Rochel Devorah Goldberg, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary active in adult education and programs for children in Minnesota, passed away on July 1 following a rare illness. She was 32 years old.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Goldberg attended Politz Hebrew Academy and was a graduate of Bais Rikvah High School in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

She married Rabbi Yonah Goldberg; the couple went on shlichus in 2007. They moved to St. Paul, Minn., and joined the Upper Midwest Merkos-Lubavitch House under the longtime direction of Rabbi Moshe and Mindel Feller.

Goldberg fostered N’shei U’bnos activities for women and girls. She organized Jewish-holiday programs at the Chabad center, led a program bringing children to local senior centers, and provided nutrition counseling to both adults and children.

“She was very talented artistically,” says Nechama Dina Feller of the Upper Midwest Merkos-Lubavitch House in St. Paul. Goldberg helped coordinate monthly events for women, making them inspirational, interesting, appealing and meaningful for all who attended, says Feller.

Goldberg also initiated a similar idea for elementary-school-aged girls, running monthly programs that connected local Lubavitch students with the broader Jewish community around Jewish holidays. “It was a beautiful program that was definitely her baby,” says Feller. “She thought about it and did it.”

Simply put, she brought the women of the Twin Cities together.

Goldberg taught at the local Lubavitch school, and she and her husband were always hosting guests and farbrengens in their home, adds Feller. “She was very kind and very warm to all.”

In addition to her husband, Goldberg is survived by their children: Chana, Menachem Mendel, Yaakov, Simcha Bunim and Avrohom Moshe.

She is also survived by her parents, R’ Shmaya Avrohom Snyder and Leah Snyder of Philadelphia, and siblings.

The levaya will be held in New York on July 3 at 10 a.m. at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, passing by 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, N.Y.