Mrs. Selma bacher, one of the founders of the Jewish community in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a beloved educator for many decades, died on Monday. Full story
Mrs. Selma bacher, who was one of the founders of the Jewish community in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a beloved educator for many decades, died on Monday 21 Iyar, 5781.
She was 78 years old.
Selma was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1943 to Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo and Helen Goldman.
Her maternal grandmother was active in the Lubavitcher Ladies’ Auxiliary, where she helped raise funds to help rescue the Frierdiker Rebbe and his family from war-torn Europe.
In 1964, she married the rabbi Koppel Bacher from Johannesburg, and soon after, they settled in South Africa, then a barren Yiddishkeit desert.
Together with her husband, she helped lay the foundations of Yiddishkeit in South Africa.
She was a beloved educator to thousands of students, both as the founding principal of Torah Academy Girls’ High School and for many years thereafter as a teacher at Limudei Elementary School. Kodesh.
Selma was extremely learned, constantly learning and teaching Shiurim and Torah classes. She has twice completed an in-depth study of the entire Tanach.
She is survived by her husband, the rabbi Koppel Bacher, and her children, who are all Shluchim of the Rebbe: Mrs. Rivky chaikin, Rabbi Shaul Bacherand Rabbi Sholem Bacher, all from Johannesburg, South Africa.
She is also survived by her siblings: brother Dovid Goldman from Flatbush and sister Rochel Weiner of Queens.
The levaya will take place today in Johannesburg.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.