Rebbetzin Tziporah Lopian, Gateshead
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
Last Thursday afternoon, 20 Av (August 25), came the news
from Gateshead of the petiroh of Rebbetzin Tzipa
Lopian, wife of the late rosh yeshiva of Gateshead Yeshiva,
Rabbi Leib Lopian, son of Rabbi Elya zt"l.
The Rebbetzin was born in Manchester in 1916 to distinguished
parents from Lithuania, Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Moshe Levy. He
was an outstanding talmid chochom. He later lived in
Petersfield and brought a melamed there to teach his
children Torah. When she married her great husband, she left
the material comforts among which she had grown up to go to
the Torah community in Gateshead. There she led a simple
life, totally dedicated to the Torah of her husband
The levaya took place Friday afternoon, giving a
chance for all the children to arrive from abroad. Although
it was bein hazmanim, nevertheless a very large crowd
assembled, coming in from all local holiday resorts, those on
holiday in Gateshead and the Gateshead kehilloh. They
followed the aron from Whitehall Road, where she had
lived with her choshuva son-in-law the Gateshead Rosh
Yeshiva and her eldest daughter Rebbetzin Gurwicz, for the
last three years.
Outside the yeshiva, the first maspid was her son-in-
law, the Gateshead Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avrohom Gurwicz,
followed by her eldest son, Rabbi Gershon Lopian, rov of
Edgware Yeshurun, Rabbi Dovid Lopian, rosh yeshiva Mikdash
Melech in New York, and Rabbi Aharon Lopian, rosh yeshiva Lev
Aryeh in Jerusalem. Each spoke movingly on a different theme
of the tzidkus of the nifteres, her heartfelt
tefillos and shiurim.
Her other sons-in-law are roshei yeshiva and rabbonim: Rabbi
Avrohom Karp of Scranton, USA, Rabbi Yaakov Kravitz of
France, Rabbi Shmuel Keller of Cleveland, USA, and the late
Rabbi Shaul Kagan, who established the yeshiva and
kollel in Pittsburgh, USA, now led by her grandson
Rabbi Aharon Kagan.
Rebbetzin Lopian lived in Gateshead since 1943 and was buried
next to her husband. She was zoche to see five
doros yeshorim and following the derochim of
previous generations in Torah ve'avodoh.