Apr 15, 2017
Rabbi Beryl Epstein, 58, OBM

Rabbi Beryl Epstein, famous for his walking tours around the Crown Heights neighborhood, passed away on Shabbos.

Rabbi Beryl Epstein, a Crown Heights resident who gave walking tours around the neighborhood for many years, passed away on Motzei Shabbos, 20 Nissan - Chol Hamoed Pesach, 5777.

He was 58.

A Chattanooga, Tennessee native raised in a non-religious Jewish family, Rabbi Epstein moved to Crown Heights at the age of 18, after he received a call from his older brother, Mordechai, who was about to join the Israel Defense Forces, he once told CNN.

Mordechai urged his younger brother to come to Crown Heights, where he was studying before heading to Israel. "I knew there must be more something I was missing," recalled Epstein.

His visit to Crown Heights the following year, 1977, inspired him to move there and to join Chabad. As a baal Teshuva living among chassidim, Epstein noticed there was a misconception among outsiders that Lubavitcher Jews shun the outside world.

"I felt there was such a need to acclimate society to Hasidic Jews," he said. "Its one thing to have people speak about Hasidim. Its another to have chassidim themselves speak."

Since 1982, Epstein has helped to bridge the community and the rest of the world by leading more than 200,000 New Yorkers, tourists, scholars and others on his Crown Heights walking tours which he called "living Judaism."

VIDEO: Rabbi Beryl Epstein and his faith


He founded the Chassidic Discovery Welcome center, which has given people from 71 countries an insider's look at the neighborhood where he lived, educating them on the Chassidic Jewish life and culture.

His tours, which included people of all faiths and nationalities, toured Crown Heights' Jewish landmarks, such as 770, the Matzah Bakery, Mikvah, Kingston Avenue shops, and kosher restaurants.

The tours, he would note, were "not meant to convert guests but to educate about culture and history."

He is survived by his children, Chaya, Yosef and Mendy.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Mordicai Epstein of Pittsburgh, Eron Epstein of Chattanooga, TN, and Rachel Epstein of Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

He was predeceased by his wife Dena Esther Epstein (nee Klein) OBM.

The levaya will take place tomorrow, Sunday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 1:00 pm and passing by 770 at 2:00 pm.

Shiva will take place at 930 eastern parkway #3
Shachris 10:00
Mincha 7:30
Mariv bizmano
Till monday morning

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes.




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1
bde
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Menachem we thinking of you!!!
(4/15/2017 10:39:15 PM)
2
What a loss!
He was such an amazing person! I can't understand this!!!
(4/15/2017 10:41:32 PM)
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BD"E
He was such a kind and giving person! May Hashem Grant his children the strength to carry on his important mission
(4/15/2017 10:43:01 PM)
4
Such a special man!!
We need moshiach!
(4/15/2017 10:45:14 PM)
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yossi stern
Omg! BDE, what a nice person!!!! Always friendly. So sad
(4/15/2017 10:45:28 PM)
6
Here's a video of Rabbi Beryl from 1 year ago
https://vimeo.com/146025424
(4/15/2017 10:51:40 PM)
7
Oy, such a refined and talented person, this is a real shock,
Hashem should strengthen and help his family and send Moshiach Now, too much already. Baruch Dayan Emes.
(4/15/2017 10:57:12 PM)
8
BDE
BDE
(4/15/2017 11:07:25 PM)
9
Heartbroken
A man who would never say loshen hora. May Hashem give
comfort and support to his dear family.
(4/15/2017 11:09:11 PM)
10
Beryl -A True Chossid. How Much Pain Can One Family Bear?
Rabbi Epstein undertook a job that was crucial in so many ways yet few if any would accept it. He was the solo Lubavitch diplomat to those who showed-up on our door step wanting to explore for themselves who and what we are
(4/15/2017 11:12:40 PM)
11
We need Moshiach!
I have no words!! Berel was a giant, always smiling. He raised 3 beautiful children and brought so many people closer to Hashem! A real loss to all
(4/15/2017 11:13:44 PM)
12
BDHE
Another one taken too soon. Moshiach now!
(4/15/2017 11:16:29 PM)
13
Oy so sad
So sad. My heart goes out to his children. Sad enough they lost their mother at a young age, and now their father.

