Stella Brauhinski (1923-2012)
Stella was the only child of a Jewish couple that lived in a Jewish
community in Ukraine. In her late teens she travelled to another city
to study at university. This decision miraculously saved her life
because during her time away, the Nazis invaded her town and killed
all of the Jews who lived there. This left Stella tragically alone
and without family. Over the years she married and had a son, but she
remained essentially a lonely and isolated person.
In 1992 her son and daughter-in-law shared their new found faith in
Yeshua and after some time, she too became a believer and in 1997
came to Israel together with her children and grandchildren. Here she
at last found a home and a community of faith and had the joy of
seeing her family become established in their ancient homeland.
Miriam Rabin (1929-2013)
Miriam had the unique blessing of being born and raised by
believing parents (unusual in the FSU). She married Natan in 1953 and
together they raised nine daughters! Early in their married life, she
had to forego her husband’s company for many months while he
was imprisoned in a Communist jail for believing in Yeshua. In spite
of persecution, the Rabin family persevered in their faith.
Eventually the opportunity arose for them to come to Israel. Here
they grew and prospered, with Miriam providing loving spiritual
guidance to them all.
At Miriam’s memorial service, Miriam’s husband, daughters
and grandchildren described her as an “example of gentleness
and pure love from God. She brought people together. She knew how to
listen. She did not speak ill of others. She spoke the truth in love
and taught her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren to
follow the Lord.
Diana Zaytzev (1927-2013)
Diana was from St. Petersburg, the eldest of three children born
to a poor Jewish family. Like many others, they survived the Nazi
invasion by waiting out the war in Siberia. Diana grew up to be a
wife, mother of two and a teacher of literature. She loved to read
and to impart her passion for books and literature to the young
people that passed through her classroom during 39 years of teaching.
In 2000, Diana and her husband joined their children in Israel and
that very same week attended Shabbat services at Tents of Mercy with
their daughter. They became faithful members of the congregation and
were immersed in the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee). After a lifetime
of atheism, Diana discovered a love for God and the Land that He
promised to His people.