By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Batsheva Kalmenson, matriarch of a large Lubavitch family, passed away on Shabbos, 7 Tammuz, 5774.
She was 91.
Mrs. Kalmenson was the only daughter of the Rov Yechiel and Chaya Sima Rabinowitch, a rov in Berdichev and descendant in a direct line of 25 generations of Rabbonim. She was also an eighth generation descendant from the Baal Shem Tov.
An only child, she married the Chossid Moshe Rubinson, known as the “Karelevitcher,” with whom she managed to escape Berditchev, where tragically her parents were murdered by the Nazis soon after.
They emigrated to Smarkand and then to Tashkent, and eventually to Brunoy, France, where he passed away soon after.
She later married Rabbi Yekusiel Dov Kalmenson, Mashpia in Tomchei Temimim in Brunoy, France, where her son now serves as the Rosh Yeshiva.
She and her husband had an open house, hosting many guests and bochurim of the local Brunoy Yeshiva. Even though they had very little money, there was always room for more, and often the children would give up their bedrooms to accommodate the many guests.
She loved Torah and had tremendous Mesiras nefesh for Torah, Mitzvos behidur and Chassidus.
“She never spoke a negative word about anyone, and always saw everyone in a good, positive light,” a relative told COLlive.
In recent years she lived in Crown Heights.
Her husband passed away in 1988.
She was zoche to have 8 children, 55 grandchildren, hundreds of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren follow in the ways of Torah and Chassidus, many of whom are shluchim around the world.
She is survived by her children: Rabbi Yechiel Mendel Kalmenson – Brunoy, France, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Kalmenson – New Haven, CT, Rabbi Yisroel Shimon Kalmenson – Crown Heights, Mrs. Doba Vorst – Holland, Mrs. Chaya Uminer – Crown Heights, Mrs. Shterna Spritzer – Crown Heights, Mrs. Baila Goldstein – Crown Heights and Chana Kalmenson – Holland.
The Levaya will take place Sunday, leaving Shomrei Hadas at 10:00 am and passing by 770 at 10:45 am.
The family will be sitting shiva at 569 Montgomery St.
Shachris: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 am
Mincha, Maariv – bizmano
Baruch Dayan Haemes.