Deceased Information


    Rachel Benshushan Galanti

    Rachel bas Yitzchak v Perla

  • AGE



    Friday, February 24, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, February 27, 2023


    2:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 874 0022 5379

    Passcode: 394253


    Shiva will be observed Monday and Tuesday at Congregation Or VeShalom from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with minyan service at 6:45 pm

    1681 N Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319



    Rachel Benshushan Galanti, 88, passed away peacefully at her home, which was her castle for 55 years, after a long journey with dementia.

    Born in Atlanta in 1934, Rachel was the daughter of Perla Mallel and Isaac Benshushan, who arrived in America and settled in Atlanta in 1932 and the sister of Viola of blessed memory. Rachel was joyfully married to the love of her life, Morris Galanti, for 57 years. A doting family caretaker and cheerleader, Rachel stood steadfastly by Morris for the 10 years following his stroke until his death in 2010. Their marriage was the last Sephardic union among the Or VeShalom founding families. Rachel’s family roots in the Island of Rhodes and coast of Turkey communities remained deeply embedded throughout her lifetime, reinforced through her lifelong bonds with her Or VeShalom family, friends, and classmates and by holding on to the Ladino language of her parents and their generation.

    As treasurer of her ladies' stock club, the books were meticulous and the stock value grew steadily. Rachel tried her hand for a while with tennis, golf, bowling, canasta, and braille, all of which she enjoyed, but nothing beat the thrill of finding the hot poker machine in Vegas - except for her grandchildren.  While Rachel was not the attend-every-sporting-or-school-event type of grandmother, she was the always welcoming voice and open arms of Mima love.

    Rachel was born ahead of her time. She wanted to work outside the home, but Morris was not going to have his wife “help someone else make money.“ So, together with her sister-in-law Ila, they launched the money order business at the family supermarket on Jonesboro Road. Following their success and fun managing that enterprise, Rachel and Ila joined forces again to support the launch of the accounting firm of their nephew and son, respectively. These ladies were human experts that would put voicemail, computers and QuickBooks to shame. Rachel’s fun, independent and capable ways inspired her children to pursue their professional and personal paths with gusto and purpose.

    Rachel is survived by her children Lisa (Hal) Rabinowitz, Ronnie (Nancy) Galanti, and Irwin (Charlene) Galanti; grandchildren Michael (Michelle), Adam (Heather), Morris Kevin (Erinn), Laura (Elad), Rachel (Daniel), Rebecca, and Meredith;  and six great-grandchildren Matthew, Sophie, Gefen, Jack, Eli, and Shai. Rachel is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Ila Galanti, and brother-in-law, Sam Galanti, along with her many treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    The family is grateful to Rachel’s compassionate caregivers Tiffany James, Alicia Orridge, Audria Davy, Marian Woodard, and Rosalee Williams during Rachel’s final years, as well as to Weinstein Hospice.

    The funeral will be held graveside Monday, February 27 at 2:30PM at Arlington Cemetery, with Rabbi Joshua Hearshen officiating. Donations may be made to Congregation Or VeShalom or your favorite charity.

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  • Corinne Capilouto

    Your Mom was such a dear person~ always had such a beautiful smile and was so welcoming. She was a blessing to all of you. Sending lots of love.

  • Diane and David Braun

    Lisa and Hal We are sending you and your loved ones our condolences. We are saddened for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Diane and David Braun

  • Shirley Rich

    All the words that have been said are so true. Your mom was a great lady. She will be missed by many take care of each other! you have my condolences

  • Barbara Frank Katz

    My deepest condolences to the Galanti family on the passing of dear Rachel. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I remember her well from days at the hair salon. Such a sweet, funny and kind person!

  • Barbara Marrone

    I am so sad hearing your mom passing. My condolences go out to you and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Barbara Krinsky

    My sincerest condolences to you all. Rachel was always a "fun' lady. We had some good laughs together.My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and may the memories you have sustain you forever.

