Jewish Community Mourns Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, 66

Jewish Community Mourns Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, 66

by Staff Writer

February 8, 2016

Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin (Josh) Gordon, 66, Chabad representative of Encinco, California since 1973, passed away on Monday, 29 Shevat 5776, after battling an illness.

Rabbi Gordon and his wife Deborah were among the Rebbe’s early representatives to the state of California. Under his leadership, Jewish life in the San Fernando Valley would blossom. From his headquarters in Tarzana, Rabbi Gordon oversaw the establishment of 26 Chabad centers, mikvahs, Hebrew schools, summer camps, adult education, and a host of social and religious programs serving the region.

With sensitivity and concern for the individual, Rabbi Gordon fostered a spirit of unity and camaraderie among the Chabad representatives leading the Valley's Jewish communities. He became widely known and much regarded for the daily online classes he led on Chumash with Rashi, the book of Tanya and Maimonides’s Mishneh Torah.

"Rabbi Gordon's success guiding the many Chabad representatives and centers under his aegis, made him a role model to many shluchim," said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, in a statement this morning. "His many accomplishments, and the inspiration he brought to so many individuals and families through his classes and his leadership, make this a very sad day. His premature passing will leave a huge void."

Son of the late Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon, a Chasidic personality and representative in New Jersey, Gordon descended from an illustrious Chasidic family.

He is survived by his wife Rebbetzin Deborah Gordon, and their children, Rabbi Yossi Gordon – Woodland Hills, CA, Yochanon Gordon – Tarzana, CA, Faygie Herzog – Encino, CA, Rabbi Eli Gordon – Encino, CA, Dena Rabin – West Hills, CA and Chaya Mushka Drizin – Los Angeles, CA; and grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings Mrs. Yocheved Baitelman - Brooklyn, NY; Mrs. Chanie Friedman - St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Bluma Rivkin - New Orleans, Louisiana; Rabbi Yossi Gordon - Melbourne, Australia; Rabbi Mendel Gordon - London, England; Mrs. Frumie Posner - Birmingham, Alabama.

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