BBYO mentor Mitch Liebeskind dies at 35
Mitch Liebeskind, a BBYO professional and member of Oseh Shalom in Laurel, died unexpectedly at 35 on May 1. His death came four days before his planned wedding to Sara Feldman.
In an interview with the Baltimore Jewish Times, Liebeskind’s mother, Diane, said the week of her son’s death had been “the worst week of my life.”
“He had a kind, loving soul,” she said. “He was funny and warm and loving, just very kind.”
Lauren Golfer, a lifelong friend of Liebskind’s who was to be in the wedding party, said his death was an “unspeakable loss at a horrible time.”
“A whole group of us were excited to come into town for a wedding and all of a sudden we’re going to a funeral,” she said.
Liebskind’s work with BBYO included chaperoning several international trips for the March of the Living, an annual educational program that brings individuals from around the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust.
“He gave his time to the kids,” said Jason Budman, a friend of Liebskind’s for nearly two decades. “It’s an interesting quality to have for a man to have at that early age, to be very selfless in that regard.”
Longtime friend Joshua Schuman said common interests he and Liebeskind shared were sports, politics and spicy Asian food, but that he could make connections with people around an array of topics including fashion, sneakers, pastries and hip-hop music.
Contributions can be made in Liebeskind’s name at rememberingmitch.bbyo.org/#donate.
Connor Graham is a reporter for the Baltimore Jewish Times.
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