New Baby Born Into a House of Mourning

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Family and friends poured in to join the Yankovitch family for the second time this summer, after the birth of their 10th child, a healthy baby girl. The last time they congregated, however, was following a tragedy: 2 months ago, Avi Yankovitch, then father of 9 and now father of 10 children, passed away suddenly from a heart attack. The whirlwind of sudden death and now new life has sent the family into a state of chaos.

In addition to being a beloved father & husband, Avi owned a catering business and was a Hatzolah volunteer. His warm smile was contagious, and his love for singing brought joy to those around him. Avi’s death was a major shock, as he was just 36 years old.

Avi’s wife Rivka welcomed their tenth child into the world last week, a young girl who tragically “will never know her Tatty.” The family’s only income at this time is Rivka’s salary as a secretary, a sum which does not even cover their rent, let alone their other expenses. The young mother, soon after birth and still freshly mourning her husband, is at a loss as to how to support her family alone.

An emergency fund has been started to help the family cover their essential expenses. The campaign page text puts their situation into a new, and heartbreaking, perspective:

“I just want them to know that they will have the things they need … a safe home, clean clothes, food on the table. But right now that’s not a given. And with a two week old baby at home, that is a painful thought.”

Donations are being accepted in Avi’s memory here.

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