With great sadness we report the passing of Mrs. Chaya Rivkah (Riva) Kaplinsky OBM, a beloved educator in Crown Heights. She passed away on Wednesday, the 18th of Nissan, 5781 after suffering a long illness.
She was 68 years old.
Fondly known as Morah Riva, she lovingly taught tinokos shel beis Rabban and gave them a foundation of a chassidishe chinuch. She wrote to the Rebbe requesting a brocho to open a playgroup and shared that aside from adequate space she will teach them and give each child the love they deserve. The Rebbe underlined twice the words the love they deserve. This was the basis of how she was mechanech children in such a loving, caring and compassionate way.
Riva was a devoted, loving and caring mother and bubby, taking tremendous pride in her family.
Riva was born in France in 1952 to her parents Rabbi Meir and Cheyena Avtzon. Rabbi Meir Avtzon was a devoted chossid of the Friederdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe and was Moser Nefesh for Yiddishkeit in the Soviet Union. Mrs. Cheyena Avtzon, helped establish Yiddshkiet in Detroit and brought many Russian boys and men to Bris Yisroel.
She is survived by her husband Rabbi Nochim Kaplinsky, and her children Tzivia Zwiebel (Crown Heights), Mordy Kaplinsky (Crown Heights), Dina Bronstein (Crown Heights), Esti Melamed (Crown Heights), Chana Fine (Dollard des Ormeaux, QC) and her beloved grandchildren.
She is also survived by her siblings, Adela Bernstein (Crown Heights), Leibel Avtzon (Crown Heights), Esther Blau (Crown Heights), Yossi Avtzon (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), Lazer Avtzon (Crown Heights), Shainie Tiefenbrun (Crown Heights) and Chanie Zirkind (Fresno, CA).
She was predeceased by her brother Yonah Avtzon A”H.
The Levaya will be taking place today, Wednesday, leaving Shomrei Hadas at approximately 12:00pm, and will be passing by 770 at approximately 1:00pm.
Shiva information to be announced.
Boruch Dayan Hoemes