May Hashem comfort them and give them strength to continue on, and may they be reunited once again with the coming of moshiach and techiyat hametim now!
(4/15/2017 11:33:05 PM)
14
World Record!
With all the groups he brought to 770 and had them put on tefilin he has the record of bringing the most people to the Rebbe (770) and getting the most yidden to put on tefilin. This is a world record!
(4/15/2017 11:56:10 PM)
15
Who will care for his children?
Hashem please have rachmanus...
(4/15/2017 11:57:35 PM)
16
So sad
. Mendy we are thinking of you. Keep up your positive spirit!
(4/16/2017 12:35:44 AM)
17
This is crazy!
Three children. No parents. The chabad community must step in here and help out in every way possible!! Baruch dayun haemes
(4/16/2017 1:30:21 AM)
18
Hard to lose a brother
Just don't know what to say
So painful. So loved. So close to the heart
Boruch Dayan Emes

yankel ginsburg
(4/16/2017 2:02:16 AM)
19
What a special person
BD'E His wife had been a special lady too. So sad.
(4/16/2017 2:24:44 AM)
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anonymous
Who's going to be there for his children??? So sad thinking of you kids. I remember I didn't know you at all but I came to help when your mum passed away. Thinking of you all. From London.
(4/16/2017 2:32:16 AM)
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BDH
He had a great zechus of bringing many to the Rebbe's shchuna.
(4/16/2017 3:03:37 AM)
22
who will take care of his children??
this is terrible! they are probably teens by now but if someone knows who is somewhat responsible for them , please post an email address so others can offer help. crown heights must care for these children!
(4/16/2017 4:25:23 AM)
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Baruch Dayan Ho'emes

May Hashem give each of you the strength and courage to follow your father's footsteps in bieng a truly refined Yid and Chosid making Hashem and the Rebbe very proud!
Mendy keep up that beautifully warm smile :)
(4/16/2017 4:46:35 AM)
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Shmuel Klein
BDE his nishama should have an Aliya and demand Moshiach Now
(4/16/2017 4:54:48 AM)
25
Extremely tragic!!
What a wonderful person.a truly great person.
may g-d give grant peace to his wonderful kids.
(4/16/2017 5:01:47 AM)
26

Such a wonderful friend and tzaddik.May we see him with the Rebbe MHM at Seudas Moshiach.
(4/16/2017 5:11:16 AM)
27
What a loss!
Some people can never be replaced. There is just one like them. This was rabbis Epstein. We will miss you.
(4/16/2017 5:29:32 AM)
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Only the most special
It's only neshamas like these that finish their mission so quickly
(4/16/2017 5:42:12 AM)
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Bde
B made a kiddish lubavitch! Praying for his family!
(4/16/2017 5:45:02 AM)
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Yonason Biggs
Boruch Dayan Hoemes. Parshas Sheminin teaches us that tremendous tragedies shown the greatness of the departed. May Hashem grant strength and comfort to his family and immediately return him through Moshiach and Techias Hamaisim
(4/16/2017 5:47:15 AM)
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Resident ,we must help
Friends, can a family friend help start a go fund me ? The children have no parents !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who will help pay the rent and bills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please let's help , can a family friend see if they need assistance
(4/16/2017 6:06:28 AM)
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Bde
Remember him from our days in Morristown. What a refined, aidel mentch. Loved seeing him on Kingston leading his groups
(4/16/2017 6:22:37 AM)
33
You will be so missed.
Beryl, forever in our hearts. You accomplished so much for the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach. You brought countless people, Jews and non-Jews to 770. You have left a deep imprint on many. No one can replace you. It's a personal loss for us and a loss to the entire Lubavitch community.
(4/16/2017 6:26:11 AM)
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Shliach
A SHLIACH who lived in Crown Heights. What a real person and sensitive person. Beryl we will miss you!
(4/16/2017 6:50:14 AM)
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BDE
I went along once on part of his tour. He had a special and beautiful way of relating to people of any background or culture and explaining the world of Crown Heights and its Chassidim to those folks. In a creative and effective way, he also left them with food for thought about their own individual lives and purpose on this earth. It must be that his petira, the end of his work, means that Moshiach is coming immediately. Wishing all the best to his children and family. -- CS
(4/16/2017 7:10:10 AM)
36
What a loss
Such a tragedy. He was our Ben bayis when he came to crown heights in the eighties. May H comfort his family and bring Moshiach and bring back our loved ones Now
(4/16/2017 7:37:13 AM)
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RLM
Nooooooooooo
(4/16/2017 7:38:11 AM)
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Rsq
BD"E
A very big loss
He greeted you with a smile bigger then the sun.
He was a true mentch.
Stayed in his parents home.
Truly a wonderful family.
Hwe will he missed.
(4/16/2017 8:03:38 AM)
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BDE
I remember how he and his wife helped me and my then fiancee acclimate to the community 29 years ago. He was a real help and inspiration. Will be sorely missed. C.L.
(4/16/2017 8:06:17 AM)
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An important person.
BDE, I can't believe I am saying this. Beryl was such a special individual. I remember him as an important figure in my childhood and young adulthood as a person I always respected. It is so hard to hear this news. His family should know that as a community we mourn his loss. He always had this magnificant smile on his face, helped others in their time of need, and was their for the community. I could only imagine that at this moment he knew he needed to go to Hashems doors and demand moshiach now. He always spoke about moshiach, I know Beryl is on a mission and he is on his way to demand moshiach from up close! There are no words. May his family find comfort. We as a community need to reach out to the children, be there for them, and assist wherever possible. Moshiach now, ad massai?!
(4/16/2017 8:26:16 AM)
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Shmuel Klein
BDE his nishama should have an Aliya and demand Moshiach Now
(4/16/2017 8:27:47 AM)
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The crown heights shliach
Boruch Dayan hoemes, a terrible loss. His walking tours always warmed my heart, time to walk to the geula, special man!
(4/16/2017 9:39:16 AM)
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BDE
I did not know him personally but always saw him at work. I hope his children continue his amazing work! If anyone can do it, it is them.

