Rebbetzin Chaya Frankel a”h, the Vyelipoler Rebbetzin


candle-small5It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Frankel a”h, the Vyelipoler Rebbetzin, at the age of 95.

The Rebbetzin was the wife of Rav Bentzion Frankel zt”l, the Vyelipoler Rov of Crown Heights.

Noted for her exemplary care for others and strong ahavas Yisroel, the Rebbetzin was involved in numerous communal undertakings and one-on-one acts of chessed. She was born in the year 1916 to her parents, Rav Shlomo and Gitel Bergman, in the city of Satmar. Rav Shlomo was a rov in Yasin, Romania. Rebbetzin Gitel, following the petirah of Rav Shlomo, remarried and moved to the United States with Rebbetzin Chaya, who was then an infant.

The Rebbetzin stood at her husband’s side as he led his bais medrash, Khal Bnei Shlomo Zalman, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. She was involved in all aspects of the running of the bais medrash and maintained an open house for one and all.

After her husband’s petirah some thirty-five years ago, the Rebbetzin moved to Flatbush and, in recent years, the Rebbetzin lived at the home of her son, Rav Yosef Frankel, the Vyelipoler Rov.

The levaya will take place this morning, at 9:30, at Khal Bnei Shlomo Zalman, Rav Yosef Frankel’s shul, at 2002 Avenue J in Flatbush.  Kevurah will take place at the Wellwood bais hakevaros in Farmingdale, NY.

The Rebbetzin is survived by her son, Rav Yosef Frankel, the Vyelipoler Rov, and her daughters, Rebbetzin Devorah Leifer, wife of the Nadvorna Rebbbe, Rav Shlomo Leifer, and Rebbetzin Tziporah Rabinowitz, wife of the Dinover Rebbe of Williamsburg, Rav Yaakov Rabinowitz.

Yehi zichrah boruch.

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  1. wish I could have met her. Its always a chizuk to know these incredible yidden. She surely left many ruchnius gifts to us here before she want to Gan Eden.
    Yehi zichra levracha

  2. Boruch Dayan Emes. I knew them well. I davened in their shul years ago. One correction: the article says that the Rebbetizin a”h moved to Flatbush after her husband was niftar. This is incorrect. Actually, Rav Bentzion and his wife, alaihem hasholom, lived in Flatbush for at least a decade or two until he was niftar about 35 years ago. I was a young teenager when Rav Bentzion was niftar, and I remember him well. I remember how he davened for the amud with his strong voice, out of the side of his mouth. We loved him. And his Rebbetzin was a sweet woman when I knew her some twenty-five years ago.

  3. BDE A correction needs to be made. The Rebbetzin had moved to Flatbush with her Husband Harav Bentzion zt”l in 1968 when he moved there and opened the current Beis Medrash. She was a true tzadeikus.

  4. as a former bostonian davenng with the bostoner rebbe I am interested in learning about relatives of the rebbe I am
    wonering if somoene could e-mail me the full version of the mishpacha article about rebbetzin frankel todah!


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