deeply mourns the passing of Henya Federman, of blessed memory, devoted mother, wife, and shluchah to the Virgin Islands.

Together with her husband, Rabbi Asher, she established the Chabad House on St. Thomas in 2005, serving thousands of Jewish locals and tourists for more than 18 years. She left a deep impression on everyone she came in contact with, inspiring people from all walks of life to increase their connection to G‑d and spread goodness and kindness across the globe. Her influence will continue for generations to come.

Along with countless others around the world, we send our heartfelt condolences to her husband, children, parents, siblings and the entire Shmotkin-Federman family.

And at, we feel this most closely regarding her brother, Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin,’s executive director.

If you wish to join us in sending messages of support and love to the family, please do so in the comments section below.

And join us in the traditional wish to the mourners that “the Omnipresent comfort you among the rest of the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”: Hamakom yenachem etchem betoch shaar avelei Tziyon viYrushalayim.

May the family know of no more sorrow, and may we ALL be reunited very soon with Henya with the coming of Moshiach.

With love and sorrow,

The Family

P.S. All messages left in the comments section below will, G‑d willing, be brought to the grieving family during the course of Shiva.

Click here to read about the life and impact of Mrs. Henya Federman
Click here to read a transcript of her speech at the 2006 Conference of Chabad Women Emmiseries
Click here to hear her speaking at the 2014 Conference of Chabad Women Emmiseries
Click here to donate to the Federman Family Fund