Mrs. Chaya Sarah Drillman a”h

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candle-small6It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mrs. Chaya Sarah Drillman a”h. Mrs. Drillman, a special woman in her own right, merited to raise a family of gedolei and marbitzei Torah. Her sons are Rav Yaakov Drillman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Novardok of Flatbush; Rav Yechiel Drillman, Ram in Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef in Edison, NJ; and Rabbi Yehoshua Drillman.

Mrs. Drillman’s husband, Rav Shlomo Elimelech Drillman, was a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon for over 40 years and was rov of the Glenwood Jewish Center for more than 30 years. Born in Germany, Rav Drillman began learning with Rav Elchanan Wasserman in Baronovich at the age of twelve and then learned with Rav Baruch Ber Leibowitz in Kaminetz before fleeing to Siberia with his family during World War II. Rav Drillman came to America in 1946. He entered RIETS and became a talmid of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. Rav Drillman was a rebbi at Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys in Brooklyn and became a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS in 1982 when the high school closed. In addition to his shiur, Rav Drillman coordinated the Halacha L’Maaseh program at the yeshiva, thereby interacting with every semicha talmid in the yeshiva. Rav Drillman also gave a popular weekly shiur on Parshas Hashavua, and many of these shiurim were compiled by talmidim into a volume called “The Wisdom of Solomon.” Rav Drillman was niftar 12 years ago at the age of 79.

Beis Medrash Zichron HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Elimelech on Teaneck Road in Teaneck, NJ, is named after Rav Drillman zt”l.

The Rebbetzin was supremely devoted to her illustrious husband and her entire family, always making herself available for one and all, with a smile and a good word.

The levaya will take place today at 1 p.m. at Shomrei Hachomos Chapels, located at 43rd Street and Ft. Hamilton Parkway.

Yehi zichrah boruch.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. What a loss! An s9iha chasuva ad meod. And her husband was an adam gadol meod.
    What a family. Wonderful people. Umacha hashem deema meyal koul puaneem

  2. I was a talmid of Rav Drillman in RIETS; Rebbe was a forceful and uncompromising defender of yahadus and kavod ha’Torah. The Rebbetzin was a kind, compassionate lady, and both always took an interest in my personal and professional conditions. The wealth of what can be said is beyond the scope of a wbsite; they were role models who will be missed sorley, and whose examples of limud Torah, concern for talmidim, and personal concern for the bochurim must be emulated.


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