Surrounded by family for the Passover seders, Rabbi Alter Boruch Weiss didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. But just 24 hours later, Weiss was rushed to the hospital with a severe and rapidly spiralling case of COVID-19, and passed away shortly afterwards on April 11.

He served as a longtime and much-loved schoolteacher in the Chassidic town of New Square, N.Y., where he was a dedicated Chassid of Rabbi David Twerky and studiously adhered to the tenets of the Skver dynastic tradition.

Weiss was known for his stately appearance and penchant for kindness.

He is survived by his wife and three children, and leaves behind a grieving community.

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