About Rahel Shahmoon
Rahel Shahmoon School
The Rahel Shahmoon School was established in 1923 in her memory by her father Elia Shahmoon, after her tragic death in the first week of her marriage. She succumbed to a virus which traditional medicine and sooth-sayers could not cure. Money was added to her dowry to rebuild a property (formerly Taawen School) in the centre of the Jewish quarter of Baghdad, with modern classrooms, science-lab, gymnasium, a stage and a beautiful Synagogue.
The death notice below does not belong on the profile of Rahel Shahmoon, daughter of Elia Shahmoon and Sarah Somekh.
Instead it should be on the profile of Rachel Shamoon, Daughter of Solomon Shamoon and Hannah Shamoon, Sister of Rebecca Shanok; Leah Shamoon and Anne Shamoon
Paid Notice: Deaths
Published: September 29, 2008
SHAHMOON--Rachel, the entire Heschel School community mourns the passing of Rachel Shahmoon, beloved sister of Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, our founding President and current Trustee. Rachel was the deeply caring aunt Ariel Shanok, class of 1990. Rebeccas' vision, leadership, commitment and perseverance were critical in developing our independent, pluralistic Jewish day school. We send our heartfelt condolences to the the Shahmoon family, may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Barry N. Winograd, President Board of Trustees Roanna Shorofsky, Head of School Peter Geffen, Founder
In 1920, Rachel, got married. At her wedding night she got very ill and within few days she died. In those days nobody knew why she died. After that, all the family, including Eliya, his wife, Sera, and their children, Naim (also called Albert), Kettie, Flora and Mouzli (Mozel).
A school and a synagogue were named after her.