Mrs. Gittel Rosenberg, originally of Montreal, Canada and later Tiverya, Eretz Yisroel, passed away on Friday, 5 Iyar, 5779.
She was 86.
Mrs. Rosenberg was born in Montreal in 1932. As a vibrant, dynamic child of immigrants, she grew to be proud of her Yiddishkeit in the face of adversity.
At the young age of sixteen, she was enlisted by Rav Hirschprung zt”l to serve as the founding teacher of Beis Yaakov of Montreal, a post she would hold devotedly for over twenty years. With a warmth for Yiddishkeit, and a keen sense of humor, coupled with her love of children, she left an indelible impression on generations of students growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust.
In 1951, Gittel married Yishai Hakohen Rosenberg – a young survivor of Auschwitz, and together they established a model chassidishe, Torahdik home.
At the age of 36, Gittel entered the corporate world, becoming Canada’s first Chassidic orthodox Jewish female stockbroker. As an astute businesswoman with a knack for building communal bridges, she trailblazed Jewish outreach activities, bringing the light of Torah to all who crossed her path.
She was a true example of a frum, Chassidish woman while in the workplace, and was often seen reciting Tehillim while commuting to work. She remained steadfast in her frumkeit and displayed mesiras nefesh for Yiddishkeit, inspiring those around her with her Tznius demeanor and Yiras Shomayim.
Gittel pioneered the organization for widows and orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers in Montreal, and together with Rebbetzin Golda Schwei, actively participated in the Institute for Brides and Grooms, introducing about-to-be-married Jewish couples to the observance of Taharas Hamishpachah.
Gittel was an active member of N’shei Chabad of Montreal, and later in Tiverya, Israel, whose mission inspired her Jewish activism until the end of her life.
In 1988, she emigrated to Eretz Yisrael with her husband and settled in Teverya. While her husband, Yishai a”h devoted himself to Torah study at the kollel of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness, Gittel organized educational and social events to empower Jewish women.
The past 8 years she lived in New York to be near her children.
She is survived by her three children, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Rosenberg of Montreal, R’ Avrohom Asher Rosenberg of Monsey and Mrs. Shaindy Schapiro of Crown Heights.
The Levaya will take place today, Friday at Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 3:30 pm.
The levaya will not be passing by 770.
The Aron will be departing for burial right after Shabbos at JFK airport, 75 North Hangar Rd, Jamaica, NY.
Shiva will be at 618 Montgomery St.
Shachris: 8:00 am and 9:00 am
Mincha 7: 45 and 8:45 – two Minyanim needed
Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes.