Mrs. Rochel Duchman, matriarch of a Chabad family who had great Mesiras Nefesh in Russia and was known for her Chesed, passed away on Friday, Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5783.
She was 89 and passed away just a few days before her 90th birthday on Tuesday.
Rochel was born in the town of Nevel in the winter of 1932. Her formative years were in the presence of the great famous Nevler Chassidim where she absorbed their love for the Rebbe, love for everything Chassidus and Chassidim.
On the morning after Yud Beis Tammuz 1941, Rochel and her family headed out on foot, walking north through the forest. Several days later, Germany occupied Nevel and murdered all remaining Yiddin Hy”d.
Miraculously, Rochel and her family made it to Samarkand and later across the border to Western Europe where she married Reb Yisroel Duchman. In 1953, they arrived in the United States of America and settled in Crown Heights, to be near the Rebbe.
The Duchman household served as a hub for Farbrengens and a place for the many guests that came from around the world to spend time by the Rebbe to eat and sleep. Like Chassidim of yesteryear, she lived the saying “The piece of bread that I have is yours just as it is mine.” And they would say the word “yours” first, “…yours just as it is mine.”
Her steadfast strength and resolve for Derech hachasidim vhachasidus is reflected in her children.
She is survived by her children Sholom Duchman – Crown Heights, Chana Goldstein – Crown Heights, Yossi Duchman – Miami, FL, Mendel Duchman – Los Angeles, CA, Guggy Tzivin – Five Towns, NY and Boruch Duchman – Miami, FL.
She is survived by her siblings Gavriel Rubashkin – Crown Heights and Danya Raskin – Crown Heights. She was predeceased by her brother Avraham Aron Rubashkin obm.
The Levaya will take place on Friday, passing by 770 at 10:30 am and burial in Montefiore Cemetery at 11:30 am.
Shiva is at 618 Empire Blvd between Kingston and Albany
Shacharis: 8:30 am
Mincha and Maariv Bizman.
Yossi & Boruch Duchman will be sitting Shiva beginning at 4pm This Wednesday November 30th
At The Home of Estie & Yossi, 3454 Sheridan Avenue
Miami Beach Florida 33140
Visiting 4:00pm-10:00pm Mincha/Ma’ariv 5:15pm
Thursday we will finish Shiva with Shachris at 8:00am.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.