They saw first hand what and how he did it.
(4/16/2017 10:00:57 AM)
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Bde
In the early years he ate with us shabbos meals. So so sad
Hard to digest. Hashem please send quick healing to his lovely children!
(4/16/2017 10:02:58 AM)
45
Who will be there for the children...
And a fund...
(4/16/2017 10:24:10 AM)
46
So sad
Yaisef we thinking of you

Friends from postville
(4/16/2017 10:34:27 AM)
47
One of the finest
R' Beryl was one of the finest people I have ever met. He would give a great big warm smile and focus on you like nothing else was going on in the world and only you mattered. He was such a great person, yet so humble and always happy! I will miss him dearly.
(4/16/2017 10:38:32 AM)
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BDE
Some of my fondest yeshiva memories involve chapping a shmooze or a light moment with Beryl and his brother Mordechai in Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim. I can't recall a single memory of himl without that infectious smile.
(4/16/2017 11:14:19 AM)
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Asher White
Such a terrible loss. . No words suffice to describe the emptiness and void created by this loss.
(4/16/2017 11:32:46 AM)
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Ruth Gaerman
Have known Beryl since he was a Bochur.... Always pure, Emesdika, ibbergegeben to all the great stuff he was doing! A real Chossid!
(4/16/2017 11:34:49 AM)
51
Very beloved
He is also survived by two frum siblings, Mordechai in Pittsburgh and Yocheved in Baltimore
(4/16/2017 12:24:09 PM)
52
BDE
Is there a go fund me or chesed fund being set up?
(4/16/2017 12:24:23 PM)
53
Is anyone that knows..
Please tell ,..Is anyone taking care of meals for the children?
(4/16/2017 12:42:37 PM)
54
Binah Bindell
Berel Epstien was one of the sweetest Neshama's,
May his memory always be for Brachas. May HaShem give an extra measure of kindness and blessings to his beautiful children, Mendy, Chaya and Yosef.
(4/16/2017 1:22:48 PM)
55
#53
Could you call Esther Blau please
(4/16/2017 1:57:53 PM)
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Dovid Olensky
BDE. Beryl & his brother Mordechai. Old friends of mine from my years in Hadar HaTorah & afterwards. Sweet Chassidishe Yidden. Beryl, you will be missed. You did your Shlichus down here; now do what's needed up there to bring Moshiach.
Moshiach & Techias Hameisim now!
(4/16/2017 2:03:32 PM)
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Baruch dayan haEmes
A beautiful neshama. May his children be well loooked after
(4/16/2017 2:17:39 PM)
58
please set uo gofund me
where can i send support ??
ASAP PLEASE
(4/16/2017 2:23:46 PM)
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moshe kaminsky
I was in Yeshiva at the same time as Beryl'in the70s.He had a heart of gold.Hashem should give strength to all of his children brothers and sisters and oyher relatives.Beryl should ask Hashem to send the Geulah Shlaimah now!
(4/16/2017 2:25:04 PM)
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BDE
Has anyone started a fund for the yesomim? Id like to give.
(4/16/2017 2:30:18 PM)
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miryam
please set up something. we wld very want to help out.
(4/16/2017 2:31:15 PM)
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Oy he was such a nice person
Bde.
I knew him he was a truly kind person always smiling....
We need moshiach now!!
(4/16/2017 3:15:30 PM)
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BDE
BDE
(4/16/2017 3:16:12 PM)
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BDE
He was such a Chossid .. Ad Mosei !!! SUCH A Nice man !!!
(4/16/2017 3:41:53 PM)
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Good yomtov
Dear Epstein children! May Hashem heal your hearts!The community are here for you!!!
(4/16/2017 4:06:09 PM)
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A Salute to Rabbi Beryl Epstein A"H
BH

Dear Family of Reb Beryl, his children - our cousins - his daughter Chayah, and sons Yosef Yitzchak and Menachem Mendel and all our Brothers and Sisters Fellow CHassidim, Fellow Jews, and all Fellow Friends of Rabbi Beryl Epstein of Blessed Memory

We are all in shock and stunned at the severe illness and then early passing of our dear fellow chassid and lamplighter and SHliach of the Rebbe Reb Beryl Alav HaSHalom

Lets all bring Moshiach by being even more welcoming and friendly to one another in honor of Beryl AH.

Here s a few things Beryl told me and my family:

As of nine years ago, when he told me this, He brought over a quarter of a million visitors to Crown Heights on his tours! (that was nine years ago - must be much closer to the half million mark by now!)
He would notify the Rebbe when he was bringing a group for the afternoon services - Mincha and then, the Rebbe would come to daven downstairs in the big synagogue instead of the small synagogue adjacent to his office - so that the ladies would be able to see from the Ezras Nashim and be part of the service.
One time, a teacher bringing a group from his school asked Reb Beryl AH if his kids can receive dimes for charity Tzedakah from the Rebbe as a blessing and memento, and Beryl said that he can ask the Rebbe through his secretariat - Mazkirus, which he did, and then when that group came, the Rebbe came downstairs for prayers Mincha prayers and stopped by this group and their teacher and gave them dimes - and a very special blessing to the teacher for success in his teaching and educating children. A few years later, this teacher came over to Reb Beryl at a wedding and very excitedly told him that he has to tell him what happened then! He had quietly decided that it was time for to leave the field of education - and when the Rebbe gave that blessing - the teacher resolved to continue in Jewish Education with a passion and he went on to become one of the main educators in the Organization Torah UMesorah - he became a Teacher to Teachers.
On the day of his son Yosefs Bris, The Rebbe turned around and wanted to know why the Tachanun prayer is not being recited and when Beryl told the Rebbe that he is having the Bris celebration that day - the Rebbe did not say tachanun - Yud Shvat 5752 (?)


AS a newlywed young couple, Beryl and his dear wife Dena of Blessed Memory (our dear cousin) would host me and my family and friends for Shabbat meals and they had such a delight and happiness in seeing us all succeed in doing our work to bring Moshiach Now!

Even after Denas untimely illness and passing around 15 years ago, Beryl kept up his happiness and his dedication to his children and to all of the people he met.

On a very personal note, He always welcomed me and my mekuravim when wed come and visit to stay at his apartment in Crown Heights with such a warmth and happiness and love.

In fact, a few families of the guests whom he hosted are Chassidim today and their wives and kids went through proper conversion according to Halachah - Giyur Kahalachah - because of his hospitality and living example of Mesirus Nefesh to bring Moshiach Now!

He was always an endless source of inspiration and ideas on SHlichus activities and my conversations he had with me over the past few months

Beryl passed away on the day that we read about Yechezkel Ezekiel the Prophet breathing life into the dead dry bones of many, many people and bringing them back to a life of Torah - The Rebbe spoke about this and said that this is our Mission - to breathe life into the people and bring the close to G-d and His Torah and Mitzvos - indeed a heros salute to Beryl.

In honor of Beryl AH Lets all add in our deeds of goodness and kindness to bring Moshiach Now!

A brother and comrade in arms of Beryl,

Rabbi Mendel Cunin, Los Angeles, CA

(4/16/2017 4:20:23 PM)
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bde.
I know how good of a father he was to his children. Especially after his wife passed away. I know them. He was their EVERYTHING! He was such a good father! My heart hurts. I don't understand why hashem would do this. Who will care for his three children?
(4/16/2017 4:28:38 PM)
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Rusty Smith
I love my cousin Beryl, of blessed memory!
May his sweet spirit be blessed in the World
to come. He is already missed!
(4/16/2017 10:57:09 PM)
69
Bais Shmuel started a fund


Dear Bais Shmuel Members and Friends,

As you already know, Rabbi Beryl Epstein tragically passed away yesterday the 4th day of Chol Hamoed.

He left behind three beautiful children including Mendy who has been part of the Bais Shmuel family for many years.

We are trying to assist the yesomim at this dire time by raising $50,000 and ask you to please join in this great Mitzvah in any way possible.

We've already received $3,600 total from 3 very generous BS members.

Please respond generously at www.paypal@baisshmuel.com // www.baisshmuel.com or reply to this email.

