Thousands of Bais Rivkah students, from Headstart through Seminary, gathered in 770 Thursday for a Kinus of Torah, Tefillah and Tzedaka celebrating the 100th Yahrtzeit of the school’s namesake, Rebbetzin Rivkah Schneersohn, OBM.
Rebbetzin Rivkah Schneersohn was the granddaughter of Rabbi Dov Ber, the second Chabad Rebbe (the Mitteler Rebbe), wife of Rabbi Shmuel, the fourth Chabad Rebbe (the Maharash) and mother of Rabbi Sholom Ber (the Rashab). She passed away on Yud Shvat, 1914.
Her grandson, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, the sixth Chabad Rebbe, founded and named Bais Rivkah Schools for her.
In one of his letters describing the mission statement of Bais Rivkah as established by his father-in-law upon coming to America, the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote: “The Frierdiker Rebbe stated ‘אמעריקע איז ניט אנדערש’. With regard to Torah and mitzvos, America is no exception. The Frierdiker Rebbe established Bais Rivkah to help realize the traditions and the continuity of Torah and mitzvos as these are dependent upon the woman, the mainstay of the Jewish home.”
Highly regarded in Lubavitch and beyond for her integrity, humility, and kindness, Rebbetzin Rivka continues to inspire generations of Bais Rivkah students to emulate her character and the values she lived by.