  • Larry Gordon

    Although I am still out of town, I want to send my condolences to the children. My wife Stella joins me in expressing our gratitude for her life.

  • Shari Bayer

    Lisa, so sorry to hear about your mom. Thinking about you and your family and sending you love and support. May her memory be a blessing. Shari Bayer

  • Harriet and Bob Berlin

    Our most heartfelt condolences

  • Miriam and Danny Saul

    Lisa, Danny and I are so sad hearing of your mom's passing! Besides our present connection with you and Courtney, our history goes way back. I remember your mom and dad going out with Danny's mom and dad when we first started dating 50+ years ago. Very happy and glamourous couples! Sending loving thoughts,

  • Jeri Breiner

    What an elegant beautiful woman! She will be missed. Hugs to all the Galanti's. Jeri and Michael

  • Aileen & Oded Zyssman

    We are deeply saddened by Rachel Galanti’s passing. May her memory be blessed to eternity.

  • Ann and Mike Silver

    We are so very sorry for your loss. I always remember her beautiful smile and friendliness to everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    So sorry to learn of Rachel's passing. We enjoyed many good times together at Galanti simchas and Rachel was always happy, smiling, full of fun and ready to party. She was a very dear lady and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May sweet memories warm your hearts and ease your grief at this sorrowful time.



  • Vicki Grosswald

    Galanti family, When I think of Rachel, I remember her big smile, her vivacious personality—and her devotion to her beloved Morris! She was a darling lady! Rael joins me in sending our warm condolences—wishing you sweet memories! Vicki and Rael Grosswald

  • Andee Shapiro

    Our sincerest condolences to all your family. May your most wonderful memories come to heal your hearts in time.

  • Sylvia Miller

    Lisa and Hal We are so sorry to hear abour your sweet mom. What a legacy! Sylvia Miller amd Leanne Rubensteinp

  • Sharon Sonenshine

    What a sweet lady? what a lucky family? my heart goes out to you Lisa , Ronnie and Irwin and all of your beautiful family. I am thinking of you and sending much love your way

  • Marcie Gross Koffler

    Lisa, Hal and Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. May your mother’s memory always be for a blessing m

  • Jackie Miklas

    Dear Lisa and family…may the memories of your mother be for a blessing always. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Robin Mason

    Many memories with all of the ladies making burekas with my Mema Regina Barron. She loved Rachel dearly. My thoughts are with the family during this time.

  • Gary Marx

    I always loved taking to Rachel. Sorry we can’t make the funeral. She was such a nice person and great mom.


    Ms. Rachel; was always pleasant, and welcoming, a sweet lady. I'm greatfull to have had the privilege to be a caregiver for her.

  • Beth Wender Braun

    So sorry for your loss! May your memories of your Mom keep Her alive in your hearts forever! Love, Beth and Jeff

  • Tiffany D James

    My heart is full at this time. I Tiffany have been working/ taking care of Mrs Rachel for over 25 years. We made each other laugh. We enjoyed each company. We had so much love for each other. Mrs Rachel you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers goes out to you Lisa, Ronnie, Erwin and family.

  • Stephanie and Jim Charanis

    Sending lots of love to the Galanti family. Rachel certainly sounds like a woman we would have loved to know (which is no surprise, knowing the Galantis that we do know.) May her memory be a blessing.

  • Margaret Hopkins

    Sending lots of love from our family to yours. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We’re going to miss Rachel.

  • Cecile Waronker

    So sorry to learn of Rachel's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. She was such a sweet and lovely person.

  • Leah Franco

    May all the wonderful memories you have of this beautiful woman bring you comfort and peace.

  • Gail A. Solomon

    My deepest sympathy to the family. You were wonderful neighbors for many years and your Mom was always helpful and kind. She will be missed.


    Dearest Family…. Sending so much strength, peace , and love on the loss of your beautiful and beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My heart is broken for you. Xoxo Lynn