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Manhattan, NY - Upper West Side Jewish Mother Found Dead in the Bathtub By 9yr Old Daughter

Published on: January 1, 2010 10:07 AM
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Manhattan, NY - A 9-year-old girl found her mother dead Thursday in their upper West Side apartment, apparently killed when she fell in the bathtub and struck her head.

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Shele Covlin, 47, a financial adviser for UBS Wealth Management, was found in the W. 68th St. condo about 7 a.m., but police sources said the accident may have happened earlier while her daughter was sleeping.

Detectives suspect the victim grabbed a handle to lift herself out of the tub, and the handle gave way.

Last January, Colvin, her brother Philip Danishefsky and father, Joel Danishefsky, were hired away from Merrill Lynch by UBS.

The family are members of LINCOLN Square Synagogue


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 Jan 01, 2010 at 10:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Boruch Dayan HaEmet..

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 10:20 AM Bde Says:

Nebach nebach. Poor kid she's going to need years of therapy. The family should have a nechama and klal yisroel has to do Teshuvah. My beloved brothers and sisters look at what's happening to us. Daily tragedies and scandals. We are responsible for each other. If one Jew doesn't act properly it brings us all down and innocent people can get hurt. Please let's be mekabel to start living like Jews not like Goyim with Torah.

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

bd'e. an autopsy is ASUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 11:57 AM Hoply Says:

How horrible for the little girl to have discovered her mother that way. Freak accidents like this are a reminder of just how fragile life really is. RIP My prayers and condolences to the family.

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 12:26 PM Anonymous Says:

being in hatzalah for over ten years, I know of several incidents just in my town, where children of all ages, found their mothers dead. including a mom who gave birth in the toilet and bled to death there. the child was pulled from the toilet water by us and resuscitated. The girl who found them was very traumatized weeks and months later. These things happen.

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 12:57 PM mother's name? Says:

Anyone know Shele Colvin's Hebrew name and her father's Hebrew name? I would like to do something in memory of her neshama. Maybe someone from the family or the Lincoln Square Synagogue community could provide this information, please....

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 01:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Sheina Mindel Bas Yechiel Hillel

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 01:33 PM Thank you Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Sheina Mindel Bas Yechiel Hillel

Thank you for providing the name. I would like to wish the entire family my sincere condolences upon this horrific, sudden, tragic loss of such a young and successful woman. May she be a meilitza yosher for her beloved daughter and the entire family. Danishefsky is a very prominent name - there was a very prominent Rav, I believe in Slabodka, named Rabbi Danishefsky. May she be gathered in to her 'choshuv' ancestors in Gan Eden. May we all grow spiritually just from the wake-up call of realizing how very valuable our lives are, and how we should live every minute to the fullest in serving Hashem, and may any personal improvement within ourselves to this effect be an aliyah for the neshama of Sheina Mindel bas Yechiel Hillel.

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 01:45 PM try these Says:

anytime you hear of a passing you can do some quick mishnahs for them inunder a minute -

and it will give their soul TREMENDOUS comfort!!!

Try these 3

Ben Heh Heh Omer Lefoom Tzaarah Agrah

Stam Nezeeroot Shloshim Yom

Al Shlosha Devarim Haolam Omed Al HaTorah Vhaavodah Vaal Gemeelut Chassadim

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

mark appel is really out there a lot lately.
what a wonderful man.

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 03:05 PM Judah Lerer Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

mark appel is really out there a lot lately.
what a wonderful man.

Yasher koach Mark

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 03:30 PM mark meyer appel Says:

THE LEVAYA WILL BE AT 10 AM SUNDAY AT THE PLAZA CHAPEL AMSTERDAM AND 91 STREET SHELE WAS A GREAT AISHAS CHAYIL AND WILL BE MISSED DEARLY MAY HER NESHOMA BE A CONSOLATION TO KLAL YISROEAL

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 Jan 01, 2010 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Please make sure you rhomes are as safe as they can be.
Handles at bathtubs or showers should not be glued on like tiles, they can fail. Handles need to be screwed in with a bolt or similar at the other end, and then pray that it lasts forever.

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 Jan 02, 2010 at 09:49 PM Chris Says:

Shele was a delightful, wonderful person and may she rest in peace. This is a senseless tragedy. My heart is broken for her family. It was always such a joy to see her beautiful smile whenever she visited the Friars Club. May her child be strong enough to get through this without the suffering she will have to face.

We will miss you dear Shele.

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 Jan 02, 2010 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

where are they sitting shiva and what times are the minyanim?

