Hundreds mourn wife of top rabbi

Seven-hundred people attended tributes to Blumer Schneebalg, wife of leading Manchester rabbi Menachem-Mendel Schneebalg, who died at the weekend, aged 83.

The eulogies were at the premises of the strictly Orthodox Machzikei Hadass organisation, which Rabbi Schneebalg heads.

A Holocaust survivor who saved her sister in Auschwitz, Mrs Schneebalg lived in Israel after the war and was a household help to rabbinic sage Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz, also known as the Chazon Ish. After marrying in 1953, she dedicated her life to Manchester communal welfare work.

Paying tribute, a family friend said: “She was always visiting the sick in hospitals and in people’s houses, wherever she could help.”

    Last updated: 2:35pm, March 26 2009