By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Rivka Dina Minkowitz, a long-time Crown Heights residents whose roots trace back to an illustrious Chabad family is Russia, passed away on Sunday, 24 Adar II 5776.
She was 92.
She was born in Russia to the Chabad Chassidim R’ Yosef Yehuda Chein and Ita Henya (nee Levin), both natives of the Chassidic town of Nevel.
Her father was sent by the Rebbe Rashab to teach Jewish children near the city of Novgorod, at times risking his life to continue spreading Judaism.
At the conclusion of the tumultuous Second World War, her family was able to escape from Russia and settled in France. R’ Yosef Yehuda worked as a ‘shadar’ in support of the local Chabad institutions.
Riva, as she was called, married R’ Yisroel Minkowitz, also born to a Chabad family in Russia. His father, R’ Yitzchok Yaakov Minkowitz was one of the bochurim the Frierdiker Rebbe swore to dedicate their lives to uphold Jewish tradition in the Soviet Union.
Living in Crown Heights, Yisroel and Riva Minkowitz worked for a living but were most known for their open home. They warmly welcomed immigrants from behind the Iron Curtain, families and orphans into their home. During their Tishrei month, guests were treated as family.
Mrs. Riva Minkowitz took an active role in the Nshei Chabad women’s organization, helping to coordinate programs and classes for local and visiting women and girls.
She is survived by her children R’ Meir Minkowitz – Crown Heights; Mrs. Chanie Lipskar – Bal Harbour, FL; Mrs. Bassie Medalie – Johannesburg, South Africa; R’ Itche Minkowitz – Crown Heights; Mrs. Sarah Shusterman – Beverly Hills, CA; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She is also survived by her sister Mrs. Raya Rivkin of Crown Heights and currently in Florida.
The levaya will be held tomorrow, Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 12:45 pm and passing by 770 at 1:30 pm.
The family will be sitting Shivah at her home on 605 Montgomery St. between Kingston and Brooklyn.
2 Minyanim are needed.
Shachris: 7:00 am and 9:00 am
Micha 7:00, 7:05 pm
Maariv: Bzmano (8:00 pm)
Please no visitors between 1 pm to 3:30 pm and after 10 pm.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.