Rabbi Shalom Gold, founder of Congregation Zichron Yosef in Jerusalem’s Har Nof, passed away on Saturday. He was 88 at the time.

Rabbi Gold was hospitalized on Friday of complications resulting from a viral infection.

Rabbi Gold was born in Brooklyn, NY, where he received his rabbinical ordination. He later received a doctorate from Ner Yisroel and founded the Ner Yisroel Yeshiva College in Toronto. In 1971, he was elected to head the Young Israel community of West Hempstead, New York.

Rabbi Gold made Aliyah in 1982, and was a key figure in the fight against the Oslo Accords of 1992 and the Rabin government. He also founded and headed the Avrom Silver Jerusalem College for Adults and was a strong advocate for Aliyah from North America.

Rabbi Gold passed away surrounded by family in his Jerusalem apartment.