Brandel (“Brandi”) Steif passed away in March, shortly after Purim, as a result of COVID-19.

She was born into a religious family in August 1943 in London in the midst of World War II.

Steif was the oldest child of nine children of Reb Moshe Dovid Weissmandl, the only surviving brother of rosh yeshivah and Holocaust rescuer Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, according to an extensive April 27 story in Mishpacha.

Her father had arrived in London from Nitra, Slovakia, shortly before World War II broke out and became the assistant of Kindertransport hero Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld.

In 1950, her family left London for Toronto, Canada. They then moved to Monsey in Upstate New York to help build up the religious community there.

She moved to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., after her marriage to Reb Michoel Steif. However, the couple decided to return to Monsey, where they raised their family and were members of the Vien shul.

Steif, who worked in the health-care industry and ran her own health business, lent great support to her husband’s Torah learning, even as he worked as a stockbroker.

She is remembered for her generosity, kindness and hospitality, and for her open-door policy—known for welcoming guests and having a friendly word for everyone.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, as well as many nieces and nephews, and grandchildren.

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