Community rallies for ‘a true mensch’

Yitzchak Rosen with his wife Jacqui and their four children.

THE wife of Yitzchak Rosen, who died on Monday after a tragic accident while on holiday on the Mornington Peninsula, has thanked the community for its unbelievable outpouring of support.

The 36-year-old father-of-four told his wife Jacqui that he was “just going to take the rubbish out” last Wednesday night, but he never returned.

Jacqui fell asleep but was woken on Thursday morning by the sounds of sirens after another guest at the country club where they were staying had found Yitzchak lying unconscious on the ground outside.

He was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital where intensive care doctors and neurosurgeons worked desperately to save his life.

“It became clear that he had sustained an unsurvivable head injury,” a family member told The AJN.

Jacqui tried to remain positive while celebrating their twins’ ninth birthday in a small room adjoining the main intensive care unit waiting room on Sunday, but the next day Yitzchak passed away.

This week, friends and family, supported by the Melbourne Jewish Charity Fund, launched a fundraising effort for Jacqui and the children and within 24 hours more than $150,000 has been donated.

“My family and I are overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of love, support and prayer from the community,” Jacqui told The AJN on Wednesday.

“Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude.”

Yitzchak has been remembered as a man who lived for his family.

“He was a gentle, kind, caring and loving husband and father,” the family member told The AJN.

“He held tightly to his faith and believed not only in his connection to Hashem but in the importance of being a good person.

“In every sense of the word he was a true mensch. Yitzchak was also a loyal and dedicated friend. He gave everything of himself for friends and family who were in need of help and advice.”

Tzedakah was paramount to Yitzchak and he spent countless hours helping people that could not afford legal assistance.

Yeshivah and Beth Rivkah Colleges principal Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler paid tribute to Yitzchak, a graduate of Yeshivah. “We always saw him with a warm smile, a quip and a quick word to tease a smile out of everyone around him,” Rabbi Smukler said.

“Yitz, as he was known to all his friends, was there for everyone, starting with his beloved wife and children, as well as being a devoted son and brother.

“Yitz will leave a gaping hole in the Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah community and beyond and will be sorely missed.

JOSHUA LEVI

To donate online go to https://www.chuffed.org/project/helping-jacqui-and-the-kids