Moscow, June 6, Interfax - President of the Federation of the Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda expressed his condolences to Israel President Reuven Rivlin on the death of his spouse Nechama Rivlin and called her an outstanding woman and public figure.
“It is impossible to express our grief from the news we’ve heard, it is especially painful when such good people as your wife leave us. Mrs. Nechama Rivlin was a very special person who tried to make this world better,” Boroda wrote in his letter of condolences conveyed to Interfax.
According to Russia’s Jewish leader, the president’s spouse made a “colossal contribution” to attracting attention of the world community to ecological problems and demonstrated with her personal example that environment is “our direct responsibility.”
Mrs. Rivlin also helped women and children in complicated life situation, Boroda said and added that he was sure they all recall her with gratitude and pray for “lifting up” her soul.
Nechama Rivlin was born on June 5, 1945, in the village of Herut to a family of Ukrainian natives. In 1964, she entered the Jewish University, where she studied botanics and genetics. She got acquainted with Rivlin in 1970, they got married a year after. They gave birth to three children: Rivi, Ran and Anat. As the first lady Nechama Rivlin was involved in helping children with special needs and women who survived the violence, she also focused on environmental problems.