Moshe J. Kotlarsky is an Orthodox Hasidic rabbi and works for the Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement which oversees 4,000 religious and educational institutions worldwide.
In 1984 as a young talented man, Kotlarsky was called upon by Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, a secretary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and asked to help work in the office. Since then, among various tasks, he has helped arranged the Kinus Hashluchim, the international conference of Chabad emissaries which takes place in New York each fall, eventually serving as it's chairman. At the conference, over 4,000 emissaries and their families participate in workshops, social events, a shared Shabbat and a banquet.
Moshe is the son of Rabbi Tzvi Yosef (Hershel) Kotlarsky (d. 2008), a native of Otwosk, Poland who spent the war years in Shanghai. The elder Rabbi Kotlarsky was a member of the administration of Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim, the main Lubavitch yeshiva in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for over 40 years.
Kotlarsky married Rivka Kazen, one of the six daughters of Rabbi Shlomo Schneur Zalman Kazen, who opened the first Jewish girls school in France in 1946 upon the directive of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Rivka was born in Paris, where the school was located. In 1953 Kazen moved his growing family to America and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Kazen's only son, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kazen (1954–1998), became a Chabad pioneer in the use of internet and email technology to spread Jewish knowledge.
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