Mrs. Raya Rivkin, a long time resident of Crown Heights, passed away on 9 Nissan, 5779.
She was 92.
Raya was born on Gimmel Tammuz to R’ Yosef Yehuda and Ita Henya Chein.
Her paternal grandfather, R’ Mayer Simcha Chein, was the illustrious chosid as well as a yoetz of the Rebbe Rashab. Her father was sent by the Frierdiker Rebbe to teach Jewish children near the city of Novgrod, risking his life to continue spreading Judaism.
At 18, Raya was the last of her family to leave Russia towards the end of WWII. She stayed behind working as an underground courier with R’ Mendel Futerfas and others, risking their lives to secure visas for their fellow Jews desperate to escape Russia.
Raya and her husband, R’ Chonye Rivkin OBM, from the Rivkins of Klimavitch whose ancestry dates directly back to the Alter Rebbe’s brother R’ Mordechai Pevsner, both emigrated to America in 1953 with their two young children.
Raya built a successful jewelry business and worked for over 40 years.
She continued to help people by being a baalas Tzedaka within the Crown Heights community, known for her kindness and love for helping others.
She is survived by her daughter Riva Cohen – Crown Heights and her son Mayer Rivkin– Florida, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 1 pm, and passing by 770 at 2 pm.
The family will be sitting Shiva at 1352 Union St. until Wednesday morning.
Riva Cohen will continue sitting Shiva in NY till Friday morning and Mayer Rivkin will be continuing in Florida.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.