In Tribute to Chana Brook OB"M

Mrs. Chana Brook, a matriarch to hundreds, was born in the Holy City of Jerusalem on the 17th of Kislev, 5683 (1922). Her parents, Reb Menachem Manish and Miriam Rochel Scheinberger, were pious hard working people, who despite their illustrious background as grandchildren of Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld and Rabbi Akivah Yosef Schlesinger, the famous Lev Ha’Ivri, they lived modestly and raised their children with love and devotion.

When reaching marriageable age, her parents sought out to find her a husband who earned an honest living while remaining a G‑d fearing observant Jew, and indeed they found Reb Mendel Brook. Mendel was a young Russian Chabad Chassid who came from a long line of Chassidim, including his towering father Reb Sheyel Brook as well as his grandfather Reb Menachem Mendel HaKohen of Beshinkovitz. They married on the 8th of Tammuz 5703 (1943). Together they believed strongly in the sanctity of traditional Jewish life and the importance of raising their children in an authentic Torah spirit.

In the midst of their Sheva Brachot celebration, on the 12th of Tammuz 5703 (1943) they moved to Rishon LeZiyon where they were pioneers of Jewish life and where they enjoyed their blessing of ten children. With five sons and five daughters, they had their hands full and spent most of their time instilling ethics, morals and a healthy Jewish identity into their tribes. While Mendel worked as a truck driver, Chana served as a teacher at Talmud Torah – Beis Yaakov where she raised hundreds of Jewish children with devotion, enthusiasm and her “special touch”.

On the 12th of Tammuz 5721 (1961), the Brook’s moved back to Jerusalem. There, Chana continued her teaching career at B’nei Tziyon and Bais Lepleitos for orphaned and homeless girls who had recently emigrated to Israel. Twenty nine years later, in 1990, again on the  auspicious day, the 12th of Tammuz, they moved to the village of Kfar Chabad to be near their two youngest daughters and their families. They loved traveling for family Simchos and would come to visit their five sons in New York quite often. She even made it to San Antonio, Texas in 2006 to attend the wedding of her grandson Rabbi Chaim Bruk of Bozeman, Montana.

After her husband's passing on the 13th of Kislev, 5766 (2005) she continued to be a guiding light and source of inspiration to her children and over 300 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and more recently great-great-grandchildren. On her ninetieth birthday, she celebrated with hundreds of family members who joined from around the world for this unique moment. On the 10th of Nissan, 5773 (2013) after a very short struggle with illness, she returned her soul to her Maker, leaving behind a family filled with reverence for this true woman of valor.

She merited that many of her descendants are Chassidim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of Righteous Memory including many who serve Jewish communities as his emissaries in eight U.S. States as well as Australia, Canada, England, France, Israel, Norway, and Ukraine.

May she be a Gute Beter on behalf of her descendants and Klal Yisroel until the speedy arrival of Mashiach.