Family members of Mrs. Menucha Vitka Lazaroff, whose first yahrtzeit is Elul 15, are working on a biographic publication.
Lazaroff spent many years teaching in various educational institutions and has influenced hundreds over the years.
Her two children – Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff of Texas and Mrs. Batsheva Shemtov of Philadelphia – are searching for stories and anecdotes.
When Lazaroff arrived from Russia in 1946, she worked as a house mother in Bais Rivkah of France.
In Paris she merited to assist Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson OBM, the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s mother.
Upon emigrating to Israel in 1949, she was appointed the house mother of the first Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Lod for 3 years.
From there she moved to work in the “Refugee Home” for girls on Chaye Olam street in Jerusalem.
The family moved to North America in 1958 – beginning in Toronto at a girls school and moving to New York in 1962.
At the instruction of the Rebbe, Lazaroff was the principal of the Bais Rivkah branch on Eastern Parkway. She remained as a teacher in the school for 35 years.
In addition, Lazaroff was the “camp mother” at Camp Gan Israel in Parksville, NY.
“We want to put together a collection of memories and experiences, as many have shared with us during the Shivah week, from students and friends,” the family asked.
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