- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Daniel Moscowitz, a Jewish rabbi who helped encourage the growth of Chabad-Lubavitch (huh-BHAD’ loo-BAH’-vich) centers in more than 20 Illinois cities, has died at age 59.

Rabbi Baruch Epstein of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois says Moscowitz died in Chicago on Tuesday following routine surgery.

Moscowitz, the group’s director, led the organization as it grew to nearly 40 centers in 21 Illinois cities with schools and services for seniors and children with special needs. He recently oversaw the opening of a new Chabad center in Carbondale.

Moscowitz was active in Jewish communal leadership on a national and global level. Chabad-Lubavitch is a Hasidic Jewish movement.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago.

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