Mrs. Faygel Minkowitz, a beloved matriarch of a Chabad family and longtime member of the Montreal commmunity, passed away on Sunday, 13 Tishrei, 5782.
Originally from Kharkov, Russia, Faygel was the daughter of R’ Shloime and Sarah Shimanovitz, and was a granddaughter of R’ Aaron Tumarkin and descendent of Reb Binyamin Kletzker.
She married R’ Chaim Meir Minkowitz, a partner in her father’s kosher chicken processing outlet in Paris, and in 1951 they emigrated to Montreal which had a new, vibrant Chabad community.
In Montreal, they were one of the founders of the Shul and Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva. Her husband played an active role in helping the community grow over the years, serving as a gabbai of its main shul alongside the Shluchim who served in key roles such as the Rov Rabbi Yitzchok Hendel, the director Rabbi Leib Kramer, gabbai Rabbi Moshe Eliyahu Gerlitzky and others.
Faygel started a business of high-end fabrics and bijouterie and became very successful, together with her husband they ran the Mink’s fabrics store on the famous Green Avenue in Montreal.
The couple was refined and elegant, and at the same time very connected to their roots and chassidishkeit.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2017.
She is survived by her children, Refoel Minkowitz (Goldie) – Teaneck, NJ, Yitzchok Minkowitz (Ilda) – Milan, Italy, Aaron Minkowitz – Miami, FL, Chana Diament (Stewart) – Montreal, Canada and Dr. Yosef Minkowitz (Lee) – Toronto, Canada; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by sisters Shaindel Fogelman and Riva Motzkin.
The burial will take place in Jerusalem tomorrow.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.