Ayala Rybak

September 24, 1951March 22, 2021

Ayala Rybak, 69, of Edgemont, NY, passed away on March 22 after a long battle with cancer. Ayala, or Gizela as she was known to her closest family members, was born on September 24, 1951 to Yosef and Fruma Strulson in Haifa, Israel. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli Police. She married her loving husband, Moshe, in 1974, and had three sons, Chaim, Ety and Ehud “Didi” before immigrating to the United States in 1980.

Ayala found her passion in teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies to elementary students throughout Westchester County for over 35 years. She was a dog lover who enjoyed traveling throughout the world with her husband. But, above all, she beamed with pride for her children and grandchildren.

Ayala is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Moshe; her brother Avraham Strulson (Yetti); her sons Chaim (Jodi), Ety (Michelle), Ehud “Didi” (Amissa); her grandchildren Noah, Lily, Audrey, Gillian and Allison; her niece Batya Strulson and nephew Ariel Strulson (Katie) and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in her honor to Congregation B’nai Israel, P.O. Box 345, Emerson, NJ 07630 ( or to Congregation KTI, 575 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573 (

May her soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021


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Yona Ashany

April 2, 2021

Ayala and I have been good friends for more than 30 years. We raised our children together and worked together through most of that time.

Ayala and I spent many hours commuting together; always talking and laughing. We shared many good times having fun through going to shows in the city, movies, restaurants and more. She was loved by all, made so many friends easily and was a very good friend to me.

I will miss her very much and she will remain in my thoughts forever.

Varda and Avi Nahumi

April 1, 2021

Varda and Avi Nahumi
Quotes about Ayala Rybak Z”L:

Ayala as a wife –
“A good wife like Ayala, is a crown to her husband”.
“Who can find a good wife like Ayala?
Her price is far above pearls”.
“A wife like Ayala, is as a protective wall to her husband”.
Ayala as a mother –
“As God could not Himself be everywhere, He created mothers like Ayala”.
“Ayala was clothed with strength and dignity and she laughed without fear of the future”.
“A mother like Ayala is first friend for her children, best friends and forever friend”.
Ayala as a grandmother –
“A grandmother like Ayala, is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend”.
“Grandmothers like Ayala are short of criticism and long of love”.
“There is no place like home except Grandma Ayala’s home”.
Ayala as a teacher –
“A teacher like Ayala is a multi-tasking educational Rockstar, who lives to inspire and loves to encourage”.
“For a teacher like Ayala, it takes a big heart to shape little minds”.
“A teacher like Ayala ignites the fire that fuels a student’s thirst for knowledge, curiosity and wisdom”.
Ayala as a friend –
“A faithful friend like Ayala is the medicine of life”.
“A person not Ayala’s friend, is like a right hand without the left”.
“There is no treasure like friends like Ayala”.

ורדה ואבי נחומי
We will miss Ayala very much.

Ruthi and Adam Yoran

March 29, 2021

Although Ayala and myself were neighbors we met only 19 years ago on a mutual friend’s son wedding. There was a click between us from the start. We became very close and at times she said that I’m the sister she never had. When Ayala was diagnosed with cancer I told her I’ll help her in every aspect .
The battle was not easy for Ayala throughout the last years.
Few hours before she passed away I came to visit her and to say goodbye before my trip to visit my son . Ayala knew that I’m going away and told me stay in touch and tell me how are you.. I knew I’ll come back and Ayala will be gone.
I’ll miss Ayala’s smile , the long conversations we had and her eagerness to check on others and they are doing. Ayala was full of life and dreamt to travel but her life ended too early. My heart is aching for Ayala!s family and for losing my best friend.
Let her soul Rest In Peace.
‎מרותי ואדם יורן

Adin Goldberg

March 23, 2021

Mrs. Rybak taught all three of our children at Congregation KTI's Hebrew School. She was a warm, delightful person who was loved by her students and by their parents. Our sincere condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing. Rachelle and Adin Goldberg