With sadness we inform you of the passing of Rebbetzin Brocha Rivka Korf, OBM, the wife of Rabbi Avrohom Korf, who together led a resurgence of Jewish activity and pride in the state of Florida over the past half century. She was 75 years old.
Born in 1942 to R’ Moishe Chaim and Sara Basya Eichenbaum, the family counted themselves among the followers of the Breslov sect of Chassidim.
While boarding at a family in Crown Heights during her studies at Beis Yaakov, she was introduced to her future husband, Rabbi Avrohom Korf – who received a Brocho for success in finding his soulmate from the Rebbe during a Yechidus. They merited to have the Rebbe officiate at their wedding.
After their marriage in 1960, the Korfs received instructions from the Rebbe to relocate to the State of Florida.
So determined to go out on Shlichus, the young couple didn’t think of buying furniture. Instead they borrowed what they could and eagerly awaited their departure orders. Less than a year into their marriage, the call came. They had been chosen to represent the Lubvitcher Rebbe as his Shluchim to the sunny state of Florida.
Unfazed by Avraham’s sparse and halting command of the English language, Rabbi and Rebetzin Korf packed up and said goodbye to their family and friends.
Spurred on by their first-hand knowledge of the vitality of a Jewish education, as well as its critical importance for the survival and future of the Jewish nation, Rabbi and Mrs. Korf founded Landow Yeshiva in 1966.
Under the umbrella of the Lubavitch Educational Center, which today incorporates a pre-school, an elementary school, Beis Chana High School for Girls, and a Rabbinical College, “Landow” is home to over 1,000 students.
Under their leadership, Chabad representation ballooned to 170 Chabad centers, serving the over 650,000 Jews in South Florida alone.
She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Korf, and their children: Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Korf (Hollywood, FL), Mrs. Rasha Chana Raices (Postville, IA), Mrs. Bas Sheva Sossonko (Miami Beach, FL), Rabbi Bentzion Korf (Miami Beach, FL), Mrs. Leah Elka Jacobson (New York, NY), Rabbi Menachem Mendel Korf (Miami, FL), R’ Mordechai Yehuda Leib Korf, Rabbi Schneur Zalman Korf (Wallnut Creek, FL), and Sara Basya Korf, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Levaya information will be posted when it is announced.
Boruch Dayan Hoemes