Rabbi Deitsch had organized Jewish activities in France, Israel and Haditch, Ukraine
By Chabad.org Staff April 16, 2017
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, who served as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and Israel, passed away on Shabbat in Jerusalem as the result of injuries sustained last October in an anti-Semitic attack in Ukraine. He was 64.
Deitsch had been active in strengthening Jewish life in the former Soviet Union for many years, and was a central organizer of hospitality and programming at the burial site of Chabad’s founder—Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in Haditch, Ukraine. He was attacked at the central train station in the city of Zhitomir after spending Rosh Hashanah in Haditch.
The rabbi was discovered the morning after the attack and was admitted to the intensive-care unit at a regional hospital, where he was diagnosed with multiple head injuries and brain trauma.
Deitsch underwent emergency surgery in Zhitomir while the victim’s family in Israel urgently worked with the Israeli government and emergency-services organizations in Jerusalem to arrange an airlift to Tel Hashomer hospital in Ramat Gan.
Later that month, four suspects were arrested for the brutal beating and robbery.
The rabbi had been in a coma since the time of the attack and his condition began to deteriorate in recent weeks.