By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Rivky Berman, who grew up on Shlichus of the Rebbe and spent her life helping others despite medical challenges, passed away on Monday, Iyar 22 5776.
The daughter of Rabbi Yisroel and Vivi Deren, directors of Chabad of Stamford in Connecticut, Rivky was raised in a loving and caring environment with an emphasis on Ahavas Yisroel.
In 2012, she got married to Shmuly Berman in their hometown of Stamford in a joyous wedding attended by Shluchim and guests from around the world.
The couple moved on Shlichus to Raleigh to direct Chabad at North Carolina State University, offering an array of programs and classes for Jewish students. Rivky was known to put out a tasty spread.
She was a third generation Chabad Shlucha. Her maternal grandparents Rabbi Zalman and Risya Posner were sent by the Frierdiker Rebbe to Nashville, Tennessee in 1949.
Rivky was born with Blooms syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects a very small portion of the population and which is especially prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews.
Since early childhood, she had to battle the various manifestations of the syndrome, which include an autoimmune disorder and a propensity for cellular mutation in sufferers. Such disturbances have put Rivky in-and-out of hospitals for a big part of her life.
She has since worked to help others with serious health conditions through the organizations Friendship Circle, Chai Lifeline marathon and Kids of Courage.
A tumblr blog has documented Rivky’s life journey, sparked by “a deep curiosity to know more about a woman who seemed to have consciously transformed a life of suffering into a celebration of existence.”
She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Shmuly Berman, parents Rabbi Yisrael and Vivi Deren and in-laws Lynn and Harvey Berman – Stamford, CT, and siblings Rabbi Yossi Deren – Greenwich, CT, Rabbi Oshy Deren – Capetown, South Africa, Mrs. Chanie Backman – Boston, MA and Rabbi Chezkel Deren – Melbourne, Australia, as well as uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews and the family of Shluchim.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Shloimy, 6, and Rabbi Mendy Deren, 36; as well as her sister, Blumie, who passed away at the age of 16.
The levaya will arrive from North Carolina this evening Monday, May 30 and will pass the Stamford Chabad Center, 770 High Ridge Road, at approximately 8:30 PM for a brief outdoor service.
The Funeral will leave Shomrei Hadas Chapels, 3803 14th Avenue, Boro Park, Brooklyn, tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:15 AM, passing the Rebbe’s Synagogue and Chabad HQ, 770 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, at 12:15 PM.
Internment will follow near the Rebbe’s resting place at Old Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Blvd, Queens.
Shiva for Rivky ( Deren) Berman will be observed at the
Deren home 121 Little Hill Drive, Stamford, CT 06905
Today (Tuesday)7:00 pm through Monday morning
Tuesday: Mincha/ Maariv 8:00 pm
Wednesday – Thursday: Shacharit 8:00 am Mincha / Maariv 8:00 pm
Friday: Shacharit 8:00 am Mincha 2:00pm
Sunday: Shacharit 8:00 am Mincha Maariv 8:00 pm
Monday: Shacharit 8:00 am
Baruch dayan haemes.
VIDEO: Meeting Rivky