YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Dayan Gershon Lopian ZATZAL, of Edgware, England. He was the son of HaRav Leib Lopian and Grandson of Hagon HaRav Elya Lopian. Levaya Details will be published shortly.
Dayan Gershon Lopian, the oldest of eight, was born in Portsmouth in 1938. In 1942 his family moved to Gateshead, where his father Rabbi Leib Lopian זצ”ל became one of the founding members of the Gateshead Kollel. In 1944 Rabbi Leib was appointed Rosh Yeshiva of Gateshead Yeshiva.
The Dayan learned in Gateshead Yeshiva under his father until the age of 21. He then travelled to Kfar Chasidim to learn under his grandfather Rabbi Elya Lopian זצ”ל , with whom he developed a strong bond.
He then moved to Chevron Yeshiva. Aged only 24, he became one of only a handful of people to receive semicha from Hagon HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach זצ”ל . Other leading poskim of the time also gave the Dayan semicha.
The Dayan spent 14 years in the Sunderland Kollel. During that time he married Judy Saberski, the daughter of Dr Yitzchak Saberski from Stamford Hill, London
Over a lengthy period, he would travel from Sunderland to London to do shimush under Rabbi Heinoch Padwa זצ”ל, becoming one of his closest talmidim.
Aged 35, encouraged by the Rebbetzin, he travelled to America for five months to do shimush under the Posek HaDor, Hagon HaRav Moshe Feinstein זצ”ל from whom he received the highest form of semicha.
In 1974, aged 39, he was appointed Rabbi of Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue. Soon after, he was appointed as a Dayan on the Federation Beis Din.
He took upon himself the momentous task of building the Edgware Mikveh, together with Dayan Ehrentreu שליט”א . This was a revolutionary undertaking, achieved through tremendous hard work and determination.
The following video was a tribute to him at Melava Malka shown just two weeks ago. It includes his Yichus.
Yehai Zichro Boruch
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