Gedalya Schmalberg became a Chabad-Lubavitch Chassid while studying at the Tiferes Bachurim yeshivah in the early 1980s. He went on to raise a large family in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., passing away on April 15 after battling COVID-19.

It was at Tiferes Bachurim that he began to delve deeply into his Jewish heritage, eventually becoming Torah observant.

For decades, Schmalberg worked as a computer engineer.

A former colleague recalled working with him years before, noting that “he was really nice and humble; he always made a kiddush Hashem.”

Schmalberg was a frequent congregant at Shain’s Shul in Crown Heights for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Aliza Chana, and their children: Yisroel Schmalberg, Avraham Meir Schmalberg, Miriam Baum, Aharon Elazar Schmalberg, Chaim Yaacov Schmalberg, Yosef Schmalberg and Tzvi Schmalberg.

He is also survived by siblings Andrea Newquist, Abby Hope, Ben Schmalberg and Cal Schmalberg.

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