After valiantly clinging to life for 13 days, Chaya Moussia Zaltzman, the 6-year-old daughter of Chabad emissaries to the Niagara region, peacefully returned her soul to her maker early Shabbat morning, her mother wrote in a Facebook post late Saturday night.

During those 13 days, Jewish communities around the world prayed for her recovery, adding in mitzvah observance and acts of unity.

“[We are] thankful to the Almighty for each minute of the 6 years, 4 months and 6 days he had entrusted us with the most precious of souls, our adored Moussia,” wrote Perla Zaltzman, who serves as a first-grade teacher at Hamilton Hebrew Academy and as co-director of Chabad Lubavitch Niagara with her husband, Rabbi Zalman Zaltzman. “The past 12 days we continued to shower her with so much love thanks to your support, prayers and mitzvot ... Moussia, with our shattered hearts yet overflowing with love, we will continue to parent and adore you while you’re in Heaven, until we reunite with the coming of Moshiach now!”


Moussia was the third child of Rabbi Zalman and Perla Zaltzman, natives of Toronto and France, respectively, who moved to the S. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, to found what would become a thriving Chabad center operating on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border in the environs of Niagara Falls.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by siblings Menachem Mendel, 10; Daniel Elyahu, 8; and Pessia Esther, 3.

She is also survived by her grandparents, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak and Chiena Zaltzman, director of the Jewish Russian Community Center of Toronto; and Rabbi Reuven and Zippora Matusof, Chabad emissaries in Paris; in addition to aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral will take place on Sunday, departing from 770 Chabad Gate in Thornhill, Ontario, at 3 p.m. The funeral procession will arrive at the Hamilton Hebrew Academy (60 Dow Avenue) at 4 p.m. and depart shortly afterwards for a graveside service at 5 p.m. at Anshei Yosher Niagara (812 Lyons Creek Road, Welland, Ontario.)

Shiva will be observed at the Zaltzman home at 12 Wood Dale Drive in S. Catherines.