By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Zelda Katsenelenbogen, who has remained steadfast in her faith and dedication to Torah and Mitzvos while living under oppression and in a free society, passed away on Monday, 29 Av 5778.
She was 76.
Born as Zelda Pinsky, her family was one of the many Chabad Chassidic families who suffered under the Soviet regime for their adherence to a life faithful to Judaism.
Upon immigrating to London, she married R’ Moshe Katsenelenbogen in 1973. He too came from a renowned family that has led a life of mesiras nefesh despite the brutal Soviet secret police.
The Katsenelenbogens built a home in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood, where their warm home would be open to members of the community and visitors alike.
Over the years, Mrs. Katsenelenbogen has impacted many women and girls, offering a listening ear and helping to guide them on the path of Torah. She was especially active with fellow immigrants from the Soviet Union.
She also co-ran the local Hachnosas Kallah charity organization helping to marry off young couples and help cover the expenses of their wedding and starting to build a Jewish home.
She is survived by her children Mrs. Chani Landa, Mrs. Rochel Zajac, Mrs. Nechama Dina Heller of London; Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen – Owings Mills, Maryland; Rabbi Michoel Katsenelenbogen – London; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The levaya will take place Tuesday at 11:00am from 46 Linthorpe Road, London N16 to Addas Yisroel Cemetery, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4BG.
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Baruch Dayan Ha’emes: Zelda bas Nochum Hillel.