latter noting, “I also raised him.”

A longtime resident of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., he is survived by a sister, Dina Gorlin.

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