Rebbetzin Rivkah Newhouse a”h


candle-small5It is with great sadness and sorrow that we report the sudden passing, late last night,of Rebbetzin Rivkah Newhouse a”h, wife of Rabbi Avraham Newhouse zt”l, the revered founder of Bais Yaakov/Camp Bais Yaakov in America. Rebbetzin Newhouse was nifteres at her home. She was beloved, aristocratic and universally admired, and together with her husband toiled and labored to instill Torah values and hashkafos into multitudes of girls. The Rebbetzin and her husband are credited with creating hundreds of thousands of Jewish homes in America. She served as a staunch and shining role model to countless generations of Klal Yisroel.

The levaya will be held this morning at 9:30 at the Congregation Sons of Israel Holocaust Memorial Chapel on Seventh Street in Lakewood, NJ. Kevurah will take place at 1 p.m. at Mt. Judah Cemetery in Cypress Hills, Queens.

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  1. “She was nifteres at home” that is incorrect. She was nifteroh at home. The nifteres will be brought to K’vura in Queens.

  2. According to my Israeli neighbor the word should be “niftara”. I’ve also seen niftara on many matzeivot. When you are niftara after 120 years you become a nifteret.
    Anyway, Baruch Dayan Ha’emet.

  3. I spent 1.5 hours at teh levaya then had to go. What a special lady, a isha k’sheira vachashuvah!

    I am not related to the Newhouse family, but my family went to Camp Bais Yaakov in the summers for over 20 years, and I remember as a young boy how “The Rebbetzin” as she was known, would give me a bag of challos every Erev Shabbos to take home to my bungalow.

    She was a very strong willed woman, who did not compromise on any facets of her yiddishkeit after the petira of her husband some 35-40 years ago. To the contrary, she redoubled her efforts and always questioned “what would R’ Avrohom do” when raising her mishpacha.

    With great siyata dishmaya she raised a family that is l’shem ul’tiferes in klal yisroel!

    Although she had a very difficult life, she stood strong in the days when it was not popular to be interested in Torah, and Bnei Torah.

    Together with her husband, they ran the first Bais Yaakov (along with the Kaplans, I believe).

    My mother was a camper in Camp Bais Yaakov, the first frum girls camp in the USA, in 1944! Now, some 65 years later, the concept of a camp is a given. But then?? How many thousands of Jewish mothers (and by consequence the fathers) would not be here if not for the chinuch they saw by the Newhouse’s in their formative years?

    All of Klal Yisroel lost one of our great heroines today.

    I am sure she will be met in Shamayim by her chashuva husband, and her two sons who lo aleinu were niftar at very young ages: HaGaon Rav Yehudah Leib, zatzal, (who was such a masmid atzum that Rav Shach used to make him take breaks so that he would not harm himself) and hatzadik R’ Shragy, who was known worldwide for his tzedaka and chesed.

    She is survived by her sons R’ Menashe, R’ Shimon, R’ Ezzy, and her daughters who are married to Rabbi Zaks, Rabbi Waxman and Rabbi Kravitz. And by legions of jewish women around the world.


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