Mrs. Devorah Greenberg, matriarch of a large Lubavitcher family, many of whom are serving as shluchim around the world, passed away.
By Anash.org reporter
Mrs. Devorah Greenberg, matriarch of a large Lubavitcher family, many of whom are serving as shluchim around the world, passed away on Monday, 20 Av, 5783.
She was 85 years old.
Born on 22 Adar 5698 – 1938 in the Soviet Union to Rabbi Aharon and Nechama Leah Chazan, Devorah grew up in a house infused with genuine mesiras nefesh. Her father was one of the leaders of the underground operation to establish chadorim and Jewish infrastructure in Tashkent and other locations in the USSR, which could have very well cost him his life.
In the 1950s, she married R’ Moshe Greenberg, a Chabad chossid who had just been released from Siberia for trying to escape the USSR. He had been sentenced to 25 years of hard labor, but was released after 7 years after the death of Stalin ym”s. During his imprisonment, he stood strong in his conviction not to touch non-kosher food and not to work on Shabbos.
After their marriage, their home served as a center for the chassidim in the area, and minyonim for davening were held in their home, at great personal risk.
In 1966s, the couple and their six children managed to leave the USSR and emigrated to Eretz Yisroel, where they settled in Bnei Brak.
Even after arriving in Eretz Yisroel, Reb Moshe and Devorah both continued to live with the same fire for Yiddishkeit as when they were in the Soviet Union. Reb Moshe headed the Bnei Brak branch of Tzach, and their home was a lighthouse of Chabad chassidus in the city, which at times was not the most hospitable place for Chabad.
She is survived by her children, the majority of whom serve as shluchim in locations around the world: Rabbi Naftali Greenberg – Lod, Eretz Yisroel; Mrs. Rochel Levertov – Austin, Texas; Rabbi Yisroel Greenberg – El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Esther Shaikevitz – Kfar Chabad, Eretz Yisroel; Rabbi Yoske Greenberg, – Anchorage, Alaska; Rabbi Zushe Greenberg, – Solon, Ohio; Rabbi Chaim Greenberg – Beitar Illit, Eretz Yisroel; Mrs. Bassie Shemtov – Crown Heights; Rabbi Shalom Greenberg – Shanghai, China; Mrs. Chaya Wolff – Odesa, Ukraine; Mrs. Rivka Azimov – Neuilly, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; Rabbi Schneor Greenberg – Commerce, Michigan; Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg – Clark County, Vancouver, Washington; Mrs. Shterni Wolff, – Hannover, Germany; Rabbi Baruch Greenberg – Oceanside, Vista, California; Rabbi Avraham Greenberg – Pudong, Pu Dong, Shanghai, China; Mrs. Chava Kastel – Bnei Brak, Eretz Yisroel; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her siblings Rabbi Mordechai Chazan – Bnei Brak; Rabbi Chaim Meir Chazan – Nachlas Har Chabad; Rabbi Yitzchok Chazan – Rome, Italy; Rabbi Avraham Chazan – Lod; Rabbi Shalom Yaakov Chazan – Crown Heights; Mrs. Chaya Sara Scheiner – Kfar Chabad; Mrs. Esther Sheinberger – Yerushalayim; Mrs. Chana Hertzel – Nachlas Har Chabad; Mrs. Rivkah Avtzon – Crown Heights; and Mrs. Shoshana Meirovitz – Bnei Brak.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.