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 01:38 AM David Says:

Most up-to-date information:

Lincoln Square Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of our member Mrs. Shele Covlin, mother of Anna and Myles.

The funeral will take place Sunday, January 3rd at 10:00 am at

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024-1337
(212) 769-4400

Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
80 Commerce Street
Hawthorne, NY
Directions

Shiva will be observed through next Friday morning, January 8th, at home of:

Eve and Marc Karstaedt
203 West 86th Street (The Belnord), #608.

Shiva Minyan information is as follows:

Mincha/Ma'ariv -Sunday through Thursday - 4:30 pm
Shacharit - Monday through Friday - 7:00 am

If you would like to honor the memory of Mrs. Shele Covlin with a donation to Lincoln Square Synagogue, please click here or send your donation to the LSS Office. The family will be notified of your contribution.

May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shaul Robinson
Ruvan Cohen, President

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 06:44 PM David Says:

Updated information:

Lincoln Square Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of our member Mrs. Shele Covlin, mother of Anna and Myles.

The funeral took place today, Sunday, January 3rd.

Shiva will be observed through Friday morning, January 8th, at the home of:

Eve and Marc Karstaedt
203 West 86th Street (The Belnord), #608.

Shiva Minyan information is as follows:

Mincha/Ma'ariv -Sunday through Thursday - 4:30 pm
Shacharit - Monday through Friday - 7:00 am

Anna and Rod will be there every afternoon between 5:00 - 7:00 pm

If you would like to honor the memory of Mrs. Shele Covlin with a donation to Lincoln Square Synagogue, please click here or send your donation to the LSS Office. The family will be notified of your contribution.

May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shaul Robinson
Ruvan Cohen, President

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 09:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Thanks to David for the shiva information. Do you know if the entire family is sitting there? Father, mother and siblings?

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:55 PM anonymous Says:

Rabbi and Mrs. Danishefsky and the siblings are sitting at the above address.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 12:05 AM Anonymous Says:

my dear friend Shele, i will miss your beautiful smile. most of all i will miss our daily phone calls. you will always be in my heart.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 02:51 PM vicki Says:

My memories go way back with dear sweet beautiful SHele. I am so, so saddened by this most awful tragedy. It is hard to understand and accept. May your family know NO more pain, and may you rest in peace. Hashem makes plans that we dont understand.....I will remember you on the beach in Fire Island, where we first met.....a girl with sparkling eyes, impeccable taste and a big heart.

vicki

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 12:10 AM cyndi Says:

may the family know no more tragedy, and her neshama have an aliyah. may H-shem protect those two beautiful children. I will learn in her name and memory, Sheina Mindel bas Yechiel Hillel

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Updated information from MDS as of January 5th at 12:30 PM:

Anna & Myles Covlin will be sitting at the home of:
Rod Covlin
155 West 68th Street, Apt. 510

They will be there Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Rod will be there on Tuesday and Thursday between 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and on Wednesday between 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 02:54 PM heidi Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmet. Shele was a beautiful and kind person in every respect. May the familiy be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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 Jan 07, 2010 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

Please make sure you rhomes are as safe as they can be.
Handles at bathtubs or showers should not be glued on like tiles, they can fail. Handles need to be screwed in with a bolt or similar at the other end, and then pray that it lasts forever.

Yeah. The doors should have bolts too. Perhaps that might have prevented Shele's death. But since there was no autopsy (thank you, Mark Apple), I suppose we'll never know.

Funny, I always thought pikuach nefesh (potential danger to human life) overrides the prohibition against autopsies. I also assumed that if a potential existed that a killer may be on the loose, a danger to human life existed. But what do I know?

May the Ever-present comfort the family among the rest of us who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

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 Apr 12, 2010 at 05:18 PM Anonymous Says:

and now we learn it may not have been an accident....

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 Apr 13, 2010 at 03:19 PM Anonymous Says:

She was murdered. It was suspected from the beginning, but our capable police overlooked the fact that she had obtained an order of protection against her husband, who threatened to kill her, and that she had a meeting scheduled with her lawyer, to remove him from her will. And then there were the holy askanim, who got involved, and "saved" her from an autopsy.

Meanwhile, the kids (the daughter, btw, is a possible witness) are with their paternal grandparents, giving their father (who is now suspect # 1) complete access to them.

It is my understanding that Mark Apple denies (and has denied from the beginning) any connection with preventing the autopsy. If this is true, I apologize to him for my earlier comment (#25).

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