By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Rivkie Barber, who led a Jewish community in a suburb in Melbourne as a Shlucha of the Rebbe, passed away on Friday, 19 Adar II 5774.
She was 49 and had been battling a terrible illness over the past few months.
Born and educated in Crown Heights, she remained in the neighborhood after her marriage to Rabbi Yacov Barber so he could complete his Yadin Yadin dayanus studies, in addition to his rabbinical semicha ordination.
When they moved to Australia, where Rabbi Barber is from, she began to teach grade 4 at the Yeshiva College of Melbourne, helping to educate many students over the years to develop love and care for Torah and Mitzvos.
“She was a role model teacher,” said one of her former students. “She was incredibly smart and warm. She exerted through discipline which came with this warmth that made you want to learn and do the right thing. She was an inspiration for many.”
In 1998, her husband was appointed Rabbi of the Imrich & Sophie Adler South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation in South Caulfield, Victoria, while serving as a Dayan in the interim Melbourne Beth Din and on the Rabbinic Board of Kosher Australia.
She is survived by her husband, Yankie Barber and children Perel Shmotkin – New York City, Chanie Biston – Parkland, Florida; Dovi Barber – Crown Heights, Shaina Barber, Leah Barber and Mendel Barber– Australia.
She is also survived by her parents Rabbi Asher and Nechama Heber of Crown Heights and her siblings: Mrs. Yaffie Begun – Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mrs. Brocha Chana Metzger – New York City; and Rabbi Noach Heber – New York City.
The Levaya will be today, Friday, passing by 770 at 2:30 pm.
Shiva will be at the home of her parents: 506 Montgomery St., Brooklyn, NY, 11225
Shachris – 8:30am
Mincha – 7:10
Maariv – 7:55
Please no visiting between the hours – 2-5 pm
Also, please no visitors after 9:30 pm.
MANHATTAN SHIVA HOURS FOR BROCHA CHANA METZGER
Brocha Chana Metzger (Heber) will be sitting shiva in Midtown Manhattan
Tuesday March 25th
32 East 38th Street (left door)
-between Park and Madison Avenues-
Baruch dayan Haemes.