Tzemach Yehudah Richter
Tzemach Yehudah Richter

In Memoriam – A Tribute To Mrs. Selma Bacher – Johannesburg, SA


The sad news came this (Monday) morning that Mrs. Selma Bacher had passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Together with her husband, Rabbi Koppel, they represent a family that always had an open home and took upon themselves to become one of the major cornerstones to lay the foundation for building the Johannesburg, South Africa Lubavitch community. I was very fortunate to witness this young community as it grew and expanded to become a major force in the South African Jewish Community that it is today.

Five days after landing in Johannesburg, I was married and together with my wife Leah, we were invited to Sheva Brachas at the Bachers. What a special meal and special family. They treated us like royalty and that led to a special relationship we shared with Selma and Koppel.

Selma was the principal at the Chabad Girls High School as well as one of the teachers for many years. Selma was well respected and loved by all teachers and students.

Selma will be sorely missed by Leah and I and her friendly smile and personality will be a fond memory to us for the rest of our lives.

Her funeral is scheduled to take place at 4pm Israel time or 3pm in Johannesburg at the following link-


About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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