Hindy Scheiman Touched So Many With Kindness

Beloved educator Hindy Scheiman, an unassuming leader in the Chicago and Des Plaines, Ill., area Jewish communities, passed away after a long illness at the age of 54. A Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, she was co-director of Lubavitch Chabad of Niles, Ill.

“She was an extremely soft-spoken woman,” says Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois. “Her life was dedicated to education and the community for over 30 years, since her arrival in Chicago.”

An Open Home and Heart

Scheiman was born in 1958 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Azriel and Shifra Schanowitz. Her father was involved in Kehot, the publishing arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. “Her childhood home,” according to her husband, Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman, “was always open and filled with guests from all backgrounds.”

He says his wife and her siblings took that to heart, and kept their homes open as well, always welcoming people in. “She would come over to me,” recalls her husband, who together with her established Lubavitch Chabad of Niles in 1987, “and point to someone who looked like he or she did not receive an invitation for the Shabbat meal and tell me to invite them.”

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