• Mrs. Rachel Zippel, OB”M

    With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Rachel Zippel, OB”M, of Milan, Italy. She was a holocaust survivor and matriarch of a large family that includes many Lubavitchers and Shluchim all over the world. She was 90 years old • Full Story

    With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Rachel Zippel, OB”M, of Milan, Italy. She was a holocaust survivor and matriarch of a large family that includes many Lubavitchers and Shluchim all over the world. She was 90 years old.

    Her grandson, Avremi Zippel wrote this about her:

    Tonight, the world lost a fighter.

    My beloved Nonna returned her soul to her maker at the age of 90, in Milan, Italy.

    Two thoughts come to mind, when remembering the times we were privileged to spend with her:

    1: Nonna was a Holocaust survivor, who lived on with the mission, to help the world and the people that lived in it appreciate, how truly lucky and blessed they were. Nonna would cringe if she ever heard us arguing over who would get the last piece of whatever it is, or worse yet, if we ever walked in and pronounced ourselves “starving”. Starving and fighting over food was for a different world, a world she had merited to make it out of, unlike so many near and dear to her, and she would remind us as often as possible of the tremendous gifts that we had.

    2: No one, and I mean no one, had it better than Nonna, and if you didn’t believe it, she would let you know it. She was fiercely proud of her beautiful family, her children grandkids, and great grandkids were her pride and joy, and if you ever lent her an ear for just a short few minutes, you were gonna hear the list of their accomplishments. Spread throughout the world, they were hers, they were making a difference, and she couldn’t be prouder!

    We’ll miss you, Nonna! Thanks for all you’ve taught us, we’ll keep being grateful, and we’ll keep making you proud!

    With an Italian kiss on both cheeks,


    She is survived by her five children:  Mr. Giacchi Zippel – Milan, Italy; Mrs. Ildo Minkowitz – Milan, Italy; Mrs. Sonia Weitman – Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mr. Raffi Zippel – Milan, Italy; and Rabbi Benny Zippel – Salt Lake City, Utah.

    She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren following in her ways.

    The levaya took place today, Friday, in Lugano, Switzerland.

    Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes


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