R’ Dovid Shonek z”l


It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of R’ Refoel Dovid Shonek z”l. He was 30 years old.

R’ Dovid was a walking miracle, having undergone a double lung transplant and endured numerous medical nisyonos that were beyond comprehension. R’ Dovid battled with remarkable emunah and bitachon, being mechazeik all those who wished to strengthen him.

R’ Dovid, who lived in Lakewood and served as a rosh chaburah at Bais Medrash Govoah, was a choshuve ben Torah and ben aliyah, and a devoted son, father and husband. As one adam choshuv said, R’ Dovid was purified by the tribulations he underwent.

R’ Dovid is survived by his wife, his children, his parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Shonek, and numerous friends and admirers who will miss him dearly.

R’ Dovid spent the last period receiving medical care in North Carolina, where he fought valiantly till the end.

The levayah will take place at 5 p.m. at the Bendheim Bais Medrash of Beth Medrash Govoah, located at 617 Sixth Street in Lakewood, NJ. Kevurah will follow at the bais hachaim located off of East Seventh Street in Lakewood, NJ.

Yehi zichro boruch.



  1. BDE. Yehi zichro boruch. The niftar comes from an illustrious family of Bnei Torah and evidently followed in their footsteps. Hmokom yinachem eschem bsoch shar aveli tzion v’yerushalyim.


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