BROOKLYN, NY — Chana Schapiro, a lifelong Chabad-Lubavitch Chasid known for her devotion to her children’s education, passed away yesterday in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was 94.
Schapiro, born in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine, to Rabbi Schneur Zalman and Rivkah Vilenkin, remembered her childhood as a life fully enmeshed in Jewish life. The city, today known as Dnepropetrovsk, boasted tens of synagogues and thirty ritual slaughterers.
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, father of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, was the city’s chief rabbi and a friend of Schneur Zalman Vilenkin.
The friendship between the two went back to their youth in the town of Podovranka. They studied together in the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue and quickly developed a shared reputation for diligence in their lessons.