In 1933, Noyema Rappaport Averbakh’s, parents Avrum Rapport and Jannet Zilberbush, were married in Chernovsty, Rumania (Chernowitz, Romania), a region that eventually became part of the Ukraine. After receiving his Ph.D. in archeology from a university in Italy, Avrum took his young bride to Beirut, Lebanon, to work on a project. Life in Lebanon was very difficult for Jannet. She became pregnant and in 1934 gave birth to her first child, a girl named Judith. It had been a difficult pregnancy and with Jannet having been sick for so long, the family decided to return to Chernovsty. In 1936, another girl, Noyema, was born.
The family lived in a nice area in Chernovsty near a public park where the Rappaport children played. The governess, Enisi, watched over them. The family apartment was quite spacious. It had three bedrooms and even a room for toys. The apartment entrance opened into a large hall with a bedroom on the left and a living room and playroom on the right. In the back of the apartment was a big kitchen where the family ate all their meals as there was no formal dining room. The playroom overlooked the park while the kitchen overlooked the main street. It was a busy neighborhood filled with trolley cars and little shops for buying books, clothing, and musical instruments. The public market was not far from the house. Noyema remembers going there to buy candies and apples.
The Rappaports were a fairly traditional Jewish family and went to the synagogue every Saturday. The synagogue was located not far from their house on Lukiana Kebilitsa and Karmoluc and Russia Roads.
Her paternal grandparents, Edel and Hannah Rappaport owned the Bakery Romania. They had two other children, daughters Anna and Zinkutska. Their maternal grandparents, Faiga (Fanya) and Pinchus Zilberbush, lived nearby and Noyema remembers going to their home on Shabbat and the sumptuous meals they enjoyed which always included gefilte fish. The Zilberbushes also had another daughter, Rosa, and a son, Alfred, who perished from typhus during the war.