Rebbetzin Reva Zilberstein, wife of the Breed Street Shul’s Rabbi Osher Zilberstein, died Feb. 27 just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Rabbi Zilberstein was head of Congregation Talmud Torah, known as the Breed Street Shul, in Boyle Heights from 1935 until he died in 1973, and was Chief Orthodox Rabbi of Los Angeles. Rebbetzin Zilberstein, known simply as “The Rebbetzin,” was loved and respected for making the synagogue and her home a gracious center of the community, where travelers and residents, from the leaders to the neediest, knew they could always count on a warm welcome.
Standing outside of the Byzantine Revival majesty of Congregation Talmud Torah on the Sunday following Tu B'Shevat, Stephen Sass, president of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS), presented a construction hard hat to State Sen. Gilbert Cedillo (D-Dist. 22) as a thank you for his role in supporting the 70-year-old abandoned synagogue.