Mrs. Shifra Schanowitz, AH

Mrs. Shifra Schanowitz, a longtime resident of Crown Heights and the matriarch of a large Lubavitch family, passed away on Sunday, 19 Menachem Av, 5783.

Mrs. Shifra Schanowitz, a longtime resident of Crown Heights and the matriarch of a large Lubavitch family, passed away on Sunday, 19 Menachem Av, 5783.

Shifra was one of the early returnees to Jewish observance in the late 40’s and early 50s’ and kept her passion for Torah and Mitzvot untill her very end. Her parents immigrated from Poland in the 30’s.

After attending release time, Rabbi Davis’s influence and some self-searching, she enrolled at Bais Yaakov of Williamsburg.

She married her late husband Reb Azriel who came from Russia in 1954 and together they were zoche to have the Rebbe be their Mesader Kiddushin. She was a most dedicated and devoted mother to twelve, children many of whom are now Shlucim and Shluchis. She raised her children with softness and kindness.

Shifra had a strong love and attachment for the Rebbe. On one occasion the Rebbe stopped reading the tzetil of her husband to greet her as she walked in the room behind her family. On another occasion, the Rebbe turned to her and asked if she could find a Shidduch among her acquaintances for a certain individual.

She was always very hospitable to guests who enjoyed her company and Shabbos cooking. She was secretary for Nshei Chabad for some time and distributed notices for Friday night speakers at Oneg Shabbos.

Shifra was close to Rebbetzin Mentlik A”H who together would do Hafroshas Challa at bakeries. She helped at Bikur Cholim and sewed tachrichim for Chevra Kaddisha. People referred to her as a Tzadekes who was known to help Holocaust survivors.

She is survived by her children: Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz – Highland Park, IL; Rabbi Mayer Schanowitz – Chicago, IL; Mrs. Leah Engel – Denver, CO; Mrs. Shterna Edelman – Brunoy, France; Mrs. Rivkah Vogel – San Jose, CA; R’ Levi Schanowitz – Crown Heights; Mrs. Rochel Polter – Oak Park, MI; Rabbi Shmuel Schanowitz – Buffalo, NY; Rabbi Yisroel Schanowitz – Las Vegas, NV; R’ Chaim Schanowitz – San Deigo, CA; and Mrs. Nechama Dina Gansburg – Aubervilliers, France.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rabbi Azriel Schanowitz in 2016 and daughter, Mrs. Hindy Scheiman in 2013.

The Levaya will take place today, Sunday at 3 pm today passing by 770 and 4 pm at Montefiore Cemetery.

Shiva will take place at 686 Montgomery St.

Shacharis 7am and 9am
Mincha 7:45pm
Maariv 8:45pm

Baruch Dayan Haemes.

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  1. So sad to hear this news. she was a true Ayshet Chaii may you all be comforted among the mourners of Israel and Jerusalem, AMEN. Ruchel

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