With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Mindelle Feller, OB”M, veteran Shlucha and educator who co-founded Chabad’s activities in the state of Minnesota as one of the first Shluchim sent by the Rebbe in the United States. She was 75 years old.
Mrs. Feller dedicatedly and selflessly served the Jewish community of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and S. Paul, since moving there with her husband, Rabbi Moshe Feller, to found Chabad-Lubavitch of Minnesota in 1961.
Upon their arrival to Minnesota, it was the flexibility the Rebbe spoke about that inspired the young couple to begin their work in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, with the firm resolve not to duplicate the existing Jewish infrastructure in the city.
When the Lubavitch House was burned by arsonists in 1968, the Fellers buried the Torahs and went on to purchase a mansion in Highland Park. In 1971, together with Rabbi Manis Friedman, the Fellers founded Bais Chana—the world-renowned educational institute for women seeking to learn about Judaism—which today boasts some 20,000 alumnae. In 2000, Chabad again relocated to a new 23,000-square-foot facility in West St. Paul.
More than a decade later, in 1977, the time came to found a Chassidic day school in St. Paul, and Lubavitch Cheder Day School was born, with Mrs. Feller serving as founding principal.
Mrs. Feller is survived by her husband, Rabbi Moshe Feller, and children Rabbi Mendel Feller – S. Paul, Minnesota and Rabbi Levi Feller -Miami, Florida.
She is also survived by her siblings, Sara Bleich – Boro Park, Itty Mendelson – Boro Park, Rochel Zukerman – Lakewood, Rabbi Shmuel Lew – London, Chaim Lew – Flatbush and Luzi Lew – Lakewood.
She was predeceased by her brother Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef Lew, OB”M.
Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes