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BDE: Rabbi Yonah Avtzon, 61, OBM

With great sadness and pain we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Yonah Avtzon OBM, a member of Anash of Crown Heights, he was 61 years old.

Rabbi Avtzon was the founder and director of Sichos In English, but is perhaps best known as a Shadchan who has helped many families in Chabad.

He leaves behind his wife Rivka, and his children: Levi Avtzon (South Africa), Chanie Wolf (Crown Heights,) Shmuly Avtzon (Crown Heights), Mushky Edelman (Crown Heights), Sheina Oster (Crown Heights,) Stery Goldberg (Crown Heights,) Chenny, Zalmy, Sruly, Sholom Ber, Meir and Leah all of Crown Heights.

He is also survived by his siblings, Adela Bernstein (Crown Heights), Leibel Avtzon (Crown Heights), Esther Blau (Crown Heights), Yossi Avtzon (Crown Heights), Riva Kaplinsky (Crown Heights), Dina Borenstein (Crown Heights), Gershon Avtzon (Yerushalayim), Sholom Avtzon (Crown Heights), Mordechai Avtzon (Hong Kong), Devi Baumgarten (Crown Heights), Sternie Chesney (Crown Heights), Shainy Tiefenbrun (Crown Heights), Lazer Avtzon (Crown Heights), and Chanie Zirkind (Fresno, CA).

Levayah will take place Thursday, 10:45am at Shomrei Hadaas, and will be passing 770 at 12 noon.

The family will be sitting Shiva at 541 Crown Street.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


  • 1. Eliezer Meyer wrote:

    ברוך דיין האמת – המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes Hamakom yenachem eschem b’soch sha’ar aveilei Tzion v’Yerushalayim!

    Blessed is the True Judge. May his memory be for a blessing and his family be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    He has been a good friend since our Yeshivah days. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • 3. My parents always spoke so highly of him wrote:

    ברוך דיין האמת – המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    When my father was taken away from us all I could think about was “vayidom Aharon”

  • 4. with the old breed wrote:

    One man did so much.

    Crown heights will not be same…

    thank you Holy Brother


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