(4/18/2017 9:09:54 PM)
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To #55
Plz post Esther blaus info so that those that want to help...can
(4/18/2017 10:18:24 PM)
71
Thank you.
Appreciate all the brachos and stories about my father.

Since people keep asking to donate here is the place https://www.generosity.com/memorial-fundraising/epstein-family-fund and if anyone wants to bring meals https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/l7zd04 and Shachris is at 10 am and Mincha at 5 pm and Mariv at 8:30 pm.

Thank you. Tizku Limitzvos.

Chaya Epstein
(4/18/2017 11:12:02 PM)
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Looking for a way to help the family? Donate here:
https://www.generosity.com/memorial-fundraising/epstein-family-fund
(4/19/2017 6:15:22 AM)
73
Shmuel Klein
BDE his nishama should have an Aliya and demand Moshiach Now
(4/19/2017 7:34:01 AM)
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BDH
He had a great zechus of bringing many to the Rebbe's shchuna.
(4/19/2017 7:41:23 AM)
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Dovid Pearson
I worked with him in Tzach in the 80s when he was just getting started. He was an ish poshut - and he knew it - and that's why it worked. He would do whatever the task required without questioning and always had a smile and word of encouragement. Z'chuso yogein aleinu.
(4/19/2017 7:41:51 AM)
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Wonderful person
Moshiach will explain all this. We'll see it was the best possible. But till then it's heartbreaking. He was a fine, genuinely friendly person with simple faith, a big heart and a warm smile. He loved people. May HaShem comfort us all with Moshiach NOW! And the raising of the dead SOON!!
(4/19/2017 7:54:32 AM)
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Mail trucks into mitzvah tanks
I remember when Beryl got the idea of turning retired mail trucks into mitzvah tanks, and he dragged me to some lot to see them. I believe that he even obtained one and drove it around. Does anybody remember seeing this?

Dovid Pearson
(4/19/2017 10:37:45 AM)
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OVER SEAS
SHOCKT NO WORDS what aDEAR NESHAMO
(4/19/2017 2:18:01 PM)
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YB
When I was an eltere bocher in 770, I developed a friendship with R' Beryl.
I personally witnessed one of his tours. What many people don't know is that at the beginning of his tours he would the tourists about Frum Yiddishkeit, origins of chasidim, and the importance of sheva mitzvahs for non jews.
At a Shabbos meal at his home he told me a little about his story, and how R' Zalman Shimon Dvorkin, was mesader kiddushin at his wedding, even though he was terminally ill, still he insisted to do it. This was Rabbi Dvorkin's last wedding he officiated at. The reason being was because R' Beryl, was a Baal Teshuvah, and a descendant of a big chossid (maybe R' Michoel der alter, but not 100% sure) who Rabbi Dvorkin new.
Even with financial strains, R' Beryl always did his very best to provide for his children, raise them and give them everything he could and arrange tutors, shiurim, and farbrengens for them.
My heart goes out to his children, and I know as the Rambam concludes Sefer Mishpotim, R' Beryl from on high, is looking after his children and continuing his shlichus.
May you only experience simchos and besuros tovois from now on.
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Avalay Tzion VeYerusholayim

Yisroel Lebenholc
Melbourne, Australia


(4/19/2017 10:18:05 PM)
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please help them
Heart breaking!

Please help them at https://www.generosity.com/memorial-fundraising/epstein-family-fund

Yossi Paltiel
(4/20/2017 11:33:13 AM)
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Condolences to the Family
Beryl lit up a room with his warmth and Southern charm. Such a loss....may his family find comfort and strength.
(4/21/2017 7:45:36 AM)
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Baruch Dayan hames
Hashem rachmunus
(4/21/2017 3:44:17 PM)
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Jewish tours
Beryl also had a vision to set up an information center in Crown Heights for tourists. To have a shliach stationed there to do mivtzoim to the people who visit CH, for both Jews and Non Jews. Not just for mivtzoim but just to direct people who are visiting CH for their first time. (This is also important as how many guests do we see who come and don't know where to go) . Beryl had this dream to build this information centre on the big empty plot of land on Union/ Albany. Maybe one day his vision will occur...
(4/22/2017 2:36:26 AM)
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contact information?
Is there a phone number/ email address to contact the availim to be Menachem Ovel and also stories?
(4/22/2017 10:17:35 PM)
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Boruch Dayan Hoemes
Hamakom yenachem eschem besoch shaar aveilei tzion viyerushalayim, vehikitzu veranenu shocnei ofor vehu besoichom

yossi feigelstock
(4/23/2017 4:34:32 PM)
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