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A Word about Chaya Rappaport
(On her first yahrzeit)

D. R.

 

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It has been a year since cruel death tore from us the tireless worker, the good-hearted woman, the heart of all the suffering, displaced, and needy, Chaya Rappaport.

With artless modesty she covered God's world, always bringing help to the unfortunate, hope to the hopeless, and caring for the sick and despairing. Her goal in life was to help her fellow human beings. She carried out her life's mission with love.

Not only did she provide material help to those who needed it, but she did so with sympathy. She shared everyone's pain in their time of need. She devoted her whole life to social work, always with an outstretched hand, always with words from the heart. She did her work without seeking glory, honor, or reward.

Although she was small and weak, she was determined when it came to good deeds. She never hesitated and never complained.

No kind of relief work was too hard for her. Simplicity and modesty characterized her attitude toward charity. Truly a righteous woman.

The entire goodness, action, and sympathy of our destroyed beautiful city, Jewish Kremenets, was symbolized by Chaya Rappaport through her activities.

She inherited all of her good qualities from her mother-in-law, Blume Rappaport.

I recall how the old, quiet, spiritual Blume Rappaport would go around with torn shoes in the mud to collect Sabbath challahs for the poor from the Kremenets homeowners. And while everyone worried about preparations for the Sabbath, her face shone with its own Sabbath joy.

She did her work in secret so that no one, God forbid, would know….

So, too, did her daughter-in-law Chaya in America.

A young woman from among the refugees recounts how Chaya became a mother to her.

Arriving here without relatives, all alone, she lay around in the HIAS house. Forlorn and battered, with her husband and child, and without prospects, she was brought good fortune by Chaya. She found an apartment for the family, helped her husband find work, found a space for the child in a Talmud Torah. Every week, Chaya came to their house to make sure that they lacked nothing.

With her charity, she brought light into darkness.

No wind, no storm, could extinguish her light.

She will always live in our hearts, and with honor will we remember her name! Honor her memory!

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Our Blessings to You

Our dear fellow citizens:

On the day of our collective celebration, we intend to strengthen even more our fraternal aid and motherly devotion to our Kremenetsers. Like one body and one soul, we assure you that we will protect the honor and the memory of our Kremenets family.

May you all be blessed with success!

Mr. and Mrs. Isidore Salmowitz

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Greetings from

The Vishnevitser Brothers Benevolent Society

on the 35th anniversary of the Kremenitzer Wolyner Benevolent Organization

We are delighted to join with you and to celebrate with you and to take this opportunity to wish you all

Mazel Tov!

Kremenetsers have always been among the leading organizations when it comes to helping all important Jewish institutions. You have been noted for helping all your compatriots on both sides of the ocean in times of war and even now! Therefore, we wish you success in your work, and may you celebrate your 50th anniversary. And may we also take the opportunity to greet your very important member Menachem Mendel Bronfield, who is active in your and many other Jewish organizations.

With friendliest greetings,

In the name of our Society:

Yosef Apelboym, President
Jack Shehngold, Vice-President
Chayim Boral, Financial Secretary
Yosef Shatski, Treasurer
Benny Fishman, Recording Secretary

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