Moshe Kotlarsky

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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.[1]


In 1970, Rabbi Kotlarsky was appointed to work for Merkos by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and asked to help work in the office.[citation needed] Since then, among various tasks, he has helped arrange the Kinus Hashluchim, the international conference of Chabad emissaries which takes place in New York City each fall, eventually serving as its chairman.[2] At the conference, over 4,000 emissaries and their families participate in workshops, social events, a shared Shabbat and a banquet.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Moshe is the son of Rabbi Tzvi Yosef (Hershel) Kotlarsky (d. 2008), a native of Otwosk, Poland[4] who spent the war years in Shanghai.[5] 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.[4]

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.[6] 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Forward 50, 2008". The Jewish Daily Forward. 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "PHOTOS & VIDEOS: More Than 4,000 Chabad Shluchim Gather For Annual Convention". Yeshiva World News. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Bensoussan, Barbara (3 November 2010). "Colossal Convergence". Mishpacha. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Rabbi Tzvi Yosef Kotlarsky OBM". 8 December 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Center Revives Shanghai's Jewish History". The Scribe. 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Groner, Rishe. "Kazen Sisters". Binah Sisters Supplement, Pesach 5772, pp. 26–31. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  7. ^ Zaklikowski, Dovid (2008). "Pioneer of the Jewish Internet Had a Passion for People". Retrieved 7 February 2011. 

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