‘Bubbe’ started several charities, gave advice to thousands in Brooklyn
Chabad.org via AP file
She died Wednesday night in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and was buried Thursday at the Old Montefiore Cemetery near the grave of the ultra Orthodox sect’s revered “rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Schneerson.
“She was small in size — less than 5 feet tall — but a giant in stature,” Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky said.
For decades, the bubbe (grandmother in Yiddish) dispensed wisdom to thousands in her Brooklyn neighborhood who came seeking her guidance. Her advice came from decades of trial by fire.
According to a Lubavitch biography of Bubbe Maryasha, her father was killed in a pogrom, or organized massacre, in Czarist Russia when she was 5, and her grandparents, with whom she and her mother lived, were subsequently executed.