BDE: Rebbetzin Toba Twersky, a”h, Maliner Rebbetzin of Chicago, Levaya in Boro Park
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Rebbetzin Toby Twersky (Halberstam) of Chicago, a fifth-generation descendant of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, and a pillar of the Chicago community for over fifty years. She was 91 years of age.
She was born to her father, Rav Baruch of Gribov and Sanz, zt”l, Hy”d, and her mother, Rebbetzin Reizel Sarah Halberstam.
She was raised in a tradition of holiness and chessed in town of Gribov, where her father was the Rov (additionally, he served as the Rav Hatza’ir of Sanz, where his father was the Rov). As a young girl in Gribov she was her mother’s messenger to distribute funds in a discreet manner to the needy of the town—thus, a strong chinuch for overflowing chessed was ingrained in her, and would remain with her throughout her long life.
Along with her mother and siblings, she survived the war in Siberia, while their father perished in Belzec, and remains interred in the enormous kever achim there. Her eldest brother, the Sanz'er Rebbe of Boro Park, zt”l, took over the reins of the family. Following the war, he hired an elderly Lubavitcher chossid to teach his sisters the Ivrei that they had forgotten during their travails. During their stay in Krakow, he also journeyed with his younger sister to kivrei avos in Sanz.
Arriving in America in 1946, they settled in Brownsville, and in 1954 she married Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshil Twersky, the son of Rav Chanoch Henich Twersky, the Maliner Rebbe of Chicago—a scion of the Chernobyler dynasty.
The Twersky’s were pillars of the Chicago community for over half a century, having a hand in the establishment of nearly every mossad in the Windy City. They were Moser nefesh for the chinuch of her children, sending them to relatives in New York so they could attend schools there.
They also created a welcoming oasis where every Yid was welcomed with love, something she had learned since early childhood. She deeply cherished her Sanzer yichus, and was an indefatigable force for her family and her community into her old age.
Rebbetzin Twersky will be remembered by her family and the Chicago community as one of its early pioneers who continued to give to it with love and generosity for over half a century.
The levaya will take place at Shomrei Hadas this afternoon (Tuesday) at 3:00, with kevurah at the Malin-Chernobyler chelka on Har Hazeisim.
Yehi Zichra Baruch
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