With great sadness we inform you of the passing of Rebbetzin Brocha Rivka Korf, OB”M, the wife of Rabbi Avrohom Korf, who together led a resurgence of Jewish activity and pride in the state of Florida over the past half century. She was 75 years old. She passed away on Wednesday, 28 Tishrei.
Born in 1942 to R’ Moishe Chaim and Sara Basya Eichenbaum, the family counted themselves among the followers of the Breslov sect of Chassidim.
Boarding with a Chabad family in Crown Heights, her hostess was also a shadchanis. Rivka was soon introduced to Abraham Korf, a Lubavitcher bochur who studied in the underground yeshiva in the hunger-stricken Communist Russia before arriving in America in 1953.
They merited to have the Rebbe officiate at their wedding.
After their marriage in 1960, the Korfs received instructions from the Rebbe to relocate to the State of Florida.
So determined to go out on Shlichus, the young couple didn’t think of buying furniture. Instead they borrowed what they could and eagerly awaited their departure orders. Less than a year into their marriage, the call came. They had been chosen to represent the Lubvitcher Rebbe as his Shluchim Miami Beach, Florida.
Unfazed by his sparse and halting command of the English language, the couple viewed every obstacle as an opportunity and forged ahead. Even though money was extremely tight and their welcome wasn’t always certain, they established the Landow Yeshiva in 1966.
Under the umbrella of the Lubavitch Educational Center, which today incorporates a pre-school, an elementary school, Beis Chana High School for Girls, and a Rabbinical College, “Landow” is home to over 1,000 students.
Chabad representation ballooned to 170 Chabad centers, serving the over 650,000 Jews in South Florida alone.
She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Korf, and their children: Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Korf – Hollywood, FL; Mrs. Rasha Chana Raices – Postville, IA; Mrs. Bas Sheva Sossonko – Miami Beach, FL; Rabbi Bentzion Korf – Miami Beach, FL; Mrs. Leah Elka Jacobson – New York, NY; Rabbi Menachem Mendel Korf – Miami Beach, FL; R’ Mordechai Yehuda Leib Korf –Miami Beach, FL; Rabbi Schneur Zalman Korf – Wallnut Creek, FL and Sara Basya Korf – Miami Beach, FL; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes