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Schwartzblatt-Rabinovitch Norma


Norma Rabinovitch-Shvarzblat, a cherished member of the Mexico Jewish community, lived a life marked by faith, resilience, and an unyielding spirit of adventure. In her final months, Norma dedicated herself to volunteering at the Mumbai Chabad House, a testament to her commitment to her faith and the Jewish community worldwide. Her journey was tragically cut short during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, but her legacy endures through the stories of those who knew her and the lives she touched.
At 49, Norma was on the cusp of making Aliyah to Israel, a dream fueled by her desire to reunite with her son and his family in Bnei Brak, and to start anew after a difficult divorce. Her life was a vibrant tapestry of experiences that took her from Mexico City to the far reaches of India, where she sought both adventure and spiritual solace. Norma's last act of bravery, contacting Israeli consular officials under the direst circumstances, underscored her courage and selflessness.
A multi-talented artist and a multilingual bon vivant, Norma's passion for life and her faith were unmistakable. Her travels with friend Irene Young across Egypt, Israel, and India were not just explorations of the world but journeys of the soul. Norma's decision to settle at Mumbai's Chabad House while contemplating her Aliyah reflects her deep connection to her Jewish roots and her desire to be part of a community that embraced her fully.
Norma's story is one of a woman who faced life's challenges with grace and who saw the divine in every aspect of her existence. "G‑d is always guiding me," she would say, a belief that guided her through her travels and her final days. Her brother Moshe's reflections at her funeral in Jerusalem's Har Menuchot cemetery echoed this sentiment, painting a picture of a woman whose faith was as profound as her love for her family and her people.
Her intended Aliyah to Israel, tragically unfulfilled, marked a hopeful chapter in Norma's life. She aspired to heal her family and start anew in a land that held deep significance for her. The Jewish Agency for Israel's support in covering her funeral costs through its Fund for Victims of Terror is a testament to the communal bonds that connect Jews worldwide, offering solace and support in times of unimaginable loss.
Norma Rabinovitch-Shvarzblat's memory lives on in the hearts of those who knew her, in the stories of her bravery, her faith, and her unquenchable zest for life. Her journey reminds us of the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. May her memory be a blessing, inspiring us to live with courage, faith, and a boundless love for life.

Schwartzblatt-Rabinovitch Norma
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